Toot Hill School

Toot Hill is an 11–18 comprehensive academy. With over 2,000 students on roll, it is the largest school in the trust. Toot Hill was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2012 and is the founder school of the Nova Education Trust.

Meden School

Meden is an 11–18 comprehensive school of 900 students serving the former mining community of Market Warsop. The trust formally sponsored Meden in 2012 and has overseen its rapid improvement, resulting in an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in 2014.

Nottingham Free School

Nottingham Free School opened in 2014 serving the Sherwood, Carrington, Mapperley and Mapperley Park areas of Nottingham. Initially opening for just Year 7, the school now has 270 pupils and is over-subscribed in every year group.

Newark Academy

Newark Academy is an 11–18 secondary school which joined the trust in 2016. Since joining, the trust has introduced a new school leadership team who are making rapid and sustained improvements to every aspect of life in the school.


In 2013 the trust entered into a long-term partnership support agreement with Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA). NUSA serves the Bilborough area Nottingham with 800 students on roll. Housed in an iconic new building, NUSA seeks to raise aspirations and secure high outcomes for its students.

Birklands Primary School

Birklands joined the trust in April 2014. It is a feeder primary school to Meden, serving children in Market Warsop. The trust has invested heavily in improving both the education provision and learning environment at the school.

Victoria Primary School

Victoria Primary School joined the trust in September 2016. Formerly known as Riverside Primary School, Victoria is a mixed non-denominational foundation unit and primary school for children in The Meadows and neighbouring areas.

Firbeck Academy

Firbeck Academy joined the trust in 2017. Firbeck is located in Wollaton and is a feeder primary school to NUSA.

The Suthers School

The Suthers School is a new 11–18 free school situated in Newark. The school opened in September 2017 an intake of Year 7 students and will then grow with an additional Year 7 intake every year until full. The school will initially be housed in temporary accommodation at Toot Hill School before moving to its permanent location in Fernwood, Newark.


In 2014 the trust became educational partners at Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST). Sponsored by The University of Nottingham and the Djanogly Learning Trust, NUAST is a specialist 14–19 academy housed in a purpose-built facility opposite the Queen’s Medical Centre. The academy provides GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications in science, engineering and computing.

The Garibaldi School

The Garibaldi School is an 11–18 secondary school based in Forest Town in north Nottinghamshire. Garibaldi was founded in 1953 and joined the trust in October 2017. Ofsted graded the school as 'Good' and described it as being ‘inclusive and caring’ providing students with quality support for those who need it.

Melton Vale Sixth Form College

MV16 is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' sixth form college which joined the trust in October 2017. MV16 offers the students of Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas the freedom to develop into mature young adults whilst providing the guidance, support and academic focus needed to succeed at the very highest level.

Kirk Hallam Community Academy

Kirk Hallam Community Academy is a medium-sized 11–18 academy, situated in the Erewash area of Derbyshire. Its students are drawn from both rural and urban areas. The academy admits students into Year 7 from 15 local primary schools. The academy became a member of the trust in September 2018.

Robert Miles Infant School

Robert Miles Infant School became a member of the trust in October 2017. Based in School Lane in Bingham, the school provides a safe, inspiring and engaging environment in which all children can thrive.

Westdale Junior School

Westdale Junior School became a member of the trust in October 2017. Westdale was founded in 1953 and is based in Mapperley. Westdale is an Ofsted-graded 'Good' school where all children are happy, well-motivated and challenged to achieve high standards through a fun and enriched curriculum.

Madani Schools Federation*

In 2019, the trust entered into a long-term support partnership with the Madani Schools Federation in Leicester. Madani welcomes pupils of all faiths and denominations from Year 7–11. The federation caters for 300 boys and 300 girls in two separate schools, but share the same site.

* These schools are currently working in partnership with the Nova Education Trust and are not official members.

Education support

All schools in our trust receive a level of educational support in line with need. This support is provided from central services and will be designed specifically for each school’s needs.

Our aim is to ensure that the support is framed in a spirit of care and encourages staff to play a full part on the journey to improvement.

All schools are provided with a basic package of provision that enables them to work in a more effective way and that reduces the burden on all school staff:

  • Systematic staff training with accredited pathways via National Professional Qualifications and Masters degrees (all fully funded).
  • Subject Progress Boards at all key stages that provide clear curriculum pathways and learning support resources.
  • Professional meetings with similar colleagues to help share and disseminate best practice.
  • Data generated from our central teams that will enable leaders and teachers to strategically plan.
  • Computer-based applications to help school management be more effective (e.g. for Academy Improvement Plans, SEFs).

Some services if required will attract an additional cost.


The Nova Education Trust strongly recognises the heritage and identity of each school.

The aim is to provide a very strong common ‘structure’ to each school that is in many ways ‘invisible’.

Our ‘Novation’ approach was inspired by visits to KIPP schools in the USA.

All of our trust schools operate on the basis of ‘Work Hard; Be Kind’. We define this in a number of ways:

  • Expectations on student work ethic and how they work with each other and adults.
  • Professional expectations on staff to care and support all children in their school.
  • Develop an ethos of high expectations and aspirations in every school.
  • Nurture very strong family–school bonds to help support each child.
  • Establish basic school routines that apply to all.

Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT

Based at Toot Hill School, Bingham, the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT offers school based Primary and Secondary Teacher training in a range of schools and subjects.

We offer School Centred Initial Teacher Training across a range of Nottinghamshire Schools in partnership with the University of Nottingham. This allows students to train in schools, through classroom based experience with the support of a school based mentor, securing a PGCE qualification at the end of the year.

We also provide School Direct placements in a range of schools in Nottinghamshire at both primary and secondary level.