Nottingham Free School is a new secondary school serving the communities of Sherwood, Carrington, Mapperley Park, Woodthorpe and Mapperley.

The school is located in the Courtaulds building on Haydn Road and initially opened in September 2014 for Year Seven students.

To find out more about Nottingham Free School and the exciting opportunities it can offer your child explore our website or get in touch.

Welcome to Nottingham Free School

A New Community School

Nottingham Free School is the direct result of parental demand for a local school in the Sherwood area. Over the last two years parents and staff have worked tirelessly to make this school a reality and I am now proud to welcome you to our new community school.

As a new school we have been able to shape our curriculum to meet the needs of the local students we serve. NFS delivers a traditional academic curriculum but combines this with an extended school day allowing students to engage in a rich variety of extra curricular activities.

Nottingham Free School is a specialist in Science and the Creative Arts and as the year progresses students will experience a range of enrichment activities in these areas.

I invite any potential parents and students to come and visit us and find out just why Nottingham Free School is the right choice for your child.

Jenny Brown
Head of School

Buildings Update

We are excited to announce that we have moved into our exciting new school housed in the Courtaulds building on Haydn Road.

Phase One of the build includes modern, spacious teaching rooms, science facilities, sports pitches and the introduction of iPads for every student. Phase Two of the build will continue to develop the site over the next year, readying the school for the 700 students who will eventually be housed in the building.

Below are some images of the school (click for large versions):


  • Battle of Hastings Re-enactment 7b

    William the Conquerer invades Nottingham Free School

    Today we re-enacted the battle of Hastings with the fabulous mock weapons and shields that students made over half term. The weather was kind to us so we went outside and used the battle strategies we had learnt about to consolidate our knowledge of the events. Harold and William's men fought bravely but it was unfortunatley a foregone conclusion and the Normans were victorious. 

    Posted 05/11/2014 by Humanities

  • Collaborative Sketchbook Project

    A chance for enthusiastic and creative students to work together.

    The Collaborative Sketchbook Project allows students to work together on one sketchbook along a selected theme.  The sketchbook and a selection of artist quality materials are passed between students in an 'Art Relay'.  

    They will complete family, local, national or international research on the chosen theme, the first being Black History Month, before creating an artistic response.

    Students will create a page or two in the sketchbook that illustrates their research, opinions and responses to the theme.  It can link in any way to the theme that they like and could include painting, dr...

    Posted 20/10/2014 by Art - Read more

  • Nottingham Free School vs Toot Hill football (30/09/14)

    Our first football fixture!

    Well done to the first ever Nottingham Free School boys football team for participating with such maturity and good sportsmanship against Toot Hill School. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite secure the victory this time; however it was a great afternoon. Thank you to all the parents and supporters who came along. Well done boys, onwards and upwards for the next fixture (to be announced). 

    Posted 01/10/2014 by Physical Education

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Latest Tweets

  • 11th Dec 2014: Superb Christmas Medley performance tonight from the choir, drama group and dancers. Confident performances by all - well done!
  • 11th Dec 2014: Fantastic whole school trip to the Playhouse pantomime yesterday. We had a fabulous time... oh no we didn't...oh yes we did!
  • 4th Dec 2014: Disco fever hit NFS today - well done to the student council for helping to organise. Lots of fun was had by all!
  • 3rd Dec 2014: What a stunning assembly today taken by our LAMDA group. Such confident performers and a potential playwright has been discovered! Well done
  • 3rd Dec 2014: Carolyn and Hope thought our THANK YOU card was amazing and really enjoyed the time spent at our Animal Club.


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