Visitors at Carr Manor

On Monday 25th April, we were visited by Dan Scott, Assistant Principal at Oasis Academy in Wintringham, Charlotte Weedon, Head of Year 10 at Little Heath Secondary School and Jon Linz, Student Voice Co-ordinator at Little Heath Secondary School.

Our visitors spent time in Coaching sessions at the start of the morning meeting some of our pupils and their coaches. They thought the coaching sessions were a wonderful idea and very much impressed with the way our pupils and staff interacted with each other. Our coaching programme at Carr Manor Community School is fundamental to knowing our children well and forming the strong relationships that are so crucial for our community.

They also met with a selection of our Restorative Practice representatives, who explained to them how effective working restoratively is at Carr Manor. Jon and Charlotte from Little Heath Secondary School expressed their gratefulness for the visit and commented on how much a credit the pupils were to Carr Manor. They very much appreciated the information our pupils gave them about Coaching and Restorative Practice. Dan Scott from the Oasis Academy also appreciated his time at Carr Manor and commented how inspirational Simon Flowers the Executive Principal was with his vision for Carr Manor.

All the visitors found Carr Manor a very welcoming school and thoroughly enjoyed their time with us, expressing an interest in returning at a later date.

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A selection of our Restorative Practice Representatives with Jon, Charlotte and Dan

Restorative Practice Awards

The successful implementation of Restorative Practice principles at Carr Manor Community School was recognised recently at the 2016 Restorative Practice Awards. The focus of the awards was to celebrate the effects of Restorative Practice throughout employment, education, community settings and the criminal justice sector to demonstrate what can be achieved and to inspire others to take a restorative approach.

Since its introduction to Carr Manor in 2012, Restorative Practice has seen attendance levels increase and the number of exclusions fall. Positive relationships between staff and pupils are paramount to the success of the school.

The Young Heroes Award was presented to 11 Carr Manor Community School pupils on Friday 15th April 2016, at the prestigious RP Awards which were held at the Hotel Russell in London. The award recognises young people under 21 who have overcome adversity and now offer support to others for the greater good of the community.

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RP Representatives with Mrs Holdsworth, Mr Alexis and Saleem Tariq, Chief Officer of Children’s Social Work Service at Leeds City Council 

Geoff Baxter OBE, CEO at Restorative Practice UK, tweeted his support:

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“The pupils from @carr_manor were an absolute delight and a massive credit to themselves, their parents and school, thank you for joining us!”

The ceremony saw seven categories of awards on the evening, with the Leeds Family Valued Programme also winning the Cutting Edge Award.

 “What a fantastic achievement and experience for the pupils who were winners of the ‘Young Heroes Award’. We are very proud of all of our pupils at Carr Manor and the 11 nominees who were honored to accept the award on behalf of their peers and the school” – Senior Assistant Principal, Carr Manor Community School – Sarah Holdsworth

 “It was an honour to accompany the pupils at the RP Awards Ceremony and been a pleasure seeing them grow on the Restorative Practice journey over the past 4 years” – Senior Assistant Principal, Carr Manor Community School – Dean Alexis

Carr Manor’s Got Talent

Carr Manor’s Got Talent was held on Tuesday 22nd March, where ten acts competed to win the prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ and the ‘Judge’s Choice Award.’

During the evening there was a mix of singers, dancers, ballet and an interpretive dance routine.

The People’s Choice Award, voted for by the audience, was awarded to our Arctic Monkey’s tribute band The Unknown’s. The boys impressed the audience with their talented drumming and guitar solos.

The Judge’s Choice Award was presented to Infusion, a girl dance duo who mixed contemporary and street style dance together in an impressive, unique routine.

It was clear from the level of performance that all the acts who performed were worthy of taking the stage. Thank you to everyone who came to support our very talented pupils.

Mike Tomlinson Visit

On Monday 14th March, Mike Tomlinson visited Carr Manor. Mike is the husband of Jane Tomlinson, who raised a substantial amount of money for multiple charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. To honour Jane’s achievements, we have our very own Tomlinson House.

During his visit, Mike met with one of our Tomlinson Coaching groups to understand how our Coaching system works. Mike enjoyed this very much and felt it was a fantastic opportunity for pupils and staff to interact more and build stronger relationships in school.

Mike then visited our Primary Phase, where the pupils eagerly asked him questions relating to the fundraising work he has been involved with.  They also took part in some practical activities in sports hall, which Mike thoroughly enjoyed watching.

The Tomlinson House Captains and Vice Captains then met with Mike, where they discussed how the Tomlinson House logo was designed. They discussed the breast cancer symbol which has been incorporated into the logo, to represent the work that Jane did for the charity.

Mike offered some fantastic ideas to our Tomlinson pupils as to how they can raise money during their Charity Week, which is taking place later this year.

It was a pleasure having Mike visit us and a valuable experience for all staff and pupils involved.

75 Greatest Things About Carr Manor

School Council members and Coaching groups have recently contributed to a '75 Great Things about Carr Manor' list. This showcases the variety of unique ideas that pupils have put forward, which they feel make our school so welcoming. Many thanks and congratulations to all those who contributed to the final result.