Top Schools in Nottinghamshire

28 July 2021

Home to some of the best schools across the country, Nottinghamshire has a large selection of schools. If you have a young, growing family making sure that you settle your children in the right school is usually a top priority. In this blog post we have gathered together the top 5 secondary schools in Nottinghamshire. So whether you choose to settle in the quaint village of Thoroton or in the bustling city of Nottingham itself, your children’s education and wellbeing remains a priority. 

  1. The Trinity Catholic School

The Trinity Catholic School in Aspley has been voted the best state-funded secondary school in Nottingham.The school is perhaps best known for helping to nurture cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the Royal Wedding in 2018. It also has a Progress 8 rating of 0.22, putting it above average and in the top 17% of schools across the entirety of England.

Speaking of the school, which has consistently been in the top 10 across the county, headteacher Mr Shenton said: “Academically we are consistently one of the highest performing schools within Nottingham city both at GCSE and A-Level.

  1. Bluecoat Wollaton Academy 

Bluecoat Wollaton offers a caring, nurturing and secure environment that enables every member of our academy ‘family’ to be the best they can be in all that they do. Moreover, their relatively small size is an asset to ensure that all of the students are known as individuals.

Bluecoat Wollaton has a history of very successful exam results and prides itself on providing high quality education to the student population that they serve, no matter their background. 

In addition to the highest grading at the last SIAMS (Church of England) inspection, in May 2018 the school was also judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas, testament to the hard work of staff and students who are passionate about the school and its ‘family’ approach.

3. Fernwood School 

Fernwood is a high performing, 11-16 multi-cultural school recognised by Ofsted and the DfE for excellent academic standards and outstanding care and discipline. The school achieved Leading Edge status for excellent practice in 2004 and became a Specialist Technology College in 2005 and a Specialist School in Mathematics and Science in 2010. They are also a recognised centre of excellence for Languages, Expressive Arts and Sport.

Fernwood works in direct partnership with Bilborough College securing a number of places annually for students to study a wide range of courses including A levels and the International Baccalaureate. Recent figures show that a very high proportion of their students’ progress to Higher Education courses, many securing places at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The school offers equally strong vocational routes into further education and training.

4.The Nottingham Emmanuel School

The Nottingham Emmanuel School is a coeducational Church of England secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located near the banks of the river Trent in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. Since its inception in 2002, the school has always strived to provide a distinctive Christian approach to education for its 1000 pupils, aged 11-19 and its motto, ‘Together to learn, to grow, to serve’ encapsulates this purpose and continues to drive the community forward towards its next developmental step of becoming outstanding in every category.

Nottinghamshire proudly houses a large variety of top performing schools that strive towards excellence, ensuring your children receive the very best education possible. At Wheatcroft, we know the significance and importance of quality education, which is why our homes are situated no further than 10 minutes from most schools, perfect for a growing family. For more information on our homes available in Thoroton, please visit