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. 

BTEC L2 Driving and Driver Education Course

On Wednesday 13th May Neil Snow, from the Road Safety Team at Nottingham City Council, came in and spoke to parents regarding the In-Car Tutor, BTEC L2 Driving and Driver Education course that we are running in conjunction with Nottinghamshire police and both the City and County Councils. The BTEC is fully accredited by Edexcel and comprises 5 units equalling 60 guided learning hours (40 of these take place in class and the remaining 20 are in-car peer review).

The course is available to all post 16 pupils as an add-on to the curriculum regardless of their driving licence status. Neil has already held an assembly for our current Year 11 students making them aware of the benefits of additional driver instruction and road safety awareness.
The deadline for signing up to the course is Friday 29th May. Further information, including details of the payment instalment option can be found here. Alternatively you can contact Mr Newson at brian.newson@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk.

Year 5 Info

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.

Students Head to the Polls for Election 2015


As the country goes to the polls in one of the tightest general elections in years, Arnold Hill held its very own mock election today. Labour came out on top followed (in order) by UKIP, The Green Party, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
The students had previously been introduced to parties, policies and ideas through a series of Guidance lessons where everything was discussed from real life political situations to why democracy is so important.
There have been heated debates and many mature and intelligent questions asked and we can honestly say that students are now much more informed about politics. Indeed we can even say a great deal of our students are actively interested and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. 

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. 

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.


Following the recent Heels4Hearts campaign featured on ‘Good Morning Britain’, Arnold Hill are now in receipt of a CPR teaching kit which will enable us to train students to carry out CPR.  The training will consist of:

  • How and when to perform CPR on an adult or child
  • Putting someone in the recovery position
  • Defibrillator Awareness

 If your child is in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 and keen to learn lifesaving CPR, please email

julie.fox@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk by Friday 8th May 2015. 

The latest information about the campaign can be found here


Latest Construction News

With work now well underway on our fantastic, state of the art school building, you can catch up with the latest construction news here Construction News - Days 1 to 15

You can also keep up to date as work progresses by checking the new section on our website dedicated to the new school building.


London Trip

LondonOn 20th April, 16 pupils from years 9 and 11 attended a trip to London organised by the Inclusion department.
With an early 6:45am start and a finish of 8:30pm, pupils managed to navigate through rush hour commuters on the underground, capture some of London’s most famous sight-seeing experiences, learn about our rich heritage and gain extremely achy feet from the action packed day. London
Highlights of the day included a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and a boat trip along the Thames.

All pupils demonstrated model behaviour and were a credit to the Academy – Well done everyone

Year 7 Girls in the County Cup Final

CountyCupThe Arnold Hill Academy Year 7 girls’ football team met Rushcliffe School in the Nottinghamshire County Cup Final on 28th April. It was a brilliant game with superb performances from players from both teams. The game finished 3-2 to Rushcliffe, with them scoring their winner in the last two minutes. Our girls were outstanding throughout the match, and were unlucky not to cap off an exceptional year with a win. 

The team of Robyn Meadowcroft, Lucy Pears, Neave Archer, Olivia Rodgers, Jamaica Payne, Lauren McNeil, Grace Bicknell, Rebecca Wharmby, Jessie Scott, Scarlet Scott and
Fern Williams (Captain) have represented the academy brilliantly throughout the year.
County Cup
We are incredibly proud that they have been:

  • Gedling Borough Futsal Champions
  • Nottinghamshire Futsal Championship bronze medallists
  • Nottinghamshire County Cup runners up

Well done girls, we look forward to another successful campaign next year!


ReadathonOver the next couple of weeks Year 7 students will be taking part in Readathon which is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools. This event encourages children to read for pleasure whilst raising money for seriously ill children. The money raised will help fund the important work of four children’s charities including ReadWell, CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity & Together For Short Lives.

The students will be given sponsorship cards which will show what they intend to read. Books, e-books, comics, magazines as long as they are reading!

Our school will also get free books worth 20% of our donation.

Please support & encourage our Year 7 student’s reading challenge…..and feel free to sponsor them!

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. 

Post 16 Study Leave Dates

Study Leave Dates for Year 12: Friday 8th May 2015

Those students studying BTEC Level 3 qualifications will be expected to attend lessons as normal during this period.

Students will return to school on Monday 15th June 2015


Year 13 Leave Date:Friday 22nd May 2015. Students will have the chance to say goodbye to each other, and their teachers, at the Bye Bye BBQ in the Sixth Form Centre on their last day.

Sixth Form Induction Day – Wednesday 24th June 2015

Are you thinking about joining our Sixth Form in September? If so, we would love to see you at our Sixth Form Induction Day which takes place on Wednesday 24th June 2015.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to visit the different subject areas based on the post 16 choices you have made, chat to the Sixth Form Pastoral Team and ask the subject teachers any questions you may have.

Our current Sixth Form Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day offering guidance on option choices and career routes that they have chosen for their Post 16 studies.
Lunch and snacks can be purchased from the Sixth Form Centre Café throughout the day.
There is no need to confirm your attendance, simply arrive at the Sixth Form Centre for 8.30am and we will see you then. The day will be finished by approximately 3.15pm.

If, in the meantime, you have any queries regarding the Induction Day or our Sixth Form in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at susan.carter@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk.

Entry to Sixth Form

If you have received your Sixth Form Offer Letter can you please ensure you email your acceptance of a place to sixthform@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk. If you have had an interview, but not yet received a letter please let Ms Carter know as a matter of urgency.


We will soon be sending out letters to all Year 11 students who have applied to the Sixth Form, inviting them to our Year 12 Induction Day on Wednesday 24th June.

Year 12 Work Experience

Work experience takes place w/c Monday 22nd June 2015 and students should be arranging this now. Any Year 12 students not participating in work experience will attend lessons as normal.

Arnold Hill in the News!

With the groundworks for our new build now well underway, the local media have joined in the buzz. 
To find out what's been happening, 


Listen to our Head Teacher Sharon Smith talking to Andy Whittaker on BBC Radio Nottingham’s breakfast show. The interview is 1 hour 25 minutes into the show.  

Read all about it in the Nottingham Post.

Watch Sharon's appearance on Notts TV via their catch up service. 

The main interview can be found 6 minutes 50 seconds into the programme. 

Work Underway On £14Million School Super Block


Work on a new £14million pound state-of-the-art school building got underway at Arnold Hill Academy yesterday. Newly appointed Headteacher of the Academy Sharon Smith was on site to celebrate the start of construction work as diggers begin shifting earth to make way for the foundations of the new upper school block. She was joined by Richard Scarrott from Wates Construction, the company charged with making the cutting edge building a reality.

Using the latest “super block” design, the 3 storey square building will have an impressive range of facilities. A 4-court indoor sports hall and theatre with moving walls will form the centre of the block with classrooms, including a dance studio, ICT rooms, food rooms and art rooms, wrapped around them.

New outdoor sports facilities will also be created including 2 football pitches, 2 rugby pitches and a 300m grass running track. The lower school building and sixth from centre will remain but all three buildings will be closer together, reducing the walk from one site to another.

Mrs Smith said: “We’re so excited about this wonderful new building – it will mean two-thirds of our school buildings will be brand new. It’s going to transform the learning environment for our 1700 pupils, not only giving us the very latest high tech facilities but also providing a real heart to school life.”

She added: “We’re extremely grateful to the Education Funding Agency for approving funding for this project so quickly and we’re delighted with Wates inspirational design and fast construction schedule.”

The design has seen Wates apply its innovative Adapt School solution, through which the contractor will save time and cost in construction without compromising on quality. It is expected that the steel frame will be fully erected by July, with completion of the 8000m2 building scheduled for June next year.

Refurbishments to the lower school will also form part of the project, including an expansion of dining facilities. Both buildings will be open for the start of autumn term 2016.

U16 Basketball Team Through to the National Quarter-Finals


After beating Belper School in the regional semi-finals, the Year 10/11 basketball team faced Haven Hill School (Lincolnshire) in the East Midlands Schools Final. Arnold Hill started very well and by the end of the first quarter were leading 15-8. The team pushed on to take command of the final, and by the end of the first half had double the points of the opposition at 40-20. This lead continued to increase with some fantastic team offense and individual shooting from Matt Cooper who recorded 33 points. The whole team excelled defensively in the second half and at the final buzzer the score showed 77-40 to Arnold Hill.
Well done to: Matt Cooper, George Rayers, Billy Benson, Joe Wheatley, Tom Chilton,
Josh McFarlane, Zander Markgraaff, Bradley Johnson and Callum Davey.

It was a great team victory and they now face Northampton School for Boys in the Dynamik National Schools quarter-final. The game will be held on Monday 27th April 2015 at Carlton Forum if you wish to show your support. Tip-off is at 3.30pm.

Healthy Relationships for Teenagers

A new AIRwebsite has been created by a group of Year 10 students to raise awareness of domestic abuse and healthy relationships for teenagers aged 13 through to 18. The group came together in order to work on a Dragons’ Den project that was being organised by the police with the help of several domestic abuse charities.
We are encouraging students to visit the website which can be found at http://www.stopair.org/ 

A Day Out at Wembley

SaracensOn Saturday 28th March 2015, 48 of our rugby players travelled to Wembley Stadium to watch an Aviva Premiership game between Saracens RFC and Harlequins RFC. We were really proud to be given the opportunity to lead out over a hundred schools and rugby clubs, all taking part in the Pride and Unity parade, in front of a world record 84,068 crowd.
Current England internationals recently returned from 6 Nations duty, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vinapola and Nick Easter, were among other internationals to produce inspiring performances.  It was a great game, in an amazing stadium, that saw a try in the first minute before finishing a stunning 42-14 to Saracens. Our students were fantastic and really enjoyed the whole experience. 

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!

Abbigail is Flying High!

Our Year 9 pupils just keep going from strength to strength at the minute. Abbigail Byrne is a member of the RAF Cadets 209 Squadron (far right on the photograph). Abbigail joined the cadets after seeing their promotional stand at a festival and stopping to ask for more information. She is enjoying being a member of the cadets and her long terms plans are to become a sergeant in the RAF and learn to fly.  Recently Abbigail tried out for the South and East Midlands wings in Netball, but was not selected for the team. However, the night before the match she received a call to say a team member had been injured and was unable to play, and was asked to go along to make up the team numbers. She travelled to RAF Cranwell to represent the cadets' team playing Wing Defence and managed to walk away with not only a wing blue but also a gold medal. Well done Abbigail, we are all very proud of 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. 

Heels for Hearts


Earlier this month Good Morning Britain launched their Heels4Hearts campaign, and invited secondary schools to register for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) kit. We are pleased to announce that our application was successful. 
In support of the campaign we asked staff and parents for donations of unwanted, wearable shoes that we could pass on to the British Heart Foundation. We  would like to thank everyone who kindly donated as the money raised through the sale of the shoes will now go towards funding CPR training kits for our young people to learn life-saving skills.
More details can be found at: British Heart Foundation.

Swimathon for Comic Relief

SwimathonEmma Pykett and Ella Taylor (Year 7) took part in a Swimathon at Arnold Swimming Club on Friday 13th March to raise money for Comic Relief 2015. They swam one mile in just over 30 minutes without stopping. This is a huge achievement and both girls should be extremely proud of themselves!

Congratulations to ...

Yr10Congratulations to our Year 10 boys’ football team who beat Toot Hill School 2-1 last night in the quarter-finals of the County Cup. They will now play the South Wolds Academy at home in the semi-final.  



An Introduction to Russian

RussianClubStudents in years 8 and 9 have been offered the opportunity to take part in an introduction to Russian. A group of highly motivated students have been practising basic greetings and introducing themselves in Russian. They have also been getting to grips with the Russian alphabet and learning about aspects of Russian culture.

The club will run for 6 sessions and we hope to conclude the course by the students making a short video of the new skills they have acquired.

Sport Nottinghamshire Disability Survey

Sport Nottinghamshire would like to find out what sport or physical activity young people with a disability currently take part in and how they rate it. This includes children and young people with social, emotional and mental health issues, autism, ADHD, as well as physical disabilities. Complete the short survey to give your views. It can be completed by a family member, carer or support worker on behalf of the individual.


Abusive and Unacceptable Behaviour Towards Staff

Inappropriate language and/or threatening behaviour towards staff will not be tolerated by the Academy and calls may have to be recorded.  Whilst staff are here to help, if inappropriate language and/or threatening behaviour continues staff will have no choice but to terminate the call.

Young Actors

YoungActorsOn 17th March, 30 of our Drama ‘experts’ from years 7 and 8 took part in a workshop with Caitlin Drabble from The Nottingham Actors Studio. The studio works with young actors to nurture their talent through workshops and training with industry professionals. They provide opportunities to join their renowned theatre group and links to casting companies for stage and screen. We had a lovely time working with Caitlin who was very impressed by the talent on show!

Cambridge Access Tour


On Wednesday, a group of High Achieving Year 11 and Year 12 students attended a Cambridge Access Tour. This was delivered by representatives from Peterhouse College at the University of Cambridge. A small group of current undergraduates also attended the session and gave the Arnold Hill students the opportunity to ask questions about studying at such a prestigious university, the grades required, and university life. The ethos of the tour was to debunk any myths about a “typical” Oxbridge student and to give our students the confidence to see whether a university such as Cambridge or Oxford could be somewhere they would like to aspire to study at.

Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) Competition

BASEOn 18th March, a group of our Year 12 students competed in ICAEW’s annual Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) competition for students aged 16-19. It was a unique and exciting experience for our students to compete against other schools in the area, as well as giving them an opportunity to engage in a real life business challenge, meet local business people at a dedicated employer exhibition and develop employability skills outside of the classroom. 
BASEThis was one of 46 regional heats, and Arnold Hill students were excellent competitors, learning a lot about careers in business and finance in the process. From the 14 teams entered into the regional heat, Arnold Hill were shortlisted to the final 4, and were marginally beaten in the final presentation.  All 12 students who attended the event immersed themselves fully in the Business activity and should be proud of their achievements and the way they represented themselves and the academy.

Year 10 Maths Feast


On March 16th, four of our most able Year 10 mathematicians travelled to Tuxford Academy to take part in the “Year 10 Maths Feast” with 14 other teams.

The students displayed outstanding teamwork and determination, and were a credit to Arnold Hill through six very challenging rounds.


Well done to: Cait Burke, Matthew Dickinson, Benjamin Rodgers and George Sullivan

Comic Relief 2015

Friday 13th March at Arnold Hill was a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Comic Relief. All students were invited to pay £1 to take part in a non-uniform day and ‘make their face funny for money’.
Students and staff got involved in many exciting and creative ways to raise money including cupcake sales, a photo booth, a chubby bunny challenge, a basketball match between staff and students, sponsored silences and swimathons.

Yr7WinnersYear 7 students were also involved in a positive comments competition. The tutor group with the most positive comments won the prize of painting Mrs Box and Miss Benalia’s faces and the overall winners were…7N2, who had a great time with the face paints!!!!



Year 8 winners of the “funny face” and “shining brightly” competitions were Joshua Allen and Ben Holdstock. Both boys made an extra effort for comic relief and were proud to be representing the Academy.

The current total of funds raised is £1631.97.

The students were amazing and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

Well done everyone!! 

Learning for Life


As part of a deep learning pastoral day, Year 12 students recently had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of workshops to develop their life skills beyond sixth form. The workshops included practical driving experience and road safety, financial advice, interview techniques, self-defence and a frank account of the consequences of drug misuse.
DeepLearningStudents were able to join a hands on first aid course led by an external provider to equip them with the skills to deal with an unconscious adult, resuscitation, choking and serious bleeding.
We were also fortunate to have the Armed Forces join us as this gave students a taste of what it’s like to be in the Army, along with a practical insight into their joining process. 
The students participated whole heartedly and were an absolute credit to the academy. 

Synchronized Success

ChloeCobonChloe Cobon (8R2) was a key member of the Icetastic team at the spectacular Trophy d’Ecosse 2015 event held in Dumfries last month. The team took gold in the Preliminary event of the International Synchronised Skating Competition, and won the Most Entertaining Cup of the day on the Sunday. 

In addition to her latest win, Chloe and her team also currently hold the British title.
Congratulations to Chloe from everyone at Arnold Hill.
If you’d like to find out more, take a look at the official website
National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain (NISA)

Apprenticeship Fair 2015

ApprenticeFairOn the 11th March, Arnold Hill held its first Apprenticeship Fair in support of National Apprenticeship Week. The fair was the first of its kind at the academy and was held in our 6th Form Centre. 

A variety of different organisations including Gedling Borough Council, Boots, Experian, Nottingham Forest in the Community, The Army and many more, came along to promote the apprenticeships they have available to students currently in years 11 to 13.


Our pupils really enjoyed the event, and many left feeling focused and motivated by the event, and the information they gained from the employers. Our students were a credit to the school; they left a positive impression on many of the employers on the day who said they were looking forward to working with Arnold Hill pupils in the future.

Miss Wilson, the Academy's Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Co-ordinator said "It was great to see our pupils engaging with employers, and finding out as much information as they possibly could about the opportunities available to them once they have left school".

Congratulations to ...

VictoryAn emphatic 30-0 victory against Colonel Frank Seely has been notched up by the academy’s girls’ rugby team. The result was very well deserved, and the following players should be extremely proud of their efforts on the pitch:

Ruth Tarry, Keira Pearson, Lucy Jackson, Holly Edgerton, Esther Sutherland,
Ellie Cunnington, Amrit Dosanjh and
Alexia Rogers Palmer.

World Book Day


As part of World Book Day we held a ‘Great British World Book Day Bake Off’ event where the students had to make a cake which was book related.

The entries were fantastic, from individual cupcakes topped with handmade books made out of icing to a Harry Potter cake complete with cloak & wand!


We also held a Desert Island Books session where members of staff talked about books that had influenced their lives in some way.

From The Shipping News by Annie Proulx to The Secret Race by Daniel Coyle & Tyler Hamilton, all genres were covered & demonstrated to our students the enjoyment & importance of reading for pleasure.


A big thank you to everyone for taking part.


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.



If you only do one thing this week...

Download the revision pack and read through it.

Summer 2015 Exam Timetable including rooms

Year 5 Parents’ Information Evening

Year 5 Parents’ Information Evening:

Wednesday, 17th June 2015 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm Upper School Hall.

If you would like a tour of the school with your Year 5 child please email to Julie.Fox@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk

Tour dates are w/c 1st June and 8th June at 9.10am or 1.20pm, please do not turn up for a tour without booking as places are limited.


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:


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 progresso@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk.

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:

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