Welcome to The Suthers School

The Suthers School is a brand new, non-selective secondary school serving the community of Newark.

Until we move into our permanent home in Fernwood, Newark, The Suthers School will be located in purpose-built temporary accommodation adjacent to Toot Hill School in Bingham.

To find out more about The Suthers School and the exciting opportunities it can offer your child, please explore our website or get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Building Update

We are pleased to share the plans for our exciting new permanent accommodation, which have now been presented to the local planning authority.

Located on the Fernwood Business Park, the 830-place school (including sixth form provision for 230 students), will benefit from the excellent transport links and infrastructure currently in place and proposed as part of the new housing developments in the area.

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“There is something very special about The Suthers School; borne out of growing demand for an additional secondary school in Newark, The Suthers School has at its heart the absolute conviction that young people deserve an education that excites and enthuses and one that prepares them for a successful future as global citizens.

There is no doubt that, as a brand new school, The Suthers School is in an enviable position—able to craft a curriculum that meets the needs of its students and provide an extended school day which guarantees access to a wealth of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities.

By striking a balance between challenge and support, The Suthers School promises to deliver a highly academic curriculum and to empower the young people of Newark to do more than they ever thought possible.

I really do hope that you will be able to visit us soon and experience the difference for yourself.”

Andrew Pettit BA (Hons) PGCEHead of School

Latest News and Tweets

  • Word of the week


    This week's word of the week is resolution.

    Posted 09/01/2018 by Whole School

  • Prime Minister's Questions

    Recognition of great start

    Recognition of the great start made during PM Questions in Parliament this week. Follow the link below:


    Posted 15/12/2017 by Whole School

  • TSS donate to the Newark Foodbank


    Students from Newark’s newest arrival, The Suthers School, have been getting in the festive spirit this week, taking part in a reverse advent campaign in support of the Newark Food Bank as well as delivering a sack load of Christmas cards to the residents of Lancaster Grange Care Home, Fernwood.

    Since the start of December, Suthers School students have taken part in a ‘reverse advent’ campaign. For those not familiar with the concept, it is an opportunity to think about giving rather than taking each day of the advent season. So, instead of simply munching their way through advent calendar treats, Suthers School students have used the countdown as a way of giving to those most in need in the Newark community. Every day since the 1 December, students have been donating essential items to the Newark Food Bank, a charity set up to look out for the most vulnerable members of our community. ‘This is not only an opportunity to give back to the community we serve. It is also about taking positive action. Our motto at The Suthers School is ‘work hard, be kind’ and this kind of community action teaches students a lot about what it means to make an effort on someone else’s behalf.’ Headteacher, Andrew Pettit, said.

    The Suthers School, currently housed in temporary accommodation in Bingham, will be moving to a permanent home in a brand new purpose-built facility near the Lancaster Grange Care Home in 2019. Until then, students and staff are keen to get to know their soon-to-be neighbours and on Friday 15 December delivered their hand-made Christmas cards to the residents. Speaking about the initiative, Literacy Lead, Vicky Barker, said, ‘Even though we’re a fair few miles from Fernwood right now, we wanted to let all of the residents know that we are thinking of them and that we’re really looking forward to working with them in the new year’

    The Suthers School welcomed its first cohort of Year 7 students in September this year. It will accept a new cohort of Year 7 in September 2018 and once at capacity will provide an ambitious education for 11-18 year olds in and around the Newark area. The school will house approximately 900 students to include a sixth form from September 2024. Plans for the permanent site have now been submitted for planning approval. To view the plans visit www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk or to arrange a visit to The Suthers School in its temporary home, please contact 01636 957690.


    Posted 15/12/2017 by Whole School

  • Bulletin 12

    Bulletin 12


    Posted 15/12/2017 by Whole School

  • The Suthers School Uniform

    Details of our uniform rules

    Please find below details of our uniform rules. Please read this carefully to avoid any issues when term starts.

    Girls uniform (Download):

    • School Blazer - School regulation grey blazer, with official school badge (compulsory)
    • School Tie – regulation school tie (red)
    • Skirt or Trousers – black knee length skirt or standard length black trousers (no visible detailing such as contrasting zips or logos permitted. No jeans or skinny/stretch fit trousers are permitted)
    • Shirt – formal white, long sleeves with stiff collar
    • Pullover/Cardigan – Grey V-neck cardigan (optional)
    • Socks/tights – plain black ankle socks or tights or knee-high plain grey socks.
    • Shoes – plain black lace-up or slip-on formal shoes with low heels (no more than 2 inches in height). Please note that boots, trainers, Velcro-fastening, fabric/pump style or sling back shoes are prohibited.
    • Coat – (non-compulsory) – plain dark fabric raincoat, duffel or anorak. A discreet logo is permissible. Coats are generally not to be worn in or around school during the working day. Denim and leather jackets are not permitted.
    • Headscarf (for religious reasons) – plain
    • PE Kit – school regulation kit

    Boys uniform (Download):

    • School Blazer - School regulation grey blazer, with official school badge (compulsory)
    • School Tie – regulation school tie (red)
    • Trousers – plain black
    • Shirt – formal white, long sleeves with stiff collar
    • Jumper – Grey V-neck jumper (optional)
    • Socks – plain black or dark grey
    • Shoes – plain black lace-up or slip-on shoes in a formal style. Please note that boots, fabric/sports/ Velcro-fastening style shoes or trainers are prohibited.
    • Coat – (non-compulsory) – plain dark raincoat, duffel or anorak. A discreet logo is permissible. Coats are generally not to be worn in or around school during the working day. Denim and leather jackets are not permitted.
    • PE Kit – regulation school kit

    Posted 03/08/2017 by Whole School

  • The Suthers School update

    Latest news and update from the Suthers School

    As this term draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of The Suthers School.

    School Opening News

    We are delighted to be able to announce that we have received confirmation that The Suthers School will be opening in September 2017 pending the completion of the consultation and the funding agreement being signed by the Secretary of State for Education.

    This welcome news is a direct result of the steadfast commitment that parents and carers have offered the project over the last two years. We would also like to thank Robert Jenrick MP who has provided invaluable support throughout this process.

    The school will be opening in temporary accommodation on the Toot Hill school site and work is already well progressed to have that facility up and running by the 1st September.

    School Contact Details

    From today, Jo Braithwaite our new school manager, will be the first point of contact for all parents. She will be moving from our central offices to an office in the Suthers building over the summer and will be available to answer queries etc in the run up to the start of term. Jo's details and the new temporary postal address for the school can be found below:

    Jo Braithwaite (School Manager)

    07701 008064

    The Suthers School, The Suthers Building, The Banks, Bingham, NG13 8BL

    Jo will also be the first contact if you need to speak to teaching staff at the school including the Head of School, Andrew Pettit.

    Building works

    The teaching building is currently on track for completion on the 1st September. Reception for The Suthers School will be located in the reception area of the adjacent Suthers Building. The teaching block will be a secure and safeguarded area with no admission to the public.

    We can confirm that the permanent building is progressing as planned and I will provide an update during the Autumn term.

    Autumn Open Events

    Autumn Open Evenings are now filling up fast. To book you place at an event please use the link below.


    Statutory Consultation

    We are currently undertaking the Statutory Consultation which is an important part of opening a new school. It would be very helpful to the consultation process if parents and carers could find the time to respond to the online questionnaire.

    The form can be found using the link below and the consultation closes on the 25th July.


    Nottingham Free School and NUAST Ofsted

    We are delighted to announce that our sister school, the Nottingham Free School has just received an Ofsted rating of 'Good' with outstanding features. Our other new school, NUAST also received an Ofsted Good with their 6th Form receiving an 'Outstanding' judgement.

    These are remarkable achievements given that both schools are only three years old and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students.

    It also confirms what an amazing impact the extended school day has on students at both schools. The Nottingham Free School report comments:

    "The extended school day is used very effectively to strengthen pupils’ independence, develop good learning habits and their self-discipline and to consolidate pupils’ learning.

    The extensive and varied enrichment programme makes a strong contribution to pupils’ personal development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

    The curriculum is enhanced strongly by excellent provision for enrichment. Pupils benefit from opportunities to pursue a wide range of activities, including sports, practical activities and the arts. All pupils can take advantage of these opportunities because they take place during the school’s extended day.

    The extended school day plays a key role in pupils’ strong personal development. All pupils benefit from the wide range of enrichment opportunities and from the supervised private study periods. These sessions enable pupils to consolidate learning well and help them to develop a healthy work ethic. They also ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged by their personal circumstances which may make it more difficult for them to complete work at home."

    Finally may we wish you a restful and enjoyable summer and we look forward to meeting you again in the autumn term.

    Andrew Pettit

    Head of School

    Posted 24/07/2017 by Whole School

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