End of Term Letter - Easter 2021

Dear Parents and Students

Almsgiving in Lent

It has been lovely to see students in non-uniform today as we raise money for our Lent Charity: CAFOD. This year CAFOD is working hard to ensure that those who are denied basic access to fresh water near to their home are helped to create a sustainable source. Speaking in Rome last week, about the annual observance of World Water Day, Pope Francis said:

“Tomorrow is World Water Day, which invites us to reflect on the value of this wonderful and irreplaceable gift of God. For us believers ‘sister’ water is not a commodity: it is a universal symbol and a source of life and health, Highlighting the fact that so many people across the world have little access to water, which is perhaps even polluted, the Pope said: “It is necessary to ensure drinking water and sanitation to all.”

Reflecting on the week

A very big thank you to all of our students on much hard work in lessons this week. I have visited many lessons and have been very impressed with students dedication and diligence.

The Covid home testing programme is working well as it has shown up some asymptomatic covid cases. Unfortunately for students who have been in the same lessons as the infected person this means that they have had to self-isolate at home. I realise that this can be very frustrating and worrying, especially for our Year 11 students, but it is of course necessary for the common good. I have waited with all the students whilst they have been signing out and I would like to make a special thanks to these students for their understanding and maturity about this situation. You are all a great credit to your families and to the school.

Thanks to the staff

Thank you to our teachers and all staff for everything that has happened so far this year. It has been another extraordinary term and required all our staff to undertake new tasks which have not previously been part of their professional roles - notably on-line live teaching and planning and operating a large covid testing centre.

Former student launched at NASA

Congratulations to former student, Daniel Watters, who left the Sixth Form in 2013, Daniel has recently received a prestigious post-doctoral research fellowship at NASA. Daniel studied Physics, Mathematics and Psychology A levels, before reading Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leicester where he graduated with the ‘May Prize’ for outstanding performance in the final year of any undergraduate Physics course.

Currently finishing his PhD, Daniel will move to NASA in Alabama later this year. He writes: “I am very grateful to English Martyrs’ School for the excellent education that they provided to me and for enabling me to progress onto new academic ventures. In particular, I would like to note the high standard of teaching that I received from my teachers including Mr Boston (Physics), Mr Owen and Mr Parmar (Maths), Mr Lines (Psychology), Mrs Sheehan (Form Tutor) and Mr Wilson (Sixth form tutor). I hope that my story can be inspirational to the next generation of students at the school.”

Roadworks Anstey Lane and Buckminster Road

Leicester City Council was recently awarded funds from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a series of pedestrian, cycling and publ