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:

  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
  • Thursday, 16th November 2017
  • Wednesday, 7th February 2018
  • Tuesday, 6th March 2018
  • Thursday, 26th April 2018
  • Wednesday, 20th June 2018

8.30am - 3.30pm

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

To book your place, please complete the form below.


This is an ideal opportunity for anyone considering a career in Primary education to spend a day in one of our Partnership Schools. The day will comprise of a tour of the school, a presentation on the routes into teaching, drop-in sessions to either KS1 or KS2 classes and a question and answer session.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017
    Victoria Primary School, Ainsworth Drive, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 1FX
  • Tuesday, 21st November 2017
    Carnarvon Primary School, Nursery Road, Bingham, NG13 8EH
  • Tuesday, 16th January 2018
    Westdale Junior School, Westdale Lane, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 6ET
  • Tuesday, 27th February 2018
    Birklands Primary School, Appleton Street, Warsop, NG20 0QF
  • Tuesday, 27th March 2018
    Robert Miles Infant School, School Lane, Bingham, NG13 8FE
  • Tuesday, 8th May 2018
    Victoria Primary School, Ainsworth Drive, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 1FX

To book your place, please complete the form below.

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.

"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

Please use the form below to book a place on one of our Taster Days (see above for dates/times/venues).

School Experience Week Application Form

There are currently no School Experience Week dates available.