Open days

The best way to find out what the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT can offer is to come and visit us. All events are open to both School Centred ITT applicants and School Direct applicants.

Teaching Taster Days

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone considering a career in teaching to spend a day at Toot Hill School, an outstanding secondary school on the outskirts of Nottingham and close to both the Leicestershire and Lincolnshire borders. Toot Hill School is the lead school in the Nottinghamshire Torch SCITT and the Torch Teaching School Alliance. The day will involve a tour of the school, an observation of a lesson in the chosen subject area, a presentation on different routes into teaching and a question and answer session with a recently qualified teacher.

There will be opportunities during the course of the day to talk informally to staff and to ask any questions you may have.

Dates and times:

  • Friday 7th October 2016
  • Thursday 17th November 2016
  • Tuesday 7th February 2017
  • Friday 10th March 2017
  • Friday 5th May 2017
  • Thursday 22nd June 2017

8.30am - 3.30pm

Venue: Toot Hill School, The Banks, Bingham NG13 8BL
Venue website:

School Experience Weeks

Toot Hill School offers a variety of opportunities to people considering a career in education and are pleased to offer a week's work experience or individual days for those interested in teaching, considering a career change or for anyone who has already applied for a place on a teacher training course.

It is vital to do work experience in a school as it is valued by all providers and is a requirement for many initial teacher training courses.

In order to attend a School Experience Week, you must have attended one of our Taster Days prior to the week.

What you will receive:

  • An introduction to Toot Hill School and the community we teach.
  • Discussion into training routes.
  • A tour of the school.
  • A day in a life of a student – Track a pupil for the day.
  • An insight into being a tutor.
  • A week in a department of the subject you wish to teach, where you will get to observe lessons.

A DBS is required when attending the School Experience Week. The application process can take up to 8 weeks.

Dates and times:

w/c 21st November 2016 8.30am - 3.30pm

w/c 23rd January 2017 8.30am – 3.30pm

w/c 20th March 2017 8.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Toot Hill School, The Banks, Bingham NG13 8BL Venue website:

"I would recommend a School Experience Week to everyone considering entering the profession. At Toot Hill, the staff are extremely welcoming , professional and helpful. The week went without a hitch."

Claire Mackintosh w/c 1/6/15

"The 'Outstanding' status is well deserved, a great experience."

Germaine Burton w/c 1/6/15

"A really fun week, all the students are really friendly and the staff very helpful."

Esme Hodgkin w/c 1/6/15

"A really, useful, informative week with the chance to get as involved as you like in lessons/with the students and also current staff."

Joanna Smith w/c 9/3/15

"A brilliant week, supported by very friendly and helpful staff, providing a huge amount of experience of how lessons are taught."

Tim Verrinder w/c 9/3/15

"Observing at Toot Hill was a great, eye-opening experience. The staff were friendly, helpful and more than willing to answer any questions. The students were also great to work with and it would, undoubtedly, be a pleasure to teach at this school."

Rachel King w/c 26/1/15

"The School Experience Week has more than exceeded my expectation. I gained an invaluable insight into school, a real taste of what it is like to teach and how hard work, but fun, the teaching profession can be."

Ann Ng w/c 26/1/15

"A great opportunity to see how a top class school operates - provides a great foundation going into ITT."

Zoe Abbott w/c 26/1/15

"This week has been amazing! The staff and pupils are such a credit to the school. To see how the school works and being a part of that has been really useful."

Jodie Smith w/c 26/1/15

"This experience week is a brilliant opportunity to gain a snap-shot into the teaching profession. Excellently organised and everyone is so friendly!"

Claire Holland w/c 26/1/15

Taster Day Application Form

There are currently no Taster Day dates available.

School Experience Week Application Form

There are currently no School Experience Week dates available.