Year 10 Work Experience

Well done to all Year 10 pupils for completing their two week work experience placements in January 2016. They worked for a variety of employers, including; pharmacies, bakeries, solicitors, schools, restaurants, hotels, garages, accountants, care homes and supermarkets.

We have received fantastic comments from employers and coaches who have been very proud of their achievements and impressed as to how enthusiastic the pupils were. Employers commented on the professionalism and motivation pupils have shown throughout their time with them.

This was an important time for the year group to develop life skills as well as developing their professionalism, resilience and motivation.

Pupils were happy to share how much they benefited from their experiences:

“My experience was at Karim & Co Solicitors, and I enjoyed meeting new people every day and doing things I wouldn’t normally do. If I put my mind to it, I can do anything.”

“If I had to do this placement again I would be more independent. I had to take care of children at a Primary School and this is what I enjoyed the most. My advice to Year 9’s is to choose something you will enjoy.”

“My experience was at Cardigan Road Pharmacy and I had the chance to dispense medication.  I learnt that I am a hard worker and my experience was really fun.”

“I learnt more about architecture and the processes involved. I wouldn’t change my experience if I had to do it again, and I have learnt to be polite and punctual.”

House Logo’s

At the end of the 2014/15 academic year, pupils were working in conjunction with a professional graphic designer to develop our House logos and Mottos. These were introduced to further embed the identity of the House system within the school, whilst giving all members of the community an instantly recognisable image which can be used to highlight House activities and notices.

The House logos were developed by a group of volunteer pupils and were created to represent their individual Houses. The pupils met to brainstorm, research, outline and plan their ideas before sharing their final visions with a professional graphic designer.

The Motto competition was launched as a whole school competition, with the successful pupils being invited to work with a group of talented literacy pupils during the final stages of the Motto’s design process. Once these were completed they were introduced as part of the Logo.

The pupils then signed off the draft proposals before finally presenting them to the Governors and Senior Leadership Team for sign off and implementation.

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Visit to Carr Manor Community School of Councillor Yeadon and colleagues from Lampton School

Councillor Yeadon, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, visited Carr Manor Community School on Monday 1st February alongside Chris Salter and Annie Henken from Lampton School in Hounslow.

During their time with us, they visited some coaching groups and met with some of our Restorative Practice representatives who spoke about how we have successfully embedded RP into our school.

We very much enjoyed showing the visitors around Carr Manor and are proud that the teachers from Lampton School wish to share our practices within their own school.

Thank you to everyone involved with this visit.

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Councillor Yeadon, Chris Salter and Annie Henken with the RP representatives

Jason Robinson Visit

Former English Rugby player Jason Robinson visited Carr Manor Community School on Wednesday 6th January 2016.  Over 100 pupils across both the Secondary and the Primary Phase had the opportunity to spend some time with Jason Robinson during his visit.

Jason shared his experiences in leadership and talked about making the most of opportunities and breaking down barriers that can stand in the way to reaching your potential.

Our newly appointed Robinson House Captains and Vice Captains thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent with Jason.  They found it interesting to learn that he was born in Leeds and attended Harehills Primary school as a child.

We are looking forward to him returning again to Carr Manor and sharing his experiences.

Thank you to Jason for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit our school.

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Jason Robinson with the Robinson House Captains and Vice Captains

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Fifteen members of PE staff from Carr Manor Community School, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and Corpus Christi Catholic College, attended a Table Tennis INSET session yesterday. All three schools run thriving Table Tennis clubs and saw this as an excellent opportunity to upskill their staff to enhance delivery within both curriculum PE and extra-curricular clubs. All three schools have recently entered year 8 and 10 teams in the new Leeds School League Competition. The demand for the sport at Carr Manor is definitely growing and they have recently benefited from an outdoor Ping! Leeds legacy table. A new community club is also being established at the school to run on a Monday evening as part of the Leeds Priority Zone development plan.

Nici Walker,Team leader for Physical Education at Carr Manor said ‘Here are at Carr Manor Community School, Table Tennis is fast becoming one of our most popular sports. The sport is played every lunch and break time with clubs starting after school and before school. It is a fantastic, fun and fast paced sport to be involved in which pupils find easy to access at a basic level’.

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Special Guests Celebrate Achievement at Sports Awards

The PE department staff with Matty Lee and Rachel MacKenzie

The PE department staff with Matty Lee and Rachel MacKenzie

Some very special guests have helped pupils at Carr Manor Community School celebrate their achievement in sport.

Thai boxing champion Rachael MacKenzie and the school’s own Matty Lee were invited to the school for its annual Sports Presentation Afternoon where awards are given to pupils who have excelled in sports.  Matty Lee, a former pupil at Carr Manor Community School, recently celebrated his own achievement at the first European Games in Baku, where he won a gold medal for diving.

The VIPs, on hand to celebrate the fantastic achievement and dedication of Carr Manor Community School pupils, were impressed with their success and left messages of congratulation and support.

Rachael MacKenzie said: “It was great to see the range of sports and dedication from staff and inspirational students; what a fantastic celebration of the power of sport.”

Matty Lee said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today sporting-wise without the great help and full support Carr Manor gave me over the years. It will always be a pleasure to come back and support the school in any way I can.”

Awards included netball, rounders, cycling, athletics, rugby and American football, but pupils were also rewarded for breaking records, a special commitment to sport and being Sports Person of the Year.

With trophies, medals and certificates to mark their success, they realise the importance of sport and the character for learning attributes, such as resilience and teamwork that it promotes.

Team Manager of PE Nici Walker said: “It is really important to us here at Carr Manor that we celebrate the achievements that our pupils have had in sport.

“They have been committed to their clubs and teams and many have shown great character across a variety of different sports.”

“I am really proud to represent a department that has worked with so many talented and resilient young people.”

Proposal to Increase Primary Phase Places at Carr Manor Community School

Leeds City Council is consulting on a proposal to expand Carr Manor Community School from a capacity of 210 to 420 pupils in the primary phase and to increase the admission limit in Reception from 30 to 60 pupils from September 2017. The consultation will also include establishing some Special Educational Needs provision at the school.

The consultation period commences on Monday 14th September 2015 and closes on Friday 9th October 2015 at 4 p.m. During this time informal drop-in session for parents, carers and residents to learn more about the proposal and ask any questions will be held.

Meetings details: Drop-in sessions (to be held in the primary phase building – access off Stainbeck Lane):

  • Thursday 17 September 6.00pm-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 September 3.00pm-4.30pm
  • Friday 2 October 8.00am-9.30am

GCSE Results: 2015 Headlines

High achievers: Twins Rhea and Lauren Jackson with Caleb Dodd.

High achievers: Twins Rhea and Lauren Jackson with Caleb Dodd.

Every pupil at Carr Manor Community School has secured a place in the next stage of their education or career after collecting positive GCSE results.

English results were particularly strong at 62.1 per cent A* to C, the best the school has ever had, with unprecedented numbers of pupils exceeding what was expected of them.

All the humanities subjects performed well, History, Sociology, and Religious Education in particular.

Principal Jane Emmett said: “We are really proud of the pupils, and all of their hard work has put them in a really strong position to embark on the next stage of their education or career.

“All of the children have secured a place at their desired destination, achieving the grades they needed to get where they want to be.”

Executive principal Simon Flowers added: “In addition to the pupils hard work and success we are grateful to the excellent staff group here at Carr Manor Community School who have worked tirelessly with the children and with their families, demonstrating a real commitment to every child making at least expected progress and finding the correct pathway.”

There were also notable achievements in Mathematics, especially in Statistics, in which 100 per cent of the children sitting the exam passed.

Almost 50 per cent of the Year 11 cohort has left school with a language qualification, and some of the Year 10 cohort took GCSE exams in Science and General Studies, with 28 and 113 respectively achieving a grade.

Twins Rhea and Lauren Jackson achieved extraordinary results and will be moving onto college in September.

Rhea obtained five A*s, five As, a B, a Distinction Star, and a Pass, and will be studying Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Business at sixth form with a view to going into Medicine or Business.

She said: “I was really happy to get the results I did, it’s great because I put in a lot of work so it’s nice to see how that has paid off.

“I hoped to do this well and it’s a big relief because I was worried about some of my subjects. They were pretty hard but I got a lot of support from my teachers.”

Lauren gained one A*, seven As, three Bs, one C, a Distinction Star, and a Pass, and she will be going onto Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College to study

Alya Adekola obtained strong results.

Alya Adekola obtained strong results.

Biology, Chemistry, History, and Sociology.

She said: “I was quite nervous when I first opened my results. I felt quite confident about some of the exams but there were a few that I was unsure about, so I was surprised.

“The revision was hard to keep up with but I kept thinking about results day and I had help from people around me too, so it was hard but it was definitely worth it.”

Rhea and Lauren’s dad Lee said a partnership between the school and his family was a key factor in their success, in addition to their own hard work and parental support.

He said: “One of the school’s values is to know their children well and the staff at Carr Manor Community School know Rhea and Lauren really well.

“It has been great that my daughters have done so well and that has happened through a partnership – we have done what we can at home and the school has been there as a support and point of contact for all of us.”

With 10 A*s, two As, a B, a Distinction Star, and a Pass, Ben Johnson collected phenomenal results from Carr Manor Community School.

“I know I worked hard and I felt like I was going to do all right, but there is always a worry, so I’m really pleased,” he said.

“I’m considering medicine after college, but those GCSEs can do a lot for me and hopefully open some other doors for me.”

Ben will be studying Maths, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics from September.

School League Tables

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The secondary school league tables are published for 2019. These tables use raw GCSE results from last year and a raft of data from the Department for Education to evaluate how well pupils progress in a school.

You can see the league table for schools and colleges in Leeds here. We are pleased to say we are 16th out of all schools in Leeds for our Progress 8 score.