On the 22nd of May, 2013 the Department for Education announced the successful applicants of the 2014 Free School bidding round.

Out of the hundreds of organisations that applied, only 102 bids were selected and there was only one successful secondary application in the East Midlands...

Welcome to Nottingham Free School

A New Community School

I am delighted to be able to introduce you to Nottingham Free School and the tremendous opportunity this will offer for your child. This is the most exciting development in education I have been involved in during my 37 year career.

The Nottingham Free School is a direct result of overwhelming parental demand for a new secondary school in the Sherwood, Carrington, Mapperley Park, Woodthorpe and Mapperley areas. We will deliver the community's vision of an excellent local school providing the highest standards of education and care for your child. We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding education for young people. Our flagship school Toot Hill is currently rated outstanding by Ofsted and is in the top 2% of all schools nationally for pupil progress.

Nottingham Free School will offer a traditional academic curriculum, delivered by experienced teachers with a track record of sustained high quality practice. Our extended school day offers the unique opportunity of an extensive extra curricular programme and academic support.

Applications are now closed, but please Apply Here if you wish to register your child's details as an expression of interest.

We look forward to you and your child contributing towards making Nottingham Free School a unique community school.

John Tomasevic
Executive Head Teacher

Buildings Update

We are delighted to be able announce the location of Nottingham Free School.

The school will be situated in the Courtaulds building on Haydn Road, Sherwood, Nottingham.

This iconic building will provide an excellent base for our school within our catchment area. The interior will be extensively modified and developed to provide state of the art educational facilities for the Year 7 students who will join the school in September 2014.

We fully expect the school to be ready for the September opening date and will keep you updated as the work on the buildings progresses.

Latest Updates

Since September 2013 the Nottingham Free School team have been working behind the scenes making preparations for the opening of the school.


In the autumn of 2013 we appointed our Head of School (designate). Jenny Brown is an experienced school leader who is currently Deputy Head at Meden School in Market Warsop. Jenny has over 15 years of experience in education and has worked as a curriculum leader in maths and PSHCE before becoming a school leader.

We have also appointed an experienced SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) who will begin work on primary transition in the summer term.

We are now appointing fully qualified mainscale teaching staff and expect to have the process completed in the near future. As promised we will not use unqualified teachers to deliver curriculum subjects.


We are currently working on the school curriculum which will follow national curriculum guidelines. The curriculum will also allow every child the opportunity to follow the EBacc curriculum (English Baccalaureate) at KS4 and we will ensure that the curriculum meets the new Progress 8 and Attainment 8 DfE performance measures.

Extra Curricular

Our extended school day is a core element of our offer to students. We are now developing that programme to ensure that students experience enriching, varied and high quality extra curricular activities that include sport, science, community links and performing and creative arts.


In line with DfE requirements an interim governing body has been appointed. The Interim Chair of Governors is Richard Flewitt who has had extensive experience of school governance though his work with Toot Hill School in Bingham. The majority of the governing body is made up of Year 6 parents.


As discussed in the early meetings, Nottingham Free School will operate a bus service within its catchment area. The bus route will be dictated by pupil demand and will be flexible to the needs of parents/carers and students.

There will be a small charge for the bus service.


We have secured an excellent uniform package from our suppliers. The package costs £50 and includes blazer, jumper, tie, sports shorts, reversible rugby top or polo shirt for boys and micro fleece for girls. For more information on the uniform offer click here.

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