If it is your first child moving from Primary to EMS we understand this can be a daunting prospect and a time of uncertainty.  We’ve decided to put together an area of the website that should have most of the information you need.

Year 6 Parent Induction Evening – Wednesday 3rd July

This evening is held in St. Anne’s Hall in the Main School building.  It starts at 6pm.  It is really important that someone attends for your child. As there will be a large number of people attending we would ask that students do not attend this meeting as it would be difficult to accommodate all parents and children in the Main Hall. The evening is an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and other key staff. We will also be sharing key information and completing key proformas and documentation.

Year 6 Induction Week

For the week commencing Monday, 8th July 2019, students who attend our Catholic feeder primaries will be collected from their primary school at 9:00am and transported to English Martyrs. Buses will then collect them from English Martyrs at 2:00pm and return them to their primary schools to enable you to collect them at the usual time. Students who attend non-feeder schools should be brought to English Martyrs Student Reception for 9:15am each day. The students should be collected from the same place at 2:00pm. All students should attend in their normal Primary School uniform. Lunch will be provided by us on those days, but if your child has any particular dietary needs/allergies etc., please let us know.

Uniform

From September 2019, we are introducing a new range of school ties. The new ties will feature two sets of red stripes and two stripes that represent the House your child is in.  There will also be a new Prefect tie.  These can be seen in the image below.

As the school tie will feature the house colours, all blazers purchased from our Uniform Supplier will only have the school badge embroidered on the pocket. Students are welcome to wear the older style blazer and these will be phased out in time.

You will find out what house your child is in at the Year 6 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 3rd July.

Purchasing Uniform

Once you know your child’s/children’s house, you can order uniform.  We recommend you come to one of the three pop up shops to order the compulsory items as we’ve managed to get you a discount!

Our suppliers are on hand with plenty of items for you to try on.  We can’t tell you an absolute cost as the items vary in price depending on the size you order.

If you don’t want to come to one of the events then you can order in other ways.

Log onto www.trutexdirect.com and register using our schools LEA code: LEA01006SC. This will take you to the English Martyrs school uniform page, where you can see all items of our school uniform. The site is secure and orders can be placed quickly and safely, direct with Trutex. Alternatively, you can order from Trutex Direct by phone, call 01200 421206. View the EMS/Trutex brochure here

For more information on our Uniform please click here

Keep In Touch! – The Parent App & Social Media

Since last summer we have been working hard streamlining and improving communication.  We have introduced a new school website, are extremely active on social media channels (details on the picture), and now we are excited to introduce our Parent App.

Available on all smartphones and tablets we use it to push all key information, letters and school reports directly to you.  The good news is you can set this up now!  Click Here to find full instructions on how to download and set up the App and to watch a demo video of its current features.

When you arrive in September we will issue every parent with an individual ID and PIN code which will link you to your children in the app.  From there you can monitor your child’s attendance and behaviour whenever you wish.  There’s a direct link to Parent Pay, the system we use for paying for meals and trips. The App is synced with our systems at around 5:30pm each evening bringing you everything you need to know on a daily basis.

It’s getting better all the time! The App is essential for at least one parent in each household.

Holidays

Keeping your children in school during term time makes a huge difference to their learning.  With this in mind, here are the holiday dates for the next year so you can plan when to take your holidays. #attendancematters

The School Day

The first day of the new term in September is Thursday 12th September. We will update you closer to the time where students should go on the first day back. Keep an eye on the website and social media channels.  The best bit about joining us in Year 7 this year is on the first few days back – we’ll all be lost!   A normal school day is broken down like this.

8:45am - 9:00amRegistration/Assemblies
9:00am - 10:00amLesson 1
10:05am - 11:05amLesson 2
11:05am - 11:20amBreak
11:20am - 12:20pmLesson 3
12:25pm - 12:55pmLesson 4 or Lunch Y8, Y9 and Y13
12:55pm - 1:25pmLesson 4 or Lunch Y7
1:25pm - 1:55pmLesson 4 or Lunch Y10, Y11 and Y12
2:00pm - 3:00pmLesson 5

School Transport

School transport is handled by Hartlepool Borough Council.  For more information and applying, visit their website here.

School Meals

From September 2019, we are taking over the provision of school meals.  We will be posting more information on that in the coming months and we will be updating our School Meals page so keep an eye out for that. Year 7 are always on middle lunch on their own for the first year at EMS.  So their dinner time will be 12:55pm – 1:25pm.

Don’t Buy Microsoft Office – we give you it for FREE

At EMS we do everything we can to give our students every possible resource available to enhance their learning and progress.

With this in mind, we have upgraded our Office365 licencing to allow you to download the Microsoft Office Suite at home for free.  No catches, totally free!

Students won’t be able to do this until they have joined in September and got their computer login details – but after that, they can install Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc on up to five devices and use completely free until such time they leave EMS.

When you get to this point all the information and help you need is on the school website here

Don’t Worry

Our final piece of advice is Don’t Worry.

The transition will be less stressful than you imagine. It’s a really big place and a big change but all of our staff are on hand to help and guide them every step of the way.  Before you know it, they will be completing their seven-year journey and leaving us in Year 13.

Documents

Below are copies of documents we’ve sent out during the transition process in case you didn’t receive or have misplaced it.

Transition Letter – March 2019
Year 7 Induction Evening Booklet

Contact Us

If you have any other questions or queries please email admin@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk, phone 01429 273790 or us the Contact Us page on the website.