Our Mission Statement
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School offers distinctive Catholic education within a caring Christian community where everyone feels loved and valued, confident and secure.
We believe that each person is precious and gifted, unique and loved by God.
With Christ as our inspiration, we work in partnership to create a challenging, effective and exciting learning environment where everyone is encouraged to embrace opportunity.
Welcome to English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
Dear Families of English Martyrs’,
It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to our warm, caring and happy school. We are a single form school, small but mighty, where every young learner’s mind, body and soul is nurtured. We are committed to supporting all of our wonderful pupils and amazing staff.
There is something for everyone here at English Martyrs and as we get to know each and every child, we make sure that they feel valued and supported to achieve their personal best and shine.
Christ is at the centre of all that we do and we have introduced a Virtues Curriculum, embedding our eight core virtues: love, practical wisdom, temperance, justice, solidarity, courage, faith, hope throughout our curriculum. We encourage a love of learning so that our pupils take this with them for the rest of their lives embracing opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that come their way. We have an active and challenging Eco and School Council and Mini Vinnies group.
A committed and hardworking team create a creativity, curiosity and motivation to learn. We are committed to enhancing our curriculum with as many enrichment activities as we can and include a range of trips visitors.
We aim high at English Martyrs and collaboration and partnerships are key players in our success. We work closely with our partner school, St Joseph’s, Castleford and also all of the primary schools within the BKCAT Trust. Our teaching is research-led with initiatives being driven by experts in the field.
We have a wonderful pastoral system to ensure that all barriers to learning are removed for our children and we ensure that every child is supported. We believe in nurture and we are firmly committed to developing the mental health and well-being of our children. We are also firmly committed to working with our families and believe that parents, as the first educators, hold a wealth of knowledge about their child and we value all contributions and the information that they share with us.
We are an inclusive school, welcoming Catholic families, families of all faiths and none.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school, and to a happy and successful partnership with all our new children and families as we embrace an exciting future together.
Mrs Sarah Spencer Mrs Bridget Kerrigan
Executive Headteacher Head of School
Resources for Parents and Carers During Summer
Take a look at some of these resources for parents and carers in the Wakefield District.
Happy Health Holidays
WF Happy Healthy Holidays aims to keep children and young people active during the School Holidays by providing free enriching activities and healthy food for children in Reception class to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals.
Welcome to Healthier Together – a tool that gives consistent, accurate and trustworthy healthcare advice to parents, carers, young people and professionals.
The information on this site has been reviewed by local paediatricians, GPs and clinicians across the region to ensure it aligns with current practices and procedures.
Use the quick links, search bar, or menus to find clear advice with easy to use traffic light guide, red, amber, green found in the parents/carers section. This will help to identify when, where, and how you should seek help for your poorly baby or child.
Look through the site for practical guidance such as ‘should my child go to school’.
Baby Summer Safety
The weather is getting warmer, which can make following safer sleep advice more complicated. It is harder to keep baby cool and holidays and travel can disrupt routines. We have put together some tips on baby summer safety so you can enjoy the summer and keep baby safe when the weather gets hot.
There are many hidden dangers, when entering canals, rivers and reservoirs, that have tragically taken lives.
The number of accidental drownings in our region is on the rise.
Anything below 15ºC is defined as cold water and can seriously affect your breathing and movement, so the risk is significant all year round, even on hot days, and even for strong swimmers.
Free Summer – Wakefield Council
With the cost of living rising Wakefield Council has pulled together a handy guide to help you through the summer holidays. This page is full of financial help and support as well as free activities for all the family to enjoy.
Staying Safe Online
Being online can be a brilliant place to keep in touch with friends, be creative and discover new things.
Most people use the internet daily for things like going on social media, game, watch videos, work and study.
Talking to people online that you know ‘offline’ is something many people do, people that you don’t know can also use social media and follow you.
As brilliant as the internet is, it can be used by those who want to cause harm to a child. So you may find it useful to read through the information on this page to help keep yourself and your friends safe online.