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Welcome to English Martyrs CVA

Welcome to the English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy website. We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 143 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll. We are part of the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust together with 13 other primary schools and two secondary schools across Lincolnshire. 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 and we enjoy being part of an active and friendly community. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum setting high expectations and encouraging all our children to achieve their potential before leaving us in year 6. Our mission statement below explains how we want our children to lead their lives, and our school values of excellence, determination, respect, equality, friendship, courage and inspiration help them to achieve this.

We would welcome you visiting us before you decide to join us to ensure that you are making the best decision for your child. For the latest news please see the tab marked 'news' and also take a look at the weekly school newsletter.

“ We grow and learn with the gifts we have been given, following in the footsteps of Jesus.”

Welcome back to school, it is great to welcome everyone back after the summer holidays and we are all excited about beginning a new academic year. It has been so uplifting to see all the children return to school together, and a special welcome to all our new families both in early years and across the school. A big welcome also to our new members of staff.

Staff and children have been delighted that we have returned to a new normal with no bubbles, children mixing more at playtime and lunchtime and opportunities for collective worship together. Hearing hymn practice this week for the first time for what seems to be ever was quite emotional for the staff involved!

However, we do realise that although guidelines have changed significantly we do still need to make parents aware of the need to follow procedures should a child develop one of the recognised symptoms. We are still continuing with our handwashing procedures and increased cleaning during the school day. Please refer to our updated Covid risk assessment on our Covid page.

We are excited about our new topics for learning and class pages on the website will be updated with the new topic maps, knowledge organisers and information for parents generally to support learning. Class Dojo will be used to inform parents of the week ahead and for any messages or information.

As we are now able to resume trips and participate more in external activities, the children will begin to experience learning again beyond the classroom. Music teachers are also back in school and this year we are offering flute, piano and guitar, please get in touch with the office should your child want to participate in any of these.

We are hoping to attend Mass for the first time as a school on October 1st at St Joseph’s, this is the feast day of St Therese of Lisieux so we will be planning the Mass around this theme.

We acknowledge that our children need a child-centred holistic approach to learning rooted in faith. Our reworded mission statement which now includes the word gifts reminds us all that our children are gifts from God, and how important our job as educators is to ensure that we provide an education for our children which enables them to be the best they can be. We have adopted 10 school virtues based on learning habits and our Gospel values: - faith, love, kindness, respect, confidence, resilience, love of learning, forgiveness, courage and patience. We will be focused on one virtue weekly to embed them with our children and school community, celebrating virtue of the week in each year group as part of celebration assembly. We will also be asking parents to send us in evidence of their children showing their virtues at home, look out for examples in our weekly newsletter!

During their time at English Martyrs we want all our children to grow their virtues making them ready for their next steps beyond year 6.

We will continue to populate our new mental health page on the website under the parents section so please take a look and use some of the resources. A key feature will be our 5 Ways to Well-being approach inspired by the NHS initiative and New Economics Foundation, which focuses on; CONNECTING, BEING ACTIVE, TAKING NOTICE, KEEPING LEARNING AND GIVING.

News Flash!

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Ofsted Inspection

Following our recent inspection on 13th October 2021, we are very pleased to report that we have been judged as a good school again.  We were delighted with the feedback in the report and the feedback given on the day, the school being desribed as having a strong pair of arms around it and nothing left to chance, pace and energy in lessons was excellent and expectations for all the children was high.  

In the report, one parent's comment was 'we feel very lucky to be part of such a nurtuting happy school'.

 

Click here to read the full report.

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Propectus

Please take a look at our propectus and video below. Please contact the office if you would like to come and look round the school.

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Route to Resilience Accreditation

We are thrilled to have received our accreditation for being a Route to Resilience school .  We completed a programme on an evidence-based and practical approach to supporting schools and families in their work developing the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and young people. 

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Refurbished Library

We were thrilled to get a donation of £500 from the Lions Club to go towards new furniture for our library.  Miss Reeson and Mrs Menzies have also done an amazing job on the mural which includes the children's favourite book characters.  

The space is now a lovely bright and welcoming area for our children to enjoy choosing and reading books. 

Please click here to view our prospectus

Covid 19

Please see our Covid 19 page for information on our recovery curriculum, risk assessments and what to do if your child or family member starts to display symptoms of Coronavirus.

Our Remote Learning Offer and Remote Learning Policy can also be found on our Covid 19 page.

Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads 

Lead DSL - Mrs Alison Chambers - [email protected]

Deputy DSLs - Mrs Catherine Scott - [email protected], Miss Sian Humphreys - [email protected]

Telephone 01572 722 400

Please click here to view our Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy.  

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