Ashlea Pringle wins Inspiration Award

YEAR 11 Ashlea Pringle has been named ‘inspirational’ after winning  Gedling Borough Council’s Young Inspiration Award.

Ashlea was nominated for her work on Gedling Youth Council over the last two years, particularly during anti-bullying week 2015 when she gave presentations about bullying in school assemblies.

The 16-year old was also a runner-up in the Young Person category of the Pride of Gedling Awards 2016 just a month earlier.

Ashlea, who is also a member of Carlton le Willow’s Student Parliament, continues to show great sense of purpose and social responsibility in ensuring young people are given a voice in their community.

Ashlea is pictured with fellow Youth Council member Holly Fallon at the Pride of Gedling awards

Ashlea is pictured with fellow Youth Council member Holly Fallon at the Pride of Gedling awards



Character Award assemblies

KINDNESS, purpose, enthusiasm, optimism, professionalism and gratitude – just a few of the character traits rewarded at House Character Award assemblies at the end of term.

Students displaying all eight of the character pillars received special awards at House assemblies, presented by former student Josh Stokes.

Josh has himself displayed professionalism, detemination and purpose by securing a job in the Royal Air Force working with the Red Arrows team.

Oak students with their character awards

Oak students with their character awards


Certificates Evening

A Level and GCSE students were commended for showing determination, enthusiasm and optimism at the annual Carlton le Willows Certificates Evening last night.

All students were invited to collect their exam certificates at a special presentation evening which also recognises and celebrates some outstanding individual performances.

Guest speaker Sarah Keyworth – a former Academy student – delighted the audience as she spoke of her determination to succeed as a comedienne.


Character Counts Sports Awards

Family and friends joined staff and students for a night of celebration at the Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year Awards this week.

This annual event pays tribute to all those students who excel at sport – both in and out of school – and is testament to how good character can help with sports development.

Among awards presented were those for Enthusiasm, Professionalism, Determination, Optimism and Purpose.

Overall Sports Personality of the Year Award was given to medal winning swimmer Will Gayne, who already has four qualifying times for Olympic trials next year.

Year 12 Will was praised not only for his sporting success but also for his ‘good character’, described as determined and courageous; humble, yet resilient; striving relentlessly for personal excellence, but also a real team player.

Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year 2015

Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year 2015

Character education visit


STAFF and students at Carlton le Willows have been showcasing the Academy’s character education programme during a visit by a high profile educational expert.

Bonnie Wang, Director of Projects at London-based Future Academies, spent the day with senior leaders, staff and students learning more about how the Academy has embedded Character Counts throughout the school curriculum.

The visit follows a request by Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, who asked to find out more about how Carlton le Willows has introduced character education into school life and the curriculum.

In 2006 Lord Nash set up the social enterprise Future, designed to support young people by working with other small charities and sponsoring academies, including Pimlico and Millbank Primary Academies.

Mr Weaver and the students show Bonnie Wang why Character Counts at Carlton le Willows

Mr Weaver and the students show Bonnie Wang why Character Counts at Carlton le Willows

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.