Joining NUAST in Year 7

From September 2018, you will be able to join NUAST in Year 7. This page tells you what NUAST can offer Year 7 students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

If you enjoy STEM subjects, NUAST can offer you a chance to spend lots of time each week doing the things you like. You will have the chance to study your favourite subject using some of the best facilities in the East Midlands and work with local and national companies gaining loads of experience. You will also still cover all the subjects you need to get a good job, such as English, Maths and a language.

At the end of Year 11 you will have a selection of qualifications and experience that mean you have lots of options including A Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships.

Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8, students study a broad and balanced curriculum that will give access to national curriculum subjects and our unique STEM curriculum.

For the majority of subjects, students are taught in ability groups. This ensures that every child is taught at a level that matches their ability.

During Years 9, 10 and 11, all students follow our STEM curriculum that includes the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, a Humanities subject and a pathway in Computing or Engineering. This curriculum allows all students to achieve the English Baccalaureate.

A wide range of option subjects including ICT, Design and Technology, Computer Science, Business Studies, Media, Psychology and Sports supplement the core curriculum. We expect all of our students to achieve at least eight passes at grade 5 or above including the English Baccalaureate subjects.

The expectation is that all students will progress to Sixth Form study at NUAST.

Pastoral care and uniform

NUAST is a small academy and we make sure we know our students and understand their needs as young adults and as learners.

Once you enrol at NUAST you will be contacted by our pastoral team and invited in to meet the Principal. This is the start of our commitment to you as a member of the NUAST community.

In the summer term of Year 6, you will be assigned a Mentor and invited to attend a series of transition events. These events offer our students the chance to get to know each other and become familiar with NUAST prior to commencing full-time studies with us. These events also provide parents/carers with the chance to meet the Head of Year, Mentor and Principal.

At NUAST, we have very high expectations of both our students and staff. We expect students to behave in a mature, considerate and polite manner at all times. To allow all our students to make the most of their learning time, we will always robustly challenge any behaviour that does not meet these expectations.

Being correctly dressed is very important at NUAST. We supply all Year 7s with a free blazer, tie and PE top to help make sure that everyone is able to meet our high standards.

Transition arrangements

We understand that the transition from primary to secondary education can be both an exciting and a challenging process for pupils and parents/carers.

Our transition arrangements are carefully planned to ensure that students are ready for a successful and enjoyable Year 7. Arrangements start in Year 5 and build up to a full academy visit in the summer term of Year 6.

If you have any questions regarding transition at any stage of the process, please do not hesitate to ask. Staff are always available to answer questions at our various events or you can email the academy at any time. As well as visiting our linked primary schools, we regularly run information evenings. Details can be found on our Events page.

We welcome visits to the academy from prospective parents/carers and students. If you would like to arrange a visit or if you have any questions, please contact the academy by phone or email.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to NUAST.