Battlefields Tour

57 pupils in Years 9-11 took part in a Battlefields tour of France and Belgium, as part of their topic on the History of Medicine on the Western Front.
This was a really unique and inspiring experience for pupils, where they had the opportunity to visit the trenches, casualty clearing stations and even laid a wreath to show their respects from Carr Manor Community School.

“My favourite destination was Thiepval Memorial, in France. I felt very peaceful and proud when I walked up the large, white, stone steps. Another significant memory for me was the amount of names inscribed on the walls; there are exactly 72,194 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South Africa written on the walls” said Jude O’Dwyer, Year 10.

Casey Wood, Year 10, also enjoyed the trip for a more personal reason. “On the Battlefields trip, I had the privilege to see the grave of my Great Uncle. This experience meant a lot to me and I would like to thank the teachers who provided me with this opportunity of a lifetime.”

Careers Fair

On Thursday 31st January, we welcomed over 20 businesses into Carr Manor Community School for our annual careers fair. On the day, over 800 of our pupils attended the fair and spoke to a variety of organisations from the Army to hairdressing and the Police to filmmaking.

It was a very informative and useful day for pupils, and a representative from Ahead Partnership said the businesses were here to “inspire and engage” pupils at Carr Manor Community School, and help them “think about their future careers, skillsets and they can get into the different career routes they’re interested in.”

Rugby League World Cup

Eleven pupils from years 7-10 were invited to Headingley Stadium for the announcement of the Rugby League World Cup venues, on Tuesday 29th January.

It was an exciting day to be there, as Leeds was chosen as a location for the 2021 World Cup with matches to be played at both Elland Road and Headingley Stadium!

On the day, pupils watched a live stream of the announcement, before meeting Councillor Judith Blake, members of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and even Jamie Peacock MBE.

Mr Bowman, from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, commented that the pupils “have been exemplary in their behaviour and conduct and were a credit to Carr
Manor Community School.”

Service Above Self

Two of our Year 11 pupils, Amtul Azeem and Elliott Orange, attended Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 21st January to receive an award from the Leeds Rotary
Club for ‘Service Above Self.’

Pupils received their awards from the Lord Mayor of Leeds as a citation was read demonstrating how pupils showed ‘service above self’ during their time at Carr
Manor Community School. This included their involvement in numerous charity fundraisers; being Restorative Practice pupils; members of the School Council and House Captains; supporting the Primary Phase with their reading, along with their participation in numerous other school events and teams.

We're very proud of Amtul and Elliott as we at Carr Manor Community School know this award was well deserved.

Education Secretary Visits Carr Manor Community School

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."

Battlefields Tour

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.

Tall Ships Voyage

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.”

Sports Awards 2018

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 Charity Week

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.

Pupils Celebrate Their GCSE Results Success

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.