Carr Manor Dash

The second ever Carr Manor Community School Dash was held on Friday 13th May. The event sees separate boys and girls races for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 with one pupil from each House competing in each of the four races.

A huge well done to Bremner who were the overall House winners this year. Last year, Trueman House were victorious with a 5 second lead over Bremner so it was lovely to see them come to victory this year.

The Dash is a fantastic event and it’s lovely to see the whole school come together for a sporting occasion. Pupils who weren’t racing designed banners in Coaching sessions to encourage the runners competing for their House as they raced towards the finish line. 

Sam’s Safari Visit

On Tuesday 10th May, our Primary Phase was visited by Sam's Safari. Pupils were able to pet and hold lots of different animals, such as cockroaches, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, stick insects and leaf insects!

Pupils have been learning about insects and animal structures in their lessons, so this was a brilliant opportunity for them to expand their knowledge and see some more unusual animals up close. All the pupils were really brave when it came to holding and petting the animals and they really enjoyed the visit from Sam's Safari.

Leeds Got Talent

Here at Carr Manor we have recently been showcasing the diversity of our pupils at the ‘Leeds Got Talent’ awards.

The New Dock at the Royal Armouries played host to the event on Wednesday 20th April, with five schools in Leeds entering two acts. One successful act from each school was then selected to perform again during the second part of the evening in the final round of the competition.

The level of talent on the evening was fantastic with all acts performing very well. Carr Manor was awarded first place with our act ‘Dance Legacy’. Our ‘Year 10 Band’ also competed in the first round but it was ‘Dance Legacy’ that saw us to victory.

Mrs Clark, Head of KS3 Performing Arts, expressed her happiness over the win: “I am very proud of them all and so pleased that the Year 8 dancers could go on to win the event.” Talking of both acts determination, she said “The best part for me was watching them in the wings before they went on…focused, huddling quietly and encouraging each other.”

The Co-operative Academy came a close second with their act ‘Lectryx’ whilst John Smeaton Academy claimed third place with the ‘JSA Choir.’ Ralph Thoresby School and South Leeds Academy also showcased their pupil’s talent on the night.

‘Dance Legacy’ consists of seven Year 8 pupils who recently performed at ‘Carr Manor’s Got Talent’ in March. The dance act have had their eyes set on claiming the Leeds Got Talent victory for a while, with our talent competition a brilliant way for them to conquer their routine in front of parents, staff and fellow pupils.

Dance Legacy with their winners trophy

Dance Legacy with their winners trophy

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.


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.

Year 8 Careers Week

w/c 14th March was our Year 8 Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance week for Year 8 pupils. The focus of this week was on helping pupils to consider future careers and the pathways they can follow.

A variety of guest speakers visited Carr Manor Community School to educate pupils on apprenticeships and the different careers available to them.

Six local businesses visited classes to speak about their companies and the recruitment processes. These included the University of Law, Northern Gas Network, Leeds Trinity University, Team Activ and Ahead Part. Pupils found this Career week very insightful and were grateful for the opportunity so early on in their school years.


Table Tennis Finals

Four of our Year 8 boys came 1st place in the Leeds Schools Table Tennis Finals on 1st March.

During the competition they beat Woodkirk High and The Leeds Grammar School. They then qualified for the West Yorkshire Finals, which took place on 12th March where they came 3rd overall.

Well done to the boys who represented Carr Manor brilliantly and excelled themselves during the games.