Bright Days at Arnold Hill Academy

16 Bright Days are going to be a key area in which Guidance material will be delivered to students.  Each Year Group will have 5 days (Year 11/12/13 will work slightly different due to examinations in the Summer term) in which they focus on key topics for a day, giving time to go into a developing depth on key issues / topics and enable time to reflect on areas discussed.  These will be split into 5 key areas:


Bright Bodies – These will look at Health, Sexual Health and matters around emotions.

Bright Lives – Cultural awareness, Social development

Bright Sparks – Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics integrated

Bright Lights – Art, Drama and music merged together

Bright Futures – Careers development


An overview of the dates and topics can be accessed here.


The Sixth Form students will also taking part in the Bright Days at Arnold Hill. Each of the five days will encompass a range of useful topics that will equip our Post 16 students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their age group. Topics for our Post 16 students will include:


Essential study Skills for Post 16 students/Managing the transition from KS4 to KS5 successfully

Cooking on a budget

Careers – looking at University and Apprenticeships

UCAS and Apprenticeship Applications

Drugs and Alcohol Awareness

Excellent Results for Arnold Hill Academy

gcse1Arnold Hill students excelled themselves this year in their GCSE examinations with 68% earning an A*- C grade in English at GCSE and 74% gaining an A*- C in Mathematics.  Students, staff and parents are extremely pleased with this significant improvement in results compared to last year.  Arnold Hill student results in English have increased by 11% on last year which is a significant improvement especially when compared to national scores. 


gcse3This morning BBC news were reporting that nationally 65% of students achieved an A*- C grade in English.  In 2014 the Arnold Hill GCSE results were disappointing and were 10% below national average.  Using the figures quoted by the BBC today Arnold Hill English results have improved significantly on last year and are now above the national figure.  In GCSE Mathematics the BBC report the national average for A*- Cs to be 63% while Arnold Hill results are 11% higher at 74%.  gcse6

Headteacher Sharon Smith said “It is extremely pleasing to see Arnold Hill students gaining GCSE grades in English and Maths that are above the national average.  I’m very proud to be able to say that 115 of our Year 11 students earned 9 or more GCSEs at A*- C.  This is testament to all the hard work going on at Arnold Hill and also the hard work going on at home too!”

64% of Arnold Hill students gained an A*- C grade in English and Maths.  In English 74% of students gained their expected grade with 34% achieving above expected.  In Mathematics 72% achieved their expected grade with 38% achieving above expectations. 


Today the BBC were reporting that nationally the top GCSE grades earned by students were down on the previous year. We are again proud to report that our top students at Arnold Hill have excelled, for example 5 students:  Christy Bruce, George Rayers, Lara Millar, Georgia Evans and Mimi Tien all gained 10 A*A grades each at GCSE.  George Hattersley gained 10 A*- C grades with 8 of them at A*.  Many of our students will be continuing their studies at Arnold Hill in our Sixth Form, and we are proud to welcome them back in September for the next stage of their education when they begin their A Level studies.


Congratulations to Year 12 and 13 Students, Parents and Staff

It has been another successful year for our post-16 cohort at Arnold Hill, and we are delighted to congratulate all of our wonderful Sixth Form students and staff on today’s results.
We are particularly proud that their combined hard work and dedication has led to some great A Level and BTEC results this morning; almost 50% of the grades achieved were A*s to B.

There were many excellent individual performances with several students gaining three As or better, and we would like to give a special mention to the following high achievers - Grace Burrows 2xA*, 1xA, Kimberley Fallon 1xA*, 2xA, Reuben Hughes 3xA*, Ben Lancaster 3xA*, Anya Matthews 1xA*, 2xA, Emily Seidel 2xA*, 1xA and Kiran Watkins 3xA*, 1xA. Well done!

We look forward to welcoming Year 12 back in September, we are confident that they will continue their excellent efforts to attain top grades. We believe they will achieve impressive results and live up to the high standard that has been set for them.

We wish all of our Year 13 students the very best as they take up their university and college places and apprenticeships, and begin a new journey in their life. Good luck to all of you and do keep in touch through the Arnold Hill Alumni – we look forward to hearing of your future successes.


Registration Day for Year 12

Registration Day for Year 12 is Friday 4th September 2015 in the Sixth Form Centre, in surname order at the following times:

9.00am            Surnames A – E

10.00am          Surnames F – J

11.00am          Surnames K – O

12.00pm          Surnames P – Z


Please let Ms Carter know of any changes to your option choices as soon as possible (she is here on results day).


Year 12 will start lessons on Monday 7th September. Tutor Time is at 8.40am when timetables will be issued.

Year 13 return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2015 and will be with their tutors all morning to sort out timetables. Year 13 lessons start on Friday 4th September. 


Travel Information for September 2015

Nottingham City Transport have confirmed their travel information for Arnold Hill Academy from September 2015; details of the services to and from school can be accessed here

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

Junior MathsAt the end of April 2015 around 100 year 7 and 8 students took part in the UKMT Junior Maths challenge. For many of them this was the first time they had taken part and they all performed exceptionally well.

Among them was Nathan Brown (Year 7) with the highest score in his year, achieving a Bronze certificate. The top stars of this year’s challenge were Jamie McElhinney and Nina Drury (pictured). Nina came top in her year and therefore top in the school for the Junior Maths Challenge. Both should be proud of their achievement as they earned themselves Gold certificates and their scores were high enough to secure places in the next level, the Junior Kangaroo, the first time this has happened at Arnold Hill! Warm congratulations to everyone that took part and achieved a certificate, whether Bronze, Silver or Gold. We hope to see just as many taking part next year!

Students Get Creative at Confetti

ConfettiMiss Wilson and Mr Callaway took 15, year 10 students on a trip to Confetti College for a Creative Technology Activity Day.  Everyone relished the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in using the different techniques employed in the creative technology industry, which included workshops in Games Development, TV & Film Production and Music Technology. 

The pupils developed their own Star Wars game, put sound effects and music to a film clip and produced, filmed and acted in their own movie! It was a fantastic day and Miss Wilson and Mr Callaway were pleased with all of their hard work and efforts, and cannot wait to see the final and edited version of the short films.

6th Form Summer Ball

Summer BallThe Annual Sixth Form Summer Ball took place on Friday 3rd July and was a huge success. The evening was attended by both staff and Sixth Form students, who enjoyed a three course meal, followed by an Awards Ceremony presented by Head Girl, Caroline Collins and Head Boy, Reuben Hughes. Mrs Marshall from English was delighted to have won the much anticipated “Best Teacher” Award, amongst the many others given out on the evening. A photo booth with a colourful variety of props proved hugely popular with the guests throughout the evening.  It was a super evening and enjoyed by all. 

Summer Ball

Summer Ball

Latest Ofsted Monitoring Report

Please find the latest Ofsted monitoring letter here. We are pleased to inform you that this report contains several positives which show the changes put in place since December are having an impact on all aspects of the academy. The HMI commented that:  “Having considered all the evidence, I am of the opinion that … the academy is making reasonable progress towards the removal of the serious weaknesses designation.”


The newly appointed headteacher has accelerated the pace of change by introducing rigorous systems for checking the work of the academy.”


“… students are making much more progress compared to last year, especially in English and mathematics. The most-able students are making good progress. Leaders have a clear view of the academy’s areas for improvement…


Mrs Smith said:  “We have written a new improvement plan which focuses on addressing the areas for improvement identified during the second monitoring inspection last November, and it’s pleasing to know the progress we are making has been recognised”.

Have Fun, Get Active and Save Lives

BHF logoDuring next week’s PE lessons, our 6th form PE ambassadors will be fundraising for the British Heart Foundation. This fun, charity event aims to increase awareness of the support the BHF gives to those children and adults affected by heart disease, as well as raising money for life-saving research. Heart disease touches us all; current statistics show that one in every 180 babies born has a heart defect, about 30,000 teenagers in the UK are currently living with heart conditions and approximately one in three children are classed as either overweight or obese.


Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to take part in either a dodgeball event or a skipping challenge, and will also learn about the continued importance of physical activity to reduce the risk of heart disease in later life.
Sponsorship forms have been made available to pupils this week; the option of a one off donation is also possible. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

U12 Cricket Team

County CupOn Thursday 25th June our U12 cricket team played the Nottingham High School in the County Cup Semi-Finals.
It was a tough fixture against a very good team and, despite losing, the boys showed great spirit, sportsmanship and maturity. Well done to all involved, you were a credit to Arnold Hill.


Latest Construction News

You can catch up with the latest construction news at Arnold Hill Academy here
New Build

Late Applications to Sixth Form

The registration deadline for applications for Sixth Form entry in September 2015 has now closed.  If you wish to be considered, you must contact the Sixth Form team on Thursday 3rd September to see whether we are able to accept a late application. As the Sixth Form is currently full, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered and it is recommended that you secure a place with another establishment.

All accepted students must meet our standard entry requirements. Students will require at least five GCSE passes at grade C or better (equivalent passes in BTEC or other vocational courses will be accepted in most cases).Students normally require grade C or better in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics in order to study A levels (or a mixed programme of A levels and BTEC courses). Students will require at least a grade C (or equivalent) in the subjects they wish to study in the Sixth Form (or closely related subjects for those not previously studied); in most cases, B grades are recommended. Students will require good, recent records of attendance, punctuality and conduct.

Alumni Update

Ailbhe Warde-Brown

It has been great to catch up with ex-student Ailbhe Warde-Brown’s achievements since leaving Arnold Hill Academy. He is currently undertaking a joint honours degree in Music and Philosophy and has secured firsts in all of the units so far.
In his spare time he has been involved in a considerable amount of fundraising for charity, and has joined a few highly respected vocal groups. Probably the highlight to date has been an invitation for him to sing at The Vatican! His singing tour of Rome included performances at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore, the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, St. Paul's outside the Walls and All Saints' Anglican Church. 

We are delighted that he is becoming a successful young man, and wish him all the very best for the future. 

Uniform Policy

As a result of feedback we have made some amendments to our uniform policy, full details can be found hereThe key changes are:- 

  • School trousers and skirts no longer need to be purchased from one supplier.
  • We will no longer have a separate summer and winter uniform.
  • From September 2015 shoes need to be formal and plain in style.

We are keen that parents take the time to read the latest policy and continue to support us by ensuring students represent the academy positively both in school and within the community.

During guidance sessions this week your child’s tutor will be discussing the policy in detail to make sure pupils are clear about our expectations and we can address any questions they may have.

Thank you again for your continued support. 

Free School Meals and Increasing Funding in our School

When families who qualify for free school meals do not claim them, both the family and school miss out on further funding which would benefit many pupils in school. To find out more about this, please click here to read a letter from the Head Teacher.
To check whether you qualify, please view this useful factsheet issued by Nottinghamshire County Council.
If you wish to apply, please use this form. 

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!

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 access the July Newsletter here


The next PTA meeting takes place on Thursday 17th September 2015, 7.30pm at The Major Oak Pub, Rolleston Drive, Arnold.
We are always pleased to welcome new members and would be delighted if you could join us.
You can find more information about the PTA here.
If you would like to get involved, please contact us at:

Arnold Hill Events

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