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

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

Sixth former Jess wins Bright Young Thing Award

SIXTH former Jess Urquhart has been awarded a coveted Bright Young Thing Award in recognition of the determination and commitment she shows balancing success on the ice with efforts at school.

Jess (18) picked up the accolade as judges for the Nottingham Post’s Heroes Awards 2016 commended the way she continues to have worldwide success as a speed skater AND ice hockey player as well as studying for her A levels.

Jess trains with the Team GB skate squad several times a week and is ranked first in her age group, is the current U17 British Champion, holds three British relay records and has landed herself a qualifying spot at the European Super Finals.

As an ice hockey player, she is no less accomplished, playing for GB U18 and senior women’s teams and is the first female ever to play for the Lions Senior Men’s team.

Jess playing with the Lions senior men's team

Jess playing with the Lions senior men’s team