Arnold Hill in the News!

Today is an exciting news day for Arnold Hill. With the groundworks for our new build now well underway, the local media have joined in the buzz. 
To find out what's been happening, 


Listen to our Head Teacher Sharon Smith talking to Andy Whittaker on BBC Radio Nottingham’s breakfast show. The interview is 1 hour 25 minutes into the show.  

Read all about it on page 9 of today's Nottingham Post.

Watch this evening's news bulletins at 5.30pm and 6.00pm, or the Chat Show at 6.30pm on Notts TV - Freeview Channel 8 or Virgin 159.  

Work Underway On £14Million School Super Block


Work on a new £14million pound state-of-the-art school building got underway at Arnold Hill Academy yesterday. Newly appointed Headteacher of the Academy Sharon Smith was on site to celebrate the start of construction work as diggers begin shifting earth to make way for the foundations of the new upper school block. She was joined by Richard Scarrott from Wates Construction, the company charged with making the cutting edge building a reality.

Using the latest “super block” design, the 3 storey square building will have an impressive range of facilities. A 4-court indoor sports hall and theatre with moving walls will form the centre of the block with classrooms, including a dance studio, ICT rooms, food rooms and art rooms, wrapped around them.

New outdoor sports facilities will also be created including 2 football pitches, 2 rugby pitches and a 300m grass running track. The lower school building and sixth from centre will remain but all three buildings will be closer together, reducing the walk from one site to another.

Mrs Smith said: “We’re so excited about this wonderful new building – it will mean two-thirds of our school buildings will be brand new. It’s going to transform the learning environment for our 1700 pupils, not only giving us the very latest high tech facilities but also providing a real heart to school life.”

She added: “We’re extremely grateful to the Education Funding Agency for approving funding for this project so quickly and we’re delighted with Wates inspirational design and fast construction schedule.”

The design has seen Wates apply its innovative Adapt School solution, through which the contractor will save time and cost in construction without compromising on quality. It is expected that the steel frame will be fully erected by July, with completion of the 8000m2 building scheduled for June next year.

Refurbishments to the lower school will also form part of the project, including an expansion of dining facilities. Both buildings will be open for the start of autumn term 2016.

U16 Basketball Team Through to the National Quarter-Finals


After beating Belper School in the regional semi-finals, the Year 10/11 basketball team faced Haven Hill School (Lincolnshire) in the East Midlands Schools Final. Arnold Hill started very well and by the end of the first quarter were leading 15-8. The team pushed on to take command of the final, and by the end of the first half had double the points of the opposition at 40-20. This lead continued to increase with some fantastic team offense and individual shooting from Matt Cooper who recorded 33 points. The whole team excelled defensively in the second half and at the final buzzer the score showed 77-40 to Arnold Hill.
Well done to: Matt Cooper, George Rayers, Billy Benson, Joe Wheatley, Tom Chilton,
Josh McFarlane, Zander Markgraaff, Bradley Johnson and Callum Davey.

It was a great team victory and they now face Northampton School for Boys in the Dynamik National Schools quarter-final. The game will be held on Monday 27th April 2015 at Carlton Forum if you wish to show your support. Tip-off is at 3.30pm.

Healthy Relationships for Teenagers

A new AIRwebsite has been created by a group of Year 10 students to raise awareness of domestic abuse and healthy relationships for teenagers aged 13 through to 18. The group came together in order to work on a Dragons’ Den project that was being organised by the police with the help of several domestic abuse charities.
We are encouraging students to visit the website which can be found at 

A Day Out at Wembley

SaracensOn Saturday 28th March 2015, 48 of our rugby players travelled to Wembley Stadium to watch an Aviva Premiership game between Saracens RFC and Harlequins RFC. We were really proud to be given the opportunity to lead out over a hundred schools and rugby clubs, all taking part in the Pride and Unity parade, in front of a world record 84,068 crowd.
Current England internationals recently returned from 6 Nations duty, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vinapola and Nick Easter, were among other internationals to produce inspiring performances.  It was a great game, in an amazing stadium, that saw a try in the first minute before finishing a stunning 42-14 to Saracens. Our students were fantastic and really enjoyed the whole experience. 

Academy Alumni

To celebrate ex-students of the school who have gone on to great things, we are creating an Alumni feature within the Academy’s website. Who do you think is worthy of note? Maybe someone has achieved recognition as a writer, musician, dancer or actor? Is there someone who has reached the dizzy heights of a great career? Have we produced any politicians, or have an unsung hero in our local community who has finally been recognised? Have we created an army of teachers, doctors, CEOs and business leaders? Who is enjoying an interesting life anywhere in the world?
James CrispOne such ex-student is James Crisp. James has achieved significant success in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships, winning sixteen medals. He claimed two golds in 1998, five in 2002, and one in 2006. He has also seen many victories in the European Championships, winning three golds in 1999, four in 2001, and one in 2011. He has been on the podium 13 times at European events. We are very proud to count him amongst our own!

If you know of anyone like James who we can add to our growing Alumni then please do let us know by letter, or email at the school addressed to – we would love to hear from you!

Abbigail is Flying High!

Our Year 9 pupils just keep going from strength to strength at the minute. Abbigail Byrne is a member of the RAF Cadets 209 Squadron (far right on the photograph). Abbigail joined the cadets after seeing their promotional stand at a festival and stopping to ask for more information. She is enjoying being a member of the cadets and her long terms plans are to become a sergeant in the RAF and learn to fly.  Recently Abbigail tried out for the South and East Midlands wings in Netball, but was not selected for the team. However, the night before the match she received a call to say a team member had been injured and was unable to play, and was asked to go along to make up the team numbers. She travelled to RAF Cranwell to represent the cadets' team playing Wing Defence and managed to walk away with not only a wing blue but also a gold medal. Well done Abbigail, we are all very proud of you!

UK Youth Parliament Bringing About Social Change

YouthParliamentFlorence Orchard, a Year 9 student, has recently been voted as the Gedling representative on the Youth Parliament. This is where young people aged 11-19 come together to discuss some of society's problems and try and find ways to solve them.  Two of the most recent topics that were discussed were the Living Wage and Mental Health issues amongst young people. Sometime soon, Florence will be going to the House of Commons as part of her Youth Parliament role.
As well as being an elected member of the Youth Parliament, Florence is also the Chair of the Gedling Youth Council, which meets each month at the Civic Centre in Arnold. Florence said her aim is to give all young people a voice and welcomes Arnold Hill students to contact her at school if there is anything they wish to talk to her about. 

Heels for Hearts


Earlier this month Good Morning Britain launched their Heels4Hearts campaign, and invited secondary schools to register for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) kit. We are pleased to announce that our application was successful. 
In support of the campaign we asked staff and parents for donations of unwanted, wearable shoes that we could pass on to the British Heart Foundation. We  would like to thank everyone who kindly donated as the money raised through the sale of the shoes will now go towards funding CPR training kits for our young people to learn life-saving skills.
More details can be found at: British Heart Foundation.

Swimathon for Comic Relief

SwimathonEmma Pykett and Ella Taylor (Year 7) took part in a Swimathon at Arnold Swimming Club on Friday 13th March to raise money for Comic Relief 2015. They swam one mile in just over 30 minutes without stopping. This is a huge achievement and both girls should be extremely proud of themselves!

Congratulations to ...

Yr10Congratulations to our Year 10 boys’ football team who beat Toot Hill School 2-1 last night in the quarter-finals of the County Cup. They will now play the South Wolds Academy at home in the semi-final.  



An Introduction to Russian

RussianClubStudents in years 8 and 9 have been offered the opportunity to take part in an introduction to Russian. A group of highly motivated students have been practising basic greetings and introducing themselves in Russian. They have also been getting to grips with the Russian alphabet and learning about aspects of Russian culture.

The club will run for 6 sessions and we hope to conclude the course by the students making a short video of the new skills they have acquired.

Sport Nottinghamshire Disability Survey

Sport Nottinghamshire would like to find out what sport or physical activity young people with a disability currently take part in and how they rate it. This includes children and young people with social, emotional and mental health issues, autism, ADHD, as well as physical disabilities. Complete the short survey to give your views. It can be completed by a family member, carer or support worker on behalf of the individual.

Abusive and Unacceptable Behaviour Towards Staff

Inappropriate language and/or threatening behaviour towards staff will not be tolerated by the Academy and calls may have to be recorded.  Whilst staff are here to help, if inappropriate language and/or threatening behaviour continues staff will have no choice but to terminate the call.

Young Actors

YoungActorsOn 17th March, 30 of our Drama ‘experts’ from years 7 and 8 took part in a workshop with Caitlin Drabble from The Nottingham Actors Studio. The studio works with young actors to nurture their talent through workshops and training with industry professionals. They provide opportunities to join their renowned theatre group and links to casting companies for stage and screen. We had a lovely time working with Caitlin who was very impressed by the talent on show!

Cambridge Access Tour


On Wednesday, a group of High Achieving Year 11 and Year 12 students attended a Cambridge Access Tour. This was delivered by representatives from Peterhouse College at the University of Cambridge. A small group of current undergraduates also attended the session and gave the Arnold Hill students the opportunity to ask questions about studying at such a prestigious university, the grades required, and university life. The ethos of the tour was to debunk any myths about a “typical” Oxbridge student and to give our students the confidence to see whether a university such as Cambridge or Oxford could be somewhere they would like to aspire to study at.

Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) Competition

BASEOn 18th March, a group of our Year 12 students competed in ICAEW’s annual Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) competition for students aged 16-19. It was a unique and exciting experience for our students to compete against other schools in the area, as well as giving them an opportunity to engage in a real life business challenge, meet local business people at a dedicated employer exhibition and develop employability skills outside of the classroom. 
BASEThis was one of 46 regional heats, and Arnold Hill students were excellent competitors, learning a lot about careers in business and finance in the process. From the 14 teams entered into the regional heat, Arnold Hill were shortlisted to the final 4, and were marginally beaten in the final presentation.  All 12 students who attended the event immersed themselves fully in the Business activity and should be proud of their achievements and the way they represented themselves and the academy.

Year 10 Maths Feast


On March 16th, four of our most able Year 10 mathematicians travelled to Tuxford Academy to take part in the “Year 10 Maths Feast” with 14 other teams.

The students displayed outstanding teamwork and determination, and were a credit to Arnold Hill through six very challenging rounds.


Well done to: Cait Burke, Matthew Dickinson, Benjamin Rodgers and George Sullivan

Comic Relief 2015

Friday 13th March at Arnold Hill was a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Comic Relief. All students were invited to pay £1 to take part in a non-uniform day and ‘make their face funny for money’.
Students and staff got involved in many exciting and creative ways to raise money including cupcake sales, a photo booth, a chubby bunny challenge, a basketball match between staff and students, sponsored silences and swimathons.

Yr7WinnersYear 7 students were also involved in a positive comments competition. The tutor group with the most positive comments won the prize of painting Mrs Box and Miss Benalia’s faces and the overall winners were…7N2, who had a great time with the face paints!!!!



Year 8 winners of the “funny face” and “shining brightly” competitions were Joshua Allen and Ben Holdstock. Both boys made an extra effort for comic relief and were proud to be representing the Academy.

The current total of funds raised is £1631.97.

The students were amazing and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

Well done everyone!! 

Learning for Life


As part of a deep learning pastoral day, Year 12 students recently had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of workshops to develop their life skills beyond sixth form. The workshops included practical driving experience and road safety, financial advice, interview techniques, self-defence and a frank account of the consequences of drug misuse.
DeepLearningStudents were able to join a hands on first aid course led by an external provider to equip them with the skills to deal with an unconscious adult, resuscitation, choking and serious bleeding.
We were also fortunate to have the Armed Forces join us as this gave students a taste of what it’s like to be in the Army, along with a practical insight into their joining process. 
The students participated whole heartedly and were an absolute credit to the academy. 

Synchronized Success

ChloeCobonChloe Cobon (8R2) was a key member of the Icetastic team at the spectacular Trophy d’Ecosse 2015 event held in Dumfries last month. The team took gold in the Preliminary event of the International Synchronised Skating Competition, and won the Most Entertaining Cup of the day on the Sunday. 

In addition to her latest win, Chloe and her team also currently hold the British title.
Congratulations to Chloe from everyone at Arnold Hill.
If you’d like to find out more, take a look at the official website
National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain (NISA)

Apprenticeship Fair 2015

ApprenticeFairOn the 11th March, Arnold Hill held its first Apprenticeship Fair in support of National Apprenticeship Week. The fair was the first of its kind at the academy and was held in our 6th Form Centre. 

A variety of different organisations including Gedling Borough Council, Boots, Experian, Nottingham Forest in the Community, The Army and many more, came along to promote the apprenticeships they have available to students currently in years 11 to 13.


Our pupils really enjoyed the event, and many left feeling focused and motivated by the event, and the information they gained from the employers. Our students were a credit to the school; they left a positive impression on many of the employers on the day who said they were looking forward to working with Arnold Hill pupils in the future.

Miss Wilson, the Academy's Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Co-ordinator said "It was great to see our pupils engaging with employers, and finding out as much information as they possibly could about the opportunities available to them once they have left school".

Congratulations to ...

VictoryAn emphatic 30-0 victory against Colonel Frank Seely has been notched up by the academy’s girls’ rugby team. The result was very well deserved, and the following players should be extremely proud of their efforts on the pitch:

Ruth Tarry, Keira Pearson, Lucy Jackson, Holly Edgerton, Esther Sutherland,
Ellie Cunnington, Amrit Dosanjh and
Alexia Rogers Palmer.

World Book Day


As part of World Book Day we held a ‘Great British World Book Day Bake Off’ event where the students had to make a cake which was book related.

The entries were fantastic, from individual cupcakes topped with handmade books made out of icing to a Harry Potter cake complete with cloak & wand!


We also held a Desert Island Books session where members of staff talked about books that had influenced their lives in some way.

From The Shipping News by Annie Proulx to The Secret Race by Daniel Coyle & Tyler Hamilton, all genres were covered & demonstrated to our students the enjoyment & importance of reading for pleasure.


A big thank you to everyone for taking part.


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

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.



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Download the revision pack and read through it.

Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum 27th April 2015

Parents/ carers of Year 7 and 8 students are invited to attend our Key Stage 3 Parents’ Forum.
This will take place on Monday 27th April 2015 and will start at 6.00pm at the Upper School hall.  

Further details about the evening can be found here

Year 5 Parents’ Information Evening

Year 5 Parents’ Information Evening:

Wednesday, 17th June 2015 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm Upper School Hall.

If you would like a tour of the school with your Year 5 child please email to

Tour dates are w/c 1st June and 8th June at 9.10am or 1.20pm, please do not turn up for a tour without booking as places are limited.


The next PTA meeting is on Wednesday 13th May 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

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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