Visit from Nicky Morgan MP

Carr Manor were recently visited by Nicky Morgan, who has been a Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010, as she came to see how Restorative
Practice has a positive impact in our school.

She met with RP pupils from years 7 – 11, who discussed how the schools restorative approach has helped them form positive relationships between themselves, other pupils and staff members. Pupils were really open and confident when speaking to Nicky, and were happy to share their experiences of Restorative Practice.

“Staff know us so well, they know how our experience has been in school and I think that’s really important in a school like this, to know your children well” – Zaiba, Year 10. “Having one teacher knowing your character (modelled in the schools coaching system) and one knowing you academically, is really important – they can give you good advice and help you with the path you want to go down in life.”

A particular shout out to AJ, Year 10, who spoke about improved relationships with staff and how attending the intervention sessions has helped him with his overall progress in school.

Nicky Morgan thanked the school for her visit, “It was a real pleasure to hear and see how the restorative practice at Carr Manor works and how enthusiastic the pupils and staff were. Your focus on relationships is exceptional. I wish you all the very best for the rest of the term and the years ahead and I will follow up on the issues we discussed.”

Army Supercamp

After the success of the previous Army residential in October, pupils from Carr Manor Community School were invited back to Catterick Garrison, the largest British Army garrison in the world, for an Army Supercamp Challenge.

The camp was for Year 10 and 11 pupils, with 38 pupils attending in total, either for the first time or returning for their second visit. We travelled down on Monday and once we arrived and had been issued our army uniforms, Bergen’s and sleeping bags, we had an icebreaker activity where we heard about some of the Army staff’s backgrounds and shared our own aspirations, likes and dislikes and funny stories.

Tuesday’s wake up time was a very early 6am, followed by a tough walk through the wind and rain to start the day’s activities. Pupils had the opportunity to hear about the different careers available to them in the army, then it was onto the indoor shooting range where pupils’ observation skills and reaction times were tested. Later it was back outside in the cold weather to learn about Improvised Explosive Devices, camouflage and spotting hidden objects hidden in the woods. The day ended with sporting activities, including wall climbing, basketball shooting, hoop throwing and more.

Wednesday was an even earlier wake up of 5:30am, before we ventured off to get ready for the assault course. Prior to this, pupils spoke to some Army Medics and learnt about the different career paths that involve medicine in the Army. They also took part in a Crime Scene Investigation with the Royal Military Police, where they had to identify exactly what had happened in a crime scene involving an injured soldier, a witness and a key suspect.

A group of VIP’s were at the Garrison as they came to experience how the Supercamp had given pupils an insight into the Army life. There was also a reporter from ITV Calendar News, who interviewed some pupils and filmed us taking part in the assault course which was featured on the 6 o’clock news! You can see the news segment here. A big well done to all the pupils who took part in the assault course – it was a very tough, muddy and cold experience but one that once completed, gave pupils a real sense of achievement and pride. They jumped from heights, ran through waist-high muddy water, climbed under and over beams and ended the course crawling through mud!

To round off the experience, there was an awards ceremony which presented each pupil with a certificate for the successful completion of the camp.

The Supercamp, which was ran by the 4th Infantry Brigade, was a brilliant experience for pupils to build their teamwork, confidence and social-skills whilst taking part in fun but challenging activities. All pupils showed resilience on the trip as despite the cold weather and strict army regime, they showed true Carr Manor spirit and put 100% into every task.


Dance Competitions

Our dance groups have been very successful recently, representing Carr Manor Community School in a variety of competitions and performances across Leeds.

dance group kick off

Kick Off Boys Dance Group

Band photoYear 9 girls dance group ‘Afrobeatz’ and Year 7 and 8 band ‘Falling Through Cloud 9’ performed at Leeds Got Talent on 7th March, displaying some very high quality performances and receiving lots of positive feedback. A beautiful moment came at the end of the evening when our pupils were dancing with the other competitors.

The ‘Kick Off/United’ boys dance group attended the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance’s Community Dance Platform, which celebrated the diversity of community dance in the region. They performed in collaboration with DAZL Leeds, PDT Education and LCC Dance and received lots of praise on their energetic and captivating performance. The group then performed again at Morley Town Hall as part of DAZL’s Yorkshire Connection Show.

More success came from the KS3 Dance Competition at Temple Moor High School, where Carr Manor exploded onto the stage with the most diverse set of pupils attending, which the judges commented on. We took four acts to the competition and the first to perform were Nex Gen, who performed a contemporary dance piece, with solos from Rosa and Chloe. Next up were Afrobeatz, who received amazing cheers from the audience as one of our pupils initiated the dance. Michelle gave the performance of her life with a fantastic solo and it was amazing to see how much the girls confidence had grown since Leeds Got Talent.

United Boys

United Boys

Our third group to perform were the boys dance crew 'United', whose timing was impeccable and even with little dance experience

Nxt Gen

Nxt Gen

they were professional and mature throughout the evening. Last but not least saw our pupil choreography with Nex Gen, choreographed by Nyomi in Year 10 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. The pupils did her proud, with an excellent solo from Duayne and a flying high finish from Lailaa to end a top notch show. All the performances on the night were excellent, and we were honoured to be the only school to receive two awards. United won best concept and Afrobeatz we were the overall winners, meaning they will now represent Carr Manor and the school sports partnership at the Yorkshire School games this summer to hundreds of school athletes!

Afrobeatz Winners

Afrobeatz Winners

Trinity Kitchen Challenge

A huge congratulations to the seven pupils involved in the Leeds Trinity Kitchen Challenge who were the overall winners of the competition!

The challenge involved pupils attending a series of workshops ran by key business figures from Trinity Kitchen, where they had to gain insight into how street food vendors run successful businesses selling 'insta-worthy' food.

Our young entrepreneurs were competing against other schools in Leeds, and were given a theoretical budget of £2000, which they had to use to design the business proposal for their company. The proposal had to be complete with costings, operations and logistics, branding and marketing plans.

Presenting to a panel of judges, pupils wowed with their company 'Shaker Maker', which featured items such as fright shakes, milk shakes and assorted cake goodies. 

For their win, they received Trinity Leeds vouchers and will receive a business mentoring session from the shopping centre. This is an amazing achievement that all involved should be very proud of.

Photo credit: Ahead Partnership

Year 4’s visit to Clifford’s Tower

As part of the topic on the Norman's, Year 4 pupils went to Clifford's Tower in York, one of the few remaining motte and bailey Norman castles in Yorkshire!

They had a brilliant day out learning about the history of the castle and how it was built to be strong, why people used to build castles and who used to live inside it.

They also enjoyed some spectacular views over York from the top of the castle!

Year 10 Work Experience

A huge well done to all Year 10 pupils who have now completed their two week work placements. An amazing 150 pupils attended various placements, from working in our Primary Phase supporting class work and reading programmes, to working at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, Pharmacies, Solicitors and many more.

The feedback from the placements is a credit to all Year 10’s and shows what fantastic role models you can all be for Carr Manor Community School.

“Kenny was a hard worker and a committed member of the team.”
– Morley Model Shop

“Tyquan has talent and creativity and is a good company member so there’s lots of things he can do, inside and outside the arts. We’d always be happy to support his work.”  – Freedom Studios Leeds

“Jada and Zaiba were outstanding in everything they did. A credit to Carr Manor Community School and both were offered a part time job.” – Marks & Spencer

"What an amazing pupil. He carried all tasks to a high standard and worked as a team member but also independently. I would not hesitate to give Piotr a full time position if he wanted to go down the career pathway as a chef." Primary Phase Chef

World Book Day and Book at Bedtime

On Tuesday 6th March the Primary Phase celebrated World Book Day, albeit a little later than planned due to the snow, it was still a really enjoyable day!
Pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters and we were spell-bound by our Harry Potters, went on a crown jewels hunt with Gangsta Granny and saved the world with Spider-Man!


The Book at Bedtime event ran in the evening, with pupils coming back to school in their pyjamas for a book reading from their teachers. This was a lovely, relaxed event where pupils and their parents/carers could curl up with a yummy hot chocolate served by our PTA and enjoy some brilliant story-telling!

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards brilliant costumes and made World Book Day such a success.

book at bedtime

Year 7 Kingswood Residential

Year 7 pupils recently attended their residential at Kingswood Activity Centre, which is a fundamental part of their Carr Manor experience and a brilliant opportunity for them to build new relationships with fellow pupils and staff.

They took part in team-building activities to encourage communication skills, challenged themselves with the adventurous and high-adenaline activities (even with the snow!) and motivated each other to get involved in the fun and rewarding journey.

Pupils shared some of their experiences of the residential;
“We had snowball fights and built igloos, not to mention having a nice warm hot chocolate at the end of the day, but it wasn’t just the snow that made it so good, it was the activities too.”

“There were lots of fun activities, these included; zip wire, Jacob’s Ladder, which was a colossal ladder placed right in the middle of a field, buggy building, laser tag, igloo building and loads more!”

The residential was a great chance for pupils to form new friendships and make lasting memories.
“I was getting to know people who I’d never even spoken to before the residential. Adding that all up, the residential was really good and enjoyable.”

Extracts from Alex Cooper and Grace Gillon’s articles.

Social Action for Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Thank you to Ahead Partnership for their lovely article about our pupils involvement in the Social Action for Jane Tomlinson Appeal project.

Leeds charity Jane Tomlinson Appeal challenged 20 students from Carr Manor School to come up with a brand new fundraising idea as part of a Social Action project we've been running with the school. The event, activity or idea had to raise both money and awareness within the school about the charity. This was a chance for students to get creative, take initiative, develop business skills, and make a difference in the community.

The charity was there along the way to explain how they use fundraising money to benefit families and services supporting people with cancer. There was also support from business coaches at law firm Capsticks who helped the students to develop their ideas and host a presentation workshop.

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Careers Fair

On Wednesday 31st January we held a Careers Fair with Ahead Partnership, for pupils in Years 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11.  Over 25 businesses attended, and they spoke about the different education and career paths that are available to pupils when they leave school.

Some of the organisations who attended include Appris, ITV, Royal Air Force and the University of Law.

There were lots of positive comments from the businesses, saying;"The pupils were well engaged and were asking excellent questions, but at the same time listened really well." Some of the businesses thought that pupils had been prepped prior to the event, due to the kind of questions being asked.