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Welcome to Nova Hreod Academy

We are delighted that you and your child are considering Nova Hreod Academy. As things are a little different this term, we haven't had the usual opportunities to show people around our wonderful school and all our transition information has been online instead. The videos below are recordings of our Virtual Open Evening and Open Morning, with an introduction to life at Nova Hreod Academy, the fantastic students and teachers at the school, and the range of learning and development opportunities for our children.

We hope you will find that this page provides you with an insight into life at Nova, our vision and values, our curriculum, and how we encourage students through our leadership opportunities, enrichment programme and pastoral care.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at


How to apply

The closing date for applications for September 2022 entry is 31st October 2021.

Our Admissions Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website.

Admission into Nova Hreod is coordinated by Swindon Borough Council.  Parents will need to make an online application on the Swindon Borough Council’s admissions portal at:

Parents will need to select 3 schools.  If Nova Hreod is your first choice of school for your son/daughter, you must put the school as first choice. Failure to do so could mean that you are allocated your second choice and the year group is filled before you can change it. Please review the information on our website to help you decide.

For entry into Year 7 in September 2022, parents can begin submitting their applications online from 1st September 2021 and must have submitted the application by 31st October 2021 at the latest. Failure to submit your application before this date can mean that a place will not be available.


Meet the Teachers


Every pupil at Nova Hreod is part of the house system. On entry into Year 7, each pupil is placed into one of our four mixed-age houses and into a mixed-age house tutor group. They become part of the house family and the tie that they wear shows which house they belong to.

Each morning, pupils join their tutor group for roll call and registration and then for a 25-minute tutor session or an assembly. Each tutor group has approximately 25 pupils, with about five pupils from each of Years 7–11.

We believe that vertical tutoring promotes individual responsibility, enhances students’ confidence and encourages an environment of collaboration and teamwork. Our vertical tutoring system allows students to work together to develop tolerance, trust and empathy.  Younger students are helped, guided and inspired by older students.  Older students develop important leadership and social skills and school bullying is significantly reduced.

Support and guidance for students

Tutor groups are led by a Head of House and a team of tutors who work with parents and carers. They monitor progress, provide personal support, encourage high achievement and challenge underachievement. There is also a House Manager for each house who works with parents and carers when there are concerns about behaviour or attendance.

For more information about the house system please <<CLICK HERE>>



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