Building Hope in Bunkpurungu

Last year (2015/1016) saw the 50th anniversary of English Martyrs’ school. The school serves the parishes of St Francis Assisi, Long Eaton, Our Lady of the Assumption, Beeston and St John the Evangelist, Stapleford.  During this year, we celebrated the wonderful people who have been a part of the school, helping to form its history and build its future.  We remembered many happy events that had taken place over the years from parties to performances, masses to special visitors.  We gave thanks for the education and opportunities that English Martyrs’ school has given so many.  The children told us they felt “lucky receiving the education they do”, “spending time with their friends”, “learning new things”, “using lots of different resources”.  The children decided they wanted to give back…..

On the 10th Feb 2016, we launched our Mission.  In partnership with the Becket school (and now the South Nottingham Catholic Academy Trust) we decided to build a school!!

The team at the Becket, working closely with the White Fathers, identified a region called Bunkpurugu, North Ghana which is in great need of funds to help build a school and thus a future for its young people.


Throughout the Summer term, English Martyrs’ children, families, staff and community worked relentlessly to raise funds for the project.  All manner of fund raising ideas were explored.  Here are just some of the things we did:


Whole School Readathon.


Staff Sponsored Walk


We entered the Green School Awards and won!!!  The school donated prize to the Bunkpurugu project


We held a Disney day which included a film afternoon watching the Lion King