Nova Hreod

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Nova Hreod Academy
Nova Hreod Logo.png
Established 1966
Type Comprehensive
Principal Julie Tridgell
Location Akers Way
Moredon, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN2 2NQ
England Coordinates: 51°35′28″N 1°48′11″W / 51.591°N 1.803°W / 51.591; -1.803
Local authority Swindon
DfE number 866/4084
DfE URN 126465 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,146
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses Columba, Orion, Pegasus, Tucana
Website School homepage

Nova Hreod (formerly Hreod Burna Senior High School and Hreod Parkway School) is a mixed comprehensive school in Swindon, Wiltshire for students aged 11 to 16.

History[edit]

Hreod is the Anglo Saxon word for a reed. The small stream that runs along the bottom of the field where the school was built is called the Hreod Burna, from which the first school got its name. It is a term found in the Domesday Book entry for the locality and describes a minor tributary of the River Ray which still runs through the valley in which Nova Hreod lies.

Hreod Burna Senior High School was opened in 1966 for students were aged 14 to 18, and had a sixth form. Initially, children were drawn from Moredon Secondary and Ferndale Secondary.

The Head Teacher was Dr Blackwell, who remained at the school until 1984, just after New College opened to provide education for all sixth form students in the region. In 1983, Hreod Burna Senior High School amalgamated with Moredon Secondary School to form Hreod Parkway School, under the headship of Mr Cleall. Both Ferndale Secondary and Pinehurst Secondary were closed, and their buildings used for other activities by the local council.[1][2]

Hreod Parkway School began receiving pupils aged 11 to 16 from the same area covered by Hreod Burna. However, it is widely acknowledged that a combination of council under-funding and the catchment area having a high number of low-income families unable to pick up the shortfall, were significant factors in Ofsted introducing special measures as a failing school in April 1996.[3]

In 1997, Andrew Fleet took over as Head Teacher and set about repairing the school’s academic reputation and rebuilding the campus, which had fallen into serious disrepair.

The inspectors identified a number of areas of improvement since the last inspection in 1996.
"The school was re-organised in 1998 so that the lower and upper schools were split either side of Akers Way. Plans were drawn up to completely rebuild the school. Mr Fleet introduced many new systems and procedures to raise standards, but these measures are yet to be applied consistently across the school by all teachers".
"We have not suddenly started work on these problems since Ofsted visited", Fleet said, "We have been addressing our problems ever since I arrived, but in some areas progress has been slower than we'd hoped. Being in special measures will actually help us accelerate certain changes that we need to make, as it will enable greater intervention by the school and the LEA to address the problem areas".[4]

In September 2006 the school was awarded dual specialisms in Science and Mathematics and Computing.

In Easter of 2007, Fleet achieved his goal when Hreod Parkway was vacated and everyone moved into the new campus built on an adjacent green field site. The new school was renamed Nova Hreod. The disruption of the move and the dilapidated state of the old buildings affected GCSE results, and the school achieved a poor score on the contextual value added (CVA) tables, and for truancy.[5]

After Fleet's retirement, and following appointment of Julie Tridgell as Headteacher in September 2008, subsequent GCSE results put Nova Hreod on the list of the most improved schools in the country.

Mrs Tridgell will be leaving at the end of the current (2013/14) school year.

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