Certificates Evening 2016

STUDENTS, parents, staff and governors gathered for the Carlton le Willows Certificates Evening – the chance to celebrate the determination, professionalism, courage and optimism shown by students in GCSE and A level exams this year.

All students collect their exam certificates at the annual event, which also sees a host of awards presented in recognition of individual achievement.

Guest speaker, polar explorer Fiona Thornewill MBE delighted the audience as she spoke about the challenges she faced on her expeditions to become not only the first British woman to ski solo to the South Pole, but also the fastest person ever to reach the South Pole – a feat she achieved in a record 42 days.

Among those students to be honoured and accept an award, presented by Fiona, were Liam Redwood, who won the Stuart Foulds Memorial Prize for Sport; Alexander Todd who won the Key Stage 5 Achievement Award and Connor Fowler who accepted the Key Stage 4 Achievement Award.

Joshua Garwood was resented with the Special Award for Service to the Academy, Amy Lawlor picked up the Torr Family Aspire Award and Aadil Kahn was presented with the very first Bob Martin Student of the Year Award.

Congratulations to all our dedicated students for their phenomenal efforts this year!

Josh Garwood accepts his award from polar explorer Fiona Thornewill MBE

Josh Garwood accepts his award from polar explorer Fiona Thornewill MBE


Aadil Khan accepts the Student of the Year Award presented by former chair of governors Bob Martin

Aadil Khan accepts the Student of the Year Award presented by former chair of governors Bob Martin

Testimonial praises Academy community

Carlton le Willows’ caring and resepctful community has been praised in a testimonial following a visit by Pintsize Theatre Company.

In a letter addressed to Mr Tomlinson, all staff and students, Pintsize manager Ian Court thanked everyone for the wonderfully warm welcome they received when they came in to deliver their SRE play and workshop ‘LUVU2’.

Mr Court’s letter said: “Delivery of this project has occurred over three years now and Carlton le Willows Academy has stood out as a superb example of what a school can achieve when it prioritises pastoral care.

“The school is obviously a strong community, based on mutual respect and concern for others – from the site staff to the teachers, students and office staff, our impression is of a community working incredibly hard to create a positive environment for all within it; striving not only for academic achievement but also to inculcate values of mutual care and respect for others.”

He went on to thank students for being an ‘exemplary audience’ and described the students who volunteered to be involved in the role play as “particularly mature and thoughtful in their contribution to the day. Your students were a credit to themselves and their school.”



Charlie hits BBC airwaves

SINGER/SONGWRITER Charlie Fearon will be showing his professionalism as well as his talent when he hits the airwaves  performing his own music during a set for the BBC.

Year 12 Charlie was asked to perform two of his own acoustic songs during Dean Jackson’s Saturday night music show on BBC Radio Nottingham on 3rd December.

The slot, which will also feature on the Beatvisuals Youtube channel, comes after the 16-year-old was spotted by the local DJ at a concert last year and subsequently invited to play as support for an alternative music act at Rough Trade and then to record at the BBC’s Nottingham studios.

The talented teenager only started playing guitar about three years ago, writing his own material just a few weeks after that, but says that once he has finished his A levels he intends to pursue a career as a recording artist.

Charlie at the BBC's Nottingham studios

Charlie at the BBC’s Nottingham studios