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School NameNottingham Free School
Postal addressThe Courtaulds Building
290 Haydn Road
Telephone No.0115 896 4949
Enquiries contact nameMr C Fowler
Name of Head Teacher / PrincipalDr J Simpson
Name of Executive Head TeacherMr A Seymour
Name of the Chair of the Local Governing BodyDr S Coulton

The address to contact the Chair of the Local Governing Body is the school address as above.
Name of SENDCoMs T Marks
Admissions arrangements (Current Academic Year)2023-24
Admissions arrangements (Next Academic Year)2024-25
Admissions arrangements (Following Academic Year)2025-26
Suspensions and Exclusions Policy
Most recent OFSTED reportNottingham Free School was inspected by Ofsted in November 2022, retaining the 'Good' rating achieved in 2017.

A copy of the report can be downloaded using the link on the right, or viewed on the Ofsted website by visiting the following page:

KS4 results

Progress 8 scoreProgress 8 score 2022-23: +0.09
Attainment 8 scoreAttainment 8 score 2022-23: 50.5
English and Maths (Basic)Grade 5 or above in English & Maths 2022-23: 53%

KS5 results

Contextual ProgressProgress (value-added) measures were not produced for 2022-23 as they would need to use GCSE grades from 2020-21 to calculate these.
Average gradeAverage grade 2022-23: C+

DfE Performance tables

DfE Performance TablesPlease follow the related link to the DfE Performance tables for Nottingham Free School.

Parents and other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we offer by visiting our Curriculum page.


The school's approach to the curriculumOur curriculum covers all national curriculum subjects and delivers a broad and balanced experience for students. Options are chosen in year 9, so that all GCSE option courses can begin in year 10.
The curriculum in each year group supports the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural education (SMSC) as well as the promotion of British values.
Curriculum contentThe following subjects are studied in years 7, 8 & 9.
The number of lessons per week are shown in brackets.
English (5)
Mathematics (5)
Science (5)
History (2)
Geography (2)
Spanish (4)
R.E. / Philosophy & Ethics (1)
Physical Education (PE) (2)
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) (1)
Art, Music and Drama (2)
DT, Food and ICT (2)
PD-Enrich (1)
Name of Curriculum LeadMiss L Tervit


GCSE QualificationsStudents begin their key stage 4 curriculum in year 10, giving them two years to study their option subjects. An EBacc curriculum is available to all students and a high proportion follow this pathway.

The curriculum of examined subjects is comprised of:
English Language and Literature
Science (Triple or Trilogy)
History or Geography

The curriculum of non-examined subjects is comprised of:
Core PE (physical education - a weekly triple lesson)
Personal Development (PD) - PSHE and RPE

Students have a further two or three option subjects, all of which are GCSE's apart from one BTEC subject.
The following list shows all courses currently offered:
Business (Yr 10 only)
Computer Science
Design and Technology (Yr 10 only)
Engineering (Year 11 only)
Food Preparation and Nutritian
Philosophy and Ethics

Further details and KS4 course information can be found on the following link to the school website.
Name of Curriculum LeadMrs R Farnie and Miss L Tervit can be contacted via the school email address -


16-19 Qualifications on offerOur post-16 provision comprises of a suite of facilitating A-Level subjects.
Specific curriculum details can be found on the Sixth Form tab on the school website.

Values and Ethos

Statement of Values and EthosOur vision is for every learner within our vibrant and diverse school community to experience transformative academic and personal growth.

Our ambitions for our students are that they will have: The depth and strength of character needed to succeed and thrive in an ever-changing world; The academic credentials that will afford them choice in their future endeavours; and a meaningful awareness and genuine appreciation of the global community to which they belong. 

Our ambitions for our staff are that they will: Have the personal development opportunities to learn, grow and fulfil their potential; Feel valued, supported and heard; and enjoy working in a school where their emotional and physical well-being is prioritised. 
Behaviour PolicyThe Behaviour Policy is available to download here.
Attendance Procedure
Uniform Standards
Safeguarding/Child protectionThe Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy is available to download here.
Anti-bullying policyThe aim of our anti-bullying policy is to clarify for students and staff that bullying is always unacceptable. We wish to encourage an environment where independence is celebrated and individuals can flourish without fear. Every student has the right to be safe and happy, and to be protected when feeling vulnerable.

Our anti-bullying policy is contained within our Behaviour Policy which can be downloaded via the link.
Health and Safety policyThe Health and Safety Policy is available to download here.
First Aid PolicyThe First Aid Policy is available to download here.
Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions
Complaints policyThe Complaints Policy is available to download here.
Managing Serial and Unreasonable Complaints policyThis policy is contained within the Complaints policy.
Complaints receivedIn 2022-23 we received 10 complaints, which have been resolved through the Trusts procedures.
SEND PolicyThe SEND Policy is available to download here.
Freedom of Information Publication SchemeThe Trust Freedom of Information Publication Scheme available to download here.
Charging and Remissions PolicyThe Charging and Remissions Policy is available to download here.
Whistleblowing PolicyThe Trust Whistleblowing Policy is available to download here.
Online Safety Procedure
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy
Amount of pupil premium allocation for the current yearPlease see the attached 2023-24 Pupil Premium Funding Strategy for NFS.
Funding is allocated for a financial year rather than a school year.
Year 7 Literacy/Numeracy Catch Up Funding AllocationFinal payments of the Year 7 catch-up premium were made in relation to the 2019-20 academic year, the 2020-21 academic year was the last year in which schools had to report how this funding was used.
16-19 Tuition FundThe 16 to 19 tuition fund is ring-fenced funding for schools, from the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) for the provision of 16 to 19 education, to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

For the 2023-24 academic year, Nottingham Free School received £2,207.

The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. It is for students who:

• have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths at age 16 and would need catch-up support
• have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. These are defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation,
• who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning because of their specific needs and disabilities, subject to them meeting the eligibility for the fund.

'Small group tuition’ entails groups of up to 5 students receiving tuition for a common subject they require significant improvement in. This tuition will be in addition to the programmes of education already planned for this school year and will be delivered by existing teaching staff. We will continually review the tuition that students are receiving to ensure they are getting the maximum impact from it. These reviews will take place in line with each reporting cycle.

Nottingham Free School Sixth Form will ensure that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund by:

• Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
• Publishing this statement on the school website.
• Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.
• Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2023-24.
• Notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.
Summer Schools Programme

Special Education Needs (SEND) Report

SEND report for the current academic yearPlease find a downloadable copy of the Nottingham Free School 2023-24 SEND Report.

Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils

Accessibility ProcedureThe 2023-24 Accessibility Plan is currently being updated.

Public Sector Equality Duty

Equality ObjectivesNottingham Free School is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and places great value on the diversity of its community. The provision of equality of opportunity and respect for the needs and rights of the individual are fundamental to the values of Nottingham Free School.

Nottingham Free School fulfils its general and specific duties in relation to equality of opportunity and actively demonstrates due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities, in all strands as identified in the Equality Act 2010.

How we approach this is outlined below:

Equality Objectives

To improve the attendance of all students to 96% and continue to keep persistent absence to be below national figures.
• To improve the achievement of SEND students and disadvantaged students and to narrow the achievement gap between SEND students & non-SEND students and disadvantaged & advantaged students.
• To raise expectations amongst staff and students in order that 80% of young people on roll to make at least nationally expected progress each year in all core subjects.
• To ensure that young people who are eligible for pupil premium (in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years or are a child in care) have adequate support so that they attend school regularly and that the majority make nationally expected progress that is in line with their peers.
• To review and revise the curriculum so that it represents a diverse culture and society and encourages tolerance and respect.
• To ensure that images used around school, for example, in lessons, noticeboards, assemblies represent the diverse culture and society we live in.
• To improve communication with parents and carers who are marginalised by personal circumstances such as lack of transport, language barriers or low confidence by liaising with them regularly and meeting with them regularly and providing support such as interpreters, as necessary.
• To improve attendance to parents evenings, particularly for those students who are eligible for pupil premium funding, have a special need or disability or for whom English is an additional language.
• To ensure that young people who attend Nottingham Free School have a voice through promotion of the student council and increased opportunities for wider student participation.
School's Career LeaderMrs Philippa Barrett
0115 8964949
Careers Programme SummaryNottingham Free School is committed to providing a planned programme of Careers, Employability and Enterprise for all students in years 7-13.
At Nottingham Free School we believe that all young people and parents will need advice, guidance and support in working towards and planning for the future after leaving the academy
Careers Guidance and Access For Education and Training Providers Policy StatementPlease click the link to download our Careers Programme Policy document for 2023-24
Data Protection PolicyThis document gives information about how the schools within the trust and the trust itself manages, processes and protects data.
Privacy Notice for Pupil DataWe use information that we gather in relation to our pupils for various purposes. Information that we hold in relation to a pupil is known as personal data. This will include data that we obtain from pupils directly and data which we obtain from other people and organisations. We might also need to continue to hold personal data for a period of time after pupils have left the school/trust. Anything that we do with this personal data is known as processing.

The school/trust is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses personal data and to meeting its data protection obligations.

Please see the attached document for full details.
Privacy Notice for Parent/Carer Data
Privacy Notice for Trust Workforce Data

School Governor Information

Names of Governors, terms of office, date of appointments and who appointed themDr Sally Coulton - Chair
Mr Frank Horsley - Vice Chair
Mrs Atia Hyde
Ms Paula Powditch
Ms Hannah Simpson
Mrs Bethan Inglis (Teaching Staff Governor)
Dr Jo Simpson (Head Teacher)
Structure and responsibilitiesPlease find attached the Governance Scheme of Delegation.
Link Governor for SafeguardingAtia Hyde
Link Governor for SENDHannah Simpson
Link Governor for CurriculumAtia Hyde
Link Governor for CareersFrank Horsley
Link Governor for Governor DevelopmentSally Coulton
Other Link GovernorsLink Governor for Personal Development & Wellbeing - Paula Powditch

Link Governor for Governor Devlopment & Behaviour and Attitudes - Vacant

Link Governor for Leadership and Management & Pupil Premium - Sally Coulton
Attendance record at meetings over the last academic yearLGB Meeting Attendance 2022-23
Pecuniary Interests of Governors (Current Academic Year)
Pecuniary Interests of Governors (Previous Academic Year)

Trust Governance Team

Names of Trustees, terms of office, date of appointments and who appointed themMargaret Monckton (Chair)
Adrian Stephenson (Vice Chair)

Lucy Burrow
Tony Glover
Steve Crawford
Stuart Howells
Jason Carter
Sayed Yasmin Hussain
James Ellis
Gavin Brown

Please follow the link to the Nova Education Trust website for further details.
Names of Members of the Academy TrustJonathan Sims
Nicola Morrison
Nichole Munro
Nicolle Ndiweni
Richard Flewitt
Chairs of Sub-CommitteesEducation Committee: Adrian Stephenson
People and Remuneration Committee: Lucy Burrow
Strategic, Finance & Operations Committee: Steve Crawford
Audit Committee: Jason Carter
Chair of Nottingham Free School LGB Sub-CommitteeDr S Coulton

The address to contact the Chair of the Local Governing Body is the school address as above.

Trust Governance Documents

Members, Trustees, Accounting Officer and Executives Pecuniary InterestsFurther information is provided on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.
Governance structuresThe Nova Education Trust Governance Arrangements are available to download here.
Board Diversity DataOur published report provides diversity data about the board and our local committees.
Trust annual audited accounts and reportPlease follow the link to be taken to the latest Trust annual audited accounts and report.
Memorandum and Articles of AssociationA copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association for Nova Education Trust can be accessed on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.
Funding AgreementA copy of the Funding Agreement for Nova Education Trust can be accessed on the Nova Education Trust website. Please follow the related link.
Main School Risk AssessmentFor further information on specific risk assessments please contact the school.
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Trading disclosuresNova Education Trust
Company Number 07635510

A PRI/LBG/NSC/(Exempt) incorporated on 16 May 2011.

Registered office address is Nova Education Trust Office (C19), The Sir Colin Campbell Building, The University Of Nottingham, Triumph Road, Nottingham, England, NG7 2TU. Telephone: 0115 807 7777.

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