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Student Attendance and Behaviour Reward

240 pupils today were rewarded today for having excellent behaviour and attendance to a viewing at Cineworld Cinema of the new film ‘Despicable Me 

Trent Academies Group wins award

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For the second year in succession the Trent Academies Group has been awarded the Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce prize for Business Engagement.

The award is given to the educational organisation which works most closely and effectively with local employers. The judges found evidence that Arnold Hill, Farnborough and Rushcliffe consistently go the extra mile to prepare pupils to be 'the best employees in the country'.

Nottinghamshire winners

Creative Connections Project

creativeKatherine Green, working in collaboration with students from Farnborough Academy, Clifton, Nottingham presents an exhibition of new work documenting insights into community identities and stories through photographic portraits inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection. This exhibition invites audiences to explore local identity and sense of place. In partnership with Nottingham Contemporary. Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.

Exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary 19 July – 31 August 2017 and at National Portrait Gallery, London 4 October 2017 – 25 February 2018.

Further information can be found here

photograph by Lewie Litchfield © Nottingham Contemporary & National Portrait Gallery, London, 2017.


A local school pupil will have her short story displayed on the inside of one of the city’s trams after winning a special competition.  See article below. 

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History of Clifton Estate

A search for family photos for school project.

22 GCSE Photography and Fine Art students from Farnbourgh Academy, Clifton are working with artist Katherine Green www.katherinegreen.co.uk
to explore and document the social history of Clifton, positively capturing the community, people, places through photography and interviews.

The students are searching for family photos of Clifton Estate over the years, to include in their project and an exhibition that they are creating.

The project is part of Creative Connections, a partnership between National Portrait Gallery, London, Nottingham Contemporary and The Farnborough Academy, Clifton.

This collection of material will form part of an exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary over the summer, and then at the National Portrait Gallery in the Autumn. Each young person will also produce a book of photographs.

In addition to collecting family photographs, we are looking for members of the community to be involved and for people and places to photograph, people to talk to.

Participants who are photographed will receive a copy of a photograph, as well as an invite to the exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary.

The project will be taking during April 2017.

For information please see Creative Connections website:

To contribute photos or if you’re interested in participating in the project, please contact:

Amanda Spruyt, Learning Team, Nottingham Contemporary,
0115 948 9788 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katherine Green, artist
07939 125 881,

Nottingham school pupils come face to face with Leicester Tigers

It was heads down and ready for action when pupils from three Nottingham schools came head to head with the Leicester Tigers at a special rugby coaching day.

Year 7 and 8 students from Rushcliffe School, Farnborough Academy and Arnold Hill Academy were thrilled to spend a day being taught by coaches from the Premiership rugby club.

The Trent Academies Group, which runs the schools, organised the day so its young sports enthusiasts could not only discover more about rugby but also benefit from a different type of learning experience outside the classroom.

Phil Crompton, CEO of the Trent Academies Group, said: “It’s great to see nearly 100 boys and girls from across our three schools coming together to hone their rugby skills with top coaches from Leicester Tigers. An experience like this not only helps to make them better rugby players but it also increases their confidence and teaches them how important it is in life to set high standards for themselves.”

During the day, the students were coached in different rugby techniques and taught about the principles of the game. It culminated in a rugby festival where the three schools played against each other.

Juan Gonzalez Mendia, community manager at Leicester Tigers, said: “On the field we teach them how to resolve different problem scenarios and basic motor skills. In the workshops they learn about the values of the game such as respect, teamwork, discipline, and resilience. We hope they will come away wanting to join a rugby club and take on rugby for life. But the main idea is for them to learn in a different way. They can apply the problem-solving skills and core values of the game to anything in life.”

Pupils were buzzing about the opportunity. Cole Healey, aged 13, from The Farnborough Academy, said: “It’s really exciting. We’re learning about so many different things – what to do if you’re injured, how to teach other kids rugby and what sort of diet you need to play the game....lots of protein and carbs!”

Khalid Manful, aged 12, also from Farnborough, said “They’ve been talking to us about behaviour and acting appropriately – things like teamwork, not using rude words and always trying our best. If I’m feeling stressed in future I will focus, listen and remember what they’ve been teaching us.”

Cole and Khalid were both recently selected to take part in Nottingham City school rugby trials and if successful will represent the county.

Steven Wildman, aged 12, from Rushcliffe School, who plays for Nottingham Moderns, loved the on field coaching: “It’s so much fun. It’s taught me lots about spatial awareness and running with the ball. It’s great being taught by real Tigers coaches.”

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