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Science Team

Dr Clapp, Faculty Leader
Dr Clapp, Faculty Leader

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.


Miss Dominy, Head of Aquila House
Miss Dominy, Head of Aquila House

I studied forensic science at Derby University before completing my teacher training at Nottingham Trent University.

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I love teaching science and helping students to unravel things about the world around them. Science is obviously the best subject and puts so much meaning to the things we see in the world, but also helps us to understand the things we cannot see.

My favourite of Nova’s DISC values, and the one I think is most important is integrity. I believe that we should do things because it is who were are, not just to be seen to be doing good or to avoid being in trouble.


Dr Benson
Dr Benson

I was fortunate to be awarded a bursary with Sasol which funded my first degree in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry at Natal University in South Africa. I came to England to complete my Ph.D in Organometallic Chemistry at Southampton University on a scholarship. After several years making pharmaceuticals, I decided it was time for a new challenge and was offered a GDP training programme at a local school.

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Dr Benson

I enjoy teaching at Nova because all the strategies that are put in place are research based and evidence driven. Time is invested to embed the strategies. In the past I have taught in schools where a new initiative was put in place every year and not followed through. Students often ask me why I am a teacher when I could have an exciting role in industry - I explain that the years I have spent teaching have been the most enjoyable and rewarding. Every lesson is different, every child brings a different challenge and a different success.

Of all of the DISC values, I can relate to Drive the most. It is not necessarily the most talented or the most intelligent person who will succeed, but the one who is most driven, the one who keeps trying in spite of adversity. I always had a passion for Science even as a child I realised that a good education was the route to independence and self determination.


Ms Brogden
Ms Brogden

I went to the University of Bristol to complete my BSc in Biochemistry. I loved Bristol so much that I stayed on to complete an MSc in Exercise and Health Science. After working in health promotion for three years I returned to university to complete a PGCE in Science: chemistry education.

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Ms Brogden

When I  first visited Nova, the thing that most appealed to me was the friendliness of every single person that I met. When on interview, I was questioned by a panel of students, it was this experience that I most remember. The students at Nova are just as warm and welcoming as the staff.

Our Science lessons and Supernova enrichment and trips inspire our students to get involved in understanding the whole world which is out there to discover.

For me, Integrity is one of our most important DISC values - politeness, honesty, trustworthiness, kindnes, respect, support and challenge. Every day we endeavour to be a better version of ourselves and to bring out the best in each other. It is these principles that make us likeable and makes the world a truly wonderful place in which to live our lives


Ms Edwards
Ms Edwards

I studied at Thames Valley University, BSC (Hons) Chemistry, and was previously a Development Chemist working for Castrol before a career change to teaching. 

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Science is happening all around us and unfortunately humans are having a huge impact on our lovely planet. I want to get the importance of science in our everyday lives across to the students.

I can't single out just one of the DISC principles as I think they are all important as in life you need Drive, Integrity, Scholarship and Contribution.


Ms Fabrizio
Ms Fabrizio

I studied medical biochemistry at Leicester University, where I worked part time as a residential adviser. I ran fun events in the evening to make sure that every student was enjoying their University experience to the full.

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Ms Fabrizio

I've always wanted to pursue a career that will give value to people's lives. Being a teacher allows me to do that in so many different and creative ways. Seeing students get excited about science and leaving my classroom with a smile on their face is one of the best things about working at Nova. Every single day is different and I never know what to expect. The one thing that is constant is that there will always be someone to make you smile

I think that all of the DISC values are important, but one that resonates with me the most is scholarship; being curious and keen to learn will not only shape us individually, but help us make this world a better place for everyone.


Mrs King
Mrs King

Mrs King

I came to Nova when it was Hreod Parkway in 2000 as assistant head of department and quickly became head of science. I wanted to make a change in my local community and enthuse students to love science. 20 years later I am still here because I love the students here and am now teaching the children of those students.

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I think drive is really important. If you want something and it's important you'll find a way and not an excuse. I always say "hard work trumps talent".

Every day is different at Nova, I love getting to know students and watching them grow educationally as well as in confidence. I am lucky to be able to do lots of cool experiments with classes and watch their faces light up.


Mr Power
Mr Power

I studied for a BSc in Archaeology at Reading University followed by an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University.  The latter was based at the military defence academy near Shrivenham so I had the opportunity to carry out ballistics research projects at the resources there.

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Mr Power

I became a teacher at Nova because I love my subject which seeks to explain the world around us and I can think of nothing better than to introduce others to this vital subject. Teaching is relentlessly challenging and highly rewarding.

Feeling like one is making a contribution to the wider world is the ambition of many people in their careers and lives generally.  It is important to give students a strong foundation from which they can go on to make their own contribution.


English Team

Ms Unsworth, Faculty Leader
Ms Unsworth, Faculty Leader

Miss Durkin
Miss Durkin

I studied at both universities in Bath - the University of Bath (Psychology) and Bath Spa University (PGDE in English).

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Miss Durkin

Nova is a lovely place to work because the staff and students are passionate and caring about what they do and each other. It's been amazing to get to know some wonderful pupils over the past year and they continue to surprise me with their talent, kindness and dedication. I love teaching English because it differs so much from class to class; students have their own approaches to a text, which are often very different from mine. I think it's this ability to see the same work in so many different ways that makes English such an interesting and exciting subject to teach and study.

Scholarship is something that is lifelong: it doesn't stop after you leave Nova, after you leave college or even after you leave university. At Nova, all students are encouraged to be curious and have a desire to learn and it's these traits that will help the to succeed in the long term.


Miss Gibb
Miss Gibb

I came to Nova having studied for a degree in Drama at the University of West England in Bristol before completing my teacher training at Oxford Brookes University. I knew from a young age that I was going to be a teacher.  Since qualifying as a teacher, I have been lucky to have had a varied teaching career. Before I arrived at Nova I spent time teaching in a college as well as teaching basic skills to adults who were unemployed.

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I love teaching at Nova and joining the school was the best decision I have made. As clichéd as it sounds, Nova feels like home to me. No two days are the same and I love working with our students and helping them to develop, both in terms of their subject knowledge but also as young people. For me, teaching both English and Drama allows me to share with our students the two things I love most. Studying literature allows us to explore the world from other peoples’ perspectives and has the power to give us the empathy, understanding and passion to explore the world around us. What can be better than that?

I think all of our DISC values are important. They give our students the skills and qualities to go out into the world and to become the best version of themselves


Mrs Hobson
Mrs Hobson

I have been a teacher of English at Nova for seven years, though started out on a different path gaining my BA (hons) degree in valuation and auctioneering: fine art and chattels from DeMontfort University.  After various positions within the antiques and jewellery industry I decided to change paths and gained my PCGE at Bath Spa University.

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Nova Hreod Academy is more than a school. It is a community where both students and teachers aim to be the best they can be. I love introducing new books to the students and concepts that they have not covered before. My enthusiasm for the subject quite often leads to students finding their new favourite book or poem. I also enjoy encouraging the students to share and recommend any books they have found intriguing or interesting.

I believe that the integrity of our students is very important. At Nova Hreod our students are kind and compassionate which reflects in their drive to make the school a welcoming environment.


Ms Lanphier
Ms Lanphier

I studied at The Open University and I have a degree in English Language and Literature. I then went on to Bath Spa University for my PGCE. My particular area of interest is linguistics.

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I love Nova as it has an excellent community feel. From the first time I saw the beautiful atrium I knew I was at home here. The students at Nova bring happiness to my days and I love my classroom to be a space of joy, laughter and learning. I love my subject. Of course I am biased. English Language is such a fascinating and evolving area of research - from the politics of language to forensic linguistics it is so diverse. I know from my students that my joy for the subject is infectious so I think you will love it too.

I think drive and scholarship are incredibily important. I have had to work hard to get to my dream job and it is resilience I want to instill in those I teach. I teach from a research based perspective - I always have my head in a textbook to make myself a better teacher and I cannot stress the importance and joy of scholarship enough.


Mr Law
Mr Law

I studied English at Oxford University as an undergraduate and later studied for my PGCE at Oxford. I have worked in the English as a Foreign Language sector as Assistant Director of Studies in a language school, which has given me a strong understanding of the components of the four English skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening). .

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Mr Law

I became a teacher at Nova because I realised that commitment to the flourishing of our staff and our students is at the centre of what we at Nova strive to achieve. The approach to teaching and learning is informed by a clear direction and illuminating research.

For me, scholarship is a key ingredient to success. To be able to express yourself with precision and fluency is a valuable tool whichever path you take in life.

I believe that English is a fascinating subject. Within this one subject, you learn to read analytically, express yourself clearly and also, perhaps most importantly of all, discover new perspectives with which to understand and explore the world around you.


Dr Radice, Senior Assistant Principal
Dr Radice, Senior Assistant Principal

In preparation for becoming an English teacher, I studied literature for as long as I possibly could, which is why I have the title ‘Dr’ rather than ‘Mr’: it refers to my third and final university degree. Don’t ask me to prescribe you medicines, but do ask me about literature, because I love to discuss it. I’m always pushing my own knowledge further.

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Dr Radice

Being a teacher is a fantastic job. Working with young people is always varied and interesting, especially when you are sharing with them the best that has been thought and said, and helping them to find true happiness by becoming better versions of themselves.

As well as being an English teacher, I am Senior Assistant Principal, and this is where my job becomes even more interesting. Literature is endlessly fascinating, but what is even more important about Nova Hreod is that we want you to become better people. We want you to become kinder, more hard working, more polite, and ultimately, happier individuals. We want you to have integrity so that you can have successful and fulfilling lives, both here at school and beyond.


Ms Weeks
Ms Weeks

I studied at UCL, where I achieved a BA Hons in Russian and Italian.  

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Ms Weeks

I think it's vital for everyone to have Drive so that they can strive to achieve their potential. 

Teaching English is different everyday. I love having discussions with my students about their interpretation of a text and I regularly hear opinions that I've never heard before. It's exciting to see the students so engaged and coming up with their own ideas.  Nova places such great importance on bringing out the best in every student, teaching them valuable skills to succeed in all walks of life. 


Mr Wells, Headteacher
Mr Wells, Headteacher

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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Mr Wells

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. 


Also in English Team
Also in English Team

Ms M Kirpalani


Humanities Team

Miss Sayers, Faculty Leader
Miss Sayers, Faculty Leader

I studied Law and German at Cardiff University. I originally wanted to argue in court as a barrister but, halfway through my degree, I decided that being a teacher would be much more interesting. History is the story of where we have come from but it can help us also explain where we are going. History can be pretty complicated and hardly ever plays out like it does in films. I love communicating this richness and complexity to my pupils and helping them to become the citizens of future decades.

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Ms Sayers

I trained to be a teacher at Nova and I have been working here for almost 10 years. I love Nova because of our welcoming and supportive community. Even as a teacher I often have to do things which are new or which scare me. In my experience both pupils and staff are incredibly supportive of people trying new things.

For me, drive is particularly important for achieving success. We may not always find things easy, but having the determination to keep trying, even when we fail, is what has helped many of the most successful people in the world rise to greatness.


Mrs Bekir
Mrs Bekir

I completed a joint degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy and Globalisation at University of Wales.

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Mrs Bekir

I came to Nova as a brand new teacher; NQT and the support and caring environment has lead me to stay here for the last 12 years! I love working at Nova as the students always seem so very interested in my subject, they ask really big questions and are keen to challenge me as well as me challenging them! I am the lead for RE in Humanities and I really enjoy thinking of ways to help students see the world for themselves; to ask questions about what is going on in the world, and to give them the accurate and important knowledge so they can form strong, well argued points of view.

I think scholarship is important because as you grow into young adults you'll start to form your own opinions. It is really important that these opinions are informed correctly with accurate subject knowledge. That you aren't deciding on opinions based on things you have overheard or seen on unreliable platforms such as some social media! Scholarship and the drive to learn, know and understand diverse and varied subjects will help you become a better person in the future and will help you achieve your full potential! that is why is think scholarship is important.


Ms Burman
Ms Burman

I teach humanities and have a passion for history.  I studied history at the Universities of Hull and Sheffield before completing my PGCE at the University of Bristol.

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Ms Burman

For me, History is our collective and most powerful story. It helps make sense of the world and teaches us not only who we are, but who we could be. It is important we all know our story because in order to change our future, we first need to understand our past.

Whilst all our DISC values are important, I really want our students to develop a sense of integrity during their time with us. For me, integrity means kindness, thoughtfulness and a strong sense of justice.  Whatever the future holds for our students, their lives will be enriched by these qualities, and they will have the power to enrich the lives of others.


Mr Foster, Head of Year 11
Mr Foster, Head of Year 11

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!


Miss Owen
Miss Owen

I studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Exeter and I completed my teacher training here at Nova

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Miss Owen

I became an RE teacher because I love teaching children about all the different kinds of people across the world and in our own society. When I was at school it was this type of education that inspired me to travel and experience as much as I could. As an RE teacher no day or lesson is the same. Every student arrives with different beliefs and experiences which I always encourage them to share and discuss with the class.

RE is such an important subject because it encourages everyone to have integrity. By learning about how others live and what they believe we in turn learn to be kind and respectful. It is our responsibility to challenge stereotypes and promote tolerance and love.


Mrs Roberts
Mrs Roberts

I studied History and Sociology at Bath Spa University and then went on to complete by PGCE in History and the University of Gloucestershire.

I became a history teacher at Nova in 2004, inspired by my history teacher when I was at school. Nova is a great place to work. I love shaping the history curriculum in a manner which ensures students receive the best quality of education they can. Our curriculum is based on academic research and plenty of reading, enriching our students knowledge constantly and we encourage this with all students too.

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Mrs Roberts

Some people think that history is simply about dates and knowing them off by heart. History is more than this, it is about understanding our past, finding out how we got to where we are today, how events link together despite the fact that they may have happened years apart form each other. History allows us to question, be inquisitive, and be interested in events that have shaped society over a period of time.

All of our DISC principles are important but I do think that drive is key for all students. To achieve, we all need drive and that is something that I think Nova instils in every students from day one. With drive and determination, all can aim high and be anything they want to be.


Mr Silvester
Mr Silvester

I read history at the University of Gloucestershire before completing my history PGCE at the University of Worcester.

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Mr Silvester

I became a teacher at Nova Hreod due to the high expectations that Nova expects from all the students that walk through the door and become a part of our community. I have enjoyed working at Nova since day one. It is fantastic to see the students push themselves to succeed and produce work to a very high standard. My subject is interesting as I get to teach students about the events and people that have shaped the world. As Nova students progress from year 7 all the way to year 11, I get to see this vast bank of knowledge develop into an interconnected understanding of world history and how it has impacted on our lives today.

I think integrity is an essential principle at Nova. Our aim is to help students develop into educated fully rounded young adults who are polite, honest, trustworthy, kind and respectful to not only the staff but also their peers.


Ms Whittaker
Ms Whittaker

I studied geography at the University of Cambridge. I love working with students at Nova, because they are curious, hardworking and respectful. My favourite moments are when, after hours of practice, students are able to ask considered questions and express their own ideas in sophisticated ways.

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Miss Whittaker

Across the world, we face massive problems that are very difficult to solve, like poverty, climate change, rapid urbanisation, natural hazards and resource management. Learning about these problems in geography is fascinating, because they are all linked and involve lots of different people who cannot agree on one solution.

I think scholarship is important, because it allows us to make thoughtful contributions to our world, by seeking out new knowledge and debating ideas. Knowledge helps us understand other people and places, by enabling us to see the world in new ways.


Also in Humanities
Also in Humanities

Miss Manterfield

Mr Spackman


Mathematics and Computing Team

Mr Watkins, Faculty Leader
Mr Watkins, Faculty Leader

I studied a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, followed by a PGCE at London Southbank University and an MSc at Oxford University.

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Mr Watkins

I am lucky enough to be head of the Mathematics, Computing and Business faculty at Nova. This is an amazing role as I get to shape how the entire school learn mathematics and how this links in with the GCSEs we offer. Maths is a subject all about problem solving, which is an invaluable skill regardless of what path you take in life. There are so many reasons why my job is interesting - the three main ones are: the fascinating subject matter, the exceptional team of teachers I work with and the incredible students we teach.

All of our DISC values are incredibly important, but I think perhaps the most important is integrity. Communities thrive when they are full of people who have a strong sense of integrity - people who can be trusted and who do things not just because they have to, or because they want to impress others, but because it is who they are.


Mrs Castan-Remis
Mrs Castan-Remis

Having initially studied Chemistry at the University of Oviedo in Spain, I relocated to the UK to complete my studies, ending up with a MSc (Hons)  in Environmental Chemistry from Coventry University. After gaining some experience as a chemist and a University research scientist I completed a PGCE in Maths to enable me to teach it in schools.

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Mrs Castan-Remis

What I like the most about my role is preparing good lessons and helping students to make progress in the subject, enjoy learning maths, and be proud of their achievements. My job is very interesting because I learn new things every day and no two days are ever the same.

I believe all our DISC principles are important, but I particularly appreciate integrity in my friends, people I work with and my students. I would rather be told the truth than be told a lie and then find out the truth later. I think people should be honest and take responsibility for their own actions.  We learn from our mistakes.


Mrs Clare
Mrs Clare

I studied Mathematics at the University of the west of England as a mature student (40 years old) and then I went on to complete my teacher training.

I love the mix of personalities in the classroom and I enjoy seeing students when they achieve something new, especially if they didn't think that they could.

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Mrs Clare

Drive is important because we can use our drive to achieve great things,  even if we aren't starting from the best place.

The thing I love most about my job is that maths is everywhere. We can use it to solve so many different types of puzzles and problems.


Ms Evans
Ms Evans

I studied at the University of Brighton and hold a BA(Hons) in business and ICT with QTS.

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Ms Evans

Nova is a bright and vibrant school in which there is a clear underlying theme of commitment to learning.  It is an absolute pleasure to come to work each day. Teenagers are the key thing that make my job interesting. Also, seeing new ideas come to life through the development of ICT skills in order to create media products, and understanding how new business ideas come about and what makes a business thrive and grow is fascinating.

Drive is such a key value in life and is so important in my subject areas of business and media.  With drive and enthusiasm for an idea a new business will become a success, and media products will be made that inspire others.  Determination, pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas will ensure an entrepreneur prospers, and this value can be replicated in a business and media classroom.


Mrs Malik
Mrs Malik

I have a degree in Combined STEM from the Open University. I completed this alongside working in an alternative post-16 provision. I am also an A'limah - a female scholar and minister. This has been my role for a decade in Swindon and I am often contacted to speak on BBC Radio Wiltshire due to this. I studied in Lancaster and attained a Masters in Islamic Theology and Jurisprudence with Inheritance Law.

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Mrs Malik

I am new to Nova and I am exceedingly excited to get to know everyone. I absolutely love maths. I have had a passion for it since a young age and my secondary school Headmistress saw this. I would not be where I am today if I did not have such amazing teachers and mentors. I really think all students have the potential to shine as brightly as the stars in the sky.

I really enjoy the 'lightbulb' moments when working with people of all ages. Curiosity is what pushed me to embark on a journey in theology at such a young age, I had a lot of questions and I did not want vague answers. In turn this has put me on a path to work with people of all backgrounds and ages in a pastoral setting as well as in education.

Scholarship has been such an integral part of my education and school's ethos. Scholars are held to high esteem in many societies around the world. In some cultures the highest rank is to be a scholar, it is higher than being a ruler/King or billionaire.


Mr Sheehan
Mr Sheehan

I studied maths at the University of Bristol and loved my time there. I enjoyed being able to prove amazing things in maths like why there are infinitely many prime numbers.

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Mr Sheehan

The students at Nova are hard working and have a true desire to learn and share ideas. Maths is often described as the language of the universe and we can find mathematics in every day life. The Fibonacci sequence is seen in nature and the golden ratio is used in design, architecture and typography.

Contribution is important because it is at the heart of learning. Sharing unique skills, new ideas and working as a team make a classroom thrive.


Mr Tudsbery
Mr Tudsbery

I studied economics at Southampton University, and then went on to train as a chartered accountant. I have worked as an accountant and finance manager in commerce for 30 years before joining the teaching profession, doing my PGCE at Bath Spa University last year. I changed career to became a teacher to get more fulfillment from my work, to have a job that makes a difference and is genuinely worthwhile. I want to help young children fulfil their ambitions, and I am excited about working with children, and the change from the office environment.

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Mr Tudsbery

Maths is all about thinking logically, and solving problems, which I have been doing all my life. Teaching maths gives young people a skill that has a wide application, well beyond knowing about cosines and tangents. Also in maths, there is often more than one way to solve a problem, and this brings out the different ways that people think.

I believe that integrity is really important in all of society, and the values of integrity - honesty, kindness, trust are values that will serve people well for their whole life. To instill these values into young people is as important as academic success, in forming well rounded individuals with good social skills.


Also in Maths
Also in Maths

Mr Lomas


Modern Foreign Languages

Ms Holtom, Faculty Leader
Ms Holtom, Faculty Leader

I completed my BA(hons) in French and Spanish through the Open University and then trained as a teacher through United Teaching at Nova, gaining my PGCE from the Institute of Education at University College London.

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Ms Holtom

I’ve loved every role I've had at Nova. I've supported students with academic and pastoral aspects of their lives here before I moved on to teaching, finally becoming Head of Languages. The students here respect their teachers and are so polite and helpful. I strongly believe that the way we speak shapes how we think. Speaking another language does so much for us. It's not just for when we go on holiday. I am also inspired by our students who speak different languages and enjoy learning words and phrases from them in their native tongues. I once learnt how to say Happy Christmas in 9 different languages so I could wish them all a Happy Christmas.

I truly believe in drive - being able to dust yourself off when things don't go your way and moving on is not just good for learning but also for one's wellbeing. We have to find the ways not to do things before finding the right ways. We have to make mistakes to learn and not taking things to heart can mean we are happier individuals.


Mr Miller
Mr Miller

I studied European Studies with French and Italian at the University of Bath. I was grateful to have the chance to work abroad as a translator in France and an English teacher in Italy. Following this, I managed to find work using both languages in Swindon. However, in the long run I always wanted to teach and this is when I decided to complete my PGCE at the University of Bristol.

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Mr Miller

There is never a dull moment at Nova with lots of activities offered for all groups throughout the year. Some may question why they have to learn French, but we certainly make students realise that it opens up possibilities to immerse themselves in new cultures, find work in all different fields, whether sport or music, and most importantly, build their opinions on the world around them.

I became a teacher at Nova because I wanted students to realise that the world is theirs and give them the chance to broaden their horizons after leaving school, whether in a fulfiling career or going on to study at university.

Drive is so important in life because without it, you feel lost. It doesn't matter what your goal is, as long as you are putting in the best effort - anything is achievable. Success is never handed to you; it's earned when you're ambitious enough to work for it and get back up everytime you fall down. That's what a true Nova student does.


Mr Naseem
Mr Naseem

I studied Arabic and Persian at university and I enjoy learning about different cultures.

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I enjoy the interactions with students at Nova and their excitement to learn. Drive is important for us to take ownershiip in what we are doing.


Mrs Stanea
Mrs Stanea

I studied French and Romanian language and literature at the University of "1 December 1918" Alba Iulia, Romania, where I also completed a Masters Degree in French-Romanian Cultural confluences alongside teacher training. I have taught French since 2008

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Mrs Stanea

I still remember how familiar everything seemed to me during the  warm welcoming interview day even though is more then a year ago. I was impressed by the students’ behaviour and courtesy and I felt, all of a sudden, part of the team. I am so proud to be supported  by a highly successful leadership team where positivity embraces each step forward. I love languages and speak fluent French, Romanian, Spanish and English. Every day as a language teacher is a challenge, a blessing and a gift. Teaching a language, like learning a language, is a process that never stops

All of the DISC values are very important as they blend and support each other enduringly.  What has always described my path though was to never give up. I know changes might be hard at the beginning, a bit messy in the middle, but nothing compares with the gorgeous feeling of achievement at the end.


Performance, Art & Design

Ms Fegan, Faculty Leader
Ms Fegan, Faculty Leader

I studied a foundation degree in Art followed by an honours degree in Intermedia Art at Edinburgh University. I started my teaching career in Cornwall where I started to specialise in Digital Art and Photography.

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Ms Fegan

I am very lucky to be able to do a job that I truly enjoy. I am able to combine my love of learning with my love for Art! I get the privilege of watching and encouraging young people to develop on their creative journies and seeing them become creative young adults; it’s an inspiring job. I sit in the audience at school shows, bursting with pride at the achievement of our Nova students.

One of our school values is contribution, which is something I feel very strongly about. Before coming into teaching, I worked for a while as an artist. After graduating from Art college, I felt that I needed to contribute more to my local community. I felt that art has the possibility to shape the world around us, and that I had a responsibility to try and have a possitive impact on my community. Now my community is my school and I feel I is important to contribute to school life in a positive way. This is often through clubs and extra curricular opportunities for students.


Mrs Camm
Mrs Camm

Before moving to this part of the world I began studying for a Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Technology and then continued my study over a number of years to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Design & Technology an Advanced Diploma in Education and a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics.

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Mrs Camm

I love working at Nova Hreod and arrived on the scene just before the completion of the ‘new’ school.  I was in awe of the design and still am every day. My middle leadership role has morphed over the years but at heart I remain a teacher of Design and Technology. I truly value the opportunities to work within a team and lead in Design and Technology. 

I relish a challenge and see my drive to learn and to teach as something to which we can all aspire. We all need determination to get something done. Smart, efficient working techniques are at the core of it. You take your chances in life, but you also have to take responsibly for making those chances happen. Through their drive and determination some students I’ve worked with have had the privilege to meet famous people from  royals to Prime Ministers and VIPs at Westminster Abbey. They have worked with celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and guested on TV shows. They have even met with the astronaut Tim Peake and designed food that travelled with him to the International Space Station. Even space is not the limit for Nova students.


Mr Cowdell
Mr Cowdell

I am honoured to fulfil my role as a teacher at Nova Hreod. I gained my BA (Hons) and Masters Degree in performing arts at the University of Kent, my specialism during my Masters year was physical theatre. I qualified to be a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University. I always knew I wanted to become a teacher right from being a teenager and have spent my free time throughout my studies volunteering and teaching.

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Mr Cowdell

The role of drama teacherf is both challenging and rewarding. What is most interesting is that each student brings their own views, ideas and opinions. This, in turn, sheds new light onto the way we explore and research what is being covered. Drama has the power to empower everyone. I love working in a department that is collaborative with the whole school with students at the centre.

All of our DISC principles are important. However, without drive and determination to succeed, the possibility of falling short are high. The principle of drive is what got me here to where I am today. Having faced many challenges along the way, I was able to break expectation with the drive to do better.


Mr Griffiths
Mr Griffiths

I studied a degree in music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I then moved to Estonia where I worked as a sound engineer, DVD authorer and video editor. After leaving Tallinn I moved to Glasgow where I worked in a post production studio working on audio for T.V and radio commercials, sound design for games, trailers and films, sound mixing and voice recording.

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I joined the team at Nova because I found the vision inspiring and it was evident how the DISC values were displayed by students in every lesson when I visited the school. As an individual I love working on projects, starting from nothing and creating something special. As a teacher I am privileged to work alongside young people who are creating and inspiring each other on a daily basis, creating a vibrant work environment. This collaborative learning experience not only produces a fantastic outcome but the process itself is also incredibly rewarding. As Head of Performing Arts I love to encourage, nurture and celebrate talent so that students are able to make amazing progress and fulfil their potential in an exciting role in the vibrant Arts industry. I am lucky to see and hear amazing performances every day and work with students on a subject I am passionate about. As a Head of House I am fascinated by character development and how students can be challenged, inspired and supported from a wide range of sources. I love working as a team and in Cygnus House I couldn't ask for a more dynamic, diverse and inspiring group of people. As Super Nova lead I am responsible for ensuring that every student has the opportunity to pursue their interests outside of lessons and provide them with the opportunity to experience new challenges. We already have a fantastic timetable and I look forward to watching this grow.I believe contribution is important because as a school we are a sum of our parts and therefore only as strong as the individuals who contribute.Music provides anyone and everyone with an opportunity to express any emotion imaginable through a huge variety of avenues. Put simply, no matter how picky you are, somewhere out there somebody has written a song you can connect with.


Mr Hillary
Mr Hillary

I started teaching in the Royal Air Force and studied for my B.Ed at Westminster College - Oxford. I decided to teach at Nova as I enjoy the enthusiasm of the pupils and the systems in place that allow our pupils to be taught without disruption. I teach Design Technology as it allows students to use their imagination and develop their own interests in projects alongside the skills and knowledge which they will need and use in everyday life when they are older.

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Mr Hillary

I enjoy my job as it allows me to see the pride and happiness shown by pupils when they use a machine or tool they were wary of; make something they never thought they could; or overcome a situation they thought they couldn't get out of - and we have fun on the way.

Integrity is one of the main principles I try to promote in all school life


Mrs Moore
Mrs Moore

I studied Fashion and Textiles Design at The University of the West of England In Bristol. I then studied my PGCE in Design and Technology to become a teacher.

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I wanted to become a teacher to share my creative skills and inspire young students to be experimental in the way they work. There are so many job pathways in the creative industries that I wanted to open students minds too. I chose to work at Nova as I fell in love with the building and fascilites available to teach with. I found the students to be caring and nurturing towards each other and excellent behaviour is expected at all times. I have also been Head of Pegasus House, however I am not at Nova this year due to having a baby. I like being part of a competitive team and celebrating the achievements of the students that I lead.

Nova plays a part in the wider community by supporting charities and fundraising for local and national causes and this is something I am honoured to be a part of.


Ms Preece
Ms Preece

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.


Also in Performance, Art & Design
Also in Performance, Art & Design

Mr Askew

Mr Riley

Mr Summers

Ms Brocklehurst

Mr O'Leary

 


Physical Education

Mrs Mason, Faculty Leader
Mrs Mason, Faculty Leader

I studied BSc Sports Studies and PGCE in Physical Education. I love working with the students at Nova and I love being the Head of PE. All of the students embrace PE here and have the mindset of giving every challenge a go. My job is interesting all of the time because every day is different.

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Mrs Mason

I think that every student needs to develop a sense of drive at this school and that, with high aspirations and drive you can achieve anything you want to.


Ms Parsons
Ms Parsons

I have a BSc in Physical Education and Coaching, University of Gloucestershire, also MSc in Education with QTS, Loughborough University.

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Miss Parsons

Nova Hreod is a unique school that aims to ensure that every pupil flourishes not only academically, but holistically. The school ensures that every pupil is treated as an individual, and that is why pupils at the school love to learn.

I believe INTEGRITY is important. If we do not show integrity to everyone around us, we are limiting ourselves in becoming the best person we can be. Integrity allows us to become the best version of ourselves, whilst promoting these attributes to our peers.

Teaching physical education is interesting because every day is different, and every day is an opportunity to find out something new about the subject, pupils, or myself as a teacher. I love my subject and believe it is a subject that allows pupil to develop holistically (encouraging the best individual attributes of all pupils), as well as physically (promoting a lifelong healthy lifestyle).

 


Mr Stevens
Mr Stevens
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Mr Stevens


Mr Wilkinson, SENDCo
Mr Wilkinson, 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

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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.

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.  


Also in PE
Also in PE

Mr Cook


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