Nottingham Free School, part of Nova Education Trust, are delighted at receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in their first inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), following one of the most challenging periods that schools have ever had to face.
Despite the disruption caused over the last two school years by the global pandemic, Ofsted recognised that ‘pupils are proud of their school and enjoy the sense of community that it provides. Staff know pupils well. Leaders have high expectations of all pupils’ achievements and behaviour.’
Inspectors also noted that ‘pupils behave well in lessons. They feel safe in school. They are polite and show respect for each other, the staff and visitors.’
‘All pupils take part in enrichment activities. These enable pupils to develop new skills and to appreciate art, music and drama. Pupils learn about different careers and choices they have to continue their education once they finish their GCSE courses.’
Dr Jo Simpson, Head Teacher, said: “The report reflects our commitment to providing transformative learning experiences for the students in our community. I am very proud of our students and our values of hard work and kindness that underpin all that we do at Nottingham Free School.
“This could not have been achieved without the commitment of our parents, staff and governors to work in partnership to help make the school a wonderful place to grow, learn and succeed.”
Andy Seymour, Executive Head Teacher, commented:
“It’s wonderful to see Nottingham Free School receive such a positive Ofsted report. This is thoroughly deserved and is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the entire school community. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Ash Rahman, Nova Education Trust CEO, added: “I am delighted to see formal, positive recognition by Ofsted of all the hard work by the staff and the pupils at Nottingham Free School
“This grading provides an excellent foundation as the school continues to go from strength to strength on its journey to provide transformational education — beyond outstanding.”
The full inspection report is available on the Ofsted website.