The Education Secretary Damian Hinds visited us on Friday 23rd November, to hear about how we work with the local community to improve outcomes for our pupils.
Mr Hinds, who was also joined on the day by Steve Walker, Leeds City Council’s Director of Children’s Services, met with a group of pupils from years 6 -11 in circle style discussions, where pupils shared their experiences of Restorative Practice, Coaching and Passengers Into Crew. Pupils spoke about how these initiatives not only improve pupils learning and enjoyment at school, but also shape the school and enhance our community feel.
Mr Hinds also learnt how the staff at Carr Manor Community School help pupils with difficult situations, whether at home or in school.
After the visit, Mr Hinds said “We have to set our ambitions high for these children, matched by high support. We can learn a lot from schools like Carr Manor Community School, by all working together - government, councils, schools, police and the health service – to give young people the knowledge, skills and resilience they need to fulfill their potential.”
Our Executive Principal Mr Flowers said "It was both a privilege and great opportunity to demonstrate the impact of restorative leadership and practices on the lives of all our pupils helping them be successful in their academic achievement whilst learning about equity, respect, tolerance, self-regulation and community. Working together to build, maintain and restore relationships gives the school the capacity to include all pupils regardless of need or background and to secure positive outcomes and destinations for all.”
Our Head of Character, Reverend Shaw, explained to Mr Hinds and his team how there is a restorative approach across the whole school, with every child part of a mixed-age coaching group, which builds trust, belonging and strong relationships between all pupils and staff.
It was a really positive day and we were happy to be able to share our experiences with Mr Hinds. All of our pupils who joined in the circle discussions spoke very confidently and openly about their experiences at school, and should be very proud of their involvement on the day.
Steve Walker left us saying "It was really nice to come into an atmosphere where I felt very welcome and pupils were very open. I think the work you do here in Carr Manor is outstanding and I was really pleased to have the opportunity to come down here and meet you all and experience it for myself."
Carr Manor Community School was represented on a government funded Battlefields Tour of France and Belgium by Battlefields Tour two of our Year 11 pupils. Pupils saw the sacrifices made by British and Commonwealth troops during the first World War and discovered the importance of remembrance first hand.
They laid a wreath at Menin Gate Memorial to honour the missing at Ypres, visited Thiepval Memorial on the Somme battlefield and went to Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world. They were excellent representatives for Carr Manor and showed great empathy and resilience throughout the trip.
Ten of our Year 11 pupils embarked on the Tall Ships Voyage of Achievement, a unique sailing experience which challenged pupils both physically and mentally, but equipped them with some long term life skills including team work, confidence and problem solving skills.
Pupils were fully involved in running the ship and working alongside the crew with duties such as navigation, chart reading and helping to maintain the vessel.
Here are some of their highlights from the voyage:
“My favourite part was sailing the boat at night. It was a very unique experience and it helped me build my confidence as I worked with pupils from different schools.”
“I had a really good experience and enjoyed climbing the mast. I loved sailing up the River Thames and seeing the Tower Bridge opening up to let our boat through.”
“I made lots of friends and the trip challenged me as a person, but I pushed through and really enjoyed my time there.”
We held our 2018 Sports Awards on Friday 28th September where pupils were rewarded for their commitment to sport throughout the last academic year.
Matty Lee, ex Carr Manor Community School pupil turned British Diver, and Gordon Benson, professional British triathlete, were guests at the ceremony.
Pupils were acknowledged for their participation in a variety of sports, including table tennis, rugby, basketball and netball, as well as some external sporting achievements being recognised.
Esme and Travis were crowned Sports Personalities Of The Year, as voted for by the rest of the pupils in the ceremony.
Congratulations to all those invited to the ceremony. We look forward to another successful year in sport!
Bremner House have been raising money for their chosen charity, Leeds North and West Foodbank.
Pupils organised bake sales, basketball shoot-outs, quizzes and sporting events to help them fundraise. So far, Bremner House have raised a fantastic £448 for the charity!
Everyone in Bremner House should be proud of their achievements and we know the charity will be very appreciative of our donation.
Once again, we are very proud of our out-going Year 11 pupils!
It was a pleasure to see them opening their GCSE results and recognising their achievements after all the hard work they put into their GCSE Exams.
The new 9-1 grading applied to a wider range of subjects this year along with the increase in difficulty across all subjects. Many subjects achieved above expectations, English, Science, French, Spanish, History, Art, Sociology, Religious Education, Business Studies, Performing Arts, Health and Social Care and more. These outcomes are a credit to the children, their families and the staff team for all of their hard work and support over the year.
All the achievements demonstrate the hard work and effort from all involved. We are particularly pleased that the vast majority of pupils are now in a position to access their preferred pathway next year, be it further education, training or employment. We have also heard of many successes of our ex-pupils this summer who are going on to a range of training and employment opportunities, as well as many going to universities across the country.
Our 2018 Presentation Afternoon celebrated pupils achievements from the last school year.
Attendance, Character for Learning, Coaching, Work Experience, subject achievement and school performances were just some of the areas that pupils were awarded in at our prestigious ceremony, which took place this year on Friday 13th July.
We were honoured to welcome Fabian Hamilton, local MP for Leeds North East, and Bob Bowman, Chief Operating Officer at the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, to speak during the afternoon and present one of the awards to a pupil.
We really value our Presentation Afternoon as it's a fantastic way to celebrate pupils achievements from the last school year.
Two of the most prestigious awards were presented to Year 11 pupils; The Governors award was presented to Ellen Johnson and the Akram Khammo award was awarded to Sanaa Chutory.
Friends, family and members of the community were invited to attend the afternoon and shared some positive comments about the event;
"Truly inspirational - a great event and a privilege to witness. Thank you."
- Phill Dixon, Leeds Trinity University
"10 years + at Carr Manor awards and I still love it. Great to see your school grow."
- Lee Jackson, Motivational Speaker
"A wonderful school, which cares for the children and young people who attend. Caring, supportive and restorative."
- Lucy Hart, 2gether Cluster
A lovely morning was had on 2nd July at the annual Yorkshire School Games, where Afrobeatzz were opening the ceremony with choreography old and new.
They showcased their winning act from the KS3 dance competition they won earlier on in the year, and their new choreography from One World Day.
The girls were exemplary and showed high quality practice and performance and got the crowds cheering ready for the games.
Following their dance successes this year, the girls were presented with the School Performance Award at our Presentation Afternoon.
Our Year 11 leavers had their midnight masquerade themed prom in June at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds.
It was a brilliant night to celebrate the end of their GCSE Exams and reminisce over their 5 years at Carr Manor Community School. On the night, there were both pupil and staff awards, a special prom edition of CarrManorTV and lots of photos being taken!
What a lovely way for pupils to end their school year and it's definitely a night they'll remember.
On Friday 18th May, our Year 11 pupils were stood down from Carr Manor Community School. It's a long standing tradition that pupils are surprised with their stand down date, and this year was no different.
This means pupils will now just be attending school for revision sessions and their GCSE exams, before their Year 11 Prom in June.
Pupils were given 'Class of 2013 - 2018' t-shirts, which they had signed by fellow Year 11's and members of staff, who wrote farewell and good luck messages. Pupils had the chance to take photos with each other whilst reminiscing about their 5 years at Carr Manor.
We wish all our pupils the best of luck with their GCSE Exams and look forward to seeing them at their Year 11 Prom.
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