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

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.

London Duathalon

DuathalonOn Sunday 20th September, Science Teacher Mr Endy travelled down to London to take part in a 37km Duathalon.  Mr Endy was taking part in the Duathalon as part of a group of 7. They have been gaining sponsorship for the last few months to try and raise as much money as possible for Leeds Children’s Hospital - a charity very close to his heart.

The race involved a 10km run followed by a 22km bike ride, with a 5km run to finish. Mr Endy managed to complete the race in 2 hours and 4 seconds.


“It was a really difficult challenge, my legs turned to jelly after the bike ride but it was worth it for the fantastic amount of money we have raised”.


The Science department sponsored Mr Endy £150 taking the current total to over £5,500 for the children’s hospice - A fantastic achievement.

Mr Endy would like to thank all who sponsored and supported him.

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.

Ofsted Update

The academy recently received a Section 8 monitoring visit from Ofsted. These are interim reviews of progress following on from the Ofsted report last March. The purpose of the first visit is to look at the impact of action taken since the inspection and to ensure that the improvement planning is, in Ofsted’s view, able to take the school forward. The HMI, Zarina Connelly, visited on the final day of the activity week and after a walk around the academy she commented on how engaged and enthusiastic the children were. It was a lovely atmosphere around the site with many students thoroughly involved in the varying activities provided. Although it will not appear in the report, informally she commented about the value that weeks like the one we had just held are for schools in extending learning and building confidence.


Below is the link to the official letter of the visit. She will visit again in the autumn.

July 2014 Section 8 Letter

London Art Residential Trip 18th - 19th December 2014

Year 8 students are being offered the opportunity to go on this year’s London Art residential trip. It is a great opportunity for students to experience and explore what our capital city has to offer. The trip includes entrance to Harry Potter Studios, a ticket to see the musical, Lion King and all food included. To see more details of this trip please see here.

Rotary Club Summer Gala Concert

Rotary Summer Club Gala Concert

We are pleased to announce that £387 was raised by Arnold Hill, Redhill and Christ the King students for their involvement in the Rotary Club’s Summer Gala concert.

Summer Gala Concert

 We have decided our share of the funds raised will go towards the charity, Mind. We have chosen this charity in support of the work ex-student Ailbhe Warde-Brown did for Mind throughout his time at the Sixth Form. We wish Ailbhe every success in his degree studying Music at Royal Holloway.

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


Click here for the latest Ofsted Information including the most recent Section 8 letter.

Letter From The Governing Body

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

New School Building Update

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

Year 6 Parents' Information Evening

On Thursday 25th September the Academy invites Year 6 children and parents to an Information Evening in Upper School Hall 6pm – 8pm. It is an opportunity to tour the Academy, meet the staff and for Year 6 students to participate in a range of activities on the night. There will be a presentation at 6.15pm which will be repeated at 7.15pm.

Dyslexia Support Group

Think you might be Dyslexic?


Maybe you have Dyslexia and want some advice? Let the Dyslexia support group help you.


Drop in session available at the sixth form centre library.


Friday 19th September at 9am – 12 noon


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

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