Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
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.
CHAMPIONS! Year 8 girls’ football team brought home some silverware after being crowned County Cup winners 2019.
The team brought home the trophy after winning on penalties in a hotly contested final against Rushcliffe School.
The match ended 2-2 after normal time, but goalkeeper Georgia Townend saved one of the opposition’s penalties enabling the Academy to win the shoot-out.
The team had put on decisive performances throughout the tournament earning a place in the final after a 7-2 win against Minster School in the semi-finals. A brilliant result!
Team: Year 8s (now Year 9) Georgia Townend, Keira Murphy, Isobel Davis, Bethan Wass, Hettie Bates, Charlotte Fisher, Charlotte Wallace, Jess Ellis and Philippa Batchelor, Katie Ball and Marla Harker Gill, Year 7 (now Year 8).
YEAR 11 athlete Skye Fawsitt earned the County Champion title for Hammer in summer earning her a place at the prestigious Mason Trophy event in Birmingham.
Skye (then in Year 10) threw a personal best on the day of 30.52, competing against the very best young throwers in the whole of the Midlands region, many of whom were a year older.
The Mason Trophy event marked the end of a hugely successful season for the all-round athlete, who had come first in the 100m Inter Girls at the Gedling Athletics Championship in May.
This earned Skye (15), a place in the County Championships the following month. She also joined fellow Academy athletes representing Carlton le Willows in the regional finals of the English School Track and Field Cup in Wakefield.
The athletes from Years 9 and 10 each had to compete in two events, finishing in third place behind winners Bradford Grammar and second place Wakefield Girls High School.
Skye was once again a stand out competitor on the day winning 100m in the first round and the finals of the hammer event.
ATHLETE Paul Senior has set a new personal best and earned himself the title joint fastest Junior Boy in the UK!
Year 10 Paul earned the accolade as fastest Under 15 boy after achieving a time of 11.1 in 100m finals. This followed a time of 11.4 in the 100m finals of the English Schools event in summer.
Paul has had considerable success over the past few months, setting a new record for the Gedling district while competing in the Gedling Athletics Championships in May.
Paul, then in Year 9, recorded a time of 11.03 in the Junior Boys 100m and a distance of 5.49m in Junior Boys Long Jump – finishing in first place and earning himself a place in the Gedling team at the County Championships.
Definitely an athlete to watch!
Year 7 Academy student Reece Cave has been crowned East Midlands Judo champion, earning himself a place in the national championships in March.
This will be the second time 11-year-old Reece will compete in the British Schools Judo competition after a silver medal in the regional school competition earned him his place last year.
Classed 7th in the country for his weight and belt, Reece who has been doing Judo since the age of 4, has a history of medal success having competed in more than 17 competitions including two at international level. Highlights from last year include securing gold medals at the Cobra Judo U12 Grade Branded Open 2018 and the Cobra Judo U12 & Cadet Open 2019.
For the last three years Reece has won Competitor of the Year at the Nottingham Judo annual awards evening and earlier this year was accepted on the Regional England Development squad for the sport.
Training three times a week – at Rycroft Judo Club and Carlton Forum Judo Club – the Cedar house student also finds time to compete in park runs and mini marathons and also achieve success with his Saturday football club Gedling Southbank.
Championship sailor Ellie Rush has been crowned Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
Award winner Ellie (15), was unable to accept her prize in person at the Academy’s annual SPOTY awards evening on 16 December as she was taking part in a week-long training camp in Spain getting ready to compete in the European Championships in France next year.
Year 11 Ellie started sailing at the age of eight in a Topper sailing dinghy, moving on to the two-person 420 dinghy at the age of 12. She has taken part in the Youth National Championship for the last two years, taking the U17 girls title in 2018 and securing third place in the U19 category in 2019.
Next year she aims for her first international podium place at the Junior European Championships or the World Championships.
Cheer leader Chloe Murcott is celebrating after securing the chance to compete with her team at the Cheerleading International Summit in Florida next year.
Chloe, has been through two rounds of evaluations to become a member of this international team Gravity, which qualified after coming third in the International Junior category of the Bournemouth Future Cheer National Championships in July 2019.
Over the last 18 months, Chloe has progressed from Level 1 to Level 3 Tumbling and Level 2 Stunting and has grown as an athlete in terms of strength, endurance and skill.
Over the past 12 months, Year 9 Chloe has also assisted in coaching a younger age group and proven her all-round ability in competing in each of the cheerleading positions - base, front, back and flyer. She has also achieved both team prizes and individual recognition during her time on the team.
Ball hockey player Corey Durose has had a successful season, capped off with being awarded the sport’s U13 Player of the Season out of all clubs in the UK.
Year 8 Corey currently plays with local ball hockey team the Nottingham Huskies U13s, which are part of Nottingham Wolves Ball Hockey Club.
Due to his technical capability he has quickly progressed and is also now also a key player in the higher age group the U16s.
In 2019 Corey captained the U13 team to become national champions – the first Nottingham team to event win at this level, while the 12-year-old was also a key part of the U16 team, which won the 2019 league.
Corey missed out on a chance to represent GB in competition in Slovakia this year due to a family commitment but has his sights set on future competitions as ball hockey grows as an international sport.
TALENTED Academy footballer Alex Akers has realised his dream after signing a scholarship deal with Nottingham Forest.
Year 11 Alex had only been signed for the club’s U16 squad since Year 10 so was delighted when he was chosen to take one of the club’s sought after scholarships.
Alex (16) began playing football at the age of 8 when he was a pupil at Colwick’s St John’s Primary School. He played for Gedling Southbank and the school team before starting to play for Basford Utd U15/16s. He has also played for the Carlton le Willows, although not in goal.
It was while playing for Basford that Forest scouts offered Alex the chance to try out for the club. After signing for the club’s U16s around nine months ago he was delighted to be offered the scholarship just after New Year. Added Alex: “Some players have been at the club for as much as 10 years and I’ve been offered a scholarship after just nine months. It’s surreal!”
Alex’s scholarship will see him training, both on the pitch and in the gym, studying for a Sports Science qualification and undertaking various tasks usually completed by an apprentice such as washing the first team’s boots! We all wish him the very best of luck!