‘Torch’ gives up on Gamston Free School

As reported in the Nottingham Post, the ‘Torch’ group has given up on its attempt to set up another ‘free school’. Originally, its plans were for ‘Trent Bridge’ which was turned down; their second attempt was for a ‘Gamston Free School’, which was also turned down by the DfE. They have now,  according to the Post,  admitted defeat. Certainly, opposition from existing schools was fierce and they may also feel they are in danger of being overstretched. After all, they agreed for Samworth Academy to join the group just before it was judged ‘inadequate’ in the OFSTED blitz of Nottingham just before Christmas. They are also still supporting Meden School and have just under six months to establish the Nottingham Free School in the former Courtaulds factory on Haydn Road.



Tuesday’s meeting : CHANGE OF VENUE

Please note that the venue for Tuesday’s meeting of the group (15th January – 7.30 pm) has been changed to

Oban House (Broxtowe Volunteer Bureau), just up from the Post Office and opposite the church.


  • Primary conversions – Rushcliffe, Fairfield, Bispham Drive Junior School, Toton,
  • Free schools (West Bridgford and Arnold/Sherwood) – organise public meeting/s?
  • Website
  • Roles in Hands Off Our Schools

More Free School Market Madness – Cotgrave Free School Proposals


Just as parents and staff in West Bridgford have been coming to terms with the destabilising effect that the Torch Academy company’s proposed ‘Trent Bridge Free School’ is bound to have on the existing schools, news has broken that two teachers currently employed at the Carlton Academy now plan to hold public meetings designed to promote their own free school in nearby Cotgrave! Continue reading

West Bridgford School Head Teacher Opposes Free School Proposal

From West Bridgford School website:

You may have heard in the press of the proposals to open a ‘Free School’ in the West Bridgford area. Since this will be a new secondary school in our catchment area I thought it appropriate to bring to your attention a number of issues this may raise and some possible consequences for parents in the area. Continue reading