Poppy cake competition

What an amazing array of cakes we have in school this morning!

Students were baking late into the evening to prepare a host of cakes in the theme of remembrance for our Five Days of Kindness Poppy cake competition.

Mrs Marry Harris from the Royal British Legion said she was amazed and extremely thankful for all the hard work and thought given to the designs.

She found it incredibly hard to pick a winner.

An array of amazing cakes

An array of amazing cakes


Five Days of Kindness

FIVE days of kindness kicks off at Carlton le Willows this week – simply a celebration of all the kind acts we see on a daily basis in the Academy.

Throughout the week, students and staff are focusing on kindness in school, at home, in the community and in friendship with everyone encouraged to show random acts of kindness to others.

Students are currently busy baking, creating culinary masterpieces to enter into our Poppy themed cake competition to mark Remembrance Day, with winning entries to be donated to a local care home.

And we are delighted to be welcoming Mary Harris in to school to judge the competition. As chair of the local branch of the Royal British Legion who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of ex-servicemen and women, we can think of nobody better to judge their efforts.

Character Counts at Carlton le Willows

The school’s mission and core values place ‘educating the whole child’ at the forefront of our work. It is simply, for students to reach their academic potential and develop the character skills and leadership qualities they need for success and happiness in life.

Most people would probably associate ‘good character’ with qualities like honesty, humility, responsibility and selflessness. But it can also describe someone who works well in a team and sticks to a task until it’s finished – or who is able to bounce back from life’s setbacks.

Our approach to character education has been inspired by a body of solid research that demonstrates the connection between character strengths and achieving good grades. Studies also show that character is not determined at birth, and that many virtues can be developed at school. We also appreciate the value of good links with parents and their agreement on the importance of character.

Our eight ‘pillars of character’ blend performance and moral strengths which are highly predictive of success in education, a career and life.

And of course, our motto Nihil Nisi Optimum, nothing but the best, remains a constant reminder of the high standards to which we must aspire.