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The Suthers School update

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