Ex pupil shares his Carr Manor experiences

Caleb Dodd, a pupil at Carr Manor Community School from 2012 - 2015, shared his experiences of his time at school.

He speaks about how Carr Manor helped him get to where is today, his involvement with different aspects of school life such as sports teams and Carr Manor's Got Talent, and the impact of Coaching and how staff and pupils work together and build strong relationships.

You can hear his views below:

Leeds Rhinos Coaching

Yorkshire Carnegie coached our Year 7 and 8 girls at their training facility, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, on Friday 5th May. The girls then had the opportunity to play on the match during half time of the Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders match.

It was brilliant to see the girls showing off their skills on the pitch, and the pupils were a credit to Carr Manor Community School.

Restorative Practice Conference

On Thursday 24th November, an International Restorative Practice Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds titled “Re-imagining the child welfare system for the 21st century”. 

Fourteen of our RP pupils delivered a workshop around “Building relationships, improving outcomes” along with Mr Flowers and Mrs Holdsworth.

During the workshop they spoke about Coaching, Pupil Voice, Passengers into Crew, RP, Carr Manor values and Character for Learning.

We received some excellent feedback from the event and many colleagues commented on how confidently the pupils spoke about Restorative Practices at Carr Manor.

Well done to all the pupils involved.

Open Evening/Morning

Thank you to all families who attended our Secondary Phase Open Evening on Thursday 6th October, and our Open Morning on Saturday 8th October. 

We hope you found these events useful to have a look around our school, see the types of lessons we have on offer and hear speeches from the Principal and a selection of our pupils.

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

Open Evening/Morning

Prospective pupils and parents/carers are welcome to visit Carr Manor Community School for the Opening Evening and Open Morning in October.

The school will be open from 4.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday, 8th October, and again on Saturday, 10th October, from 9.30am to 12.30pm for pupils looking to join Year 7 in 2016.

Both of these events are particularly aimed at pupils who have just entered their final year at primary school and would like to apply to attend Carr Manor Community School in September 2016. However, all families are welcome to attend either event, so please take the opportunity to visit if you would like to have a look around the school.

An Open Evening for children looking to join our Reception class in September 2016 will also be held on Wednesday, 14th October, from 3.30pm to 7.00pm.

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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.