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Did you miss our Year 11 Parents' Forum?

Our Year 11 Parents' Forum took place on Monday 1st April 2019.

The main objectives for this Parent Forum were to share information on the following:

  • Next steps after Year 11
  • Exam regulations and support available
  • Curriculum support and intervention
  • Year 11 Revision Guidance
  • Key dates, events and arrangements for the end of Year 11

Anyone who missed the event can view the presentation below.

New Attendance Policy

As an academy we wanted to make you aware of a change that will take place after the Easter holidays with regards to absences in school time.

In 2017 Nottinghamshire Schools’ attendance policy changed the way schools can issue fixed penalty notices for non-attendance.  Previously, fixed penalty notices only applied to unauthorised holidays. Nottinghamshire County Council have instructed schools that penalty notices of up to £120 per child should be applied to any unauthorised absences.

Arnold Hill Academy will be applying this policy from 23rd April 2019.

An absence is seen as unauthorised if it does not meet the academy’s criteria for an authorised absence e.g a medical appointment; a religious holiday involving an act of worship; illness (however if a student’s attendance drops below 96% then the absence will not be authorised without medical evidence). Where a student is absent through illness and it extends over 3 consecutive days and/or these are separate days off through illness totalling 3 or more days, the academy may ask for a doctor’s note or other medical evidence before the absence is authorised. Absences can be authorised by the academy through our attendance officer, Ms Oldroyd.

Students signing in or out during the school day for medical appointments will need to show evidence of the appointment at PSU for it to be an authorised absence. We do not authorise a full day of absence for a dental appointment, every effort should be made to attend school before or after the appointment. 

Where an absence is not authorised, a fixed penalty notice can be issued for any unauthorised absences of 3.5 or more days (7 sessions) over a rolling 6 week period. In a school day there are 2 sessions – am and pm.

Accordingly, as soon as a student reaches the limit in any 6 week period we will contact you to discuss the absences. Arnold Hill Academy is committed to improving achievement through attendance. It is important for parents/carers to work together with the academy in order for our students to achieve their full potential.

Thank you for your support.

Miss Garrad
Assistant Head Teacher

Nottingham City Transport Concerns

We have had some concerns raised by Nottingham City Transport about the behaviours of some of our pupils on the No 56 bus service. They have asked that pupils queue in a sensible fashion, not pushing, with their pass or the correct fare (£1.20 from next week) ready - it would really help. They have also asked that the very few who don’t travel seated, to find a seat and not to travel sitting on the rail with their backs to the window on the top deck s this is very dangerous.

Finally, the drivers can get very irritated when the bell is rung more than once for a stop so please be considerate and do not do that. Nottingham City Transport have also shared that the vast majority of pupils are a credit and some small changes will make things even better.

Thank you for your support.

Simon Ward
Deputy Head

Year 8 Indoor Athletics

Y8 indoor athletics team 26.3.19 web

Last night our Y8 indoor athletics team competed for a place in the county finals which take place next week. Competing in a range of sprint and endurance running events, and field events including the awesome speed bounce, our athletes represented the Academy extremely well. The camaraderie between the athletes saw the boys win their event, and the girls finishing a very close second in theirs.

All the best to the boys in the county finals next week.

Poets off the Endz


This morning’s year 10 assembly was delivered by Jah Digga and the Poets Off The Endz. These are a group of poets from Nottingham that address some of the social issues directly affecting young people within our city. Based at CRS studios in St Ann’s, the poets work with young people to bring out their creativity and help them to use their voice to speak out on social topics, as well as focusing on raising the aspirations of young people. Jah Digga will be featured on a BBC Inside Out documentary in September, and clips of today’s assembly will be featured in the programme.


World Book Day!


On Wednesday 6th March the author Tamsin Winter visited Arnold Hill Academy to talk to some of our year 7 & 8 students about her books & her life as a children’s author.

Tamsin’s book Being Miss Nobody is currently on the shortlist for the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award 2019 & our year 7 & 8 book group are in the process of reading all of the books nominated for this award.

We also welcomed students from George Spencer Academy, Fernwood School & Kirkby College. Two amazing students, Anna & Emily, from George Spencer even made Tamsin a cake which she happily shared!

Charlotte Allsopp in year 8 said that she loved meeting the author & that the session had helped her to gain an insight in to some of the mental health issues that  many young people have to struggle with on a daily basis.

Tamsin finished the session by saying that “More than anything, I hope my stories teach young people to believe in themselves. Because that's what makes magical things happen”.