Welcome to the English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy website. We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 152 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll. We are part of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi Academy Trust together with 16 other primary schools and 4 secondary schools across Leicestershire and Rutland.
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.
“We grow and learn with the gifts we have been given, following in the footsteps of Jesus.”
Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. One parent’s comment summed up the views of many: ’We feel very lucky to be part of such a nurturing, happy school.' Parents appreciate that the staff are approachable. They know that staff care for their children. Parents describe the school as being like a family. (Ofsted October 2021)
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 each one with our children and school community, and celebrating our virtue of the week in each year group as part of celebration assembly. Children will explore the meaning of the virtue and how they can show this virtue in their daily lives. Staff will provide weekly reflection time for them to share their ideas around living out our virtues. 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.
Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes embody the school values. They know what is expected of them. Pupils are polite and caring towards each other. Incidents of poor behaviour are rare. Bullying is not tolerated. Pupils have a clear understanding of equality. They told inspectors: ‘Everyone is welcome here.’ (Ofsted October 2021)
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 take a look at the weekly school newsletter.
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.
Thank you to everyone who put a blue token in our box in Tesco over the last few months - we were thrilled to find out we had won £1500 to pay for new non-fiction books for our library!
If your child is starting school in September 2023, please contact the office to book an appointment to have a look round school. Please take a look at our Open Days page here to see our prospectus and school video.
We look forward to showing you round our wonderful school!
We are the Champions - again!
We are thrilled to have won the Rutland Small
Schools Sports Champion award for the 5th year in
a row and the 6th time overall!
We have also
been awarded the School Games Platinum
Award again this year!
We are so proud of all of our children for their sporting achievements!
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.
Click here to read the full report.
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.