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School NameNottingham Free School
Postal addressThe Courtaulds Building
290 Haydn Road
Telephone No.0115 896 4949
Enquiries contact nameMiss Jacqueline Dunthorne
Name of Head Teacher / PrincipalMr Mark Watts
Name of Executive Head TeacherMr Andy Seymour
Name of the Chair of the Local Governing BodyActing Chair of Governors - Mr Gurnaik Rakkar

The address to contact the Chair of the Local Governing Body is the school address as above.
Name of SENDCoMrs Jodie Harnan
Admissions arrangements (Current Academic Year)
Admissions arrangements (Next Academic Year)
Exclusions arrangementsWe reserve the right to use exclusion from school on either a fixed-term or permanent basis. Decisions to apply this sanction rest with the Executive Headteacher and Head of School. Exclusion is a serious sanction and must be reasonable and proportionate. Careful consideration must be given to the nature of the incident and full account taken of the student’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have and any religious requirements affecting them. The indicative sanctions table indicates the type of incident that might warrant exclusion, but the list within the table is not exhaustive. Reintegration meetings should always follow a period of fixed term-exclusion.

Information regarding exclusions is contained within our Behaviour Policy provided as a linked document.
Most recent OFSTED reportThe report from our recent Ofsted inspection on 20th & 21st June 2017 can be downloaded from the link on the right and resulted in the following grading:

Overall judgement: Good
Effectiveness of leadership and management = Outstanding
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment = Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare = Good
Outcomes for pupils = Outstanding

The report can also be found on the Ofsted website using the following link:

KS4 results

Progress 8 scorePlease follow the related link to the Exams Office webpage for Nottingham Free School's key stage 4 results data overtime.

KS5 results

English and Maths ProgressWe currently do not have KS5 outcomes data. Our first set of results will be published during the Autumn Term 2021

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 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.
Every Monday to Thursday, the longer day is used to support our compulsory study support and extra-curricular sessions. All students have one reading lesson per week during which they follow the Accelerated Reader Scheme.
Curriculum contentThe following subjects are studied in years 7, 8 & 9. The number of lessons per week are shown in brackets.
English (6)
Mathematics (5)
Science (6)
History (2)
Geography (2)
Spanish (4)
R.E. / Philosophy & Ethics (1)
Physical Education (PE) (3)
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) (1)
Art (2)
Music (2)
Drama (1)
Design & Enterprise (DE) (2)
Computer Science/ICT (1)

Please note that:
1 music lesson per week is an instrumental lesson where students have a split session on singing and play an instrument (either guitar or the p-bone)
1 English lesson follows the Accelerated Reader scheme; a programme designed to promote reading progress.
Name of Curriculum LeadMr M Watts


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 core curriculum of examined subjects is comprised of:
English Language and Literature
Science (Triple or Trilogy)
Philosophy and Ethics (short course)
History or Geography

The non-examined core curriculum is:
Core PE (physical education - a weekly triple lesson)

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 offered:
Computer Science
Design and Technology
Philosophy and Ethics (long course)

Further details and KS4 course information can be found on the following link to the school website.
Name of Curriculum LeadMrs Rebecca Farnie and Ms Anna Britten 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 ambition is to engage all of our students in an enriching education that broadens their horizons and deepens their understanding of the world and the true value to be found in human experience.

Our core values, hard work and kindness, equip our students with the depth of character required to tackle problems and pursue happy, successful and fulfilled lives.

Nottingham Free School has an ethos conceived to nurture high academic aspirations through a supportive and disciplined learning environment. Our high expectations enable all children to succeed, regardless of their background or prior learning. We provide a balance of challenge and support in order to help students develop into well-rounded and confident individuals, fully prepared for their future careers. Our aim is to ensure that all of our students feel safe and supported at all stages in their intellectual, physical and social development. The ethos that underpins everything we do as a school is neatly captured by our motto: ‘work hard, be kind’.
Behaviour PolicyThe Behaviour Policy is available to download here.
Safeguarding/Child protectionThe Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy is available to download here.
Safeguarding: Remote Learning Policy
Safeguarding: Peer-on-Peer Abuse
Safeguarding: Covid-19 School Closure Arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection
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.
Complaints policyThe Complaints Policy is available to download here.
Managing Serial and Unreasonable Complaints policy
Complaints receivedIn 2020-21 we received one complaint, which has been resolved through the Trust procedure.
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.
Amount of pupil premium allocation for the current yearFunding 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 2021-22 academic year, Nottingham Free School received £3,562.

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 English and/or maths,
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,
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.
Summer Schools Programme

Special Education Needs (SEND) Report

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

Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils

Accessibility Plan for Disabled PupilsPlease find a downloadable copy of the Nottingham Free School Disability Equality Scheme

Equality Objectives

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 Guidance and Access For Education and Training Providers Policy StatementPlease click the link to download our Careers Policy document for 2021-22
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 themMr Gurnaik Rakaar (Acting Chair)
Mrs Frances Howard (Acting Vice-Chair)
Mrs Jacqueline Callaghan
Dr Sally Coulton
Mr Andrew Horsley
Mrs Atia Hyde
Ms Mary Powditch
Mr Andrew Horsley
Ms Hannah Simpson
Mrs Jodie Harnan
Mrs Susan Seymour
Dr Jo Simpson (Head Teacher)
Structure and responsibilitiesPlease find attached the Governance Scheme of Delegation.
Link Governor for SafeguardingMrs Jacqueline Callaghan
Link Governor for CareersMr Frank Horsley
Link Governor for Governor DevelopmentMrs Frances Howard
Attendance record at meetings over the last academic yearLGB Meeting Attendance 2021-22
Pecuniary Interests of Governors (Current Academic Year)
Pecuniary Interests of Governors (Previous Academic Year)The Business & Financial Interests and Governance roles in other schools of the school's Local Governing Body for the previous academic year are available to download here.

Trust Governance Team

Names of Trustees, terms of office, date of appointments and who appointed themRichard Flewitt (Chair)
Margaret Monckton (Vice Chair)
Janice White
Lucy Burrow
Robert Dowling
Adrian Stephenson
Tony Glover
Steve Crawford
Natalie Gasson-McKinley
Karen Riley
Emily Fleming
Stuart Howells
Joanne Jepson
Juliet Thondhlana

Please follow the link to the Nova Education Trust website for further details.
Names of Members of the Academy TrustMr Jonathan Sims
Nicola Morrison
Nichole Munro
Nicolle Ndiweni
Gavin Brown
Chairs of Sub-CommitteesEducation Committee: Mr A Stephenson
Remuneration Committee: Mrs Lucy Burrow
Strategic, Finance & Operations Committee: Mr A McKee
Audit Committee: Mrs M Monckton
Chair of Nottingham Free School LGB Sub-CommitteeActing Chair of Governors - Mr Gurnaik Rakkar

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.
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.
COVID Risk AssessmentUpdated Friday 1 April 2022
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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.

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