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U16 basketball opening victory

The U16 basketball team competed in their first match of the Nottinghamshire Merit league against Christ the King last night.  Thanks to some fantastic support from the home crowd in the sports hall, the game had a great atmosphere and this boosted the boys’ performance to win 23-17 in a very tight contest. This included a last minute clutch 3-pointer from Justas which had everyone out of their seats and sealed the victory. It was great to see the Year 9 and 10 boys stepping up against a Year 11 team.

The team face Christ the King again next Thursday at home.

U16 Basketball 13.10.17

Well done to O’Neill Carty (MVP), Zeki Tucker, Justas Jarakaskus, Daniel Flint, Daniel Butler, Alex Wood, Milo McCormack, Feroz Raza, Luke Kerry and Alfred Crighton.

Welcome to our Head Boys and Head Girl

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Meet the Arnold Hill Academy Head Boys and Head Girl for 2017/18. Our congratulations go to Jamie Finnegan, Lauren Taylor and Ethan Daft on their successful campaigns including rousing speeches about ketchup, kettles and quiz nights! We know you will be great ambassadors and role models for our younger students, and look forward to you representing the Academy.  

Success for students at annual PiXL awards


On the 4th October 2017 three of Arnold Hill’s highest achieving Y11 students and their families, made their way to Westminster London for the annual PiXL organisation awards afternoon. PiXL, which stands for Partners in Excellence, works with over half of all secondary schools in the country in raising achievement and developing talent.
The ceremony was a super event that showcased not only the best achieving students, but also those who had overcome great hardship to complete their examinations and still do well. Interspersed between the awards was music, song and dance performed by young people from across the country which was an absolute pleasure to watch.
The guest speaker for the day was James Cosmo (Trainspotting; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Titans and Game of Thrones fame). He spoke very highly of the event and really encouraged the youngsters to seek out their passions in life and be all the best they can be.
The three Arnold Hill students were, Erin Heald, Sophia Kopacz and Luke Archer who all enjoyed the afternoon and as ever, represented the academy well, receiving their awards for splendid examination results, hard-work and commitment, with their usual dignity and good manners.
As their Head of Year it was a very proud afternoon to share with the students and their families, and celebrate in their success at Arnold Hill.
Congratulations to them all and a big thank you also to their parents for their hard work and support of our academy over the years.

Mr Smith Head of Year 11

#MakeYourMark assemblies at AHA!

This week’s Achieve Together assemblies have been led by Florence Orchard, current sixth form student and member of Gedling Youth Parliament. Florence was joined by fellow members, Abigail Hutchison, Myles Kirk and Elodie Lammiman-Allen, as she talked to students about the exciting opportunity they have to “make their mark” in parliament on issues affecting young people.

Make Your Mark assembly 28.9.17

Our students will each receive a ballot paper for them to vote on the one issue they would like the UK Youth Parliament to campaign for on their behalf. Students can choose from; a curriculum to prepare us for life, votes at 16, protect LGBT+ people, support for young carers, transport, first aid education for all young people, mental health, make the invisible visible, protect schools budgets from damaging cuts and work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds. Voting will take place during guidance and Florence will come back to school to deliver the verdict.

Well done and thank you to Florence and the Youth Parliament team!