NUAST is a specialist STEM academy based in Nottingham offering the very best educational opportunities for anyone with a passion for science, computing or engineering between the ages of 11 and 19.

With specialist teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and the unique opportunity to work with the University of Nottingham and industry partners, NUAST is the right choice for any aspiring scientist, engineer or information technologists.

NUAST opened its doors for the first time September 2014 and is housed in a purpose-built facility near the Queen’s Medical Centre. We accept applications from Year 6 and Year 11 pupils for September entry.

To find out what NUAST can offer you, explore our website or get in touch with us directly.

Welcome to NUAST!

I hope that as you explore the site, you will get a flavour of the unique culture that exists within our school.

I am proud to be the Head Teacher of a diverse school community. Staff and students understand and respect the many different cultures within the school and share common goals. We work to achieve our mission of being truly transformational through striving for excellence and living our values of respect, resilience and aspiration.

We have state of the art provision and facilities. Our curriculum is broad with students excelling in a wide range of subjects and enrichment opportunities. We pride ourselves on developing relationships between staff, students, parents/carers and the community. Our most recent OFSTED inspection graded our school “Good” in all areas with the sixth form graded “Outstanding”.

Our aim is to ensure that young people have opportunities to realise their maximum potential and develop the academic and personal skills needed to go on to be successful in the future. We believe in our students and encourage them to go beyond what they think possible both in terms of academic success and in their personal achievements.

We currently have approximately 620 students in Year 7-11 and over 300 in our sixth form. We are oversubscribed in all year groups.

The NUAST staff team is dedicated to ensuring that our students receive excellent teaching and excellent care we have therefore achieved excellent academic results. We have a well established reputation for academic success; our students go on to amazing things which include exciting apprenticeships in industry and further study at the best universities. We invest in staff to ensure that it is not only our students who develop to be the best versions of themselves.

Whether you are a current or prospective student or parent/carer, potential member of staff or a casual browser taking an interest in the school, I trust that you will find our website a useful source of information.

If you would like more information, please contact school reception.

Dave Thompson BSc (Hons)Head Teacher

Aim, Vision and Values


To create a highly aspirational STEM specialist school that will allow our students to go beyond what they thought possible and lead fulfilled lives.


We aim to build a compelling school and sixth form culture where students:

  • Show respect, for themselves, for others and for the school community
  • Have high aspirations and positive attitudes
  • Develop resilience, are proud of the school and support each other to maximise their achievements

NUAST will provide its students with a broad and balanced curriculum offer that will enable our students to be ‘one step ahead’ as they move to the next stage of study or employment.


At NUAST, we believe in:

  • The value of education to change lives
  • Raising student aspirations and being ambitious to enable students to be the best that they can be
  • Being Inclusive, tolerant and showing empathy to others
  • Development of self-discipline and integrity to shape behaviours for now and in future lives

Promoting British Values

We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of Fundamental British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

NUAST students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. The importance of these values in our diverse community is recognised across all curriculum areas.

Our PSHCE curriculum in particular delivers opportunities for students to learn about and reflect upon these British Values.

What we offer

NUAST is a new type of academy. We offer a specialist curriculum at KS4 and KS5 for students with an interest in science, engineering or computing.

You can join NUAST in Year 7 or Year 12 and we offer GCSEs, BTECs and A levels in our specialist subjects along with a wide range of more traditional subjects.

Our unique and innovative curriculum is designed to provide our students with the skills and experiences they will need to secure a place at a good university or employment and training in a higher apprenticeship.

With specialist teachers, the very best equipment and unrivalled university and industry links, studying at NUAST offers our students the very best start in life.

World Class Facilities

NUAST is based in a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility a few minutes walk from the University of Nottingham’s main campus. Designed to deliver specialist courses, NUAST is equipped very latest engineering, ICT and science equipment.

Unique Partnerships

NUAST is supported by a whole range of partners from industry and education.

These partnerships make studying at NUAST an exciting new way to gain qualifications in Science, Engineering and Computing.

Caring Environment

As a small, specialist academy NUAST offers its students a pastoral support package tailored to the needs of each individual. From day to day guidance to university applications and job interviews, NUAST provides the very best care and support.

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