Next meeting this coming Tuesday (22/9/15)

There’s a meeting of HOOS on Tuesday 22 (7-9 pm) at Beeston Library (upstairs, the small meeting room) on Foster Avenue in Beeston (opposite Town Hall).

Parking on Foster Avenue (on the road or in the Car Park – check the notices to avoid a penalty!) OR in the Sainsbury’s Car Park, off Wollaton Road, behind The Cricketers pub (3 hours free).

Discussion about campaigns (current and upcoming) and our proposed Newsletter.

Everybody welcome!

Torch salary

Originally posted on Colin thinks .....:

The Torch Academy Gateway Trust is the rather pretentious title adopted by the wannabe academy chain of the Nottinghamshire schools Toot Hill Comprehensive and The Meden School in May 2012. The erstwhile head of Toot Hill became the Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive of the Trust. Each of the two schools also has a separate head.

The company accounts reveal that in the twelve months ending 31 August 2013, this CEO was paid in the range £200-205 thousand. That’s for overseeing two schools. Admittedly, during that period he led the Trust in trying to set up two ‘free schools’. One of these, the so-called Trent Bridge Free School, was turned down by the DfE but the other, Nottingham Free School was approved and is going ahead to open this September so perhaps he is bing rewarded for his work there.

In the current year, Torch has subsumed Nottingham University Samworth…

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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

Opposing academy status

If your local school is proposing to become an academy and you want to oppose this, here are some things you can do:

1. Come to the next meeting of Hands Off Notts Schools at 7pm on Tuesday 27 March at Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston. We are meeting in the small first floor meeting room. There is disabled access and an induction loop.

2. Send a letter setting out your opposition to the headteacher and chair of governors. Here are some model letters for you to adapt:



3. Start a school-based campaign. Successful campaigns to oppose academies have built an alliance of parents, teachers and in some cases students and others in the local community.  The Birmingham-based Hands Off Our School campaign has done a brilliant job putting together information for other schools. You can find more information on their successful campaign at:

South Wolds Consulting on Academy Status

The governing body of South Wolds Community School has applied to become an academy under the Academies Act 2010.
The school’s website sets out the following information
Further information about what becoming an academy means, and how to comment on the proposals, is set out below. The governors are engaging in a full consultation with the whole school community.  This consultation started on Tuesday 21st February and finishes on Tuesday 27th March at 11:30 am.
You can make comments or representations by:
  • writing to the usual school address – please mark the envelope clearly with the words “Proposed Academy Conversion”;
  • sending an email to
This letter explains to parents and carers the background to the governors’ application to convert: Application for Academy Conversion Letter to parents
This is the letter explaining to parents how they can engage in the consultation and also sets out some questions and answers about the proposal to become an Academy.
Department for Education Academy Website sets out the governments’ position on Academies
An example of the opposing view is set out on the UNISON website
Updated questions and answers based on correspondence received by 27th February.

Hands Off Notts Schools!

The next meeting of Hands Off Notts Schools (the new name for Notts Anti Academies Alliance) will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 21 February 2012 in the Large Meeting Room at Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1AE.

All welcome. Come along to hear about latest on campaigns to stop community schools leaving the local authority family to become academies and update us if your school is proposing to, or has become, an academy.