Officer scholarship for Sam

YEAR 13 SAM Pickett is about to see his dreams become a reality after gaining a coveted scholarship to the prestigious army academy at Sandhurst.

Sixth former Sam (18), is one of just a handful of applicants from across the country to successfully complete an arduous three-day selection process guaranteeing him a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, after finishing university.


The committed teenager showed dedication, professionalism and courage as he faced a series of tests, including physical and mental agility, reasoning and problem solving.

The scholarship means Sam will now be funded throughout his final year of sixth form and also during university. After finishing his degree he will automatically start a 48 week commissioning course at Sandhurst – on completion of which he will become a 2nd Lieutenant and then be allocated a unit.

Said Sam: “The terms of the scholarship mean I must stay in the army for at least three years after leaving Sandhurst.  I guess a lot of my future is mapped out for me, but that’s great. I’ve always hoped I could become an army officer and now that dream’s being realised.”

Students help make a success of centre opening

MEMBERS of Carlton le Willows’ table tennis team spent the day coaching pupils from local primary schools as a prelude to the official opening of the Academy’s brand new table tennis centre.

Children from eight feeder schools visited during Carlton le Willows on 12th September, enjoying the chance to see the state-of-the-art facility firsthand and get the benefit of expert advice from some of the Academy’s top table tennis players.

The Year 9 students showed professionalism, kindness and dedication as they worked throughout the day with a series of different groups of children.

At the end of the day, they got the chance to hone their on skills during a masterclass with six times Commonwealth medallist and GB team table tennis coach Alan Cooke.

That same evening, some of the students also attended the grand opening event, displaying their skills in front of the invited guests.

Priory and Colwick St John pupils get some coaching from Table Tennis England coach Chris Turner

Priory and Colwick St John pupils get some coaching from Table Tennis England coach Chris Turner, ably assisted by Academy students

Year 9 Lorik Deliu warms up with Olympian Kelly Sibley in front of invited guests

Year 9 Lorik Deliu warms up with Olympian Kelly Sibley in front of invited guests at the grand centre opening

Talented athlete records impressive time

PROFESSIONALISM and determination were in action on the track as Academy student Luke Duffy achieved an impressive time at the English Schools Athletics Association national championships.

Luke (15) finished the event in a very close fourth place ( only 0.9 seconds behind first place) in the games at Gateshead stadium.

The talented Year 10 student achieved a national standard time and will now represent England at the Sainsbury’s Games.

Even more impressive is that the top three places were all won by Year 11 students, with the first two place runners already representing England at international events. Well done Luke!

Luke pictured in action in a previous race

Luke pictured in action in a previous race

Medals for Academy table tennis team

Talented table tennis players from Carlton le Willows showed their usual strength of character and determination when representing the Academy – and winning medals – during the annual Notts School Games.

A team of four Year 8 students – Ethan Scully, Ben Robertson, Jak Kane and Lorik Deliu – represented Gedling in the Games’ table tennis competition scooping a silver medal for their efforts.

The boys put on a professional and determined performance throughout the event, which saw them pitting their considerable skills against many Year 10 players in the U15 category.

The following day Ben, Jak and Lorik joined Josh Kane Joe Sherratt, Carter Pateman and his brother Max in showcasing their skills at the Nottingham Sycamore Table Tennis Academy 1* event, which drew players from across the country.

Year 8s Ben Robertson and Lorik Deliu ended up competing against each other in the Cadets final, with Lorik winning the gold medal and Ben, who also picked up a silver medal in the U13 Shield final, taking silver.

Silver medal winning team Ethan Scully, Ben Robertson, Jak Kane and Lorik Deliu with Mr Weaver at the Notts School Games

Silver medal winning team Ethan Scully, Ben Robertson, Jak Kane and Lorik Deliu with Mr Weaver at the Notts School Games

Brothers’ Coast 2 Coast challenge

BROTHERS Fraser and Tom Stillie needed great  sense of purpose and determination when they joined their parents in undertaking the arduous 130-mile Coast to Coast cycle.

Year 10 Tom and Fraser, in Year 8, completed the challenging route from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland in just three days, cycling 36 miles on day one and then 50 miles on each of days two and three.

The brothers, in Oak House, encountered many hills on the journey, including  the highest A road in England which they had to conquer at the end of a punishing second day, but showed courage and professionalism throughout.


Fraser and Tom join their parents at the start of their Coast 2 Coast challenge

Fraser and Tom join their parents at the start of their Coast 2 Coast challenge

CLW choir perform for U3A

MEMBERS of Carlton le Willows choir show real professionalism as they perform in front of the University of the Third Age (U3A).

U3A members packed into the Richard Herrod Centre to hear our choir sing, along with fiddles and flutes, at today’s event.

A very proud moment for head of music Mr Young – and one of many events talented CLW musicians have coming up over the next few weeks.

U3A members entranced by choir

U3A members entranced by choir

Double victory for Year 9 footballers

YEAR 9 footballers have shown determination, sense of purpose and professionalism during the season, bringing back not one, but two trophies to Carlton le Willows Academy.

The team brought home the County Cup after victory over West Bridgford School in the final at the Poplars sports ground just last night.

And that accolade followed a triumphant evening at the City Ground – where they beat that same West Bridgford team to bring home the prestigious Forest Vase trophy.

This year’s final at the City Ground saw history in the making with Carlton le Willows one of just a few schools to ever have teams in both the Vase and the Forest Bowl competitions, with Year 10 boys eventually named runners-up in the Bowl final.

Year 9 accept the Forest Vase trophy

Year 9 accept the Forest Vase trophy


Eanna gets commendation for bravery

YEAR 11 student Eanna Flynn has been commended for bravery after showing great strength of character in helping to bring a criminal to justice.

The 16-year-old received a commendation from Nottinghamshire Police after witnessing a crime on her way home from school. After reporting the incident Eanna’s description of the offender and detailed witness statement helped police track down – and later charge – someone with an offence.

The certificate presented to Eanna by Notts Chief Superintendent Mark Holland during a special ceremony at Mansfield Town football ground read: “Your actions helped keep the public safe and you are commended for your bravery and public spirited actions.”

The student, who showed great sense of purpose and is rightly proud of the commendation, says she would tell other students in a similar situation to stay safe and keep calm but to always help.

Eanna receives her award from Chief Superintendent Mark Holland

Div commander's commendation


Emma’s charity chop

YEAR 8 student Emma Hollingsworth shows kindness and generosity, by having her hair cut off to benefit children suffering from hair loss.

For 12-year-old Emma donated her long locks to the Little Princess Trust – a charity which uses real hair to make specialist wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment or suffering other hair loss – after hearing that hair donations could help a child deal with the trauma of hair loss.

Emma’s long hair was put in a plait and then measured (donations must be at least 17cm long) before the hairdresser cut it off using a pair of kitchen scissors!

The hair was then carefully parcelled up and sent to the Hereford-based charity, from where it will be sent to wig manufacturers and on to a child in need.



Emma's hair before the chop...

Emma’s hair before the chop…

And then after

And then after!

Rewarding character

RECOGNISING and rewarding good character is a key element of life at Carlton le Willows Academy, with students picking up termly trophies.

Awards are being presented in House assemblies in recognition of the eight character pillars – kindness, purpose, enthusiasm, gratitude  curiosity, determination, optimism and professionalism – by head teacher Mr Weaver.

Some of the Birch character award winners display their trophies

Some of the Birch character award winners display their trophies