Year 11 Mock Interviews ~Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October

On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October 2015 ALL Year 11 pupils will have a mock interview with an employer from a local business. These are practice interviews for the sixth form, college or employment. The interview will provide each student with an opportunity to present themselves in a favourable way to an employer and to practice their interview skills.

In preparation for the interviews, students are asked to note the following important information:

  • Year 11 are not required to wear uniform on the day of their interview   
  • Students should dress smartly for their mock interview in line with the advice given by the Head of Year and tutors
  • Tutors will give out the appointment times to pupils the week before
  • Pupils MUST bring their own CV and covering letter to their interview
  • All interviews will be held in Lower School Resources
Sixth Form Open Evening: Monday 2nd November 2015 from 6.00pm

Sixth Form Open Evening Monday 2nd November 2015

We are one of the biggest school Sixth Forms in the county and are proud to have achieved consistently excellent results post 16. In 2015, nearly half of our students achieved an A*, A or B grade and our pass rate was 99% compared to the national rate of 98.1%. 
High quality curriculum provision, engaging teaching and a diverse range of enrichment opportunities combined with outstanding care, guidance and support make us the ideal choice for our own Year 11 students and for those attending other local schools.

Our post 16 Open Evening takes place on Monday 2nd November from 6pm. Students and parents will have the opportunity to visit subject areas and speak with subject staff, as well as ambassadors who currently attend the Sixth Form. 

We look forward to welcoming you at this event.

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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.

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 are now accepting applications for stalls at the fair 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.

Year 12 Parents' Information Evening

Parents of Year 12 students were invited to an “Introduction to Key Stage 5” evening on Monday 21st September 2015. The evening began with a presentation and parents then had the opportunity to meet with tutors and other staff informally. Anyone who missed the event can view the presentation here.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Carter, our Head of Sixth Form on 9554804 or

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.

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.

Year 10 and 11 Parent Forums 28th September 2015

The presentations from our Year 10 and 11 Parent Forums on Monday 28th September 2015 are now available to view on our website.
Year 10 Parents' Forum 28 September 2015
Year 11 Parents' Forum 28 September 2015

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 

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

GCSE and GCE Certificates for 2013/14

GCSE and GCE certificates from the summer series 2014 will shortly be put into storage.  If you have not yet collected your certificates please do so before October half term.

Upper School Reception is open from 8.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.00am to 3.30pm on Fridays.  If you need a family member or a friend to collect them for you please give them written permission to do so. 

We cannot send these out in the post to pupils as the Exam Boards regulations state we have to have them signed for. Each certificate costs over £40 to produce and the exam boards cannot re-print them if lost.

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!!


Fantastic Year 11 Community Achievement

During the summer break, Paige Garland Year 11, decided to raise money for the Renal Unit at Nottingham City Hospital and Kidney Research UK. She sent over 100 emails asking various companies if they would donate a raffle prize, and personally visited a variety of local retail outlets including hairdressers and restaurants to drum up support. The response was amazing, and as a result she was able to run both a raffle and tombola to raise funds.  Through sheer determination and hours of hard work, Paige has raised a staggering £700 to date with another raffle pending.
What a fantastic achievement, well done Paige! 

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

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. 

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.

Letter From The Governing Body

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


The next PTA meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th November 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:

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