Post 16 Study Leave Dates

Study Leave Dates for Year 12: Friday 8th May 2015

Those students studying BTEC Level 3 qualifications will be expected to attend lessons as normal during this period.

Students will return to school on Monday 15th June 2015


Year 13 Leave Date: Friday 22nd May 2015

Arnot Hill Park Aviary Project

Arnot Hill Park

The Great Big Dance Off 2015

GreatBigDanceOffArnold Hill’s ‘Reflections Dance Company’ took part in the National Competition Great Big Dance Off this week at Nottingham’s Albert Hall. The event is organised by Youth Dance England and is an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and commitment to dance. The girls worked together to create and perform a contemporary dance piece inspired by the feeling that you are invisible, alone and often obscure. They displayed amazing technical ability, teamwork and confidence!


Miss Hays would like to say a special well done to Zoe Turton, Annabelle Bucknall, Leigharna Crawford, Kiera Gorey, Amber Murphy, Hannah Alvey, Isobel Redgate, Yasmin Aspinall, Melissa Ross and Catherine Hudson. They conducted themselves fantastically and were a credit to themselves and the academy.  Well done girls! 

Year 13 Finance Information Evening

Missed our Student Finance Evening on Monday for Year 13 students and parents? If so, please click here to view the presentation delivered by the University of Nottingham for all the necessary information.

Don’t also forget to follow UCAS and the Student Loans Company on twitter for more information as well as look at their websites:


UCAS - Finance and Support

Student Loans Company
Student Finance Login

U Healthy Eating

U Healthy EatingJamie McElhinney, currently in Year 8, has recently completed an exceptional piece of work as part of his U Healthy Eating project. His amazing video demonstrating what he has learnt about Healthy Eating and key nutrients has now been posted on YouTube

Sixth Form Entry Interviews

All Sixth Form Interviews will be conducted in the 3 weeks immediately after February Half Term.
Students who have applied to the Sixth Form will be notified of an appointment for their interview via their Tutor.

Mouthy Poets

Mouthy Poets

Year 7 Girls' Football Team Success

Yr7FutsalThe year 7 girls played in the Gedling district Futsal tournament last night at Carlton Academy. They played three games:
Game 1 vs Redhill finished 2-2 with Fern Williams scoring once and an own goal from Redhill.
Game 2 vs Carlton Academy finished 4-0 with Grace Bicknell scoring twice, and Fern Williams and Neave Archer scoring one goal each.
Game 3 vs Colonel Frank Seeley ended 2-0 with Fern Williams and Grace Bicknell both scoring.
The girls finished first overall and will now represent Gedling Borough schools in the county finals at the University of Nottingham on 26th February.
The girls played amazingly well with easily some of the best football of the night. They conducted themselves brilliantly and were a credit to the academy.

New Head Teacher

As you are aware, Governors have been putting in place the key building blocks to take forward our agenda to secure improvement at the Academy. A key next step in this process has been our plan to appoint a new Head Teacher, and the Governors have been engaged over the last few days in an intense selection process working with Mr Crompton to find the right candidate for this role.

I am delighted to be able to inform you that we have now completed this process. Yesterday we offered this role to Mrs Sharon Smith who is currently a Deputy Head Teacher at Heanor Gate Science College. Mrs Smith has accepted our invitation to join Arnold Hill and we expect her to start work with us after the Easter holidays.

Mrs Smith has 11 years of experience in senior leadership roles in education. We believe she will fit in very well at Arnold Hill and be a real asset to the Academy. We wish her every success in her new role. I am sure you will be keen to meet Mrs Smith and we will ensure this is made possible as soon as we can. Thank you again for your support.

Andrew Pickin

Chair of Governors 

Boxing Club

Boxing ClubArnold Hill Academy pupils are making the most of the challenges that boxing has to offer by increasing fitness, improving
co-ordination and building strength and now you can do the same.
A satellite club has been set up at the academy as a joint venture with Strelley Amateur Boxing Club. The club is open to all ages and abilities, and experienced coach Steve will put you through your paces.

The club caters for all needs whether it’s simply fitness, social or the desire to compete – let’s get ready to rumble!

Venue: Arnold Hill Academy, Lower School Gym

When:  Thursdays 4 – 5.30pm

North and North East Final of the Science and Technology Challenge Day

ScienceChallengeMCS Projects Ltd helps to raise the aspirations of young people. Each year they arrange Science and Technology Challenge Days for students across the UK to enrich their knowledge of science, technology and languages.

Two of our Year 10 students,
Emily Meadowcroft and Sarah Baggaley, recently represented the academy at the North and North East Final of the Science and Technology Challenge Day held at the University of Sheffield.

The students were placed into teams of four, and using the latest Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit, were given the task of building and programming a robot with the ability to detect and avoid a series of obstacles. They also had to deliver a presentation to the other students, university staff and the Mayor of Sheffield about their robots, and how they tackled the challenge they were set.

In the end the girls’ team finished second which was an excellent result. They worked really well as part of a team, helping to make important decisions and offering valuable suggestions. They were certainly a credit to themselves and the academy.

U16 Basketball Merit League Winners 2014/15

Throughout the autumn term the Year 10/11 basketball team played in the Notts Merit league. The team managed to win all of their games and topped the south group. The finals of the competition were held on Tuesday December 16th at Nottingham Trent University and the boys were up against Ashfield School, Brunts Academy and Nottingham Academy. The team played some excellent attacking basketball which, along with their strong defence, led to a win of 57-6 in their semi-final against Ashfield School. The second semi-final saw Nottingham Academy beat Brunts Academy.

Arnold Hill then met Nottingham Academy, a team with a strong reputation in the sport, in the final. It was an intense first half with a strong performance from Matt Cooper helping to keep the score close at the break. Arnold Hill increased the tempo in the second half and, thanks to some sharp shooting from George Rayers and a 3 pointer from Billy Benson, the team pulled away to win 47-28.

BasketballMeritLeagueCongratulations to Matt Cooper, Conor Foulkes, Zander Markgraaff, George Rayers,
Joe Wheatley, Bradley Johnson, Tom Chilton, Finn Smith and Billy Benson.
They are all well-deserved champions.

Message From Nottingham City Transport

Please see here for a message from Nottingham City Transport outlining service changes affecting schools from 25th January 2015.

Year 8 Girls' Football Team

The Year 8 girls’ football team played their quarter final against Kimberley School last week.
The match finished 5-4 with Kimberley scoring the winner from a corner with the last kick of the game.
The girls played amazingly well, and their commitment and work rate was unbelievable! The standard was very high with some brilliant individual performances.
We would like to say well done to:

Zoe Connellan, Ursula Cranston, Hannah Aucott, Liberty Lee, Morgan Pallister,
Tashan Keeling, Lucy Fretwell, Grace Eggington (Captain), Robyn Meadowcroft,
Fern Williams, Lauren McNeil, Olivia Rodgers and Neave Archer.

County Cross Country Champion

LukeDuffyCongratulations to Luke Duffy who became County Cross Country Champion this January. Luke is also the Nottinghamshire 

Schools’ Cross Country League Champion and goes into the Schools County Championships in February as firm favourite.

Luke, who’s been training seriously for just over a year, now has his sights set on the English Schools' Athletic Association National Championships in March. Good luck Luke!

Sixth form Entry Interviews

All Sixth Form Interviews will be conducted in the 3 weeks immediately after February Half Term. Students who have applied to the Sixth Form will be notified of an appointment for their interview via their Tutor.

Please see attached letter from the Chair of Governors

Please click here for an important letter from the Chair of Governors, Mr Pickin

Heal the World

HealTheWorldThe staff of Arnold Hill Academy got together recently to sing and record the Band Aid hit “Heal the World” to help raise money to donate towards the Ebola Crisis. The video which was posted on YouTube has already received in excess of 2500 views and the single has been played on BBC Radio Nottingham.


The single is available to purchase from Music for just £2, and all proceeds will go towards Ebola Crisis foundations. A very big thank you to those who have already bought their copy!

Sixth Form Christmas Activities


Sixth Form students have truly entered into the spirit of Christmas this week by organising a variety of events for staff and students to participate in. The week began with a “Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge” with competitors submitting chocolate yule logs they had made to a specific Mary Berry recipe. After much deliberation and a blind taste test, Mr Endy was declared the winner. Monday also saw a Christmas Charity Dress Up Day with a prize for the best outfit.  

Festivities continued on Tuesday with the Sixth Form Christmas Fayre.

All tutor groups had their own stall, and staff and students had the opportunity to take part in various activities ranging from a chocolate tombola to balancing a 20p coin on a lemon floating in water, as well as buying a wide selection of goodies. The Fayre was a great success with the students raising over £260.00 for Nottinghamshire Hospice. It was a fabulous atmosphere and the students seemed to love taking part.

Santa has been busy making made deliveries of candy canes containing special messages to students and staff throughout the week. A special seasonal screening of Elf was arranged for Year 7 students on Wednesday lunchtime, and a selection of Christmas themed party games for Sixth Form students on Thursday rounds the week off nicely.

The Sixth Form would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has taken part and supported the activities.





Ho Ho Ho


On Wednesday 17th December, Linda Benalia and Lauren Sims (Pastoral Leaders) celebrated the latest achievements within Wollaton House by dressing up as Santa Claus and an elf before distributing presents to deserving students for their outstanding efforts.

The lucky winners were Joel Daft (7W1), 

Abbie Hutchison and Milli Tattersall (7W2),
Faye Shacklock (8W1), Ben Holdstock (8W2),
Dali Dunn (9W1), Rob Taylor (9W2),
Julia Scott (10W1), Chris Turner (10W2),

Ronan Slater (11W1) and
Will Featherstone-Lown (11W2). 




Staff also used the opportunity to say their farewells to Ms Sims and Mr Wright.

Dress a Girl Around the World

Yr10TextilesAs part of their skills development for their GCSE Textiles course, Year 10 students have been busy producing dresses to send to the 'Dress a Girl Around the World' charity.
The students involved are – Rachel Alvey,
Sarah Baggaley, Mae Buxton,
Alicia Carrington, Leigharna Crawford,
Ella Drury, Ellie Hardie, Courtney McCallum,
Claudia O’Hare, Amy Pentlow, Ellie Pettigrew, Sabrina Sarfraz, Alice Szatter and Charlotte Thornton.


The dresses are currently on display in Upper School Reception and

will be sent to the charity in January for distribution to girls in a developing country.

We would like to thank Quantum Clothing for kindly donating the fabric.

Christmas Cabaret

Christmas Cabaret

Please click here for more details about the event, including how to purchase tickets.

Giving Voice to Youth

Henry Wheeler, who works as a learning mentor at Arnold Hill Academy, has been nominated for the Pride of Gedling’s Public Servant Award. He said his experiences growing up on a council estate encouraged him to devote his work to helping young people.

“I saw a lot of social injustice,” he said. “A lot of young people get written off before they have had a chance to prove their worth so that led me into my career.”

Henry is also a councillor at Gedling Borough and his links there have helped secure the Youth Council, which now meets monthly and has representatives from each of the schools in the borough.

The overall Pride of Gedling award will be given out to the most impressive nominee at a ceremony on February 5th, and the winner will have their name engraved on a plaque at Gedling’s Civic Centre in Arnot Hill Park, Arnold.

More information about the Award can be found here

In the Community

Autumn Term 2014
It has been a busy first term working with our link primary schools on Design and Technology and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects.

DTAutumnTerm2014Mrs Pedlar spent time with Arnold View students supporting them with the designing and making of a cover for their iPods. Pupils used their own research to develop criteria to enable them to design a functional and aesthetic product. Pupils used the automatic sewing machines to demonstrate their construction skills and one pupil, Josh, said “My mum will be really pleased as she hasn’t a clue that I can use a machine this well.”

Another session was held with pupils from years 1 and 2 at Mapperley Plains, designing and making a healthy snack using a selection from all five food groups. The taste testing exercise enabled pupils to understand where food comes from and they used the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare a carbohydrate based snack.

As a Technology specialist academy, Mrs Pedlar spends each Wednesday working with all of our feeder schools to ensure that pupils are given the skills, knowledge and understanding to aid a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.

If you haven’t yet been in touch, please contact her to arrange a session which can fit in with your current schemes of learning.

Gedling Cross-Country Championships

CrossCountryOn Wednesday 3rd December our cross-country team returned with a number of team wins from the Gedling Cross-Country Championships. We won 3 of the 6 events – Y7 boys, Y8/9 boys and Y10/11 – and finished second overall. The majority of our team have now been asked to compete on behalf of Gedling in the County Championships on Saturday 7th February at Worksop College.
The whole team did the academy proud on a bright and chilly day, both in their desire to do their best, and their behaviour.

Hopefully we can go one better next year and return as champions!
Cross Country
Congratulations go to - Lauren McNeil,
Fern Williams, Esther Sutherland, Lucy Jackson,
Grace Bicknell, Joel Daft, Lewis Erasmus,
William Sullivan, Daniel Flint, Issac Lounds,
Freddie Hacket, Mckenzie Rooney, Ben Mclean,
Lydia Clarke, Emily Browne, Esme Fenn,
Ava Remsey, Sabine Foyster, Matthew Fallon,
James Dickinson, Edward Morgan, Isaac Thorne,
James Simpson, Luke Duffy, Jamie Freestone,
Harrison Litherland, Anya Blyth, Olivia Hallam,
Yasmin Aspinall, Nathan Sturton, Ben Rodgers,
Harry Parsons, Ellis Newham, Ben Mattinson,

Isaac Coppel and Oliver Collins.


BookbuzzFor the last four years Arnold Hill Academy has taken part in Bookbuzz which is a reading programme run by Booktrust the independent reading and writing charity. They support schools to encourage reading for pleasure and independent choice, and develop a whole school reading culture.

All of our year 7 students were given the opportunity to choose a book to keep from a list of 17 titles selected by an independent panel of experts to cover books across a variety of genres, styles and abilities. Mrs Ritchie’s year 7 English group are pictured with their books which they will be bringing home this week.

Music Exam Results

The Music exam results have just arrived and we are very pleased to announce...
Harry Gee passed Grade Two piano with merit

Jade Yau passed Grade One piano with distinction
Tyler Jackson passed Grade Four flute with merit

Well done to you all! 

Gedling Sports Awards

The Gedling Sports Awards were held at Carlton Academy on Wednesday 26th November and we are very proud to announce that three of our seven nominees received awards.
GedlingSportsAwardsChloe Adcock (Y10) received an award for Junior Sportswoman of the Year in recognition of her numerous achievements in Taekwondo and kick boxing; Jake Fisher (Y12) won the award for Junior Coach of the Year for the contribution he makes to Arnold Town FC and Adam Ellis (Y13) received an award on behalf of our 6th Form football team who are celebrating winning the title of Secondary School Team of the Year.
It’s great to see the achievements and efforts of our pupils being recognised in our borough.

Well Done to the Arnold Hill Maths Challenge Team

UKMTOn Wednesday 26th November, a team from Arnold Hill competed in the UKMT Senior Team Challenge at the University of Nottingham. Twenty schools from across the East Midlands competed over three rounds, which tested mathematical knowledge and teamwork.

The team consisted of Reuben Hughes, Kiran Watkins,
Lewis Jackson-Mcketty and Ivan Newman, and they finished in a very creditable seventh place.

FutureChef School Heats 2014

FutureChefOn Tuesday 25th November at Nottingham New College, 10 talented hopefuls, aged between 12 and 16, took up the
challenge to showcase their fantastic cooking skills and battled it out to win their Local Final gaining a place in the Regional Final, and getting one step closer to the National Final on the 23rd March 2015.

The dishes were very close and it took a while for the judges to pick their top two. The two top dishes belonged to a student from The Joseph Whitaker School and our own Katie Ordoyno. Katie cooked Breaded Chicken with Rice followed by Sweet Vermicelli with Cinnamon.
FutureChefHead Judge Neil Hardy said “The creativity of these dishes is incredible, there wasn’t much left on the plates after judging either and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens at Regionals”.
A big well done to both of our competitors Christopher Alvey and Katie Ordoyno.

Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide culinary initiative which helps young people aged 12-16 cook their way through a series of challenges, providing invaluable lessons and insight into the culinary industry.

Roll Out the Red Carpet...It's the Ultimate Prom!

Thanks to Sophie Goodman, Arnold Hill Academy has won Capital FM’s Ultimate Prom competition and Tom & Claire will now join our Year 11 students at Colwick Hall on 25th June 2015 to help them celebrate in style. They’ll provide the DJs, decorations worth up to £2000 and a funky photo booth complete with props!
Their team of Street Stars will be our very own paparazzi, and there'll also be a goody bag on the night for everyone.

Our prom committee will now be invited to a tour of the studios after school one night, and will also discuss how they’d like to spend the money.

Stars In Our Schools Day

StarsInOurSchoolsSupport Staff held a tea and biscuits event on Friday 28th November to celebrate Stars In Our Schools Day. It takes a whole team to help students learn, keep them safe and healthy and keep the school running smoothly – and all support staff are vital to this.

Unison delivered tea and biscuits to Support Staff as a small thank you to local members in recognition of their valued work within the community, and their school in particular.

WildCube Internet Radio

WildCube is a not for profit Internet radio station run by former Arnold Hill Academy student Ashley Hardy, and current Year 13 student Victoria Evans.
They recently held a fundraising event to mark their first year of broadcasting which involved, amongst other things, 5 ½ hours of intense monopoly, a performance by current sixth form student Will Harington and plenty of fun entertainment and games. Some of the event’s highlights can be seen on their YouTube Channel:
In total, WildCube raised £928. They donated £232.11 to the fantastic Teenage Cancer Trust and will use the balance to pay for their licence, marketing, events and advertising during their second year of broadcasting. Thank you to everyone who has donated!

Drumming Workshop

DanPiperDanPiperOne of our sixth form Music Tech students, Dan Piper, was recently lucky enough to be asked to attend a special drum workshop with Nathaniel 'Tonez' Fuller who has worked live, and in the studio, with Tinie Tempah and Jessie J. This was a fantastic opportunity for Dan to learn techniques from a high profile musician.

Cooking French Style

MFL CrepesAs part of our activities for the more able in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Year 9 students have been finding out about traditional French food and have enjoyed a session cooking “crêpes” with the help of Miss Berry from Technology. Their pancakes were delicious, and went well with the different fillings they brought in. They were very successful at tossing their pancakes, and were extremely generous when it came to tasting their efforts at the end.

Arnold's Gala Concert


Arnold Hill Academy currently features in an article in the latest edition of the local NG Magazines.

Performers from Arnold Hill Academy came together with Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy and Redhill Academy for the very first time to produce a Gala Concert. 
The idea to hold this event came from Alan Langton, a member of the Rotary Club of Mapperley & Arnold who sponsored the evening. He said “the Rotary Club admire the dedication and enthusiasm shown by so many young people in society, and are also keen to support the community spirit of the town of Arnold. Both, we feel, have much to give residents of the town reason to celebrate.”
Accordingly, the members of the Rotary Club sponsored the Music departments of the three secondary schools in the town and organised an evening when the talents of some of the pupils from each of the schools came together and entertained families and friends in a happy and non-competitive way.
ArnoldGalaConcertThe programme included a wide range of music to suit all tastes. From Beethoven to Elvis Presley, Elton John to Vaughan-Williams, John Lennon to Glen Miller, David Bowie to Schumann, Elgar to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Samba, songs from the shows together with Woodwind, String and Brass groups, Concert Band and much, much more. Some sections included performers from all three schools.
The proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to each Academy’s preferred charity equally.

We are extremely pleased to announce that Arnold Hill will host next year’s concert.

Year 7 Girls' Rugby Team Success

We are extremely proud of our Year 7 girls’ rugby team after taking part in their first ever rugby festival and winning 3 out of the 4 games they played!
Congratulations to: Yr7GirlsRugby
Lauren Burgess

Olivia Rodger

Ruth Tarry

Keira Pearson

Grace Bicknell

Lucy Jackson

Holly Edgerton

Jessie Scott

Scarlett Scott

Esther Sutherland

Collection of 2013/14 GCSE and GCE Certificates

The Summer GCSE and GCE certificates for 2013/14 leavers are now ready for collection. 
These are available from Upper School Reception and must be signed for. The reception is
open 8am – 5pm Monday – Thursday and Friday 8am – 4.30pm.
If you are collecting them on behalf of a pupil you must bring a signed permission letter/slip
from the pupil confirming they are happy for you to do so. 


We cannot send these out in the post to pupils as the Exams Board regulations state we
have to have them signed for.  Each certificate is worth over £40 to produce and cannot be
re-printed by the Exams Boards.


Dig Out Your Knits, Tinsel Up and Get Woolly!

Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 12th December 2014, Arnold Hill Academy will again be
taking part in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Campaign.
Last year we raised over £550, and this year we will be holding a
non-school uniform day to give all staff and students the opportunity
to make the world better with a sweater! 

All you have to do is wear your silliest, sparkliest or cosiest woolly to
school and donate at least £1 to Save the Children.

To find out more, you can visit the event website at: You can read more about Save the Children and their work at



Year 7 Humanities - Visit from ZooLab

As part of their learning in Humanities, your child will be experiencing a visit from ZooLab during w/c 8th December to inform a topic on the Tropical Rainforest. Students will complete a carousel of lessons covering a session with ZooLab, classroom activities focusing on where tropical rainforests are located and their characteristics, and a cross-curricular project with Arts to create a large piece of display work about the rainforest that all students will have contributed to.

The visit from ZooLab will entail the showing of live animals (such as spiders, frogs and snakes) where students will get the opportunity to handle some of them if they wish.

In the last week of term students are also being given the opportunity to design and make a Christmas card. This is a charity event and a letter with further details will be handed out shortly.

Armistice Day 2014

LockieCommemorations for those who died in World War One, and all victims of conflict, were marked at Arnold Hill Academy, when trumpeters Oscar Gutkowski (Yr13) and Lockie Shoebridge (Yr10) signalled a two minute silence throughout the school on Armistice Day this year.
Oscar (in the Upper School courtyard) and Lockie (in the Lower School courtyard), both played The Last Post loudly and confidently to honour British and Colonial losses since World War I.
All lessons were stopped at 10:50am and teachers held discussions with pupils about Armistice Day, and the impact that those who fell had on the world.
Our students showed enormous respect, and conducted themselves magnificently in what was an extremely moving occasion.


On the 13th November, 30 AS Level English Literature students attended a performance of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Nottingham Playhouse. This formed a key part of preparations for their AS Exam. The performance was spellbinding and the school was complemented on the polite behaviour of their students.

Congratulations to ...

Chloe Adcock in Year 10 for some great results in recent Taekwondo & Kick Boxing Championships.

At the Unity International Games in Warwick, Chloe finished 1st in the Advanced Korean Forms 14-16 years resulting in qualification for the champions of champions round. She did extremely well to finish 3rd overall as it was her first time competing at this level. She also finished 2nd in the Semi Contact Point Sparring 14-16 years/65kg at the Games.
At the World Championship Games held in Tunisia, Chloe finished first in three events and gained three World titles!

Her achievements in her first year have been incredible so far; Chloe has won a number of British titles, three European titles and six World titles.

This is fantastic news and we wish her the best in future events.

Music Rhythm Cards

Rhythm cardCake RhythmThe Music Department would like to congratulate Year 7 for their effort on their rhythm cards homework. Many excelled and gained positive comments, and we were genuinely impressed by the hard work and creativity in some of their cards to use in the rhythm tests.  

These are just some examples of the great work produced.
Lollipop rhythmIsaac RhythmClay Rhythm

Fast Track to Success

Isaac Hurley

After being talent spotted whilst at primary school, Isaac Hurley in Year 7, was awarded a Short Track Speed Skating scholarship. He now skates competitively for Notts Ice Racing Club and has already achieved some fantastic results.
He beat all of the Hong Kong squad in the Junior British Open in December 2013, finishing 15th in his category. This summer he came 4th in the Club Championships, and earned his first trophy. Last month alone, Isaac achieved a personal best in the 500m, finished 3rd in his category at the Nottingham Open, took 2 seconds off his personal best in the 777m and won one race against 2 others who were 14!
Impressive results are achieved with hard work and determination. Isaac trains until 9.30pm three nights per week, and until 7:30pm on one evening per week. His Head Coach is a former Olympian Speed Skater, and he often has the opportunity to see the GB squad as they also train at the rink.
Isaac was also involved in the BBC broadcast of the One Show that was filmed on Monday 10th November, which was a Children in Need event.
Isaac is certainly a name to watch out for in the future and the Academy would like to wish him all the best and every success for his promising future. Well done!!!

If you like to find out more about Isaac please follow the link below:

Gedling Sports Awards

Fantastic news for Arnold Hill Academy following the nominations for the Gedling Sports Awards. Ben Mattinson, Finley Heywood, Chloe Adcock, Jamie Moores and Emily Bramley have all been short listed for their respective individual categories and the 6th Form football team has been shortlisted in the team category.

The Gedling Sports Awards is an annual event, run by the Gedling Sports Forum, and recognises the achievements of teams – club and school - and of individual competitors in sport; and the contributions of Coaches, Volunteers and Clubs in the Gedling Area. This year it is being held at the Carlton Academy Arts Theatre on Tuesday November 26th at 7.00 p.m. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, we wish you all the best!


Exemplary Contribution to the Community

Pam Clipsham Awards 2014Former Arnold Hill Academy student Meredith
Dickin has recently won the Young Volunteer of
the Year award for giving her time to City Arts’
Express Yourself project, helping teenagers with disabilities flourish through art.

The award is a celebration of Meredith’s hard
work, and contribution in a voluntary role, within the local community. Her certificate was handed out at the Pam Clipsham Awards, named after the woman who gave her time to Gedling Community and Voluntary Services for 14 years.

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Mouthy Poets at Arnold Hill Academy

On Wednesday 15th October, the Mouthy Poets presented three assemblies for year 7, 8 and
9 in which they performed poetry. The delivery of Jabberwocky in the manner of a Southern
Baptist Preacher is an experience not to be missed!

Mouthy Poets is an organisation of poets under the leadership of Deborah Stevenson, a
lecturer in creative writing at Nottingham University. Their aim is to bring poetry and
performance into schools and foster creative writing. Arnold Hill has been working with them
for the last two years, and our aim now is to raise the profile of poetry writing and
performance in the Academy. 

Mouthy Poets, in the persons of Hayley and Laura, are coming in to run after-school sessions

on a Wednesday in writing and performing. We will be working towards a showcase in the
Spring as well as publication of poems in a booklet. Other activities include creating posters
of a selection of poems from last term's booklet, and the publication on this site of some of
poems written on the topic of freedom.

Watch this space for more details of what we are getting up to.

Entry to Sixth Form - Applications invited for 2015

Applications for entry to Sixth Form should be made on this form and returned to no later than Friday 19th December 2014.

If you would like to arrange an appointment for a tour of the Sixth Form Centre please contact

The 2015 prospectus can be found here.

Head Boy & Head Girl Election

CandidatesThe annual democratic selection of the Sixth Form Head Boy and Head Girl took place week commencing 15thSeptember; a week of excitement for many Sixth Form students which reflected the excitement in Scotland during the same week! Four candidates ran for the Head Boy and Head Girl posts; Reuben Hughes and Jake Bennett for Head Boy and Niamh Morritt and Caroline Collins for Head Girl.

Head Boy & Head Girl

All four candidates were asked and gave a two minute speech to both Year 12 and Year 13 students, outlining what they wanted to achieve if elected. Voting by all Sixth Form students took place on Monday 22nd September and the final count revealed that Reuben Hughes was elected as Head Boy and Caroline Collins was elected as Head Girl. On Wednesday 24th September Caroline and Reuben were presented with their badges, the two students are looking forward to their new roles and planning some Sixth Form activities and events before half term. Well done to both of them and indeed all four candidates who ran for the positions.

Badminton Club

BadmintonBadminton Club is a very popular club with a wide range of students. Tournaments are available if students want to get involved in teams or even challenge the teacher! It is a great way to improve your skills or just socialise with friends – whatever your reason it a great sport to be involved in. The club is held on Wednesday lunchtimes and is open to all, so come along and practice you backhand smash or your delicate drop shot.

Study Club

Study ClubKey Stage 3 Study Club starts on Monday 15th September.

It is held every Monday in Lower School Resources 3:20pm - 4:20pm. Come and join us.


GCSE Exam timetable available here


Year 9 Option Evening 29th Jan 2015

Upper School Site 6.30 - 8.30pm

Presentations: Upper School Hall

6.30pm: X Half Tutor groups
9B1, 9B2, 9C1, 9C2, 9R1, 9R2

7.30pm: Y Half Tutor groups
9N1, 9N2, 9T1, 9T2, 9W1, 9W2

Upper School Hall, 8pm onwards:
Drop-in for any further questions or queries

Year 9 Option Evening Letter

Year 9 Option Choices 2015 Booklet

Option Evening Presentation


New School Building Update

Builders' Image

We are delighted to announce that the programme for the replacement of the Upper School has now entered the next phase. The selected builder is Wates Construction and they have designed a fantastic new building for us. A consultation event offering the opportunity to comment on the proposals was held on Thursday 27th November and images from the evening can be viewed here
The planning application was submitted for consideration by Gedling Borough Council on 2nd December and is accessible via this link.


Click here for the latest Ofsted Information including the most recent Section 8 letter.

Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum

Please note that the Key Stage 3 Forum planned for 6pm on Monday, 12th January has been cancelled.

Letter From The Governing Body

Please see here for an update from the Governing Body on strong partner developments for the Academy.


The next PTA meeting is on Wednesday 25th March 2015, 7.30pm at The Major Oak Pub, Rolleston Drive, Arnold. For more information on the PTA please see here. For information on joining the PTA or attending the meeting please email Mrs Brown

Dyslexia Support Group

Think you might be Dyslexic? Are you in the Sixth Form?


Maybe you have Dyslexia and want some advice? Let the Dyslexia support group help you.


Drop in session available to all sixth form students every Friday during periods 1,2 and 3 at the sixth form centre library.


No need to book, just pop along.

Arnold Hill Events

Parent Portal

We are currently processing returned Parent Portal access forms, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and apologise for the delay. Once completed data collection sheets, access details and an introductory user guide for the Parent Portal will be sent out. If you have any queries, please email

Musical Instrument Tuition

Year 7 students are being given the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. There are still spaces for trumpet, trombone, violin, guitar, clarinet, drums, piano, flute and saxophone lessons. There couldn’t be a better time to learn something new or improve your musical skills, if you are quick you will be able to take advantage of the HALF PRICE LESSONS offer. Singing lessons are also available. For more information email Mr Watkins:

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