Arnold's Gala Concert


Arnold Hill Academy currently features in an article in the latest edition of the local NG Magazines.

Performers from Arnold Hill Academy came together with Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy and Redhill Academy for the very first time to produce a Gala Concert. 
The idea to hold this event came from Alan Langton, a member of the Rotary Club of Mapperley & Arnold who sponsored the evening. He said “the Rotary Club admire the dedication and enthusiasm shown by so many young people in society, and are also keen to support the community spirit of the town of Arnold. Both, we feel, have much to give residents of the town reason to celebrate.”
Accordingly, the members of the Rotary Club sponsored the Music departments of the three secondary schools in the town and organised an evening when the talents of some of the pupils from each of the schools came together and entertained families and friends in a happy and non-competitive way.
ArnoldGalaConcertThe programme included a wide range of music to suit all tastes. From Beethoven to Elvis Presley, Elton John to Vaughan-Williams, John Lennon to Glen Miller, David Bowie to Schumann, Elgar to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Samba, songs from the shows together with Woodwind, String and Brass groups, Concert Band and much, much more. Some sections included performers from all three schools.
The proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to each Academy’s preferred charity equally.

We are extremely pleased to announce that Arnold Hill will host next year’s concert.

Year 7 Girls' Rugby Team Success

We are extremely proud of our Year 7 girls’ rugby team after taking part in their first ever rugby festival and winning 3 out of the 4 games they played!
Congratulations to: Yr7GirlsRugby
Lauren Burgess

Olivia Rodger

Ruth Tarry

Keira Pearson

Grace Bicknell

Lucy Jackson

Holly Edgerton

Jessie Scott

Scarlett Scott

Esther Sutherland

Collection of 2013/14 GCSE and GCE Certificates

The Summer GCSE and GCE certificates for 2013/14 leavers are now ready for collection. 
These are available from Upper School Reception and must be signed for. The reception is
open 8am – 5pm Monday – Thursday and Friday 8am – 4.30pm.
If you are collecting them on behalf of a pupil you must bring a signed permission letter/slip
from the pupil confirming they are happy for you to do so. 


We cannot send these out in the post to pupils as the Exams Board regulations state we
have to have them signed for.  Each certificate is worth over £40 to produce and cannot be
re-printed by the Exams Boards.


Dig Out Your Knits, Tinsel Up and Get Woolly!

Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 12th December 2014, Arnold Hill Academy will again be
taking part in the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day Campaign.
Last year we raised over £550, and this year we will be holding a
non-school uniform day to give all staff and students the opportunity
to make the world better with a sweater! 

All you have to do is wear your silliest, sparkliest or cosiest woolly to
school and donate at least £1 to Save the Children.

To find out more, you can visit the event website at: You can read more about Save the Children and their work at



Year 7 Humanities - Visit from ZooLab

As part of their learning in Humanities, your child will be experiencing a visit from ZooLab during w/c 8th December to inform a topic on the Tropical Rainforest. Students will complete a carousel of lessons covering a session with ZooLab, classroom activities focusing on where tropical rainforests are located and their characteristics, and a cross-curricular project with Arts to create a large piece of display work about the rainforest that all students will have contributed to.

The visit from ZooLab will entail the showing of live animals (such as spiders, frogs and snakes) where students will get the opportunity to handle some of them if they wish.

In the last week of term students are also being given the opportunity to design and make a Christmas card. This is a charity event and a letter with further details will be handed out shortly.

Armistice Day 2014

LockieCommemorations for those who died in World War One, and all victims of conflict, were marked at Arnold Hill Academy, when trumpeters Oscar Gutkowski (Yr13) and Lockie Shoebridge (Yr10) signalled a two minute silence throughout the school on Armistice Day this year.
Oscar (in the Upper School courtyard) and Lockie (in the Lower School courtyard), both played The Last Post loudly and confidently to honour British and Colonial losses since World War I.
All lessons were stopped at 10:50am and teachers held discussions with pupils about Armistice Day, and the impact that those who fell had on the world.
Our students showed enormous respect, and conducted themselves magnificently in what was an extremely moving occasion.


On the 13th November, 30 AS Level English Literature students attended a performance of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Nottingham Playhouse. This formed a key part of preparations for their AS Exam. The performance was spellbinding and the school was complemented on the polite behaviour of their students.

Congratulations to ...

Chloe Adcock in Year 10 for some great results in recent Taekwondo & Kick Boxing Championships.

At the Unity International Games in Warwick, Chloe finished 1st in the Advanced Korean Forms 14-16 years resulting in qualification for the champions of champions round. She did extremely well to finish 3rd overall as it was her first time competing at this level. She also finished 2nd in the Semi Contact Point Sparring 14-16 years/65kg at the Games.
At the World Championship Games held in Tunisia, Chloe finished first in three events and gained three World titles!

Her achievements in her first year have been incredible so far; Chloe has won a number of British titles, three European titles and six World titles.

This is fantastic news and we wish her the best in future events.

Music Rhythm Cards

Rhythm cardCake RhythmThe Music Department would like to congratulate Year 7 for their effort on their rhythm cards homework. Many excelled and gained positive comments, and we were genuinely impressed by the hard work and creativity in some of their cards to use in the rhythm tests.  

These are just some examples of the great work produced.
Lollipop rhythmIsaac RhythmClay Rhythm

Fast Track to Success

Isaac Hurley

After being talent spotted whilst at primary school, Isaac Hurley in Year 7, was awarded a Short Track Speed Skating scholarship. He now skates competitively for Notts Ice Racing Club and has already achieved some fantastic results.
He beat all of the Hong Kong squad in the Junior British Open in December 2013, finishing 15th in his category. This summer he came 4th in the Club Championships, and earned his first trophy. Last month alone, Isaac achieved a personal best in the 500m, finished 3rd in his category at the Nottingham Open, took 2 seconds off his personal best in the 777m and won one race against 2 others who were 14!
Impressive results are achieved with hard work and determination. Isaac trains until 9.30pm three nights per week, and until 7:30pm on one evening per week. His Head Coach is a former Olympian Speed Skater, and he often has the opportunity to see the GB squad as they also train at the rink.
Isaac was also involved in the BBC broadcast of the One Show that was filmed on Monday 10th November, which was a Children in Need event.
Isaac is certainly a name to watch out for in the future and the Academy would like to wish him all the best and every success for his promising future. Well done!!!

If you like to find out more about Isaac please follow the link below:

Gedling Sports Awards

Fantastic news for Arnold Hill Academy following the nominations for the Gedling Sports Awards. Ben Mattinson, Finley Heywood, Chloe Adcock, Jamie Moores and Emily Bramley have all been short listed for their respective individual categories and the 6th Form football team has been shortlisted in the team category.

The Gedling Sports Awards is an annual event, run by the Gedling Sports Forum, and recognises the achievements of teams – club and school - and of individual competitors in sport; and the contributions of Coaches, Volunteers and Clubs in the Gedling Area. This year it is being held at the Carlton Academy Arts Theatre on Tuesday November 26th at 7.00 p.m. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, we wish you all the best!


Exemplary Contribution to the Community

Pam Clipsham Awards 2014Former Arnold Hill Academy student Meredith
Dickin has recently won the Young Volunteer of
the Year award for giving her time to City Arts’
Express Yourself project, helping teenagers with
disabilities flourish through art.

The award is a celebration of Meredith’s hard
work, and contribution in a voluntary role, within the local community. Her certificate was handed out at the Pam Clipsham Awards, named after the woman who gave her time to Gedling Community and Voluntary Services for 14 years.

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Mouthy Poets at Arnold Hill Academy

On Wednesday 15th October, the Mouthy Poets presented three assemblies for year 7, 8 and
9 in which they performed poetry. The delivery of Jabberwocky in the manner of a Southern
Baptist Preacher is an experience not to be missed!

Mouthy Poets is an organisation of poets under the leadership of Deborah Stevenson, a
lecturer in creative writing at Nottingham University. Their aim is to bring poetry and
performance into schools and foster creative writing. Arnold Hill has been working with them
for the last two years, and our aim now is to raise the profile of poetry writing and
performance in the Academy. 

Mouthy Poets, in the persons of Hayley and Laura, are coming in to run after-school sessions

on a Wednesday in writing and performing. We will be working towards a showcase in the
Spring as well as publication of poems in a booklet. Other activities include creating posters
of a selection of poems from last term's booklet, and the publication on this site of some of
poems written on the topic of freedom.

Watch this space for more details of what we are getting up to.

Entry to Sixth Form - Applications invited for 2015

Applications for entry to Sixth Form should be made on this form and returned to no later than Friday 19th December 2014.

If you would like to arrange an appointment for a tour of the Sixth Form Centre please contact

The 2015 prospectus can be found here.

Congratulations to the 6th Form Basketball Team

Well done to the 6th Form Basketball team who played their first match for nearly 2 years
against The Nottingham Emmanuel School last week. Our team, which included several Year 11 students, achieved an impressive win with a final score of 68-8.

Josh McFarlane and Luke Millerchip, who are both Level 2 referees, officiated the game and
were fair & professional throughout.

The players involved were:

Rudy Jefferson

Elijah Jefferson

Joe Appell

Eranjan Kaggodaarachchi

Anthony Bhaker

Matt Cooper

George Rayers

Zander Markgraaff

Bradley Johnson

Finn Smith

The team now go on to play in the Regional Schools League, and we wish them good luck for
their match this week against Nottingham Academy.

WildCube Internet Radio


WildCube is a not for profit Internet radio station aimed at young adults and teenagers.
Broadcasting began in October 2013 and the station is run by former Arnold Hill Academy
student Ashley Hardy and current student Victoria Evans.

Various events have been held throughout the year and new shows, for example CubeTalent,
have been introduced to give talented, new artists like Megan Holmes (Year 13)
the opportunity to network amongst their peer group.Victoria and Ashley are looking to
develop this further and link their news and reviews to the Most Able in English at Arnold Hill.

Victoria currently co-presents on The Ash and Vicky show each Friday from 7–10pm and
has her own show starting very soon on Mondays from 6-8pm.

Listeners can interact with presenters at, via text line, Facebook and
Twitter (@wildcuberadio). If you would like to be part of their team you are encouraged to
contact them directly by email to

To mark WildCube’s first year of complete broadcasting, they are holding an event to raise
funds to renew the station’s licences – which will see some of the stations most prominent
figures broadcasting for an entire 63 hours (2 days and 15 hours!) from 7am 29th October
until 10pm 31st October. You are able to sponsor them for their mega marathon through and you are also able to listen to this and other shows on the
station through your internet browser at


FutureChef School Heats 2014


Springboard’s FutureChef is an exciting interactive programme of resources matched directly
to the food-related curriculum in the UK. FutureChef provides pupils aged 12-16 years with
ccess to, and direct support from, chefs & other hospitality professionals, bringing the industry
alive in the classroom and getting the classroom out into industry.

On Tuesday 7th October 2014, pupils from Arnold Hill once again participated in the school
heats of Springboard’s FutureChef national cooking competition. All participants demonstrated
some fabulous culinary skills and were congratulated by the judges.

Katie Bruce and Christopher Alvey (Year 10) particularly impressed judges with their creative
and innovative dishes,and we are pleased to announce that they will now go on to represent
us in the local final at NCN Clarendon College. Dishes are now being fine-tuned in preparation
for the next stage!

More information about FutureChef and the competition can be found here.



Message From The Head Teacher

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.


John Cox

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.


John Cox

Head Teacher

Head Boy & Head Girl Election

CandidatesThe annual democratic selection of the Sixth Form Head Boy and Head Girl took place week commencing 15thSeptember; a week of excitement for many Sixth Form students which reflected the excitement in Scotland during the same week! Four candidates ran for the Head Boy and Head Girl posts; Reuben Hughes and Jake Bennett for Head Boy and Niamh Morritt and Caroline Collins for Head Girl.

Head Boy & Head Girl

All four candidates were asked and gave a two minute speech to both Year 12 and Year 13 students, outlining what they wanted to achieve if elected. Voting by all Sixth Form students took place on Monday 22nd September and the final count revealed that Reuben Hughes was elected as Head Boy and Caroline Collins was elected as Head Girl. On Wednesday 24th September Caroline and Reuben were presented with their badges, the two students are looking forward to their new roles and planning some Sixth Form activities and events before half term. Well done to both of them and indeed all four candidates who ran for the positions.

Trampolining - Winning Poster

The PE Department recently held a School Sport poster competition.

After much deliberation we are delighted to announce that Harry Hackett, 9C1, is the winner with his trampolining design -  well done! Harry has won a £20 DW Sports gift voucher which will be awarded during Y9 assembly next week. Harry's poster can be seen here.

Sixth Form Re-Sit Information

GCSE Maths & English re-sit lessons start this week for 6th Form Students (w/c 29th September). They are compulsory for students to attend if they are still to achieve a Grade C or higher in GCSE Maths and Grade C or higher in GCSE English Language. Students have been provided with these details in Guidance this week. Rooms and times are listed below:


Monday: 3.20pm, Room L21

Year 13 students entered previously for the iGCSE need to attend this session.


Tuesday: 3.20pm, Room M20

GCSE Maths – Exam Paper Based


Wednesday: 3.20pm, Rooms L21 and L9

GCSE English


Thursday: 3.20pm, Room M20

GCSE Maths – Topic based


Friday: 8.30am Rooms L13 and L14

GCSE English


Registers will be taken in these lessons and any student not attending the sessions, without a valid reason, may be asked to leave the Sixth Form.

Trip to the University of Nottingham

Modern Foreign Languages TripTo celebrate the European Day of Languages on Friday 19th September a group of 14 year 9 students spent an enjoyable morning at the Trent Building, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham. They were involved in a number of workshops and digital sessions in the language centre. The taster lessons allowed the students to experience Serbian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Mandarin and the opportunity to speak to university students and staff. They were also able to edit and add subtitles to a Spanish video. The students were also presented with a goodie bag at the end of the session.  Lunch was spent at the Trent Café and after a short walk down to the lake they arrived back at school a little bit more knowledgeable and able to converse at a basic level in the languages experienced.

A Star Among Us!

Outside of his school life Music Teacher, Mr Stannard is a published composer. We are very proud to say he recently won an international composer’s award with one of his compositions!

The winners of the 1-minute piece award had their pieces played live by a well-known Romanian string quartet.


Here is his piece played live with ‘Passione’, the string-quartet in Romania:


Max’s piece was called ‘Emotie’

“This piece is inspired by folk dances and its purpose it simply to be enjoyed and get feet tapping. It is full of energy, with two main melodic ideas passed between the performers, and ever changing moods and dynamics”


The successful composer’s biographies and competition info can be found below:

Badminton Club

BadmintonBadminton Club is a very popular club with a wide range of students. Tournaments are available if students want to get involved in teams or even challenge the teacher! It is a great way to improve your skills or just socialise with friends – whatever your reason it a great sport to be involved in. The club is held on Wednesday lunchtimes and is open to all, so come along and practice you backhand smash or your delicate drop shot.

Study Club

Study ClubKey Stage 3 Study Club starts on Monday 15th September.

It is held every Monday in Lower School Resources 3:20pm - 4:20pm. Come and join us.

Nottingham Trent University Trip

Nottingham Trent University TripOn the 19th September 7 students in year 9 went to Nottingham Trent University along with Miss Cockayne and Mrs Bhogal to participate in ‘Engineer It’. The days focus was to join in lessons within the Design and Technology subject.


Nottingham Trent Uni Trip'Our First session was Robotics where we learnt how to assemble a Lego robot, that we raced at high and low speeds changing the torque each time. Before lunch we had a lecture about recycling and what people hope will be the future of recycling everyday products. After lunch we had a Food Technology lesson where we learned about non melting ice cream and healthy foods.’ Bethany Atherton


‘The Nottingham Trent University was a great experience as we learnt how Agar Agar is a smart material which slows down ice cream melting… It was brilliant and it has encouraged me to go to university and the importance of it.’ Matthew Norris 

Message From Nottingham City Transport

Please see here for a message from Nottingham City Transport to students concerning bus routes around the Academy.

New School Building Update

Builders' Image

We are delighted to announce that the programme for the replacement of the Upper School has now entered the next phase and the selected builder is Wates Construction. They have designed a fantastic new building for us, and you are
now invited to attend a consultation event in the 6th Form Centre on Thursday 27th November from 4pm.
Further details of the event, which will include an opportunity for you to comment on the proposals, can be found here

Letter From The Governing Body

Please see here for an update from the Governing Body on strong partner developments for the Academy.

Key Stage 3 Parents' Forum

Our Key Stage 3 Parents’ Forum took place on Monday 17th November.
The presentations made on the evening can be viewed here.   

Year 8 Parents' Evening 2nd December

Year 8 Parents' Evening will take place in upper school between 4.00pm and
6.30pm on Tuesday 2nd December 2014.
A letter providing full details was issued to parents on 14th November. 


The next PTA meeting is on Wednesday 21st January 2015, 7.30pm at The Major Oak Pub, Rolleston Drive, Arnold. For more information on the PTA please see here. For information on joining the PTA or attending the meeting please email Mrs Brown

We Will Rock You - The Queen Musical

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You rehearsals have now started. The Arts department are getting very excited and the cast are bringing lots of good energy to rehearsals. It looks to be one of our best productions yet!

Dyslexia Support Group

Think you might be Dyslexic? Are you in the Sixth Form?


Maybe you have Dyslexia and want some advice? Let the Dyslexia support group help you.


Drop in session available to all sixth form students every Friday during periods 1,2 and 3 at the sixth form centre library.


No need to book, just pop along.

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

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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