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Enrichment and SuperNova

We have an exciting extra-curricular activity programme called Super Novawhich is updated on a termly basis. Staff at Nova are committed to offering a varied and inspiring selection of activities which they very much hope you'll learn to love as they do. All students are encouraged to get involved by finding their passion - fuelling their passion - feeding their passion - developing their passion - sharing their passion.

There are many opportunities for pupils to represent the academy in sports teams. Pupils will be able to train and, if selected, represent the academy in fixtures and tournaments.

All students are encouraged to try and attend at least two clubs during each term.

Super Nova Enrichment Term 1 2020

Please find details below of our enrichment programme for Term 1 2020



Adventure Service Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh

The Adventure Service Challenge (ASC) scheme provides activities for young people aged from 8 to 14+ years old. Taking part in ASC provides opportunities for young people to find self-confidence, a sense of purpose and achievement whilst providing structure and training which forms an ideal precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Students can do programmes at three levels which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Cadet Force based at Swindon Academy

The Army cadets is a brand-new opportunity for Nova Hreod students. The cadets are based at Swindon Academy and operate every Wednesday evening. Nova Hreod students that do attend receive Epraise points as part of the Super Nova programme, as well as achieving aspects of the Pupil Charter experiences. The Swindon Academy Army Cadets are part of the Wiltshire ACF. Parades take place in the Swindon Academy library area at 7:00pm and are completed by 9pm.

Becoming an Army Cadet provides our students with lots of benefits. The most obvious being that you get to take part in loads of exciting and challenging activities such as fieldcraft, adventurous training, first aid, music, sports and shooting, to name but a few. When you join as a cadet you will make lots of new friends and get the opportunity to go on annual camp where you will meet cadets from other detachments in your county. You may even get to go on expeditions to amazing places in the UK and sometimes even abroad. Wiltshire cadets have recently travelled to France, Lithuania, Holland and Canada.

The Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) training syllabus will teach you leadership skills, discipline and give you self-confidence you never thought possible. You will learn a wide range of transferable skills such as: the ability to command tasks; make decisions under pressure; plan and organise tasks and work as an effective team player as well as independently. These skills will equip you for life and add an extra string to your bow at times when competition for college places and employment is fierce.

For further information on the cadet force please contact:

2Lt Michael P Coombs, Detachment Commander Swindon Academy & Wiltshire ACF Corps of Drums. Tel: 07532 787000 Email:

Trips and Residentials

We offer a range of school visits, school trips and residential trips to support learning, enhance life skills and develop independence. These will include:

  • A number of day trips e.g. theatre trips

  • A programme of foreign trips each year, for example there could be trips to Disneyland Paris, New York and a Skiing trip

  • Our World Week at the end of term 6

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