Extreme Temperatures 30th June 2015

The temperature for the rest of this week is going to be extremely hot, much higher than normal for this time of year.

Students have been advised that they do not need to wear blazers for the rest of the week, however, shirts must be tucked in and ties worn.

Have Fun, Get Active and Save Lives

BHF logoDuring next week’s PE lessons, our 6th form PE ambassadors will be fundraising for the British Heart Foundation. This fun, charity event aims to increase awareness of the support the BHF gives to those children and adults affected by heart disease, as well as raising money for life-saving research. Heart disease touches us all; current statistics show that one in every 180 babies born has a heart defect, about 30,000 teenagers in the UK are currently living with heart conditions and approximately one in three children are classed as either overweight or obese.


Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to take part in either a dodgeball event or a skipping challenge, and will also learn about the continued importance of physical activity to reduce the risk of heart disease in later life.
Sponsorship forms have been made available to pupils this week; the option of a one off donation is also possible. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

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.


Armed Forces Day 2015

The Armed Forces Day flag is flying high across the UK this week as national celebrations begin ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June.
Arnold Hill Academy is proud to have a number of students currently serving in the cadet forces, and as part of the week long celebrations they were given the opportunity to come in to school in their cadet uniforms. They thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to raise awareness about the role the Armed Forces play within our society, as well as talking about the benefits to young people of being part of the cadet forces.

Nottingham plays host to the regional celebrations at Wollaton Hall this weekend; an event which promises to be fun filled, with music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

CadetsPictured (l-r) are :
Eve Corbett (10W1) Air Cadet with 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron,Rees Pickering (9T2) Army Cadet at C Battery (Bulwell) and Alexia Rogers Palmer (9B2) and Nadine Cairns (9R2) Army Cadets with D Squadron(Carlton).

Armed Forces Day

Students Say Thank You to the Nurture Team

GiftsforNurtureMiss Scott was overwhelmed earlier this week to receive some beautiful cards and gifts from some of our very lovely year 11 students who wanted to thank the Nurture Unit for supporting them throughout their time at Arnold Hill. She said “It has been an absolute pleasure to have known such thoughtful, young adults. They certainly brought a tear to my eye!”  



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Fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance


On Sunday 7th June 2015, Jacob Catley (Year 10) joined a group of nine others in an attempt to bench press the equivalent of 12 fully loaded air ambulances to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance. This is a charity extremely close to Jacob’s family as his dad had a motorcycle accident in 2000 and was transferred to a specialist hospital by air ambulance.
Their original target was to lift 36,000 kg within two hours but they managed to complete a jaw-dropping 82,000 kg in just one and three quarter hours. Jacob personally bench pressed a total of 2700+ kg!! 
We would like to thank pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for their support and donations. We are still collating the final monies at the moment and any outstanding donations should either be left at main school reception or notified to Mr Burton. Outside of school the fundraising total already stands in excess of £1000.

We at Arnold Hill Academy are very proud of Jacob and what he has done to raise funds to allow Midlands Air Ambulance to continue their operations.  

Air Ambulance

Jacob is pictured with his dad, and the rest of the team, at Pure Gym. 

Rethink Your Drink

This fabulous display was created by Abbie Shaw (Teaching Assistant). It's currently in the Nurture Unit and was designed to demonstrate the amount of sugar that can be found across a range of drinks. The children love it and so do the staff; it has certainly made us all think!
Rethink Your Drink

Readathon 2015


Every year Arnold Hill supports Readathon where Year 7 students are encouraged to take part in a sponsored read.

This year they have managed to raise nearly £400 which is a great achievement.  
As a small thank you for their efforts prizes were awarded to those students who read the most books, read the most unusual items, gave the best reasons why they read and of course, the most money raised, for which Hannah Greensmith won a book voucher and a free book.

Well done and thank you for all your support!

Ambition Nottingham - Year 7 Visit to University of Nottingham

Ambition NottinghamA group of 15 students were selected and invited to attend the University of Nottingham Campus last Thursday. The aim of the day was to inspire, and provide guidance on how they will make future decisions and choices.

Throughout the day students took part in icebreaker activities, carousel sessions and various tours of the campus.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to ask questions, learn about the range of degree courses on offer and be given an insight into university life.

Ambition NottinghamUniversity of Nottingham staff also came in to the academy during the week, and led a workshop where students had an opportunity to meet with each other, ask questions and participate in an activity in which they had to use silly costumes and props to learn about student life!

Students will continue to take part in this aspirational programme through to Year 11, giving everyone the chance to shine brightly!!

Exam Results Days 2015

The results days for summer 2015 exams will be:

GCE AS/A2 Results - Thursday 13th August 2015 from 8.00am in the Sixth Form Centre.

GCSE Results - Thursday 20th August 2015 from 9.00am (Year 10 students from 10.00am) in the Sixth Form Centre.

Due to our current building works we will not be using the Upper School Hall this year; students will be directed to our Sixth form Centre via the community path (access will be clearly signposted on each day).

Please note:

  • If you wish any other person (including family members) to collect results on your behalf, you must send in a signed letter of authorisation with the collector.
  • Under no circumstances will results be given out by telephone.
  • Candidates who do not collect their results on the day will receive notification through the normal post if they have supplied the Examinations Officer with a stamped addressed envelope by the end of the summer term.  Letters will be posted out on Thursday 13th August for GCE AS/A2 and Thursday 20th August for GCSE for receipt by the end of each results week.

Summer Sizzler

Late Applications to Sixth Form

The registration deadline for applications for Sixth Form entry in September 2015 has now closed.  If you wish to be considered, you must contact the Sixth Form team on Thursday 3rd September to see whether we are able to accept a late application. As the Sixth Form is currently full, we cannot guarantee that your application will be considered and it is recommended that you secure a place with another establishment.

All accepted students must meet our standard entry requirements. Students will require at least five GCSE passes at grade C or better (equivalent passes in BTEC or other vocational courses will be accepted in most cases).Students normally require grade C or better in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics in order to study A levels (or a mixed programme of A levels and BTEC courses). Students will require at least a grade C (or equivalent) in the subjects they wish to study in the Sixth Form (or closely related subjects for those not previously studied); in most cases, B grades are recommended. Students will require good, recent records of attendance, punctuality and conduct.

Alumni Update

Ailbhe Warde-Brown

It has been great to catch up with ex-student Ailbhe Warde-Brown’s achievements since leaving Arnold Hill Academy. He is currently undertaking a joint honours degree in Music and Philosophy and has secured firsts in all of the units so far.
In his spare time he has been involved in a considerable amount of fundraising for charity, and has joined a few highly respected vocal groups. Probably the highlight to date has been an invitation for him to sing at The Vatican! His singing tour of Rome included performances at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore, the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, St. Paul's outside the Walls and All Saints' Anglican Church. 

We are delighted that he is becoming a successful young man, and wish him all the very best for the future. 

Communications Trial

We are currently trialling a new communications service at Arnold Hill Academy. Some emails have gone out to parents congratulating them on their child’s success with an Effort Award. These are genuine emails and have been generated by staff recognising students’ individual efforts around school and in lessons. Due to feedback from parents, we have decided to postpone these messages for the time being. Thank you for your patience.

Key Stage 3 Tests

Key Stage 3 tests for students in Years 7, 8 & 9 will take place in June.  Students have been given a revision techniques booklet to help them prepare for the tests, and additional revision resources and material will be available at www.fronter.com/nottsslp and www.mymaths.co.uk

Our Key Stage 3 Study Club runs after school each Monday in Lower School Resources, and gives students the opportunity to complete home learning tasks, access ICT facilities, read quietly and learn essential revision skills.  

A letter containing full details has been sent to parents/carers and can be accessed here.

P.E.'s Most Able

Every Thursday after school, Arnold Hill’s finest in P.E. get together in the barn to develop their all-round athleticism. Alongside this, they are taught leadership skills and gain valuable insights into the effects of exercise and training.

The pupils who attend are a really super, hardworking group and it has been a pleasure to work with them so far this year!

Thank you, Mr Smith

Pictured are Nathan Sturton (Year 10), Rebecca Wharmby (Year 7), Daniel Flint (Year 8), Isaac Lounds (Year 7) and Jamaica Payne (Year 7) being put through their paces with a battery of fitness tests!

PE's Most AblePE's Most Able

Flying High with the Air Cadets

AirCorpsTwo of our Year 10 students, Eve Corbett and Charlotte Thornton, joined the South and East Midlands Wing Air Cadets’ Spring Camp at Swynnerton, Staffordshire over half term. 
Over 300 Air Cadets and staff from across 29 Squadrons were involved in the camp which covered a variety of challenging activities over six long days, some of which started at 5.15am and finished at 11.30pm.
The week was physically demanding and activities such as paintballing, minefield detection, shooting, gun running and mountain biking meant that a number of injuries including pulled muscles, blisters, bruises and scrapes were inevitable! The emphasis was very much on team building and by the end of the week, both girls had formed some very close bonds as well as learning a host of new skills.
The week culminated in a competition day followed by a final parade, an award ceremony, a disco and one final inspection of the barracks.
Both Eve and Charlotte had a fantastic time, and declared the camp an “amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity”.


Congratulations to the following students on their recent guitar instrument exam results:


Jonathan Prideaux - 75 merit
Bryony Negus - 72 pass
Matthew Fallon - 84 merit
Lockie Shoebridge - 85 merit 

Under 15 Indoor Cricket Team

U15 Indoor CricketOn Friday 15th May, our Under 15 Indoor Cricket team played in the County Championships against four others schools at Bar Lane Community Sports Centre. After a steady first game, we played a strong Nottingham Academy side and won by 10 runs. A dominant performance in our third game led to a rematch against Nottingham Academy in the final. The boys were nervous before the match started, but produced a solid batting performance to set a target of 105 for them to chase down. It proved to be a very close and tense match with our boys winning by 6 runs.
Congratulations to Ben Rodgers, Angus Nicholson, Adeel Butt, Lockie Shoebridge, Jake Cooper, Zain Kayani, Henry Croft and Charlie Curtis. It was a great team performance with everyone contributing to qualification for the regional finals in July.

Radio GaGa

YMCAStudents from Arnold Hill Academy have been discovering what it takes to be a top radio presenter. Keen to be the next Scott Mills, Nicky Campbell or Fearne Cotton, they’ve been taking part in after school workshops to learn how to make a successful radio show.

The project, run by the school in partnership with the YMCA, teaches pupils how to use radio broadcast equipment and how to plan and script a programme. Two hour sessions are led by YMCA teaching staff once a week over a six week period, culminating in a trip to NGY studios in Nottingham City Centre where the young broadcasters get to record their own radio programme. 

Year 8 student Daniel Spray said: “I really like the technical side of things.  The best part for me was visiting NGY and using the different equipment in their studio.  It was lots of fun and I’d love to work on something like this in the future.”

YMCAEddie Tearall, in Year 9, said “I really enjoyed recording my own radio programme and using the new radio equipment that school have bought.  I’d love to do the programme all over again!”. 

Joseph Sharp, in Year 8, added: “It was great, fantastic. I really enjoyed taking part in the club each week. The YMCA staff were really friendly and helpful. I’ve not done anything like this before.”

Matt Robertson, deputy headteacher at Arnold Hill, said: “The venture has proved incredibly popular. Four groups of students have already completed the 6 week course and another group will start soon. We’re really proud of what the students have achieved and plan to put their recordings on the school website so everyone can listen to the shows they created.”

Dynamik Schools National Basketball Competition

U16 BasketballOur Under 16 basketball team has been on a fantastic journey in the Dynamik Schools National Competition this year. After winning the Nottinghamshire County finals, the team progressed to the regional stages beating Belper School in their first game by a margin of 20 points. We then hosted Haven High Academy from Boston in the East Midlands’ Finals, and dominated the game winning by over 30 points. The team made it through to the final 12 schools in the region, which was a fantastic achievement, before losing to a well-drilled Northampton School for Boys. It was a disappointment at the time but looking back, the boys realised how well they have played and what they have achieved for the school. They are a great asset to the academy. 

Congratulations to Conor Foulkes, Matt Cooper, George Rayers, Billy Benson, Zander Markgraaff, Joe Wheatley, Josh McFarlane, Bradley Johnson, Tom Chilton and Luke Millerchip (ref).

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. 

Art Club

Art Club

Students in our after school Art club have been busy recently, and taking inspiration from the work of the LA-based artist Pae White they have used invisible thread and cuts of brightly coloured recycled paper to create a fantastic cascading mobile. The pupils really enjoyed working together, and were extremely proud of what they managed to achieve in just one hour!


(L-R) Bethany Howard, Ellie Heald,
Elizabeth Thornton and Elodie Lammiman-Allen.

Arnold Hill Pupils in Gymnastics Success


Rebecca Wharmby and Fern Williams (Y7) from Arnold Hill Academy represented the Nottingham Athletic Development Academy (NADA) in their annual gymnastics competition against the Inflyt Gymnastics Club at the weekend. NADA runs to support local affiliated schools ‘Most Able pupils in PE’.


With well over 20 competitors, Rebecca & Fern gave excellent performances and won 1st and 2nd place medals!

Rebecca, a serious contender for the best in the competition on the day, won with her advanced floor routine. She showed excellent tension and control throughout and was a worthy winner.

Fern, in her first competition, was placed second in the apparatus event. Fern is increasingly showing more strength and aesthetic awareness throughout her performances.

We are really proud of the girls’ achievement and it’s great to see all their hard work paying off. 

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. 

Academy Alumni

To celebrate ex-students of the school who have gone on to great things, we are creating an Alumni feature within the Academy’s website. Who do you think is worthy of note? Maybe someone has achieved recognition as a writer, musician, dancer or actor? Is there someone who has reached the dizzy heights of a great career? Have we produced any politicians, or have an unsung hero in our local community who has finally been recognised? Have we created an army of teachers, doctors, CEOs and business leaders? Who is enjoying an interesting life anywhere in the world?
James CrispOne such ex-student is James Crisp. James has achieved significant success in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships, winning sixteen medals. He claimed two golds in 1998, five in 2002, and one in 2006. He has also seen many victories in the European Championships, winning three golds in 1999, four in 2001, and one in 2011. He has been on the podium 13 times at European events. We are very proud to count him amongst our own!


If you know of anyone like James who we can add to our growing Alumni then please do let us know by letter, or email at the school addressed to jayne.gilmartin@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk – we would love to hear from you!

UK Youth Parliament Bringing About Social Change

YouthParliamentFlorence Orchard, a Year 9 student, has recently been voted as the Gedling representative on the Youth Parliament. This is where young people aged 11-19 come together to discuss some of society's problems and try and find ways to solve them.  Two of the most recent topics that were discussed were the Living Wage and Mental Health issues amongst young people. Sometime soon, Florence will be going to the House of Commons as part of her Youth Parliament role.
As well as being an elected member of the Youth Parliament, Florence is also the Chair of the Gedling Youth Council, which meets each month at the Civic Centre in Arnold. Florence said her aim is to give all young people a voice and welcomes Arnold Hill students to contact her at school if there is anything they wish to talk to her about. 

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.

Year 6 Parents' Evening

Thursday 9th July 2015 from 6.45pm

Tutor Group:
7A, 7R, 7N,
7O, 7L

Tutor Group:

7D, 7H, 7C,

7E, 7M


Presentation in the Hall

Meet the Tutor


Meet the Tutor

Presentation in the Hall


The next PTA meeting takes place on Thursday 2nd July 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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