Gedling Schools athletics champions

ATHLETES from Carlton le Willows have bagged yet another trophy, with Year 7 and 8 coming top in the Gedling Schools Athletics tournament this summer.

PE teacher Mrs Jones said success at the tournament was due to a great team effort and outstanding performances by all athletes, who showed determination, professionalism and enthusiasm throughout.

Event winners were:

Year 7 – Megan Bee High Jump; Paul Senior 100m; Dhiraj Scouller 1500m; Ashlee Taylor 1500m

Ella Mehew Hurdles; Emily Rycroft 200m; Anna Hutson 800m

Girls relay team Emily Rycroft, Sianna Orange, Megan Bee, Anna Hutson

Boys relay team Paul Senior, Aston Lee Whitehead, Lui Bull, Dhiraj Scouller.


Year 8 – Pedro Brandao Long Jump; Eve Blissett Long Jump; Rachel Moran-Thornhill Discus; Skye Fawsitt Javelin and 100m; Curtis Durose 1500m

Girls relay team; Skye Fawsitt, Eve Blissett, Thea Beckford, Mali Pawlukiewicz


Year 8 Skye Fawsitt and Paul Senior from Year 7 are pictured holding the shield.

Year 8 Skye Fawsitt and Paul Senior from Year 7 are pictured holding the shield.

Table tennis siblings in national finals

BROTHER and sister Jak and Megan Kane will be using all their professionalism and determination when they represent Nottinghamshire in a major schools table tennis championship at the weekend.

As current County Champions, the Academy students have both qualified to represent Notts in the Butterfly Schools Individual Table Tennis Championship Finals to be held in Wolverhampton on Saturday (29th April).

Megan will compete in the U16 girls’ category, while Jak – who recently came runner up in the Notts Junior Table Tennis League – will take part in the U19 event.

Run by the English Schools Table Tennis Association (ESTTA), the Championship is the largest one-day table tennis event in England with more than 350 players representing 50 counties.

Jak and Megan, both 14, are two of triplets who, along with brother Josh, all play table tennis at Carlton le Willows’ state of the art table tennis centre.

Megan and Jak Kane

National Campaign Champions at Carlton le Willows

TWO Year 9 students  have shown great professionalism after being selected to represent the East Midlands as ‘Campaign Champions’ – roles which will see them lobbying parliament as part a campaign to improve global education.

Geography students Ella Henry and Ella Foster are two of only four students selected from Nottinghamshire (and just 22 across the UK) to become Campaign Champions for the international Send my Friend to School Campaign.

Now the 14-year-olds will join fellow champions from across Britain, some from as far afield as the Isle of Wight and Orkney, to call on world leaders to ensure that every child across the world gets a quality education.

The girls have already taken part in a two-day residential training course to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to lobby their local communities and also at a national level and aim to work with students at the Academy and infeeder primary schools to create a powerful message to send to government.

Said Ella Henry: “We are so excited about this opportunity to make a difference – big or small, and fight for something that is a global problem which affects 263 million children. Children’s education may not be daily headline news in Britain, but it is a global problem that needs global attention.”

Ella and Ella community champions


Regional final for maths students

FOUR Carlton le Willows students showed great strength of purpose and professionalism when they represented the Academy in the regional finals of the UKMT maths challenge last week.

Elijah Gregory from Year 9, Eloise Clayton, Daisy Donoghue and Olivia Hanson, all Year 8, joined students from 22 other schools from all over the Midlands to compete in numerous rounds of mathematical mayhem!

Miss Butterworth was extremely proud of the four, who finished the day in a very respectable 14th place after taking part in every round. Well done every single one of you for the enthusiasm and determination you showed on the day.

Eloise, Olivia and Elijah, pictured with their certificates after taking part in the UKMT maths challenge, along with Daisy Donoghue.

Eloise, Olivia and Elijah, pictured with their certificates after taking part in the UKMT maths challenge, along with Daisy Donoghue.

Budding musician has the time of his life

GUITARIST Leon Blakey had the time of his life when he went to a Green Day concert in half term – and was plucked from the 13,000 strong crowd to play on stage with the band.

The 12-year-old Cedar student showed great professionalism and courage joining Billie Joe Armstrong and the band on stage at Leeds First Direct Arena – and even went home with a new instrument signed by the whole band.

“It was just insane – the best day of my life ever,” said Leon. “I was at the gig and they asked if anyone could play guitar. I put my hand up and some people nearby started pointing at me and I just think Billie Joe noticed me.”

As a massive Green Day fan, the young musician needed no help playing the song – a cover of the 1990 song Knowledge. He said: “Billie Joe was trying to show me the chords, but I was like ‘I know, I know them’ and he just laughed.”

Leon is in a band with two school friends, who performed at the Academy’s own concert in aid of the Children of Aleppo.

Leon plays live to 13,000 Green Day fans

Leon plays live to 13,000 Green Day fans

Leon on stage

Rewarding good character

IT IS awards time once again for students in each house who have displayed outstanding character.

Positive character traits are rewarded termly at Carlton le Willows with trophies presented in recognition of eight key pillars of character – professionalism, curiosity, kindness, gratitude, purpose, determination, enthusiasm and optimism.

Oak trophy winners

Oak trophy winners

Courtney rubs shoulders with royalty

ACADEMY student Courtney Marke’s dedicated and professional approach has won her the royal seal of approval after the talented singer got the chance to meet Prince Harry.

Courtney (14), was chosen to meet the popular royal during his visit to Nottingham’s Council House when he saw members of the St Anns recording studio CRS perform excerpts from a recent production.

For many, meeting a member of the Royal family would be a once in a lifetime opportunity – but for Year 9 student Courtney this is the second time she has met the prince.

“I performed in front of Prince Harry when he visited CRS in December and he said I should definitely keep on going towards realising my dream as I’m a great singer,” said Courtney. “It was just amazing. I was thrilled to get the chance to meet him again. He is such a lovely, genuinely nice person.”

During her trip to the Council House, Courtney also enjoyed a tour of the Lord Mayor’s offices conducted by the Lord Mayor himself Coun Mohammed Saghir.

Courtney and Harry

Academy table tennis teams qualify for regionals

ACADEMY table tennis players are once again on a winning streak after qualifying to take part in the regional finals of a national school table tennis competition.

As current County Champions, Carlton le Willows’ table tennis teams were invited to take part in the English School Table Tennis Association’s National School Teams Championship where boys on the U13 and U16 teams both qualified for the regionals in March.

For the U16 team – Max Stevens, Jak Kane, Lorik Deliu and Ben Robertson – this was the second time in the tournament and this year they beat both the winners and runners up from last year.

The U16s will join the U13 team – Max Pateman, Issac Gibbs, Oliver Wilson and Josh Smith – at the regionals in Blackburn. If successful, the teams will progress to the tournament’s national finals.

U16 boys are through to regional fnals

U16 boys are through to regional fnals

Olympian tries out table tennis centre

ENGLAND number 1 and double Olympian table tennis player Paul Drinkhall gave Academy and primary school students a glimpse into life as a professional sportsman during a training session in Carlton le Willows table tennis centre.

World Championship medallist Paul, who is currently ranked 40 in the table tennis world rankings, was taking part in a mid-week training session with GB national team coach Alan Cooke at the purpose built centre.

Some of the Academy’s own table tennis players got the chance to sit and watch the training session, which Paul was undertaking ahead of the table tennis National Championships to be held in Nottingham in March.

And pupils from Burton Joyce, Willow Farm and St Peter’s Primary Schools, who were invited down to watch the champion in action, showed great enthusiasm and gratitude when they got the chance to hit a few balls with the elite sportsman.

Academy students watch England number one Paul Drinkhall train with GB national coach Alan Cooke

Academy students watch England number one Paul Drinkhall train with GB national coach Alan Cooke

Willow Farm and Burton Joyce Primary School pupils enjoy taking part

Willow Farm and Burton Joyce Primary School pupils enjoy taking part


Kind hearted musicians stage fundraising concert

TALENTED singers and musicians took to the stage to show their support for those caught up in the crisis in Aleppo and elsewhere in the world with a charity concert.

Students showed kindness and professionalism when staging the Children of Aleppo concert in December – raising a staggering £600.75 shared between the British Red Cross (towards their Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal) and Save the Children.

During the evening the audience heard from a host of talent with students performing solo or joining forces to perform in groups.

Carlton le Willows choir were among many talented acts on the night

Carlton le Willows choir were among many talented acts on the night