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Mrs King, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs King, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead

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.


Miss Convey, House Manager Aquila
Miss Convey, House Manager Aquila

During my 14 year tenure at Nova I have been fortunate to work in a wide variety of roles in the support team which have given me the necessary skills and abilities to perform in my current role as house manager.

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Miss Convey

The most rewarding aspect of my role as House Manager is the interaction with students. This allows me to  build lasting working relationships which allows the students to feel secure so they can freely access their education and reach their full potential.

I find all of the aspects of my role interesting.The fast paced environment and juggling multiple duties continuously keeps me on my toes. There’s never a dull moment. The fantastic team I work within are all supportive and also the opportunity to continue learning keeps me interested.

Integrity is all about being the best person you can be: honesty, kindness, generosity and moral courage. It is about how we treat others. These basic values will give individuals the best opportunity to flourish in future lives.


Ms Hopkins, Student Support Specialist
Ms Hopkins, Student Support Specialist

I have studied child psychology, child development and developmental trauma and have worked in a range of places from Child Care Centres to schools, local authority and sports centres.

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I like working at Nova because I get to support young people through their educational journey. My role is to support confidence and self esteem, behaviour management, emotional and mental health and well being.

Having strong values set the ethos of the school and promotes a positive attitude to learning.


Miss Ludlow, House Manager Pegasus
Miss Ludlow, House Manager Pegasus

I have worked and trained in many SEN and behavioural support schools across Swindon. This has effectively tailored my approach to behaviour and pastoral care, ensuring that every student is supported with their individual needs. I have also been part of the Early Help Hub at Swindon Borough Council, and have a wide knowledge of support and systems for young people in the borough.

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Miss Ludlow

I joined the hub team at Nova to be part of the robust pastoral care which Nova delivers on a daily basis. Pupils at Nova are helpful, kind and a real credit to Swindon's younger generation. We work as one at Nova. This is really important as we are a family and every student matters. I like my role as Pegasus House Manager; myself and the students have a positive, mutual way of working, meaning that respect and kindness work both ways.

Drive, to me, is really important; as without drive, we go nowhere and often close doors instead of driving forward to open as many as we can for brighter futures.


Ms Serratore, House Manager Cygnus
Ms Serratore, House Manager Cygnus

Mrs Stephen, House Manager Orion, Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Stephen, House Manager Orion, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

I have worked in education for over 20 years, moving from Teaching Assistant to Pastoral Care around 8 years ago. 

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Mrs Stephen

The reason I chose to work in pastoral care, and safeguarding specifically is because I want every young person to thrive, and when people don't feel safe and supported they can't thrive. Doing my job allows me to give that security to young people when things aren't always going well, and to watch them achieve their potential is hugely satisfying.

While all our DISC values are important, I believe integrity to be the cornerstone for developing and shaping a young person's life. To be the best version of yourself every day demonstrates a desire for personal success while understanding the importance of respecting everyone in the community and beyond. Being trustworthy is one of the key characteristics of a leader, and I believe our student leadership opportunities at Nova Hreod are an ideal first step in developing this.

The thing I love best about my job is never knowing what the day will bring! I get the chance to improve young people's lives and I can't imagine wanting to do anything else.


SEND Team

Mr Wilkinson, PE Teacher, SENDCo
Mr Wilkinson, PE Teacher, SENDCo

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.  


Ms Preece, Art Teacher, Assistant SENDCo
Ms Preece, Art Teacher, Assistant SENDCo

I studied Fine Art at Central St Martin's, College of Art and Design at University of the Arts, London. Being an art teacher has been my main career, but I have also worked in a hairdressers, in a clothes shop and in a pub.

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Ms Preece

I became an art teacher because I enjoyed working with children at youth clubs and playschemes and I felt successful making art. Combining these two things gave me the perfect career. I love teaching and challenging young people to make things they can be proud of. I live by the maxim from Bob and Roberta Smith, "Art makes children powerful."

Teaching art is interesting because I know I am working with the next generation of creatives, such as make up artists, architects, fashion designers, inventors and photographers. The arts are so important and it is my job to show our students that anyone can draw, but also that art is far more than just drawing.

I think that everyone should have an equal chance at contributing to our community. As well as teaching art I am passionate about equality and making our school a fair and supportive place to be.


Ms Christopher
Ms Christopher

I started working as a teaching assistant at Nova Hreod 2 years ago. After studying my A Levels I chose to start my career in retail as well as working in London for a charity. I feel very lucky that I have travelled extensively as well as having the opportunity of living in Switzerland.

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Mrs Christopher

I became a TA because I want to help children develop and gr

Being a teaching assistant at Nova has given me the opportunity to support students with their learning as well as any emotional needs. I feel privileged that I am able to run intervention groups to support any additional English learning now and with the right support they can go on to become whoever they want to be.

For me, respect and kindness is what I hope to see in students at Nova and what we should all expect to receive from each other.


Mrs Fareed
Mrs Fareed

I work supporting the SEN Department and run maths interventions. I completed my Degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University, Karachi (Pakistan). As a TA, I am always looking for the opportunity to make a real difference into the lives of young pupil especially those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Mrs Fareed

Teaching maths is my passion and I really enjoy working with students to inspire them to use maths in real world application. The number of students taking up engineering/STEM careers is low across the UK, especially in students with special educational needs. I feel the right point in their academic timeline to inspire them towards it is at the GCSE which has been a prime driver for me in choosing the path of Teaching Assistant. The role is varied involving running interventions, helping students in lessons, mentoring them and  running exams.

I believe integrity along with drive are the keys to succeeding in life. A successful person is one who has the drive and determination to achieve their goals without compromising on their principles and good morals. It is important to inculcate good values such as honesty, respect and kindness in young people so that they can be responsible adults in the future and an asset to the society.


Mrs Howell
Mrs Howell

I'm a local girl, having studied at Hreod Burna High School and returned here to work at Hreod Parkway/Nova Hreod Academy for nearly twenty years.

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Mrs Howell

I enjoy being part of the SEN/SEND team helping students to access the curriculum.

I strongly believe that all of the DISC values are important in the development of a young person in becoming a complete person in adulthood as well as a complete member in society.

The thing I enjoy about working at Nova is that I get to support students to access the curriculum, to build confidence, to support students to reach their potential, and to encourage the joy of learning/education not just whilst at school but in their future lives as adults no matter their age.


Mrs Raymen
Mrs Raymen

I have worked at Nova over 14 years now and have many different supporting roles. I am currently the lead TA within the SEND team making sure provision and support enable success. I am truly honoured to work as the emotional literacy support assistant covering all year groups. I work alongside teachers and the SENCO to ensure students are fully supported emotionally to aid their learning academcally - if we are settled to learn we are happier to listen.

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Mrs Raymen

I love my role within Nova. I pride myself on being able to offer an open ear approach, helping them to overcome their emotional difficulties so they can go on to fulfill their dreams. It's lovely to help students learn how to believe in themselves, realise and achieve their goals and to be a part of their journey in their personal development.

Nova’s DISC values are at the forefront of my daily routines. My drive to succeed in everything I do within Nova and life keeps me strong and fulfilled. Knowing that struggles make us stronger and learning to problem solve and achieve our best even when at our lowest, helps us to become resilient and strong .


Miss Webb
Miss Webb

I attended local Wiltshire schools and my jobs have all focused on helping people. I have worked for the NHS, for a bank and in a veterinary practice before joining Nova as SEN Administrator.

 

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Miss Webb

I really do enjoy helping people, it's as simple as that. I am professional yet approachable with both students and parents. I love being in the position to provide help, support and advice to both parents and students. I try to find solutions to make the Nova day a good one for all concerned. Having the ability to empathise with people, by listening and talking is a key part of integrity. I really do try my best to put people at ease, by offering reassurance and care.


Also in SEN
Also in SEN

Miss Griffiths

Ms Martin

Mr Mason


Teaching Support

Miss Church
Miss Church

In supporting students to access the curriculum, to build confidence, to support students to reach their potential, and to encourage the joy of learning/education not just whilst at school but in their future lives as adults no matter their age.

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Miss Church

Working with children is a Joy. You never get bored, learning more from the students than anything else. Each day is new and exciting. Watching the students gain confidence in their skills and ideas is a delight.

I believe influence is an important DISC principle. This can change the way we look at the world, how we bring our thoughts and ideas into our surroundings. With the right influence you can do anything , also to think about how we can be the influence we want to see in the world. Art is great for this as gives you multiple platforms to express yourself from fine art, photography, film, and fashion.

Art is an interesting subject as there is no right answer. It is a way for you to express yourself. It allows you to have time to unwind and have fun. Everyone is different and works in different ways, it is amazing to see how each student will tackle a new topic.


Mr Pocock
Mr Pocock

I have had a varied working career and prior to moving into the education sector was an Purchasing Manager for one of the biggest companies in the world. My degree qualification is in Business and was achieved over 4 years whilst I was working full time. In addition to this, and after many years of playing football I undertook coaching qualifications. On achieving these I currently work for Southampton FC outside of school. Prior to this I worked at Swindon Town and Bristol City FC.

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Mr Pocock

I joined Nova in 2019 after many years at another academy in Swindon. I enjoy working with young people and supporting them through their school life and its many challenges. I am responsible for arranging Cover for absent teachers and get to see the whole of the school and the students performances in a variety of subjects. No day is the same in school and I enjoy the diversity of my role although it can be challenging.

Drive is an important principle I believe. In an competitive world having the drive to do well is a great quality to have. Inner determination and the drive to succeed will guarantee that you will always try to be the best you can be.

My job starts early in the morning and I am often on the phone before 7am to ensure that we have enough staff to teach our classes. I often breathe a sigh of relief when the first lesson starts and I know we have everyone in place for each subject. As I Cover many different lessons I get to see pupils in all subjects and get to work with all of the students in the school. This helps me to personalise interactions and feedback to all students in the school and contrasts with subject specific teachers. I love the interaction with students and seeing them develop into young adults.

 

 


Mrs Sweeney
Mrs Sweeney

I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and have worked at Nova Hreod Academy for almost three years.

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Mrs Sweeney

One of my main responsibilities is assisting in DT Food practical lessons. I love this opportunity to get 'hands on' with the students in the kitchen. Our students are always particularly enthusiastic about cooking, which is delightful to see. It is very rewarding for me to see the amazing cakes, scones, bread, pizzas and other culinary delights that are created by our students, particularly if they have never cooked before. There is nothing more satisfying to me than a student who is proud of their creation. I love to see how lessons inspire a passion for food, cooking and creativity in the students.

I think it is important that we are kind and respectful to one another and ourselves. We need to believe in ourselves and others in order to achieve success. In DT I think it is especially valuable to be encouraging to our fellow students and to be helpful, particularly if someone may be feeling unconfident in a practical task.


Also in Teaching Support
Also in Teaching Support

Mrs Bathe

Mr Paillard


Business Support Team

Mrs Freeman
Mrs Freeman

I studied in Birmingham and have worked in education support for over 20 years. As the Office Manager at Nova, my role is to ensure that the administrative functions are run efficiently and effectively in school, and I love being able to play a small part in the growth and development of our young people.

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Mrs Freeman

I am fortunate to be part of an amazing team who support each other and the wider Nova community. Nova is a great place - there's no such thing as a boring day at work.  

Honesty and kindness are two features that say a lot about a person. In practising and promoting integrity, we are able to respect ourselves and help the people around us.

 

 


Mrs Gingell
Mrs Gingell

I love working at Nova where we are all a big family. I enjoy watching the students grow into young, independent adults, knowing we have helped them on their way.

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Mrs Gingell

My job is interesting as I get to speak to both parents and students assisting them with any issues or worries they may have.

I feel everyone should have integrity, valuing other people and aiming to be trustworthy and honest at all times.


Mrs Grant
Mrs Grant

After studying an AAT accountancy technician qualification at Swindon College I worked at Walt Disney World in Florida for a year. I joined Nova as Finance Officer in 2015.

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Mrs Grant

I enjoy looking after school finances, from expense claims, to trip costing, to ordering books and materials - it's such a varied role. We love supporting busy teachers and getting to know all the staff.I think it's important to have drive - we are always driving for improvements and driving for getting the best from ourselves and our students.

It's interesting to work with all departments in the school, from the catering staff, caretakers, teachers and support staff as well as the parents, so we get to know the whole school community in regards to finance.


Ms Calle Martin
Ms Calle Martin

I studied Marketing and Business in Spain many years ago. I am also an IT programmer and an ELE Spanish teacher. I am currently studying a Languages degree with the Open University. 

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Ms Calle Martin

I have worked at Nova almost since I moved to England 14 Years ago. I run Reprographics and I am in charge of most of the publication designs and displays at the school. I also mentor and help English Additional Language students and this is one of the reasons why I decided to join the Open University two years ago. Helping students to integrate in the English community, language and culture has been always one of the most remarkable jobs I have ever done.

Integrity and honesty are those values that help people to be better persons and citizens. In a school where we have students from thirty different countries it is very important to develop a type of scholarship tailored to the diversity and necessities of every single child.

I love designing and like things always looking good. This is my favourite hobby and I am very lucky to make it my daily job. Working with students is also an extra bonus, as they make every day different and remarkable.


Mrs Minczak
Mrs Minczak

I graduated from English Philology with the specialisation in teaching English as a foreign language. I chose this degree as English language was my passion. I loved the opportunities English gave me - to be able to speak with people from so many different parts of the world. Being fluent in English has also made my life here in the UK easier when I arrived here 8 years ago.  

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Mrs Minczak

Knowing English has also enabled me to change direction in my career.  Studying towards CIPD Certificates in HR would have been impossible without knowing the language.  Knowing a foreign language is simply amazing. It gives you so many different opportunities, it broadens your horizons and opens up so many doors, your endless possibilities. Recruitment plays an important part of my daily responsibilities. Finding the right staff to work with our Nova students gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

Nowadays, with so much hatred being present in the world I find integrity, mutual respect and kindness as the most important principles. Kindness could impact someone in ways we never know. One simple act of kindness could completely change someone’s perspective.  It can bring hope to someone who feels hopeless. Treat others the way you would want to be treated and you will make a big difference.


Mrs Richards
Mrs Richards

I have worked in school environments within Swindon for the last 20 years.  I enjoy working with technology, and being Marketing Assistant at Nova Hreod gives me the ability to use the website and social media in a constructive way to promote the school.

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Mrs Richards

What makes my job interesting is the variety of work.  Two days are never the same. I get to meet the staff and parents and use social media as part of my job – what more could anyone want?

Integrity is important to me. I would rather tell the truth and suffer the consequences than lie and later admit the truth.  I feel it is easier to admit when you are wrong as people will respect you more.  We all learn from our mistakes and, being human, we will all make them.


Mrs Read
Mrs Read

After leaving school I studied office management at Trowbridge College. I then worked in various roles for Wiltshire County Council for 18 years and have now been at Nova Hreod for 17 years.

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Mrs Read

I enjoy my role in student services where I get to interact with students. The role is a busy one, where no two days are the same. There is always something new to learn. Every day is a school day, even for me. I like being the focal point for students, staff and parents, and being the first-point provider of information but, to me, there is nothing more rewarding than watching the students grow into wonderful individuals during their  five years at Nova Hreod.

I think Integrity is important, as being honest, respectful and  trustworthy will enhance your life.


Mrs Shurley
Mrs Shurley

I studied Communication Studies and Sociology at Bracknell College.  I have worked as a volunteer in various roles but my favourite one was being a presenter on Hospital Radio as I got to meet lots of different and interesting people.

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Mrs Shurley

I enjoy working in the library as it is a varied role where I get to meet with students several times a day and I get to be surrounded by lots of interesting books. Everyday I get to work alongside students who want to gain or improve their skills by either being a student librarian or coming in the library to find an interesting book to read.  Every day is different.

The DISC principle that I think is most important to me is integrity.  By being polite, honest, trustworthy and kind you can build a good relationship with students and help them to develop their confidence.


Mrs Taylor
Mrs Taylor

I studied a secretarial course at Newbury College and then went on to work at a local leisure centre for 20 years as Office Manager. I had a break in employment to bring up my daughter and then returned to work at Nova.

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Mrs Taylor

I co-ordinate all the trips for Nova ranging from local walks and theatre trips to more adventurous voyages to Paris, Barcelona and skiing.  This is very a fulfilling, rewarding and exciting role as no two trips are the same.

I am situated in student services and there is never a dull day when the students don't make me laugh.

I think integrity is the most important DISC principle.  If someone is polite, honest, kind and trustworthy it says a lot about them personally. These qualities may be more valued in certain circumstances than a list of high qualifications.


Mr Thompson
Mr Thompson

I studied IT at Swindon Academy sixth form and went on to join the Swindon cluster as IT/Media Apprentice Technician.

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Mr Thompson

For me it was never enough to go to work and get a paycheck for my trouble, i had to know what i did helped someone, that what i did mattered, before i was here i worked in a betting shop, easily one of the most harrowing and soulcrushing places ive seen, so when i got the opportunity to make a living supporting the education of people only a little younger than myself, i took it without question, and i am improving not only professionally but personally too.

I'm a person who loves tech and getting his hands dirty so being in IT is great, on top of this I'm in media, meaning I handle productions such as theatre shows and band performances. I'll be honest, building and maintaining the school network as well as putting together all the technical aspects of a good show is bitter work, but when it all works together as it should, the results are more than worth it. The feeling of satisfaction when all the gears mesh together perfectly is indescribable.


Mr Silveira
Mr Silveira

Motived and influenced by technology, I am a very curious individual aspiring to learn and develop my skills within IT, It’s never enough for me when it comes to learning something new in IT, I am always curious to understand complex concepts in IT.I did my schooling in the middle east.

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In addition, to my qualifications I have recently completed an IT apprenticeship at Swindon college. I am very much career driven and passionate and I think, working at Nova Hreod academy and being a part of UL will help me to work my way through and achieve the knowledge I need in order to be successful in IT.

Working in IT also gives me an open opportunity to help and socialise with people. One of the DISC values I think is most valuable is CONTRIBUTION. And by working in IT I will be able to contribute my time in supporting the staff and students. And if I am able in demonstrating and making others aware of how a particular concept in IT works, I can comfortably say that I am an successful individual because knowledge must be used in order to enlighten others, I have always believed in unity and we should always support others for the right cause.    


Also in Business Support
Also in Business Support

Mrs Butler

Mrs Fraser

Mrs Gawthorn

Mrs Henly

Mr Logan


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