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Schools who are recruiting for 2023-24 will be added to our website as and when confirmed ready for when the application window opens at the end of September 2022. 

Minster School:  Location code - 

Placements available for 2023-24 academic year will be confirmed shortly:

Subject Course Code Subject Course Code

About the school

The Minster School is a Church of England Academy of around 1600 students, aged from 7-18.  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.

The Minster School is one of the oldest continuous educational foundations in England, tracing its origins to the establishment of Southwell Minster and the education of the choristers. We are still very fortunate to benefit from uniquely close links with the cathedral and this relationship enriches many aspects of school life. Juxtaposed with tradition is our contemporary setting in custom-built accommodation and our daily efforts to ensure students are well-equipped not only academically but also with the skills and attitudes to help them succeed in a rapidly changing world.    

Approximately 70% of students come from our catchment area, with 30% entering the school on foundation places. Situated in the attractive market town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire with a catchment including local villages alongside the town of Southwell itself. As a Church of England Academy, a number of students actively engaged in their faith are awarded places alongside the majority who live within catchment and for whom this is their local comprehensive. Our school is strongly founded on Christian principles and fully inclusive of all, whether of strong individual faith or none.

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’.

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National C of E Academy:  Location code H 

Placements available for 2023-24 academic year:

Subject Course Code Subject Course Code
Art & Design AT05 English 3CP6
Biology * AT06 Mathematics 3CP4
Chemistry * AT08 Physics * 36SC
Design & Technology AT10    

*  Recruiting for one Science trainee overall

About the school

The National C of E Academy has been a core part of the town of Hucknall since 1788 and is now a vibrant hub of education for students aged 11 to 19. Our rich heritage, combined with strong core values, our sense of community, and a steadfast commitment to improving education for all students remains crucial to our success.  

We demand excellence and respect from our students and, in turn, deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs of young minds. Allied to our reputation for progress and achievement, and superb facilities, this creates an inspiring learning environment.  

As a faith academy, our core values around Christianity underpin everything we do. Students’ understanding of their place in the world is extended through a rich and diverse curriculum, and we teach all individuals to aspire to great things. The opportunity for all students to reach their full potential is realised through an individualised programme.

There is a range of diverse opportunities outside the core curriculum for personal development through sport, music, drama, extended curriculum and community involvement, to name just a few. There are also many ways for students to further their understanding of their own faith and beliefs, supported by our academy chaplain, members of staff, and local church groups.

National Church of England Academy is the outstanding place for education in Hucknall – our leadership team are driven to support every student as they develop into young adults. We ensure that the transition process for students coming into the academy at year 7 is as smooth as possible through transition days, open evenings, taster lessons and working alongside families and primary schools.

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The Elizabethan Academy:  Location code P 

Placements available for 2023-24 academic year:

Subject Course Code Subject Course Code
Art & Design AT05 Mathematics 3CP4
Biology AT06 Modern Foreign Languages * 3CPB
Chemistry AT08 Music AT16
Computing 3CNN Physical Education 36SH
Drama AT11 Physics 36SC
English 3CP6 Social Sciences M162
Geography 38GS    

*  Spanish, French, German (Key Stage 4 only) - 2 languages a preference.
** Social Sciences:  Psychology (KS4/5)/Sociology (KS4/5)/Criminology (KS5) - ability to offer 2 a preference.

About the school

The Elizabethan is a standalone academy with currently 991 students on role aged between 11 and 18 (on-site sixth form). We are located in the heart of the Retford community in Nottinghamshire drawing from 30 different primary schools.  We have become an attractive school for in-year admissions too, with may people who move to the area applying for places regardless of where in Retford they live.

In 2019, we were awarded the Gold award for Arts mark for our school productions and strong expressive arts team. Our ethos is that we are an inclusive school that adopts a nurturing and creative environment. We have high expectations of both staff and students here at the Elizabethan and this is evident through our strong training programmes we hold for staff development.  

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 marketplace, 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.

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