Students champion volunteer scheme

STUDENT enthusiasm and commitment to the National Citizen Service has resulted in Carlton le Willows being designated a Champion School by scheme organisers.

Carlton le Willows is one of just 14 secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to receive the Champion School accolade which recognises the large number of students who have taken part in the community-focused scheme.

It comes after 50 Academy students showed professionalism, determination and courage in choosing to take part in the four-week NCS scheme this summer, which saw them choose a charitable initiative locally, fundraise and then physically facilitate completion of the project.

Head teacher Mr Weaver accepts Champion School accolade from Amy Wadsworth from NCS

Head teacher Mr Weaver accepts the Champion School accolade from Amy Wadsworth from NCS

NCS graduates celebrate getting Champion School award

NCS graduates celebrate getting Champion School award

Boxing clever with ‘Kind’ boxes

STUDENTS show generosity of spirit as they put together kindness boxes for others – one of a multitude of kind acts taking place this fortnight.

For Carlton le Willows has been marking World Kindness Day with two weeks dedicated to showing kindness among the school community and further afield.

Kindness is one of the key character traits indicative of success in life beyond school and is a vital way for young people to help others while feeling good about themselves and their place in the world.

Mr Tenniswood's class fill their Kindness boxes

Mr Tenniswood’s class fill their Kindness boxesKind boxes 5



Cakes for Kindness Week

STUDENTS got to work in the kitchen as a mass act of kindness, while also showing respect to our war dead, with a remembrance themed cake sale at Carlton le Willows.

All houses took part in the event – part of  Kindness Fortnight at the Academy – with remembrance themed cakes judged and then sold off to raise funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Winning cake creators were named as Gracie Brown (Year 7), pictured left, and Alex Reed from Year 8.


All students turned out in support of the Poppy Day cake sale – just one of hundreds of acts of kindness taking place around the Academy over the last two weeks.

As well as random acts of kindness from individuals, all houses have been encouraging students to complete 90 random acts, ranging from holding the door for someone, to reading to a friend or writing a thank you letter to an emergency service.

The aim of the whole initiative, which was hugely successful last year, is to help our young people realise the importance of kindness in life and in their lives in particular, in the way it can improve relationships, self esteem and how other people view them in the world.

Just some of the treats on offer

Just some of the treats on offer


Students support the Poppy Day cake sale

Students support the Poppy Day cake sale



Students’ professionalism leads to Italian job

THREE Carlton le Willows students recognised for their professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit have been rewarded with the chance to sell their homemade products in Italy.

Moyege Oke, Elise Long and Charlotte Smith were among just nine students from across Nottinghamshire selected to take part in the first ever international YouNG Market, which saw them selling their wares at a market in Parco deglu Acquedotti in Rome this weekend.

The students were chosen after each held a stall selling their own handmade goods  at summer markets organised by YouNG, which aims to help young people develop their employability skills.

Elise (Year 9) sold homemade cakes, Year 9 Charlotte sold a range of gifts decorated with pyrography and Year 11 Moyege sold African scarves and headbands.


Organisers said’ “We believe these students are some of the best representatives for the talents of young people that we have seen and we would like to give them the opportunity to express that on an international stage.”

Moyege and Elise run their stall

Moyege and Elise run their stall

YouNG market stalls

YouNG market stalls at the historic site


Chinese brush painting workshop

CHINESE artist Jiang (Jack) Hongsheng took time during a three-week trip to the UK to teach Carlton le Willows sixth formers the traditional art of Chinese brush painting.

Jack demonstrated how to paint a peony, the national flower of China, which he describes as being a symbol of elegance and friendship, using authentic Chinese paints and paper made from bamboo.

The sixth form art students needed determination, professionalism and a certain amount of courage to try and master the skill.

Jack’s visit was thanks to links forged by the Academy and Nottingham Confucius Institute, which is sponsored by the University of Nottingham and aims to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture across the world.

Carlton le Willows students who took part in the table tennis training trip to Ningbo in August have already been lucky enough to take part in a workshop run by Jack, a former English teacher in his home town.

Jack demonstrates the art of Chinese brush painting

Jack demonstrates the art of Chinese brush painting

Sixth form art students have a go

Sixth form art students have a go

Callum joins Sea Cadets for Trafalgar Day Parade

SEA CADET Callum Blackshaw puts his drilling skills – and professionalism – on display as he steps out for the national Trafalgar Day parade.

Year 10 Callum was one of just three cadets chosen from his unit in Nottingham, Orion, to join around 300 other sea cadets for the annual parade through London to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar.

Callum (15), who has been a sea cadet for four years and hopes to join the Navy, spent three days training in Portsmouth at HMS Excellent naval base, before the big day in London.

Setting off from Horseguards Parade outside Buckingham Palace, Callum and his fellow cadets formed a ‘guard’ to march through the capital before arriving at Trafalgar Square to watch the wreath laying.

Callum marches to Trafalgar Square

Callum marches to Trafalgar Square