Welcome to the English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy website.
We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 100 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll and are federated with St Augustine's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford. We are part of the St Gilbert of Sempringham Catholic Academy Trust together with our federated school St Augustine's, Stamford as well as Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sleaford, Our Lady of Lincoln, St Hughes and St Peter & St Paul, Lincoln. We are happy to welcome children of any faith or none to join us in our friendly school.
We are very proud of our school, enjoy being part of an active and friendly community and welcome children and parents of all faiths, or none.
We would welcome you visiting us before you decide to join us to ensure that you are making the best decision for your child.
Please contact Mrs Hooley, Head Teacher or our school secretary Jennifer Iden on 01572 722400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or look for our open days in the press or on our website.
Children looking to join the school in the year that they are five must apply through the Local Authority admission procedure as well as completing a Supplementary Information Form. All other applications can be made directly to the school, for further informaiton please see our Admissions Policy.
About St Gilbert of Sempringham
Gilbert was born at Sempringham, near Bourne in Lincolnshire, the son of Jocelin, an Anglo-Norman lord of the manor, who unusually for that period, actively prevented his son from becoming a knight, instead sending him to the University of Paris to study theology. Some physical deformity may have made him unfit for military service, making an ecclesiastical career the best option. When he returned in 1120 he became a clerk in the household of Robert Bloet, Bishop of Lincoln, started a school for boys and girls and was finally ordained by Robert's successor, Alexander.
When Gilbert's father died in 1130 he became lord of the manor of Sempringham, and immediately began using his inherited wealth to fund expansion of the Gilbertines, his new order. Eventually he had a chain of twenty-six convents, monasteries and missions; in 1148 he approached the Cistercians for help. They refused because he included women in his order.
Gilbert was imprisoned in 1165 on a charge of aiding Thomas Becket when Thomas had fled from King Henry II after the council of Northampton, but he was eventually found innocent. Then, when he was 90, some of his lay brothers revolted, but he received the backing of Pope Alexander III. Gilbert resigned his office late in life because of blindness and died at Sempringham in about 1190, at the age of 106.
We are on Facebook
Please visit the Pupils page of the website to access the different Blogs for the various classes and year groups.
Now that we are well settled and back into our daily routines after the holidays, the children will once again be blogging in and out of school. To help parents understand what the children are doing and join in by commenting on their blogs, attached here is the Parent's Guide to Blogging.
Term Date Parent Consulatation
Please see the letter from Joe Scott, Chair of Governors, regarding the outcome of the recent consulatation with parents regarding the proposed changes to Term dates for our school.
Summer Fun Day
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the fun day - the money is still to be counted but it was a great success!
A fabulous selection of photographs were taken at the Summer Fun Day/Fair on Saturday and they are all available to be purchased at http://sharonseel.instaproofs.com/.
A £2.00 donation is being made to the school for every print order or digital download (delivery is free if the photo is collected from school)
Proposed Term Date Consultation Letter
A letter has been sent home this week seeking the views of parents on a proposed change to term dates in 2014. Responses are required by Monday 1st July.
FANTASTIC NEWS - Mrs Hooley awarded a Commendation by the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards.
Important information regarding conversion to academy status
The Governing Body met last Monday to make the final decision on the school converting to an academy. We are delighted to inform you that the decision was made to convert and all of the documents were agreed and signed. Therefore the school will convert to become an academy on 1st May. The school will be known as English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy and we will be part of St Gilbert of Sempringham Catholic Academy Trust. The other schools in the Trust are St Augustine’s in Stamford, English Martyrs in Oakham, Rutland, Our Lady of Lincoln, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St Hugh’s and St Peter and St Paul, all in Lincoln.
This is the start of an exciting development for our school and will enable us to work more closely with the other local Catholic schools to enhance the education of all of the children. We have already met as teaching staff to moderate RE assessments and other opportunities will be arranged for staff to work and train together. There will also be events for the children to work together on a variety of activities.
We will continue our close relationship with our local schools and remain a part of the thriving local education community.