As I’m sure you know things are changing at Arnold Hill Academy. Mr Fugill has retired over the summer after 11 years of loyal service. The governors have asked me to take over the running of the school whilst they consider a permanent solution following Mr Fugill’s departure. Having spent over 20 years serving the Gedling community (at Christ the King, Colonel Frank Seely and Redhill too) I am delighted to be given this opportunity.
We are well down the road in our discussions with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) about our new school building. This will open in September 2016 and will be an exciting step forward in our provision. Details of the build are becoming clearer and I look forward to sharing future developments with you.
In terms of results, the sixth form returned outstanding results for the fourth year running with 100 students now moving on to their University places. The numbers joining Year 12 are at an all-time high.
English and Maths GCSE results both improved. We are particularly pleased that English Literature has increased to 74%. We currently have an appeal lodged with the English Examination Board and will publish concrete results after this has been finalised as we felt Year 11 had done even better than the initial results indicate. Crucially, even before the appeal, progress in English has taken a big step forward.
Our students have settled well into the new term, they are looking very smart, behaving well and are well focussed on their learning. We are delighted to welcome what looks like a very strong Year 7 cohort.
I look forward to being able to update you on the changes we are making at the academy as we move forward together over the next few months.