About Us

The Nottinghamshire Torch Teaching School Alliance has a dedicated team working to ensure that your training with us is well supported.

Our central team is based in dedicated offices in The Suthers Building on the Toot Hill School campus in Bingham.

Central Team

Treena PhilpottsTSA/SCITT Director

Treena has 20 years of experience working and teaching in secondary schools. She began her career as a teacher of Physical Education and Geography working in a variety of primary and secondary schools. She developed her experience in teacher training as a regional trainer for the Sandwell Sports Partnership and later as a Head of PE at Toot Hill School.

In recent years in her role as a Strategic School Leader, she had responsibility for Continuing Professional Development of teachers, delivering the National Professional Qualification Leadership courses and developing MA research and development.

Treena supported the growth of the Torch Teaching School Alliance and is now the Director of both the Nottinghamshire Torch TSA and the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT.

Shelly GeesonTSA/SCITT Deputy Director

Shelly has 13 years of primary experience, the vast majority being in Nottingham City, and has taught across all primary phases— including the Foundation Stage.

During her teaching career she has led a KS2 team and been an integral part of an outstanding senior leadership team. Her management experience also encompasses key roles such as Numeracy Coordinator, Literacy Lead and most recently SENDCo.

In addition to this, she has a wealth of experience of mentoring NQTs and trainees. An extremely passionate and dedicated professional, Shelly is very excited to be able to share her knowledge and expertise with a new generation of teachers!

Kat NooneTSA/SCITT Deputy Director (Secondary)

Kat has over 10 years of experience working and teaching in secondary schools as an ICT teacher and subject co-ordinator.

Now as ITT and NQT Co-ordinator at Toot Hill School, Kat has in-depth knowledge and experience working with beginning teachers; for the past three years she has worked in close partnership with a range of ITT providers across the region.

Throughout her career, Kat has always played a part in whole school staff training as well as working collaboratively with partnership schools.

Kat has dedicated many years of her career to mentoring beginning teachers which ensures they feel fully supported moving from ITT to become successful NQTs. Her role now extends to supporting NTS partner schools in the planning and delivery of school based mentorship, in school ITT provision and Newly Qualified Teacher training.

Sarah GibbTSA Admin

Sarah is the first point of contact for any enquiries you might have about the Teaching School. With prior experience in event organisation, admin and planning please give her a call or email with any queries or questions you might have and she will be able to pass them on to the right person. For Teaching School Partners and Nova Trust Schools contact Sarah if you would like the Torch TSA to support hosting a bespoke training course on behalf of your school.

Nova Education Trust

The Nova Education Trust is a dynamic and growing MAT Group based in the East Midlands. Our trust group is committed to providing high quality education to all of our students, regardless of their backgrounds. Our track record demonstrates our ability to deliver our core goal, achievement for every child.

Our portfolio of schools includes both secondary and primary schools, working in a range of contexts. In 2012 we founded the Nottinghamshire Torch Teaching School Alliance, which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development.

In 2013 the work of the Nottinghamshire Torch TSA was complemented by the introduction of the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT, in partnership with The University of Nottingham, providing School Centred Initial Teacher Training and School Direct courses in our schools.

Our values are central to developing a positive ethos throughout our group of schools. This approach is focused on securing success for all our learners and providing them with the very best life opportunities. We believe nothing is more important than making a difference to children.

We Promote

  • Trust: All stakeholders work together to realise our vision
  • Integrity: All decisions are based on the best interests of our students
  • Mutual Respect: Ensuring a voice for all stakeholders
  • Empathy: Teaching should be well planned, varied and stimulating
  • Self Improvement: A commitment to supporting the development of our staff, students and wider community

Group Ethos

  • High expectations are essential to raising standards
  • Everyone can succeed
  • Barriers to learning must be challenged and overcome
  • Teaching should be well planned, varied and stimulating
  • Learning should be active, focussed and engaged
  • High standards of behaviour are expected at all times
  • Clear lines of accountability exist at all levels
  • Developing staff and students to engage in effective teaching and learning

Securing Success

Our vision is to build capacity for sustained improvement. There are a number of short term strategies that can be initially used to enhance outcomes but it is out view that these need to be supplemented by a process that transforms a school for long term improvement.

This work is centred on transforming a school using our 'Pillars of Success' improvement model. Transformation is achieved through the combination of a number of changes and improvements to each of these pillars within a school:

  • Leadership
  • CPD
  • Curriculum
  • Learning Organisation
  • Care, Support, Guidance
  • Performance Mangement
  • Tracking and Intervention

For further information on the Nova Education Trust, please visit www.novaeducationtrust.net.

“The principal goal of education in schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”
Jean Paiget