GCSE Results

GCSE Results

Staff and students gathered on Thursday 21st August in Lower School for GCSE results day.  While many of our students will return to study in our Sixth Form we are pleased that others have gained the qualifications they need to pursue their Post-16 ambitions.


The Academy has seen good performance across many foundation subjects, with English and Maths results improved on last year.  Students achieving the full English Baccalaureate is up to 30% - above the national average.


GCSE Results

Special mentions have to go to the following students: Sylvie Aske, Sophie Buchanan, Katie Fish, Ben Fyson-Smith, Katie Hopkins, Lauren Keward, Oliver Mattick, Joe Mayer, Alexandra Pounder-Smith, Alexander Reed, Rohan Samrai, Bethany Sayers and William Whittaker – who between them achieved 43 x A* grades, 84 x As and 7 x Bs, with William achieving a massive 7 x A*s all by himself!

GCSE Results - What to do regarding the Sixth Form

Once you have received your GCSE results on Thursday 21st August you will need to register for the Sixth Form on Friday 5th September (see timings below)


9.05am   - Surnames A-H

10.05am - Surnames I-R

11.30am - Surnames S-Z


If you want to make simple changes to your option choices (i.e. swap because you have done better in a subject than anticipated) this can be done on the day of registration. If however, you are unsure if you have met the entry requirements (5A*-C grades including Maths/English) please email Ms Carter at susan.carter@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk to arrange a time to discuss your options.

A-Level & AS Results

Another Outstanding Year for Sixth Form!

A Level ResultSixth Form Students have again had another outstanding year at Arnold Hill. 24% of Year 13 students achieved A*-A grades and 54% of them achieved A*-B grades. Tears of happiness and jumps of joy were displayed as students realised they had been accepted into their first choice universities. Andrew Kempster, pictured on the far right, achieved A*A*A*A Level Results and will be going to Keele University to study Medicine; the third brother in the family to do so – all of whom attended Arnold Hill Sixth Form. 


Principal Robin Fugill said "This is not only good news but a great news day. Against a background of being told it's going to be harder than ever this year to do well at A-Level, our students have again excelled. It's wonderful for their individual success and a tribute to their teachers." 


We are extremely proud of all our students and the fantastic results achieved. Well done all of you!

Sixth Form Results Day - Guide to Clearing

Year 13 students expecting their results on Thursday can come into school from 10.00am onwards to collect their results. UCAS Track will start to be updated from 7.00am onwards on the morning of results day (www.ucas.com/apply ) and students will be able to identify if they have been offered a place for their university choices or not.  If the offer status has been changed to “unconditional” then students have secured a place on their chosen course – 1st or 2nd choice. If not, don’t worry they are eligible for clearing. They can click on “Add a Clearing Choice” which will appear on their Track Page. It is important that they write down their Clearing and UCAS ID, as well as have their A Level and GCSE grades to hand as well as their personal statement. Courses which are available for Clearing will be listed on the UCAS website. It is important to think carefully about the choices available. Sit in a quiet place with a pen and paper and list all the necessary information about the course – talk to family, friends and teachers to help. Most university Clearing hotlines are open at 7.00am so students can start early with ringing the universities who may have a suitable course available. Call your top choice university first and make sure you have a good signal! The Admissions Team at the university are likely to conduct a mini-interview with you. As much as they want to find out about you, it is important that you ask questions about the course modules, assessment, the university itself, accommodation etc. Make notes! If successful, you will be offered a place on the course through Track. If not successful, don’t lose heart - the Clearing process is open until 30th September and new places will regularly become available so keep checking the UCAS website. The UCAS website (www.ucas.com) will be the most useful website on Thursday. It will allow students to monitor their university offers and search for courses through the clearing process. All information is clearly labelled and useful video tutorials are available for parents and students to help explain the process. The Telegraph Clearing app is also useful for parents and students and can be downloaded now to smart phones.

Ofsted Update

The academy recently received a Section 8 monitoring visit from Ofsted. These are interim reviews of progress following on from the Ofsted report last March. The purpose of the first visit is to look at the impact of action taken since the inspection and to ensure that the improvement planning is, in Ofsted’s view, able to take the school forward. The HMI, Zarina Connelly, visited on the final day of the activity week and after a walk around the academy she commented on how engaged and enthusiastic the children were. It was a lovely atmosphere around the site with many students thoroughly involved in the varying activities provided. Although it will not appear in the report, informally she commented about the value that weeks like the one we had just held are for schools in extending learning and building confidence.


Below is the link to the official letter of the visit. She will visit again in the autumn.

July 2014 Section 8 Letter

Start of Autumn Term

The arrangements for the start of the new academic year are as follows:


3rd September –

Only Year 7 will be in school for this day. They will arrive for 8:30am, ready for the beginning of the school day. There will be an extended Guidance session with their tutor before moving to the normal timetable later in the day


4th September – 

8:30am: Year 7, Year 8 and Year 11 arrive for the beginning of the school day. Guidance in Period 1 will be an extended tutor time.

1:10pm: Year 9, Year 10 and Year 13 arrive. Period 4 will be tutor time.


5th September – 

Year 12 registration is on Friday 5th September. Students should come in at the time indicated below:


9.05am   - Surnames A-H

10.05am - Surnames I-R

11.30am - Surnames S-Z


Year 12 start on timetable on Wednesday 10th September and should be in school at 8.30am. They will need to report to tutor rooms (they will be told these on registration day).

British National Tumbling Level 1 Champion 2014

British National Tumbling Level 1 Champion 2014On Saturday 5th July, Emily Bramley year 9, competed in the British Gymnastics Tumbling NDP Finals, held at The International Centre, Telford.


It had taken Emily a lot of effort and dedication to qualify for the finals. She had qualified at the county and regional finals and then gone on to be successful in two national semi-finals in March and May to gain her place at finals. Her achievement at gaining a place in the finals ranked her in the top 8 tumblers of all ages in her category in the whole country!


In the final Emily had to complete three tumble runs, linking together a series of ‘flic flacs’ and turns proving she deserved to be there with a final display. She performed brilliantly and finished first, winning a gold medal! She made club history by becoming the first female National Champion in tumbling.


She now holds the title ‘British National Tumbling Level 1 Champion 2014’, a truly excellent sporting qualification. A phenomenal achievement, Congratulations Emily!

GCSE Hospitality Events

Mad Hatters Tea PartyAs part of the GCSE Hospitality course, students are required to research, plan, carry out and evaluate an event of their own choosing that fits into the exam board brief.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

There have been two large classes studying GCSE hospitality this year, so the students were split into three groups per class to plan their events which had to cater for a minimum of 10 guests.

Each group planned a different event and these were all held at the Academy over a three day period.

Italian Buffet

The groups hosted an Italian buffet for school staff, a cake sale for staff and students raising money for British Heart Foundation, an afternoon tea party raising money for Cancer Research, a gourmet meal for senior citizens in the local area with profits going to AgeUk, a mad hatters tea party for staff and a party for children from a local infant school.

Cake Sale

The students all worked exceedingly hard and really enjoyed the events. The feedback from the guests was all very positive. All six events have raised nearly £300 to be split between AgeUk, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.


Well done to all GCSE hospitality students.



Click here for the latest Ofsted Information including the most recent Section 8 letter.

New School Building Update

The new school is due to be completed by spring 2016. Preparation work for the new school has now started. Land surveys are in place and investigations below ground are progressing (see photo below).

Building Update

Transition Information

On Wednesday 9th July the Academy held a Year 6 New Intake Parents’ Evening to provide information to parents whose children start at the Academy in September.


If you were unable to attend the evening and wish to view the presentations from the parents’ evening which includes information on uniform and Year 7's first day at the Academy, please visit the links below;


Year 6 Parents’ Evening Presentation


New Intake Parents' Evening Presentation


For information on the uniform required for P.E please see here.

Finley Represents Great Britain!

Finley HeywoodEarlier this year Finley Heywood, year 10 trialled and was chosen to represent Great Britain in the world junior ball hockey championship in Bratislava. On 22nd June he travelled to Slovakia to take part in the 7 day championships. He represented Team GB in both the under 16's and under 18's categories, playing a total of 12 games in a week- one of only a few boys to have done this.

In the under 18’s game against Slovakia Finley scored the first goal of the tournament for Great Britain and was awarded the best player of the game trophy. He performed brilliantly throughout the tournament and was honoured to represent Great Britain. He hopes to again be representing Team GB in the championships in Canada in 2016.


Well done Finley!

UCAS Information Evening

On Monday 7th July the Academy held a UCAS Information Evening for parents. If you were unable to attend the evening and wish to see the presentation please see the link below. If you have any further queries regarding the UCAS application process please do not hesitate to contact Ms Carter, Head of Sixth Form by email Susan.Carter@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk or by telephone on 0115 955 4804.


UCAS Parents Information Evening Presentation

Arnold Hill Events

Parent Portal

As you know, the old ePortal service is now unavailable. We wrote to parents at the start of this term with information on our new Progresso Parent Portal. Once parents have returned completed data collection sheets, access details and an introductory user guide for the Parent Portal will be sent out. Forms will be processed as quickly as possible but we would ask for your patience as we complete this work. If you have any queries, please email progresso@arnoldhillacademy.co.uk

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