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Mr Wells, Head Teacher
Mr Wells, Head Teacher

I studied English and American Literature at Warwick University. The A-Levels I'd taken heavily featured American literature, politics and history and I became interested in the systems, culture and heritage of this country alongside those of the UK. I love studying and, most of all, love reading, writing and expressing and debating viewpoints and ideas, not just about literature, but also now education. It’s through this process that I came to realise the importance of each of our DISC values - Drive, Integrity, Scholarship and Contribution. 

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It’s an immense privilege to be the headteacher of Nova Hreod. I am exceedingly proud to lead Nova Hreod and fortunate to work every day with our talented students, committed staff and supportive community. 


Mr Hudson, Senior Vice Principal - Curriculum & Raising Standards
Mr Hudson, Senior Vice Principal - Curriculum & Raising Standards

I studied BSc Information Technology at the University of Reading. I believe firmly in the ambition of powerful knowledge for all Nova scholars through our rich and broad curriculum.


Mr Nash, Vice Principal - Culture
Mr Nash, Vice Principal - Culture

I studied Spanish and Management Studies at the University of Leeds which enabled me to live in Mexico and continue studying other languages. Spending time studying languages opened up so many doors to me and is something I love to practise still today.


Mrs Anderson, Assistant Principal - Professional Mentoring & Literacy
Mrs Anderson, Assistant Principal - Professional Mentoring & Literacy

In addition to my leadership role as Assistant Principal, I teach English.  I studied English and American Studies at The Universtity of Birmingham, where I also completed a PGCE in English after graduating. 

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Mrs Anderson

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, right from being a teenager; apart from summer jobs it is all I have ever done or wanted to do. 

I drove past Nova when I relocated from Birmingham to Wiltshire ... and whilst this may seem rather cliched, I just 'had a feeling' that this would be my next school and my next post: this was in 2013.

For me, literature touches people’s lives and fosters empathy. It has the power to resonate, to give voice to feelings and experiences that we may not capture eloquently ourselves, but that we recognise and are comforted by the truth of. This is a power and gift that we need to pass on to each and every student.

Whatever our students choose to do in life, I want them to carry with them a sense of drive and purpose that has been fostered by their time in education.  It is so important that we teach our young people the value of doing a job well, so that they can find motivation and drive even at times when life is hard or circumstances tough.


Mrs King, Assistant Principal - Student Support
Mrs King, Assistant Principal - Student Support

I studied at The Kings School Ely and then trained at the Surrey School of Childcare as a Montessori teacher, working first in nursery and primary education. 

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Mrs King

I am responsible for students' well-being and I support those that need additional care and guidance outside of the classroom. I lead the team of House Managers who are the people students get to know best as they work with students individually in order to support their social, emotional, and health needs.  We also look after students in reflection, helping students get back on track with their learning as soon as possible. I am devoted to creating an environment in which students feel safe and valued, and where they will flourish both academically and personally.  

I have 3 wonderful sons, who make me proud every day. I have tried to teach them the value of integrity, the benefits of hard work and instil a drive for making the most of every opportunity that is offered. Most importantly, I have brought them up to be kind, polite and considerate, as I think these characteristics will help them become happy and successful adults.


Mr Wilkinson, Assistant Principal - Inclusion
Mr Wilkinson, Assistant Principal - Inclusion

I am honoured to fulfil my role as SENCo alongside teaching PE at Nova Hreod. I am lucky enough to work within two excellent team who want to teach and support all students. This role allows me to incorporate the aspects I love from sport such as the need to be responsive and think quickly to overcome challenges on a daily basis, just like students face at school.

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The role of SENCo is as equally challenging as it is rewarding. What is most interesting is I never know what to expect. I like the fact that even the predictable is unpredictable. I get to work with some exceptional people in teaching such a diverse population of students.

For me, all of our DISC principles are important. However, without a sense of drive and the determination to succeed, the possibility of falling short is high. This I feel is a principle that got me to where I am today. Having faced a number of challenges along the way, I was able to surpass expectation with the drive to do better.  


Mr Foster, Assistant Principal - Character Education
Mr Foster, Assistant Principal - Character Education

I studied BA Geography at the University of Southampton

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Mr Foster

I enjoy working at Nova because of how hard the students work, especially when looking at some really challenging ideas! Contribution is really important as we don't always realise how much good we can do as individuals and as a community for those around us!

I love teaching because every single day you get to introduce students to issues at a range of different scales that will be hugely important to the future!


Dr J Clapp - Assistant Principal - Scholarship
Dr J Clapp - Assistant Principal - Scholarship

I studied biochemistry and genetics at the University of Leicester before completing a PhD in human genetics at the University of Nottingham. I then worked in a lab for six years researching the genetics of disorders such as muscular dystrophy and Huntington's disease. During that time I got to travel to conferences in America and Europe to present my findings to the science community and hear about the latest breakthroughs other people had been making.

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Dr Clapp

I was placed at Nova for my teacher training in 2014 and feel incredibly lucky to have found such a great school to work at. I am very proud of the work we do to show Nova students how inspiring science is; it is a pleasure to see students find science as interesting as I did when I was at school. What makes my job interesting is that there is always something different to do, a new group of students to work with, a new trip to plan, a new experiment to try out and lots more besides so there is no time to get bored. What makes my subject interesting is that science is in action all around us all the time and by understanding science we can begin to understand the World around us a little better.

I think all of our DISC values are important but perhaps the most important one for me is drive. I believe that if we are ambitious, work hard and endeavour to always do our best (not only in school but in our lives in general) then we will be able to achieve whatever we want.


Mrs Jadeja, Strategic Director of Finance & Business Support
Mrs Jadeja, Strategic Director of Finance & Business Support

BSC (Hons) Accountancy at Cardiff University. I am a Chartered accountant by trade qualifying with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then spending two years with them in their Vancouver Office, where I had a great time working hard but also playing hard.  11 years as a Regional Finance Director for Compass Group, contract caterers before starting my career in education. Firstly as a Bursar of a private school but for the past 6 years as Business Director of the Swindon Cluster.

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The most important thing to me is the feeling of being part of an organisation that really makes a difference to our students' lives, so although my areas of responsibility are not all student facing they need to be the best that they can be to drive the Academy forward. All of the DISC principles are important to as one without the others doesn't make the whole Nova vision or the best that I as an individual can strive to be.With my role you honestly never know what you will be involved in from one day to the next and I love the excitement and challenge that brings. 


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