Poppy cake fundraising

AFTER lots of cake making, cake buying and selling – and lots of cake eating, Carlton le Willows staff and students have so far raised just over £200 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


Preparing the cakes

Preparing the cakes

And then selling the cakes….

Kindness cake sale

World Kindness Day

Carlton le Willows’ Five Days of Kindness culminated in World Kindness Day on Friday 13th November.

Across the Academy, all classes took ten minutes to pause and reflect on aspects of kindness relevant to the lesson.

These Year 7 girls took the time to make kindness cards and presents to send to a local care home.


And Gem FM broadcast about our day in their morning news bulletins after speaking to Connor Fowler, Ashlea Pringle and Lewis Bradley.

Listen to what they said:

Kind deeds and kind boxes

Students have been embracing the spirit of Five Days of Kindness, with Year 7 and 8 working hard to fill their Kindness cards.

These cards urge each student to pledge or complete a kindness for another, either in school, at home, in the community or in friendship.

Deeds so far have been wide ranging, everything from litter picking and sweeping leaves to helping at home or buying a friend some lunch.

Some students have been creating Kind Boxes – designed for another to bring happiness.

Mr Tenniswood’s whole class brought in Kind boxes to give to each other.

Year 7 kindness boxes

Kindness box recipient

And the winners are……

Judging was so hard as all the cakes were fantastic, so well done to everyone who entered.

Special award for originality and research goes to Lewis Bradley (KS3) and Ashlea Pringle (KS4)

Lewis designed a cake inspired by Private Peaceful – a book with a helmet, rifles and dog tags on, which Mrs Harris said reminded her of the pocket bibles soldiers would carry.

Lewis with his winning cake and Mrs Harris

Lewis with his winning cake and Mrs Harris

Ashlea’s three tier cake was made in memory of her great, great uncle Charlie Peach who died in WW1. His photograph accompanied the cake, which below the decoration was made of red velvet sponge.

Ashlea's family-inspired cake

Ashlea’s family-inspired cake

Winner of the best whole cake KS3 was Dylan Widdowson, with Alyssa Tate winning the KS4 title. They both made clocks with hands pointing to 11am adorned with poppies.

Winner of the best individual cakes was Isabelle Jackson for capturing the exact colour and shape of a poppy.

Special mention goes to Rebecca Boys for her imaginative cake in the shape of a cross.


And after judging, Lewis and Ashlea joined fellow students to take their winning designs to Willowbrook Care Home and donate them to residents  – the true spirit of Five Days of Kindness.


Judging the cakes

Mrs Harris, chair of the Royal British Legion, said she had a difficult time judging the cakes – they were all so amazing.

Here is a flavour of what she saw……

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And afterwards, she met some of the cake makers.


Poppy cake competition

What an amazing array of cakes we have in school this morning!

Students were baking late into the evening to prepare a host of cakes in the theme of remembrance for our Five Days of Kindness Poppy cake competition.

Mrs Marry Harris from the Royal British Legion said she was amazed and extremely thankful for all the hard work and thought given to the designs.

She found it incredibly hard to pick a winner.

An array of amazing cakes

An array of amazing cakes


Five Days of Kindness

FIVE days of kindness kicks off at Carlton le Willows this week – simply a celebration of all the kind acts we see on a daily basis in the Academy.

Throughout the week, students and staff are focusing on kindness in school, at home, in the community and in friendship with everyone encouraged to show random acts of kindness to others.

Students are currently busy baking, creating culinary masterpieces to enter into our Poppy themed cake competition to mark Remembrance Day, with winning entries to be donated to a local care home.

And we are delighted to be welcoming Mary Harris in to school to judge the competition. As chair of the local branch of the Royal British Legion who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of ex-servicemen and women, we can think of nobody better to judge their efforts.