Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
SIXTH FORMER Luke Duffy had an amazing summer, returning from the Bahamas as a Commonwealth medal winner, only to collect some outstanding GCSE results.
Luke collected a bronze medal in the 1,500 metres at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July and said he was delighted for the opportunity to race for his country.
“Going to the Commonwealth Youth Games was unreal. I set is as my main target for this year. The whole thing was just amazing, including wearing the kit, with the England logo, which I had dreamed of representing.
“Crossing the line knowing I had won a medal for my country….was just indescribable.”
Just a few weeks later Luke was back at Carlton le Willows to collect his GCSE results, delighted to find he had secured a 9 – the highest possible grade – in English Language, two 8s (in English Literature and Maths), A* in Science, and two As in drama and sport science. This adds to another three A grades from last year to make a total of nine quality GCSEs.
And the accolades didn’t stop there, for in September Luke was crowned UK School Games Champion – for the second year running - after representing the north of England in the national championship. In fact in 2017 alone Luke has won a silver and indoor gold medal at the England U17s Championships and gold in both the Nottinghamshire County and Schools Cross Country.
Luke, who trains six times a week (more than 10 hours in total) is now juggling his world champion aspirations with full time studies for Biology, Maths and English literature A levels in Sixth Form.
Based on recent performances he is hopeful of making his Senior England debut in European competition in January and to be selected for the World Juniors in Finland in summer 2018. Good luck Luke.
YEAR 10 table tennis player Max Stevens is at the top of his game, winning county titles, national events and representing England in an international tournament for the sport.
Academy student Max (14), helped the Senior U18 Boys team secure a bronze medal for England in the Butterfly Schools Invitation Internationals at the end of June – winning 10 singles matches out of 12 and beating two of the top 10 English players and the Scotland number three along the way.
Max (14), who is Nottinghamshire’s U19 county champion and ranked in the national top 10 for U15 boys, trains an average 12 hours a week.
He has trained at the acclaimed Eslov Table Tennis Club in Sweden alongside some of Europe’s top players and coaches and last year competed in the Zagi Ping event in Croatia, winning 16 of his 18 matches.
Such is Max’s success that he was honoured in the Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year Awards last year, receiving an Elite Performance Award in recognition of his success in the sport so far.
CHEERLEADER Megan Bee has had a killer season with her elite team winning first place – and the title National Champions 2018 – in a recent competition.
Year 8 Megan (13), is a member of the Level 5 international elite team EMCA Killer Queens who took the title at the sport’s final competition of the season in Bournemouth in July.
The title marked the end of an amazing season, with the team – the senior team at the East Midlands Cheerleading Academy - making their debut competing in the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida in April.
Performances in competition have been so good this season that the Killer Queens have now won a place to compete in America for the second year running. Once again they will compete against teams from across the world, including USA, Canada, Spain and China.
We wish Megan and her teammates the best of luck.
Footballer Emma Goddard has experienced considerable success on the football pitch and now has her sights set on a soccer scholarship in the USA.
Year 13 Emma was selected for Derby County’s regional talent centre U15 squad two years ago, making her way into the U17s and now the U18s squad. The team won the League cup last year and are so far unbeaten this season with Emma as their captain.
As well as playing for Derby, Emma also trialled for the county squad Nottinghamshire Schools U16s. In her first season they became regional champions and the following season Emma captained them to become Midlands County Cup Champions.
The 17-year-old has also signed for Long Eaton Ladies reserves in the Women’s National Division 2 Southern League. She is now a regular in the first team squad and commits to training three times a week and playing both days of the weekend, intent on gaining a soccer scholarship abroad.
Emma was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award at Carlton le Willows SPOTY awards 2018, in recognition of her commitment to school football – having played for the Academy football team every year from Year 7 and leading the Year 9 and 10 teams to cup final victories.
SIXTH former Emily Jephson has collected more than 30 medals during her time as a synchronised ice skater with Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy.
Skating since the age of seven, Emily has represented GB in various competitions over the last four years and has been a British Champion for the last five years.
With her skating team Emily (17), has taken part in more than 40 competitions both at home and abroad, learned more than 20 routines and so far her medal count is 30 golds, four silver and two bronze.
Since joining the Skating Academy at the age of 11, Year 13 Emily has experienced victory in a number of competitions, first with her team the Rocking Robins, then with the Shadows, the NSSA’s novice team and then with the Icicles.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport and PE, Emily was awarded the Kendrick Shield for Lifetime Achievement during the Academy’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2018.
CHARLIE Clarke is forging ahead, creating a name for himself in the world of hovercraft racing.
Aged just 12, Charlie competes in the National Hovercraft Championships run by the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain (HCGB).
The Year 8 is in his first full season of the sport and is currently sitting second in the Junior Colt Formula with just one round of the championship left to go.
The HCGB created the Junior Colt Formula just this season to remove the younger drivers from the mainstream Juniors who drive a hovercraft shared with their parents.
Competing solo appears not to phase Charlie, who uses the Number 95 – Lightning McQueen!
ICE skater Emma Litherland is going from strength to strength in her sport having qualified to compete in the British Championships last term.
The Year 9 skater entered the Intermediate Novice Ladies section of the British Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield in November – coming an impressive 8th out of 25 and placing her as one of the top 10 skaters in the UK.
Emma dedicates around 20 hours a week to her ice skating both before and after school, spending extra time at home doing flexibility and off ice jump rotation in addition to her 16 hours on ice sessions.
The 13-year-old also plays football alongside her skating, turning out for Gedling Southbank in Division 1 of the Notts Girls and Ladies League Under 14s.