Readathon 2015

Over the next couple of weeks we will be taking part in Readathon the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools. Readathon encourages children to read for pleasure and motivates even reluctant readers to read more books because children love raising money for seriously ill children.

This year, our Year 7 students will be raising money to help fund the important work of four children’s charities including ReadWell, CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity & Together For Short Lives.


One of our students who took part in last year’s event, Hannah Greensmith (8A), is currently off school recovering from an operation to remove her appendix. Whilst Hannah was in hospital waiting for her operation, Amanda from Readathon visited the ward to tell the children stories, sing songs and give out some books. Hannah really enjoyed the visit and found it helped to take her mind off having the operation. Hannah told Amanda all about how she had been involved with Readathon through Arnold Hill Academy and both Hannah and Amanda loved the idea that Hannah had helped raise money for an organisation which was now directly helping her!


Please support our students in this year’s event by encouraging them to read at every available opportunity. Even better, let them see you reading as well AND please feel free to sponsor them!

Gedling Borough Basketball Champions

Arnold Hill’s basketball team have won the Gedling Borough Tournament for the second time running and now go through to the Nottinghamshire Basketball County finals. A combination of fantastic rebounding from Greg McLean and Tyreece Ely, and accurate shooting from Jamie Finnegan, helped Arnold Hill top the group which also contained Christ the King, Redhill Academy and Carlton Academy. Notable victories included a 21-0 win against Redhill, and an important 21-16 victory over Christ the King.

Callum Davey was the star performer, driving the team to 5 victories and leading on points scored.

We wish the team all the best for the County Finals, and have our fingers crossed that they will be crowned champions for a consecutive year.

Gedling BasketballTeam: Callum Davey, Tyreece Ely, Greg McLean, Hamish Adamson, Chris Alvey, Jamie Finnegan and Fraser Smith

Flash Mob

Students from Arnold Hill came together last week to perform a dance flash mob. The aim was to ‘Make a Noise about Bullying’ and to get everyone in the school to think about their role in tackling bullying. You can click here to watch the video

Great work girls – it was a fantastic event!
Miss Hays.


Toby Fisher – Under 13s England Ice Hockey Call Up

Toby FisherToby Fisher (Year 7) has been playing ice hockey for the last six years and is now starting to reap the rewards from all of his hard work and dedication.
He has been chosen to join the England under 13s squad that will be going to Scotland this December, and will play against the Scottish national team as well as some of the Scotland under 15s team. Within the last week, Toby has also been selected for the England squad that will travel to the Czech Republic in February 2016.

Toby’s first experience on ice skates was on the outdoor ice rink at Christmas when he had just turned 5. He enjoyed the experience so much, he asked if he could have lessons to learn to skate like his big brother Jake. He signed up for the Squirts sessions which take place at the National Ice Centre for children between the ages of 4 -7, and learned to skate and play ice hockey.

When he was just five years old, Toby was selected to play for the Nottingham under 10s team, The Sabres. He has worked his way up through the Nottingham teams and is now very proud to be the assistant captain for his current team, The Tiger Cubs.
Toby trains three times a week, and his hard work to ensure that he was chosen for the squad that will be travelling to the Czech Republic next year has paid off. It’s great to see Toby is really enjoying himself, and is ready to be pushed to the next level in his ice hockey career.


We wish him and his team mates good luck in their forthcoming campaigns.

Football Victory for Year 7 Girls

We’d like to congratulate our year 7 Girls’ Football Team on a sensational win against Bluecoat Academy.
Thanks to a hat trick from Nevaeh Walter-Clarke, the score was 3-3 at the full time whistle and the game then went to a tense penalty shootout.
Our goalkeeper Beatrice Hiebert made two great saves before Madeleine Starr stepped forward and calmly slotted the ball home to win the match 4-3 with the final penalty of the shootout.

Well done girls. You were an absolute credit to the school and thoroughly deserved your win and the celebration that followed!


Beatrice Hiebert

Maddie Croft

Nicole Bellfield (captain)

Madeleine Starr

Annabelle Carter

Caitlin Want

Hattie Shacklock

Nevaeh Walter-Clarke (player of the match)

Edie Bell-Brown

Hannah Bearne

U13 Girls' Cricket Team

U13GirlsCricketOn Wednesday our U13 girls cricket team, led by captain Olivia Rodgers, battled with Redhill Academy to be champions of Gedling. The girls did not let their lack of experience get in the way; they represented Arnold Hill immensely well and produced some outstanding catches. Unfortunately, despite the presence of England cricketer Lydia Greenway, we fell short of the target set by Redhill and they progressed onto the county finals. The rest of the team were Esther Sutherland, Grace Bicknell,
Lucy Jackson, Keira Pearson, Maya Scott,
Selase Drury and Chelsea Mhinda.

GCSE & GCE Certificate Update

GCSE and GCE Summer 2015 certificates are now ready to collect.  Please come to the Upper School reception to collect and sign for them.  The office is open between the hours of 8am – 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 3.30pm on a Friday.  Please can I ask that you check your certificates before leaving the office as any errors may not able to be corrected once you have signed for them.  If you need to collect them on behalf of someone you must have written consent to give to reception before they will allow you to sign and take them away.


Certificates will remain in the Upper School office until Monday 18th July 2016, they will then be posted out before we break up for the summer holidays.  This is due to our move to the new Academy building so please collect them as soon as you can.

Thank you.


Miss Tooms

Examinations Officer

Year 7 London Trip Parents’ Evening - Monday, 30th November 2015 at 6pm in E15

Parents and students are invited to a Parents’ Evening to discuss details of the trip. If parents are unable to attend, students should see Miss Nichols on the same day at lunch time in E15 for details of the trip.

Year 11 Mock Exams

The Year 11 mock exams will take place week commencing Monday 23 November 2015 up to Friday 4 December 2015. The full timetable and important information relating to the exams can be accessed here

Students should expect to receive their results during guidance on Wednesday 16 December 2015; any student who is absent will receive their results on their return to school from Miss Garrad.

If there are any questions or queries regarding subject mock exams, please contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. 

Key Stage 3 Parents’ Forum: Monday 9th November 2015 in Upper School Hall

Our first Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum of the year took place on Monday 9th November 2015. The evening began with a presentation after which parents had the opportunity to meet with key English and Maths staff, as well as their child’s Achievement Leader and the Senior Teacher linked to their year group. 

Anyone who missed the event can view the presentation for students in Years 7 and 8 here, and for students in Year 9 here.

Poppy Appeal 2015

Arnold Hill Academy is very proud to have a number of students currently serving in the cadet forces, and this week several of our students have been wearing their cadet force uniform to school instead of their school uniform. They have been giving up their own free time during breaks to promote Remembrance Sunday, and actively encouraging staff and students to buy and wear poppies to raise money for this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which raised £129.36.


The Poppy Appeal is the British Legion's biggest fundraising campaign with every poppy sold supporting the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.

Poppy Appeal

Pictured (l-r) are: Eve Corbett (11M), Rees Pickering (10E) and Joe Sharp (9C).

Sixth Form Open Evening: Monday 2nd November 2015 from 6.00pm

Our Post 16 Open Evening took place on Monday 2nd November. 

Students and parents had the opportunity to visit subject areas and speak with subject staff, as well as ambassadors who currently attend the Sixth Form. 

Anyone who missed the event can view the presentation here.

News from the PTA - Food Fair Sunday 22nd November 2015

Come along and join the fun at our Food Fair on Sunday 22nd November 2015. The fair will be held in Lower School Hall from 10am to 3pm and, with a wide variety of food and drink for sale we are expecting it to be very popular!


All are welcome and entrance on the day will be just £1, with free admission for children under 10.  As well as stalls selling lovely produce, we hope to have lots of great activities available including a tombola, games and a fabulous raffle.


We still have some stalls available for hire and further information, including the application form, can be found here.

We are sorry but we are unable to accept any further applications for stalls selling cakes and/ or jams.

Admission Information for Transfer into Year 7, September 2016

Closing date for receipt of applications via the Local Authority – 31st October 2015

National Offer Day – 1st March 2016

Arnold Hill Academy appeals will be held during May or June 2016 – date to be advised.

A Successful Start in the County Cup

Our under 13 Girls’ Football Team notched up a sensational 8-0 win against Tuxford Academy in the Notts Schools' County Cup competition.

It was a fantastic match and the girls played, and represented the academy, brilliantly. Their performances were excellent and some of the goals were really special.


Robyn Meadowcroft

Neave Archer (1 goal)

Olivia Rodgers

Fern Williams (2 goals)

Lauren McNeil (1 goal)

Grace Bicknell (2 goals)

Jessie Scott (2 goals)

Scarlett Scott

Lucy Jackson

Esther Sutherland


We wish the team good luck in round 2 of the competition against The Becket School.

CPR Training for Year 11 – Tuesday 13th October 2015

On Tuesday twenty-six Year 11 students and 6 members of staff stayed after school to carry out CPR training in the lower school hall. This opportunity arose following the school taking part in the Heels 4 Hearts campaign on behalf of The British Heart Foundation. We were then selected as one of the schools to receive a large quantity of CPR training resources to enable the school to carry out the training for students. 

The training lasted about an hour and all of the students enjoyed it. 
Topics covered were: CPR for adults and children, how to use a defibrillator and how to put somebody in the recovery position.  All of the students completed the training and will receive a certificate next term.



Mouthy Poets at Arnold Hill Academy

Mouthy Poets is an organisation of poets founded in 2011 by Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson, whilst she was studying at Nottingham University. Their aim is to bring poetry and performance into schools and foster creative writing, and we are thrilled to have them as our resident poets until Christmas this year.
On Thursday 1st October, the Mouthy Poets came into school and presented assemblies for our year 7, 8 and 9 students as well as holding a spoken word workshop in the afternoon. As preparation for their visit, our students worked collectively in assembly to produce these fantastic poems.

MouthyPoetsMouthy PoetsMouthy PoetsStudents will have the opportunity to attend weekly poetry workshops as part of their timetable as well as extra-curricular sessions that will be held each Wednesday after school.  

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Parental/ Carer Awareness

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a sensitive but important subject. This is a topic which you may have seen or heard about through the national and local media, and which has featured in storylines on television dramas. The numbers of children we are aware of as being either at risk of, or actually being, sexually exploited, are relatively small. However, we want to be proactive in helping parents and carers to be aware of the risks that their children may meet, either face to face or through social media and the internet.


The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board has therefore decided to alert you to a free on-line learning course which has been designed specifically for parents and carers by a national charity called Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE).


We encourage parents and carers to access this course by visiting the website  and follow the simple registration process. For further information please follow this link to the NCSB letter.

Big Brother is Always Watching

1984Victoria Todd (7L) has recently been performing at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1984, George Orwell’s famous political drama. This critically acclaimed stage adaptation has been running for two years, and following two West End runs and UK tours, this five-star production returned to Nottingham in September. The current adaptation was originally presented at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2013 when Victoria was also part of the opening night’s cast.

Victoria is pictured before one of her performances.

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 (Years 11, 2 and 13 will work slightly differently 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.


Our 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

Arnold Hill joins the Trent Academies Group

Please see here for an update from the Governing Body on the proposed process for Arnold Hill to join the Trent Academies Group.

Views are now being sought from interested parties, and the Board of Trent Academies Group has decided to ask stakeholders to ask questions, make supportive comments or express concerns about this proposal. 

The Trent Academies Board of Directors will meet again on Wednesday 14th October. In advance of that please let us have any responses by emailing 

A Part in The Ghost Hunter for Joe Blackmore

The Ghost HunterOne of our Year 7 students, Joe Blackmore, has been given a wonderful opportunity to take part in a film that will be aired either on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The film is called The Ghost Hunter and Joe plays the part of an East End urchin.

The Ghost Hunter is an award winning British children's drama series created for the BBC and based on the books The Ghost Hunter by Ivan Jones.

Joe is a star in the making and we would like to wish him all the best and look forward to watching him during the festive season!!


Latest Construction News

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

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. 

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.

Ofsted Inspection Report

Please see here for a letter from the Governing Body following the recent Ofsted inspection visit.

A copy of the full report can be accessed here


The next PTA meeting takes place on Wednesday 27th January 2016, 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:

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