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Nottingham Academy

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Nottingham Academy

The Nottingham Academy is unique in both its size and its ambition. We thrive on doing things differently in pursuit of academic and personal excellence.

Our vision

We are an aspirational and inclusive Academy committed to our Respect Values. Through an inspirational curriculum we will facilitate great learning, exceptional progress and the development of character. We will improve life chances by ensuring all pupils achieve their potential and are ready for the next stage in their learning, training or employment.

There is no limit to what our pupils can achieve

The Academy will ensure all pupils reach their full potential, with no limit to what they can achieve. We are committed to the highest of standards. We expect outstanding levels of achievement in all areas of academic and personal development and behaviour.

Nottingham Academy promotes high-quality learning as an obligation for all our pupils. Our new and refurbished buildings create exciting learning environments that stimulate and enrich pupils’ learning.

Individual pupils will develop a sense of personal responsibility so that they can make a full contribution to their learning and to the community. The Academy will raise aspirations and actively challenge low expectations. We strive to ensure all our pupils are in the best possible position to move on to a successful life beyond the Academy, whether it is in education, training or employment.

Greenwood Academies Trust

Information about our sponsor

The sponsor of the Nottingham Academy is the Greenwood Academies Trust. Information about the Trust can be found online at www.greenwoodacademies.org The Greenwood Academies Trust is a not-for-profit educational organisation. The Trust offers high levels of educational expertise and seeks to deliver long-lasting and productive relationships with the communities it serves. The purpose of the Trust is to offer students an outstanding education. It believes all students can achieve high levels of success and creates a culture where both students and staff can thrive.

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About us

Nottingham Academy is a large organisation with high quality, new and refurbished buildings and a capacity for 3780 pupils. It is one of a small number of 3-19 schools in the country, with its own nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form provision.

To meet the bespoke needs of each of our sites we have adopted a federated leadership approach. This allows leaders greater autonomy to improve the provision and outcomes on their site, whilst maintaining and cultivating the culture, values and ethos of Nottingham Academy. Nottingham Academy is a very large organisation with capacity for 3780 pupils. It is one of a small number of all-through 3-19 schools in the country with its own Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form provision.

Nottingham Academy is comprised of 3 campuses. Greenwood Campus includes our Primary Campus and serves the Sneinton and Bakersfield areas and Ransom Road Campus serves the Mapperley and St Anns areas. Nottingham Academy also admits pupils from across Nottingham where places and pupil proximity allows.

Education on a smaller scale

Nottingham Academy is a large organisation, with a wealth of specialist support staff in all areas. This means we can provide outstanding bespoke support for each individual pupil.

At Nottingham Academy our expectations for student conduct are clear and our standards exceedingly high.


Our Vision


We are an aspirational and inclusive Academy committed to our Respect Values. Through an inspirational curriculum we will facilitate great learning, exceptional progress and the development of character. We will improve life chances by ensuring all pupils achieve their potential and are ready for the next stage in their learning, training or employment.

Key Stage 3

We have developed a bespoke, project based Key Stage 3 Curriculum designed to support accelerated progress through the transition to secondary school. Pupils study English, mathematics and modern foreign languages as well as the new cross-curricular subject areas of discover, create and perform. The new subject areas provide pupils with the opportunity to explore subjects in a deeper more coherent way. Our innovative KS3 curriculum is driven by a focus on the development of literacy and oracy skills and promotes an ethos of ambition, challenge, academic rigour and achievement. In mixed ability teaching groups, the curriculum will provide opportunities for KS3 pupils to develop a range of learning characteristics.


As part of our continued commitment to improve educational outcomes for all pupils at Nottingham Academy we have extended Key Stage 4 to three years. This provides extra lesson time to better prepare our pupils for the additional content, skills and demands of the new KS4 curriculum and GCSE examinations. The extra time will also ensure pupils develop a greater depth of understanding, improve subject-specific skills and enhance examination preparation.

At KS4, pupils are able to select some of the courses they wish to pursue. Teaching staff support pupils and their families in making GCSE choices or ‘options’. They will continue with key subjects from earlier years but will also be able to choose new/optional courses, typically including GCSEs and high quality vocational subjects.

Key stage 5

We recognise that older students have different needs and we have an established and enhanced Post-16 provision at our Greenwood Campus.

Our Sixth Form Centre offers students aged 16-19 a range of academic and vocational courses with excellent tutorial support and careers guidance available. Students leave Nottingham Academy Sixth Form fully prepared for university, training or future employment. The Sixth Form Centre at the Nottingham Academy is at an exciting new stage of development. Our brand new sixth form centre reopened on our Greenwood Campus in September 2016, with modern facilities for group or individual study.

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About the role

The Greenwood Academies Trust are looking to appoint an inspirational school leader to lead Nottingham Academy - Secondary, through its next phase of development.

Nottingham Academy is an aspirational and inclusive Academy for children aged 3 -19, and is lead by a Primary and Secondary Principal. The academy opened in 2011 in brand new state of the art buildings with capacity for 3780 students, making it the largest school in Europe. Through an inspirational and bespoke curriculum they facilitate great learning, exceptional progress and the development of character.

The new Principal will be an integral part of shaping the future direction of the Secondary Phase, working in conjunction with the Primary Principal, Senior Education Advisors, Students and Stakeholders to continue to develop a dynamic curriculum, promote effective teaching and learning and support the students and community to realise their high expectations. They will need to be suitably qualified, proactive, hardworking and compassionate and ensure our students are kept at the heart of all decisions.

The school is in an excellent position to address the challenges facing them and for the right candidate, this post offers an exceptional opportunity to build on current good practice whilst also bringing a fresh perspective to continue our improvement journey.

We’re looking for a Principal who has:

  • Has a track record of success and proven leadership skills, with the strength of character and resilience to move the school to the next and succeeding levels;
  • Has a clear focus on advancing effective teaching and learning;
  • Has the ability to maintain and develop the partnerships between our school, our parents, our cluster schools, the Local Authority and the wider community.
  • Has a passion to provide the best educational opportunities for all our pupils;
  • Inspires and motivates pupils, staff, parents and Governors;
  • Has a strong commitment to promote the wellbeing of all members of the school community.

In return we are proud to offer you:

  • The opportunity to be part of a Multi Academy Trust that helps children to succeed, no matter what their background.
  • Access to bespoke CPD from our Learning Alliance to enhance professional growth
  • A happy, supportive and welcoming school with strong links to its community

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks, therefore, all posts within the Trust are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All adults employed by the Trust have a responsibility for data protection and have a duty to observe and follow the principles of the GDPR Regulations. The Trust welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.


For an informal and confidential discussion about the role or to discuss the application process please contact Chris Gartner at Hays Leadership Appointments on 07595 646 645 or via email to chris.gartner@hays.com


Candidates are more than welcome to visit the Academy. This can be organised by contacting Chris Gartner on 07595 646 645 or via email to chris.gartner@hays.com


Closing date:
Monday 9th March at 9.00am
Start Date:
September 2020


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Nottingham Academy (Greenwood Campus)
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