Year 7 Girls' Football Team Success


The year 7 girls’ football team won their first game of the year 8-1 against Emmanuel School.

This was a brilliant result especially as two members of the squad had never played a

competitive match before. A special well done should be given to the following girls:


Grace Bicknell

Jessie Scott

Scarlett Scott                     1 goal

Lauren McNeil                    2 goals

Rebecca Wharmby             1 goal

Fern Williams (Captain)      1 goal

Abby Marriott

Robyn Meadowcroft

Olivia Rodgers

Lucy Pears                         1 goal

Neave Archer                     2 goals

The girls are now in the quarter-finals of the County Cup and we wish them all the best in

their next round.



Message From The Head Teacher

As I’m sure you know things are changing at Arnold Hill Academy. Mr Fugill has retired over the summer after 11 years of loyal service. The governors have asked me to take over the running of the school whilst they consider a permanent solution following Mr Fugill’s departure. Having spent over 20 years serving the Gedling community (at Christ the King, Colonel Frank Seely and Redhill too) I am delighted to be given this opportunity.


We are well down the road in our discussions with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) about our new school building. This will open in September 2016 and will be an exciting step forward in our provision. Details of the build are becoming clearer and I look forward to sharing future developments with you.


In terms of results, the sixth form returned outstanding results for the fourth year running with 100 students now moving on to their University places.  The numbers joining Year 12 are at an all-time high.


English and Maths GCSE results both improved. We are particularly pleased that English Literature has increased to 74%. We currently have an appeal lodged with the English Examination Board and will publish concrete results after this has been finalised as we felt Year 11 had done even better than the initial results indicate. Crucially, even before the appeal, progress in English has taken a big step forward.


Our students have settled well into the new term, they are looking very smart, behaving well and are well focussed on their learning. We are delighted to welcome what looks like a very strong Year 7 cohort.


John Cox

I look forward to being able to update you on the changes we are making at the academy as we move forward together over the next few months.


John Cox

Head Teacher

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.

Trampolining - Winning Poster

The PE Department recently held a School Sport poster competition.

After much deliberation we are delighted to announce that Harry Hackett, 9C1, is the winner with his trampolining design -  well done! Harry has won a £20 DW Sports gift voucher which will be awarded during Y9 assembly next week. Harry's poster can be seen here.

Sixth Form Re-Sit Information

GCSE Maths & English re-sit lessons start this week for 6th Form Students (w/c 29th September). They are compulsory for students to attend if they are still to achieve a Grade C or higher in GCSE Maths and Grade C or higher in GCSE English Language. Students have been provided with these details in Guidance this week. Rooms and times are listed below:


Monday: 3.20pm, Room L21

Year 13 students entered previously for the iGCSE need to attend this session.


Tuesday: 3.20pm, Room M20

GCSE Maths – Exam Paper Based


Wednesday: 3.20pm, Rooms L21 and L9

GCSE English


Thursday: 3.20pm, Room M20

GCSE Maths – Topic based


Friday: 8.30am Rooms L13 and L14

GCSE English


Registers will be taken in these lessons and any student not attending the sessions, without a valid reason, may be asked to leave the Sixth Form.

Trip to the University of Nottingham

Modern Foreign Languages TripTo celebrate the European Day of Languages on Friday 19th September a group of 14 year 9 students spent an enjoyable morning at the Trent Building, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham. They were involved in a number of workshops and digital sessions in the language centre. The taster lessons allowed the students to experience Serbian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Mandarin and the opportunity to speak to university students and staff. They were also able to edit and add subtitles to a Spanish video. The students were also presented with a goodie bag at the end of the session.  Lunch was spent at the Trent Café and after a short walk down to the lake they arrived back at school a little bit more knowledgeable and able to converse at a basic level in the languages experienced.

A Star Among Us!

Outside of his school life Music Teacher, Mr Stannard is a published composer. We are very proud to say he recently won an international composer’s award with one of his compositions!

The winners of the 1-minute piece award had their pieces played live by a well-known Romanian string quartet.


Here is his piece played live with ‘Passione’, the string-quartet in Romania:


Max’s piece was called ‘Emotie’

“This piece is inspired by folk dances and its purpose it simply to be enjoyed and get feet tapping. It is full of energy, with two main melodic ideas passed between the performers, and ever changing moods and dynamics”


The successful composer’s biographies and competition info can be found below:

Sixth Form Bursary Fund

Sixth Form Students have today been provided with documentation about the Sixth Form Bursary Fund. Applications are now open and a deadline of Friday 10th October has been given to receive all applications. Please read the below information provided to all students. If you have any queries regarding the bursary fund or application process, please email Ms S Carter, Head of Sixth Form at


Bursary Fund - Guidance Notes and Application Form

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.

Nottingham Trent University Trip

Nottingham Trent University TripOn the 19th September 7 students in year 9 went to Nottingham Trent University along with Miss Cockayne and Mrs Bhogal to participate in ‘Engineer It’. The days focus was to join in lessons within the Design and Technology subject.


Nottingham Trent Uni Trip'Our First session was Robotics where we learnt how to assemble a Lego robot, that we raced at high and low speeds changing the torque each time. Before lunch we had a lecture about recycling and what people hope will be the future of recycling everyday products. After lunch we had a Food Technology lesson where we learned about non melting ice cream and healthy foods.’ Bethany Atherton


‘The Nottingham Trent University was a great experience as we learnt how Agar Agar is a smart material which slows down ice cream melting… It was brilliant and it has encouraged me to go to university and the importance of it.’ Matthew Norris 

Kindle Competition Winner

Kindle Win

In July Year 7 students visited the Academy for a Year 6 induction day. Every student left with a goody bag filled with information on school life at the Academy. In the goody bag was a chance for one lucky student to win a kindle. Students were asked to look for a bookworm and apple logo hiding on our Academy website and email its location, their name and tutor group to the Academy.

This week head of house Miss Hills announced to Mohammed Sethi of 7B2 that his entry had been successful and that he was the winner of a brand new wifi 6” display kindle!

Head Teacher Mr Cox and Miss Hills, presented the kindle to Mohammed on Tuesday 16th September. He said “I’m really pleased and surprised to have won the competition. My favourite author is Michael Morpurgo and I am looking forward to reading more of his books on the kindle”.

Message From Nottingham City Transport

Please see here for a message from Nottingham City Transport to students concerning bus routes around the Academy.

Marie Curie Fundraiser

Marie Curie Cheque PresentationOn Thursday 3rd July a charity football match was arranged by the current year 9 students to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Staff, students and parents attended the after school event and there was a fantastic turn out. Supporters and players were all asked to donate £2 and donations were taken on the evening. Over £280 was raised for the charity!
On Tuesday 16th September Janette Martindale from the Marie Curie Trust came in to visit the Academy and accepted a cheque for the funds raised. Kieran O’Brien 9C2, team captain on the night of the match presented the cheque to her. Janette thanked Kieran and all the year 9 students for their efforts. The money they have raised will provide 15 hours of care for a cancer sufferer.

Thank you to everyone who took part, donated and made the event possible.

Letter From The Governing Body

Please see here for an update from the Governing Body on changes within the Academy.

Literacy Prize

Book PresentationZak Grocock 9B2, receiving a prize for literacy from Head Teacher, Mr Cox. Other pupils who received prizes for their progress in literacy last term are: Kyle Hempsall 9R1 and Amit Puri 9R2, Levi Lawson 8W1. Well done to all of them!

New School Building Update

Please see here for an update on the building works that have taken place during the Summer break.


The next PTA meeting is on Wednesday 8th October, 7.30pm at the Arrow Pub, Gedling Road, 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.

We Will Rock You - The Queen Musical

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You rehearsals have now started. The Arts department are getting very excited and the cast are bringing lots of good energy to rehearsals. It looks to be one of our best productions yet!

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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