At Arnold Hill we are always looking at ways to improve, being an All Together Gold School for 2018 doesn’t mean that our work to improve stops.
We are launching an email address for pupils and parents to directly report concerns or issues where they feel they/their child is being bullied or to report concerns about another student. This goes directly to Miss Garrad who leads on anti-bullying and this will then be shared with the pastoral team who will contact you and investigate the concerns.
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face to face or through cyberspace.
We are delighted to announce that Arnold Hill Academy has become an ‘All Together Gold School for 2018 for our work on anti-bullying.
This means that we have taken part in an England wide programme and have been recognised for our work to reduce bullying and improve the well-being of our pupils. Being awarded gold doesn’t mean that bullying never takes place, but that as an Academy we have taken steps to improve how we address issues of bullying and how we support our pupils.
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recently had an assembly about Kooth and the services it offers - online counselling, safe forums and information about issues affecting young people.
If you would like to find out more about the services on offer from Kooth, please visit https://vimeo.com/180771766
A big ‘Well done’ to all our students and staff who challenged themselves to do something ‘out of the ordinary’ to raise money for good causes. Over 50 brave students and staff completed a full abseil down the outside of our new A Block building. Sponsorship collected so far, including great individual efforts from Abby and Isobel (year 8, pictured) who both raised over £200 each, has totalled over three thousand pounds. Donations will be made to support the schools nominated charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and The Royal British Legion.
If you deliver or collect your child from school in a car then I need to draw your attention to increasing concerns that we have regarding a small number of parents/carers who use their car to deliver or collect their children from school but are not driving their car safely when near our school. Unfortunately we have received a number of complaints from students, parents and local residents, regarding car drivers who stop on zig-zag lines, park up on the pedestrian pavement or stop suddenly in the road or near the zebra crossing to collect or deliver children.
The police have also shared their concerns with us and I ask for anyone who drives their child to or from school to please ensure they are considerate at all times to pedestrians, local residents and other drivers and only stop or park in safe and appropriate places. The safety of our students, your children, is paramount. If we continue to hear of concerns for the safety of our students, particularly at the end of the day, then we will have to consider not allowing cars onto our site until after 3:30 p.m. when the students who are walking home have all left the site.