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Arnold Hill DofE Centre

In the autumn term the Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award centre were delighted to recruit 46 Year 9 students to the Bronze award, 35 year 10s to the Silver award, and 14 Year 12s to the Gold award. We also welcomed two new adult volunteers to work with our participants.

At a ceremony on 27th November, the Mayor of Gedling presented nearly one hundred Bronze and Silver certificates to last year’s participants. The Gold participants will travel to an awards ceremony at St James’ Palace in London in February to collect theirs. 

On 1st and 2nd December our three Mountain Leaders trained the 14 Gold participants to operate effectively, and safely, on remote moorland in truly awful weather conditions. Once they had mastered advanced map and compass techniques, they were able to find marker stones the size of cereal packets on featureless moors in very limited visibility – for all of its huge cost GPS can do no better!

Gold expedition Dec 18

Visit to Notts Fire and Rescue

Our Y12 BTEC Sport and Exercise students recently visited the Occupational Health & Fitness Department at the Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in Bestwood to make use of their VO2 max fitness testing equipment. As well as being an important part of their current learning, students were also given an insight to the fitness aspect of becoming a fire fighter. A massive thank you to Charlotte Hashim, the Fitness Advisor based at their headquarters for her expertise and insight into the fitness protocols required, and for sharing with us her experience which has led her into her current role.

Y12 BTEC Sport Notts Fire & Rescue

Mansfield Girls' Under 15 rugby success

Mansfield U15 Girls Rugby Dec 18


Congratulations to Arnold Hill pupils, Sophie and Ivy, and the rest of the Mansfield Rugby Under 15 Girls' Team on winning the Junior Team of the Year for Oct 2017 - Oct 2018 at the Mansfield Sports Recognition awards. Good luck in the Cup, defending your title on Sunday!

Visit to Nottingham Hoods

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Voluntary Service

Voluntary Service certificate

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award young people have to complete three, six or twelve months of voluntary service in the local community depending on whether they are working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

The DofE’s Central England Office has calculated the contribution that Arnold Hill Academy’s pupils have made in the Academy’s first year as a Directly Licenced DofE Centre: A total of ninety five young people in Years 9, 10 and 12 gave approximately 1872 hours of voluntary service to local charities and worthy causes. Calculated at the minimum wage, their service was worth around £7600. Over the whole county, the young people of Nottinghamshire gave around 33,000 hours of voluntary service to their communities.

A big thank you and well done to last year’s DofE participants.

Brilliant Book Award!

group 1 webBook Signing Author web

As part of the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award launch our year 8 book group were invited to meet the author Kim Slater at Mansfield library. All of our pupils were able to purchase one of her many books and get it signed. Kim talked about her life and where she gets her ideas from to inspire her to write her stories. This year’s BBA shortlist was then announced, which the students will now start reading during their book group.