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.

Head's Blog

It's been a very busy few weeks for all of us at the Free School and you can read about many of our activities below. Alongside all of our planning, we also have some official meetings with the Department for Education (DfE) and our most recent one took place last week. They are very happy with the progress that we are making and are pleased with our building. Read the relevant section below for more details...

Student planner competition

Congratulations to Awais Akhtar who won the student planner competition and will see their entry in each student planner in September.

Primary Transition

The majority of the primary transition visits have now taken place and we have visited over twenty primary schools! All schools and staff have been extremely welcoming and the students have really enjoyed the sessions. They have provided us with some fantastic ideas for September, especially for the extra-curricular activities. It has been great for us to meet our cohort and to begin to get to know them.

Transition day

As you will know from our recent e-mail we are planning a transition day on Monday 7th July at Toot Hill School. This will give students the opportunity to get to know each other, experience taster lessons with Free School staff and understand the routines of secondary school life.

Free transport and lunch will be provided as detailed in the initial message. Please contact us to confirm attendance if you haven't already done so.

School Bus

We have had a few queries about the school bus recently. A provisional route has been plotted and put out to tender to a number of bus companies. As soon as we have decided who our provider will be, we will let you know the details of the route.

Building update

We have been having lots of buildings meetings recently with the DfE buildings team who have been allocated to our school. If you haven't had chance, do take a look on our Facebook page to see some pictures. It is a very big space and already feels like it should be a school. The DfE buildings team lead the whole project which will comprise of two phases. The first phase will be ready for September and include enough classrooms, a science lab, hall, dining and office space needed for our first year. They have also agreed to some outdoor playground space which is fantastic as not all free schools start with this. We will be able to show you the plans once the architects have released them; as you can appreciate, we have wanted to make some changes to the initial design and so we will show you the final plans. No demolition work is required and so the initial building stage will be very quick. You should see a sign going up in the next few weeks so keep a look out for it!

The second stage of the building will take place during the academic year and will be completed ready for September 2015. I would like to emphasise that this building work will be considerate of our school day and will minimise any possible disruption to us. The contractors will have a set area outside at the back of the school which will not coincide with our outside playground or sports space. Many schools have to cope with building work during the school year and we are very experienced at working with contractors to plan around it.

We will be completely separated from the Courtaulds building and there will be no shared space. As all schools follow very strict safeguarding rules all plans ensure that our students are safe at all times of the day.

Having been in the building quite a few times now, I am even more excited about the school as I know it will be an amazing space for learning.

As a final note, I would like to add that the staff at Courtaulds have been extremely helpful and accommodating - we have already got nice neighbours!

Evening events for Year 6s

Just a reminder about the forthcoming evening events. Please contact us to confirm attendance. Parents/carers do not have to wait at the workshop events, but please remember to email your contact details to us.

We have had a slight change of timings to the first uniform shop which will now start at 4.30pm on Friday 4th July. This is due to the time that we can access the venue and the set up time required by the company.

Date of EventEventVenueTime
Friday 27 June Creative Arts Workshop St Marks Church Hall, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe, Nottm NG5 4PH 6pm - 8.00pm
Friday 4 July Uniform Shop & Science Workshop St Marks Church Hall, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe, Nottm NG5 4PH 4.30pm - 6pm (Uniform Shop)
6pm - 8.00pm (Workshop)
Monday 14 July Uniform Shop & Celebration Event The Atrium, 99 Hucknall Road, Carrington, Nottm NG5 1FA (for Sat Nav purposes) 5pm - 6pm (Uniform Shop)
6pm - 8.00pm (Celebration)

Watch this space for:

  • Feedback on our evening events
  • Further details about our transition day

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the sunshine.

Previous Updates

Year 6 Orientation Day - Monday July 7, Toot Hill School, Bingham

We are inviting our prospective Year 7's to Toot Hill School, Bingham on Monday 7 July for the day as part of our transition programme and this is just a courtesy message to advise you of their potential absence.

We are arranging for them to be transported to and from the Nottingham Free School site to Bingham by bus and will also be providing lunch. Myself and a number of the Nottingham Free School staff will be organising a number of activities and there will also be staff from Toot Hill offering support.

Please contact Jacki Dunthorne email or direct dial number 01949 863053 should you have any queries or concerns.

Evening Events

We have been delighted with the attendance to our recent evening events; a PIPs test (cognitive ability test) and a SATs booster evening. The students have thoroughly enjoyed them and are starting to get to know each other from other schools which is fantastic. The evenings have also given you as parents a chance to meet each other and to ask us any questions that you may have.

We are planning some further activities with provisional dates as follows:

  • Creative Arts Workshop - Friday 27th June (6pm-8pm at St Marks Church Hall, Woodthorpe)
  • Uniform Shop & Science Workshop - Friday 4th July (Uniform Shop: 4pm-6pm, Workshop: 6pm-8pm at St Marks Church Hall, Woodthorpe)
  • Uniform Shop & Celebration Event - Monday 14th July (Uniform Shop: 5pm-6pm, Celebration: 6pm-8pm at The Atrium, Carrington)

Term Dates

These are now available for the next academic year: Term Dates 2014-2015.

As a trust group we are working towards all of our schools having the same holiday pattern so that we can share staff where needed and work collaboratively.

Staff Recruitment

We have recruited an excellent set of experienced staff in key areas of Maths, English, Science, Languages, Humanities, Art, Design & Technology and Drama. Our Special Education Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) has been available at the recent evening events in order to meet with parents and will be part of the primary school transition visits. I am currently planning the music provision with a group of peripatetic teachers who will provide a taster session with our students to look at the range of instruments on offer, both within lessons and possible private tuition.

Primary Transition

We have contacted all of our primary feeder schools to book in a date for a transition visit. This is where we give a short presentation to the students and then give them the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have. Primary staff are also asked to provide us with key information about the students which will help us organise their tutor and teaching groups appropriately.

Available School Places

We have 83 confirmed accepted places and continued interest in applying for a place this September and in subsequent years. If you know of anyone who is still considering applying, please encourage them to do so quickly as there are only seven places remaining. Parents can still apply when we have ninety accepted places but they will have to go through an appeals process.

Watch this space for...

  • Further building news and hopefully some plans from the DfE
  • Transport plans

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