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About the Development Trust

English Martyrs' Development Trust is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission. It exists to provide educational opportunities exclusively for students of English Martyrs' Catholic School, a Voluntary Academy, Leicester. The charity aims to provide the funds to ensure that students of English Martyrs' can take part in opportunities over and above what is provided in regular lessons - ie extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities. It is run by a group of volunteers (the Trustees).

What We Do

The Trust pays for extra-curricular opportunities and activities. We recognise that there are many calls on the budget of the school and that this can put pressure on the funds available for extra-curricular opportunities especially in the arts (music, dance, drama, art, design), sports and other activities which help to develop young people and build their character.


The charity therefore seeks to make sure that subsidies are available so that our young people can take part in exciting performance; in sports training and fixtures; to go on retreat; to take part in outward bound activities; educational visits etc. The charity will also buy new equipment for the school and work to ensure that school facilities are continually enhanced.

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Who are the Trustees?

The Trust has 9 Trustees with a wide range of experience and a strong commitment to the school. The Chair is Mr Edward Hayes. Mr Hayes taught in Catholic Schools throughout his career and was the Headteacher of St Paul's Catholic School Leicester and Diocesan Director of Education for Nottingham Diocese. He has many years of experience in the charity sector and is a Director of the Nottinghamshire children's charity 'Faith in Families'.


Mrs Mary Dakin, Mrs Bernadette Mulligan-Cant, Mr Ieuan Cox, Mr Marius Carney, Mr Edward Hayes (Chair), Mr Robert Vincent (Vice Chair), Ms Ruth Inman, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyia, Fr Simon Robson O.P.

The Trust and trustees are subject to charity law and the accounts will be regularly scrutinised and audited.

Support Us

We know the great impact that our school and all of the activities on offer makes in the lives of our young people. We hope you will support our aim to help everyone succeed.

We very much value your financial support. Please consider giving a regular monthly donation of £5, £10, £20 or a one off gift. We can claim Gift Aid on donations.

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