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 2020-21 Primary School Places Available

Abbey Primary School 

Abbey Primary School is a large Maintained Primary School with currently 470 pupils on roll, aged 3 to 11. It is a happy school where all people matter. Our ethos is simple: each and every child is special. Our mission is to provide the best possible education for each child by providing pupils with an outstanding curriculum, in a secure, happy, exciting and challenging environment.

Demographically speaking, we serve a mixed catchment and our pupils are most definitely the best thing about our school! Academically, our results are above the national at the end of the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

Abbey Primary is a popular school, which is oversubscribed: We have waiting lists for all year groups. On site, we have our own Foundation 1, from where most of our intake into school comes from, with a high number of pupils joining us from out of catchment.

Abbey Primary School feeds into the Samworth Church Academy. Our most recent Ofsted, in November 2018, gave us a good grading across the board.

We are part of The Minster Teaching School Alliance and work closely with both The Minster School and other Mansfield schools to constantly improve and offer quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. We possess several kite marks including Investors in Pupils, Artsmark Gold, the All Together Anti- Bullying Gold kite mark and the School Games Silver award.

Investing time in the teachers of the future is a key priority here at Abbey Primary School. Our staff are experts at growing teachers by providing excellent mentoring. Choosing to train here will ensure that you receive the highest quality CPD in readiness for a fulfilling career in teaching. We have successfully trained many students over the years, many of whom have since been appointed to work in school.

Visit the Abbey Primary School website

All Saints CE Infant School 

All Saints CE Infant School is a smaller than average infant school, with 90 pupils on roll aged from 4 to 7 years.  In February 2014, we opened a Pre-School in the community centre belonging to our church, All Saints, and since then we have offered places to children aged from two years. 

Our school is situated in the ex-coalfield village of Huthwaite.  All of our pupils come from the immediate area, which is one of socio-economic deprivation.  We are increasingly over-subscribed.  Attainment on entry to Reception is generally well-below average, but pupils leave our school at roughly average levels.  Our academic outcomes have consistently improved over time and pupil progress is outstanding, but we are not complacent and invest a great deal in continuing professional development and in educational research with local universities.  We are among the first schools in Nottinghamshire to work with two year old children and are in the process of evaluating the impact of this.  Recently, we were delighted to receive accreditation as an ‘Achieving Early Quality Lead School’, in association with the charity, Achievement for All.  Our passion for high quality early years education means we are regularly involved in research in this area, and in the delivery of training, both in Nottinghamshire and further afield.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, we have strong links with our church, other local church schools and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Our commitment to partnership working led to our formal collaboration with Selston CE Infant and Nursery School in September 2014.  This partnership is strong and evolving all the time, enabling us to build capacity, particularly among the staff teams.  The two teams work effectively together and support one another very well.  This has enabled us to offer even greater support to trainee teachers in each school.

Over the last five years, All Saints Infants and Selston Infants have jointly hosted seven trainee teachers through the School Direct route.  All of these completed the course with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades.  All those seeking full-time employment as newly qualified teachers were successful in gaining posts for the following academic year.  Two trainees have now been employed at All Saints Infant School.   

In this School Direct Trainee position, you will learn to become an enthusiastic, creative and skilful primary teacher. 

You will be working in a small infant and pre-school, in a Key Stage 1 placement.  A passionate and hard-working staff team will take every opportunity to support and encourage you through your training year.  The school emphasises the development of the whole child, and whilst it is proud of its academic track record, it places great importance on ensuring all members of the school community are valued, nurtured and cared-for. 

You will be a member of a group of trainee teachers working with the Minster Teaching School Alliance and Nottingham Trent University, and as such, you will be a member of a tutor group and participate in a wide range of activities offered by both the MTSA and the University.

Visit the All Saints CE Infant School website

Awsworth Primary School 

Awsworth Primary & Nursery School is an Academy working in partnership with the East Midlands Education Trust (EMET).  Seven other local primary schools are also partners within the Trust, together with six secondary schools and a school providing alternative education.

The school is situated on the A6096 between Ilkeston and the A610 Eastwood and Kimberley By-pass and is just two miles from Exit 26 of the M1.  The school is a modern building, re-opening in September 2002 as a result of Awsworth Infant & Nursery School and Awsworth Junior School amalgamating.  The school occupies a pleasant site surrounded by a large playing field and hard outdoor play area.  The school serves the close-knit communities of Awsworth, Babbington and Cossall with pupils from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.  As a popular school we also attract 35% of our pupils from outside the catchment area.

There are currently 303 full-time pupils on roll divided into eleven classes in the main school and a Foundation Unit offering 39 places in the morning and 39 in the afternoon for part-time pupils.  We have recently introduced 30 hours provision for our part-time pupils.  There are two dining areas, a hall and two library areas.  The school is wireless throughout and well equipped with class sets of laptops and iPads.  The Foundation Unit is a separate building adjacent to the main school.  In addition to the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher there are currently eleven other FTE Teachers.  They are well supported by a large team of Teaching Assistants.  Our primary aim always is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is underpinned by the core subjects of English and mathematics; we believe we do this well.  We are also proud of our achievement of two national school awards recognising our commitment to global learning and children’s rights.

The school takes part in a number of competitive and non-competitive, inter-school sports activities.  There is a regular programme of residential visits for pupils in Y2 - Y6, these have included visits to Walesby in Nottinghamshire, Castleton in Derbyshire, the Isle of Wight and Wales.  All staff also take pupils off the school site for day visits to enhance the curriculum.  There is a strong tradition in the school of a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities.   At the present time the following activities are undertaken at lunchtimes and after school: art, cooking, mindfulness, gymnastics, dance and a range of different sports.

The school is at the heart of the village community.  Parents, friends and members of the local community are made welcome and become actively involved in many aspects of school life.  Governors take their responsibilities seriously, taking an active role in the management and life of the school.  Where appropriate they attend training courses, become involved in discussion groups and make visits to keep themselves informed on current issues.  The school’s most recent OFSTED Inspection was in March 2014 with a very successful outcome for the school.  The overall judgement was that Awsworth Primary & Nursery School is a good school.

We have a long and proud record of working with a wide range of trainees from a number of higher education institutions.  Over the last three years, Awsworth Primary & Nursery School has jointly hosted five trainee teachers through the School Direct route.  All of these trainees completed the course with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades.  All were successful in securing posts as newly qualified teachers for the following academic year; one trainee has now been employed at our school.   

Based in our large primary school you will have the opportunity of working with an experienced, versatile, committed and hard-working staff team.  We place great importance on being mutually supportive and drawing upon the wide range of skills and interests that are available.  The school provides the opportunity to acquire experience and understanding of the entire primary school age range from Foundation through to Year 6.  Working closely with a highly experienced mentor and practitioner, you will have every opportunity to become an enthusiastic, creative and skilful primary school teacher. 

You will be a member of a group of trainee teachers working with the Minster Teaching School Alliance and Nottingham Trent University, and as such, you will be a member of a tutor group and participate in a wide range of activities offered by both the MTSA and the University.

Visit the Awsworth Primary School website

Banks Road Infant & Nursery School
 

At Banks Road Infant & Nursery School, we pride ourselves on the wonderful work that's going on in school. We work hard to educate our children to become thinking, confident, responsible and caring citizens who have a healthy respect for others.

All the staff and Governors at Banks Road Infant and Nursery School are strongly committed to developing young children personally and academically in a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment. We offer children a creative and challenging curriculum which caters for all abilities and interests. We have high expectations for all the children. We aim to nurture them to succeed as individuals and develop them into confident and independent learners. We endeavour to produce lifelong learners who will relish the challenges that our rapidly changing world has to offer now and in the future. There is a strong sense of purpose, energy and drive amongst all members of staff generated by the knowledge that we are in a unique position to make a difference to the lives of the children.

We see our school as a partnership between staff, children and parents and value the contribution our home school relationships have, working together to enable each child to reach their full potential. We are proud of our achievements and have gained the Healthy Schools Award, the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award and Investors in People (Silver accreditation).

At Banks Road Nursery we believe it is our responsibility to offer high quality early years education for all children in the year before they start school.  The Nursery can accommodate 26 children.  At Banks Road we are offering 15 hours standard funding for all applications and then offering additional hours up to the 30 hours funding in accordance with our Nursery admissions policy. From September 2017 many working parents are entitled to 30 hours childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Extended hours funding can also be used as payment towards breakfast club, (nursery) lunch club and after school club. Through these and our breakfast and after school clubs, we provide a wrap-around care provision.

Our Vision Statement

“A Home for Learning, Laughing, Caring and Trying”

A home for learning – with high standards of attainment, exciting enrichment opportunities in school, outdoors and in the wider community.

A home for laughing – making learning fun, supporting and welcoming families so children are happy, safe and secure.

A home for caring – nurturing and caring for our children and their families, appreciating individuality, identifying special needs early and loving teaching and learning.

A home for trying – our BRILLIANT expectations help build resilient confident learners.  We are ambitious and proactive always striving for excellence in all that we do.

Visit the Banks Road Infant & Nursery School website

Bleasby C of E Primary School 

Welcome to Bleasby C of E Primary School. Our school is at the heart of our community and we are dedicated to providing the best possible provision for our children. It is a privilege to serve as Headteacher at Bleasby. We have a very strong and committed staff and governor team and work closely in partnership with our families, the local community and the Church. It is a great place to start your career.

Our vision is for every child to be challenged and supported to make the best possible progress in all areas. We aim to provide a happy, safe, stimulating and challenging environment in which all pupils are given an equal opportunity to progress to their highest level of personal and academic achievement.

We have 155 wonderful children at Bleasby and we aim to give them a rich creative curriculum and instil strong values in them. If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a visit to the school, please call school on 01636830203. We look forward to welcoming you to Bleasby C of E Primary.

Some comments from our recent Ofsted report:

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
"Leaders, teachers and support staff put pupils’ well-being at the heart of their work. Adults know pupils and their families very well. This is a key strength of the school.” 
“Bleasby school is a welcoming friendly and inclusive school.”

Visit the Bleasby C of E Primary School website

Halam C of E Primary School 

Halam C of E School is a highly successful, small rural school currently with 97 pupils on roll, in mixed age classes.  We received ‘outstanding’ status last year in our church inspection and ‘good’ the previous year from Ofsted. Halam is a school where we recognise and celebrate the true individuality of our pupils within a context of high expectations and high levels of challenge, enveloped by our 5 finger values.  We want all of our children to discover that learning is enjoyable and that through their efforts they can achieve the best educational progress possible. Our mission statement is ‘Life in all its fullness’ with a sub-statement, ‘to create a school where everyone is motivated to achieve their full potential within a Christian and caring environment.’ We live this out through recognising that all pupils have innate skills and talents; our curriculum offers not only opportunities for all pupils to achieve well in maths, English and science, but an equal expectation and passion for our pupils to achieve in all subjects including peripatetic music, the arts and sports. We offer a truly broad and balanced curriculum and a vast array of afterschool clubs. Ofsted stated, ‘high expectations are evident throughout the school and all members of the school community aspire to excellence’ and, ‘You have built a team that is described by parents as ‘friendly, approachable and dedicated’ and ‘absolutely committed to the welfare of their pupils’.

Halam has successfully supported year 3 students from NTU over several years but now want a student for a year long placement so that they can feel fully immersed in our school life. We offer a committed and happy team of staff who are skilled in producing strong academic standards in reading, writing and maths. Every teacher is outstanding in their behaviour management skills and our school has a supportive and calm environment. Staff are particularly skilled in raising standards in writing, due to recent training. As a school we are supporting another school out of ‘requires improvement’, so we are skilled in supporting others through our coaching and mentoring approach. From 1/9/19 we are joining Mitre Trust which is made up of the Minster School and several local primaries. We are currently working as a team across Mitre to share CPD within the group in relation to all areas of the curriculum so local access to CPD will be available.

Visit the Halam C of E Primary School website

Lincoln Manor Leas Junior Academy 

Welcome to Manor Leas Junior Academy! Our school is an exciting place to learn and grow as an individual. The atmosphere within the school is calm and our high expectations lead to all children having strong learning attitudes.

Our children excel in all areas of the curriculum. Through the ‘mastery’ approach to teaching mathematics, new and innovative approaches to reading and writing, providing up-to-date technology and IT facilities and an emphasis on scientific enquiry, our pupils are keen to achieve highly and do their best. We constantly review the curriculum to ensure our pupils are engaged and motivated to succeed by teaching topics that are relevant to real-life, like The Fiver Challenge enterprise topic.

In addition to our academic achievements, we are sporting champions and celebrate drama throughout the school. Our recent whole school performances have been: The TempestOliver! and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Throughout the school many pupils learn a variety of musical instruments and our children’s singing needs to be heard to be believed. We also offer a wealth of other extra-curricular opportunities, including Residential Trips in Year 4 and Year 6, Aikido, Dance, Acrobatics, Creative Writing, Drone Club and more.

Manor Leas is a three-form junior school in line with national average for Pupil Premium children, below average EAL and above average SEND.

We are an innovative school that is research-based in all it does. We have a fantastic ethos where learning is at the heart. Assessment is impactful because teaching is responsive and the teachers marking is minimal. If it does not make a difference to pupil progress then we do not do it.

Visit the Lincoln Manor Leas Junior Academy website

Selston CE Infant and Nursery School 

Selston CE Infant and Nursery School is a smaller than average infant school, with 70 pupils on roll aged between four and seven years.  In the nursery, we cater for 50 children aged between two and four years and we offer flexible early years provision to parents and carers, including 30 hours.

Our school is situated in the ex-coalfield town of Selston.  Only a third of our pupils live in our immediate area, so the majority of our children travel from further afield.   Attainment on entry to Reception is in line with, or slightly below, the national average, but pupils generally leave our school above age-related expectations, demonstrating very good progress.  However, we are not complacent and invest a great deal in continuing professional development and in developing links with other educational institutions in our area. 

As a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School, we have strong links with our church, other local church schools and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  In September 2014, we entered into a formal collaboration with All Saints CE Infant and Pre-School.  This partnership is strong and evolving all the time, enabling us to build capacity, particularly among the staff teams.  The two teams work effectively together and support one another very well.  This has enabled us to offer even greater support to trainee teachers in each school.

Over the last five years, Selston Infants and All Saints Infants have jointly hosted seven trainee teachers through the School Direct route.  All of these completed the course with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades.  All those seeking full-time employment as newly qualified teachers were successful in gaining posts for the following academic year.  Two trainees have been employed at All Saints Infant School and one at Selston.

In this School Direct Trainee position, you will learn to become an enthusiastic, creative and skilful primary teacher. 

You will be working in a small infant and pre-school, in a Key Stage 1 placement.  A passionate and hard-working staff team will take every opportunity to support and encourage you through your training year.  The school emphasises the development of the whole child, and whilst it is proud of its academic track record, it places great importance on ensuring all members of the school community are valued, nurtured and cared-for. 

You will be a member of a group of trainee teachers working with the Minster Teaching School Alliance and Nottingham Trent University, and as such, you will be a member of a tutor group and participate in a wide range of activities offered by both the MTSA and the University.

Visit the Selston C of E Infant and Nursery School website

 

2020-21 Secondary School Places Available

Carlton le Willows Academy
 

At Carlton le Willows we aspire to create a school that delivers excellence in all that we do. Carlton le Willows is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school in Gedling, Nottinghamshire and has approximately 1600 students on roll, including 250 students on roll in our successful 6th form. Carlton le Willows serves the local area and is the lead school in the Greater Nottingham Education Trust (GNET) which also includes Netherfield Primary School. We work hard to live up to our motto of ‘nothing but the best’; behaviour at our school is judged ‘Good’ by OFSTED, achievement at GCSE is amongst the top schools in the county and we take our continuous professional development seriously.  This year we retained both our International Schools Award, our Customer Service Excellence Award and achieved Investors in People Silver Award, being one of only 5 schools in Nottinghamshire to achieve this level, which demonstrates our commitment to our students and our staff. We have a strong and vibrant 6th form and diverse sporting achievements and a long history of working with the University of Nottingham and Trent University in Initial Teacher Education. We work hard to provide unique opportunities for our students and have organised trips and exchanges with our sister schools in China and in Germany.

At Carlton le Willows Academy we have a huge wealth of experience with Initial Teacher Training, and all of our mentors are highly trained to provide the best support possible. We put on extra CPD sessions for student teachers in addition to those offered by the main provider, and we have strong links with our feeder primary school (Netherfield Primary School) which means that placements are easily available for student teachers to gain extra experience within a different key stage.

Our PE department are very experienced with Schools Direct students and have mentored many students successfully. We have plenty of extra-curricular activities available with PE and a state of the art table tennis centre for use by staff and students.

Subjects available:

Art & Design
Biology*
Chemistry*
Mathematics
Physical Education
Physics*

* Only 1 Science overall to be recruited across 3 subjects.

Visit the Carlton le Willows Academy website

Elizabethan Academy
 

We are an 11-18 school in the heart of the Retford community. The school’s increased popularity in recent years has seen more parents applying for places than ever before: the anticipated 2019 intake will be the biggest for years, and draws from 30 different primary schools. We have become an attractive school for in-year admissions too, with many people who move to the area applying for places regardless of where in Retford they live.

We are an inclusive and diverse community that respects others’ differences and promotes understanding and tolerance of others’ beliefs. This is reflected in our broad and balanced curriculum which reflects students’ aspirations and future local, national and international career opportunities.

We expect excellence from all: from the staff who work here, from the students who learn here and from the parents who choose to send their children here. In return we offer students and staff an innovative, progressive, challenging but supportive environment in which to thrive.

The Elizabethan was built as part of the PFI project for the six schools in Bassetlaw and transferred to new premises 2007. Year 7-13 are housed together in purpose-built accommodation, organised into Faculty areas. Facilities for science, technology, the expressive arts and sport are excellent.

Retford is steeped in history and tradition. This historic chartered market town is surrounded by charming villages and hamlets all enjoying stunning rural views. The town itself has a bustling high street, an impressive market place, which hosts a thriving market 3 days a week and a farmers market every month.

With the A1 and M1 nearby you have easy access to Sheffield, Nottingham and Lincoln and with Retford’s excellent rail links you can be in London, Manchester or York within an hour and a half. We also have rapid links to the more exotic via the Robin Hood Airport, which is only 20 minutes away.

Subjects available:

Chemistry
Computing
Design & Technology
English
Mathematics
Modern Foreign Languages
Physics

Visit the Elizabethan Academy website

Magnus C of E Academy
 

Magnus Academy is an 11 – 19 mixed comprehensive school at the heart of Newark. It is part of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust. Magnus Academy was rated Good in all areas by OFSTED in May 2019.

We have a distinctive Christian ethos at the academy, built on mutual respect, positive relationships, and the desire to help every student achieve excellence in all that they do. We want our students to develop a love of learning and become curious and happy learners with high self-esteem. Helping students develop into confident, sensitive and reflective adults is a key priority at Magnus Academy. Our vision is routed in a Christian ethos and our core values of Determination, Integrity, Ambition, Humility and Compassion reflect this. We regard students as individuals, all different but all equal with varying strengths and interests.

We have high expectations and demand high standards from our staff and students so that everyone is working together to achieve excellence. However, we also ensure all are supported to meet these expectations. Our teachers share our passion for all round educational excellence. They are driven by the desire to see young people develop in all aspects of their lives, seeking to encourage, empower, direct, discipline and inspire.

Magnus Academy has a strong track record of developing school direct trainees and recruiting them as members of our teaching staff. Our ethos of continuous career development has provided recent trainees opportunities to take on leadership responsibilities within their NQT year.

Our innovative enrichment curriculum enables students to broaden their cultural understanding of the world, learn new skills and take on personal challenges. The curriculum is carefully designed to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills. There is a vast range of choice in the enrichment programme including music, dance, drama, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Amnesty International, sports clubs, critical thinking and TED talks. All staff are able to share their passion for extra-curricular pursuits in leading enrichment classes.

Subjects available:

Biology
Chemistry
Design & Technology
Drama
English
Geography
History
Mathematics
Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Sciences

Visit the Magnus C of E Academy website

Minster School
 

The Minster School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School of around 1600 students, aged from 7-18. The school traces its ancestry over 1000 years. We are the Choir School for the Minster; there is a Junior Department for the younger choristers and talented musicians, where musical education is enhanced within the context of the full National Curriculum. Approximately 70% of students come from our catchment area, with 30% entering the school on foundation places. The school is situated in the rural town of Southwell, a pleasant self-contained Minster town of some 8,000 inhabitants. We moved into all-new state of the art accommodation in September 2007.

The quality of education on offer to our students is reflected in our most recent Ofsted and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspections, for both of which the school was graded as ‘Outstanding’. The Minster School is a National Support School and in March 2013 we were designated as a Teaching School.

Subjects available:

Art & Design
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Computing
Design & Technology
Drama
Economics
English
Geography
History
Mathematics
Modern Foreign Languages
Music
Physical Education
Physics
Religious Studies

Visit the Minster School website

Quarrydale Academy
 

Quarrydale is a mixed academy of around 1100 pupils, with approximately 130 sixth formers.  We are situated in the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, which is located between Sherwood Forest, the Peak District and the City of Nottingham.  Connections to major conurbations in the region are excellent, housing is affordable and access to leisure facilities, and areas of cultural, natural and industrial heritage is good.

The academy itself is a popular and exciting place to work, with a friendly atmosphere and a real sense of teamwork.  The students are well behaved and Ofsted graded us as ‘Good’ in March 2017.  The education we offer at Quarrydale is built around a highly qualified team of staff committed to delivering a quality education to all our students in a calm, safe and secure environment where high quality learning can take place effectively.  We work in partnership with parents to ensure that every child receives the best possible education and takes pride in being part of our successful and caring community.  At Quarrydale we combine our traditional values with the very latest teaching methods and technologies to inspire our students to succeed in everything they do.  We have very high expectations of our students and place great emphasis on self-discipline, self-respect, hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.

You will be joining a team of hard-working and dedicated staff (teaching and support staff) who have a desire to see all students achieve success in their studies, the wider curriculum and in their personal development.  The subject mentors are of the highest quality and have been praised by previous trainees as supportive.  Subject mentors have the desire to help trainees develop and grow so that they are confident professionals in their first teaching post and beyond. 

You will also experience working with a tutor group, developing those pastoral skills which are essential to have as a teacher.  You will also be able to participate in the full range of CPD activities offered at Quarrydale Academy.

In general, we are looking for people who have the potential to become outstanding teachers and school leaders of the future. You should be committed to inclusive and comprehensive education and believe passionately in the difference education can make to young peoples’ lives. You should possess genuine enthusiasm for the subjects you will teach and be able to communicate your understanding to others. Experience of working with young people will be an advantage.

Subjects available:

Biology
Chemistry
Design & Technology
English
Mathematics
Physics
Social Sciences

Visit the Quarrydale Academy website