General Information

NUAST is a new academy that combines the specialist curriculums usually only available in colleges with the pastoral care, guidance and support traditionally offered by secondary schools and academies. On this page you can find out a little more about what makes NUAST so special.

Pastoral Care

At NUAST your well-being is of primary importance to us. As a small academy we can offer a high level of care and guidance. You will have a learning mentor who you will meet with regularly during the week. It is their role to guide and support you throughout your time at NUAST. You will also be offered specialist career advice and support as you begin to look for employment or a university place.

In terms of behaviour, we have a very simple approach. Work hard and conduct yourself as you would in a workplace. In a facility where complex engineering and scientific work is being undertaken your health and safety will be our utmost priority.

The Academy Day

Our working day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.45pm Monday–Wednesday, 3.00pm on Thursday and 2.15pm on Friday.

Built into the working week are opportunities for supervised study and enrichment activities. To allow extended time for enrichment activity, school finishes at 3.45pm Monday–Wednesday.


NUAST has an innovative timetable mixing taught lessons with supervised study periods and enrichment tasks.

This model makes full use of our extended school day and provides you with a varied and interesting range of activities.

Beyond our taught curriculum there is a range of activities available allowing students to fully explore their interests. Please see our prospectus for more details on the enrichment activities on offer.

Student Dress Code

To enable us to ensure that NUAST is available to all students with a passion for science, engineering and computing, we have put together a package of benefits for applicants.

This package consists of a new style grey blazer and tie for Year 7–11 students.

Shirts (white) and trousers (black) can be purchased independently.

Sixth Form students are permitted to wear their own business dress, in line with academy standards.

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Transport links

The NUAST building is situated in Dunkirk, close to the University of Nottingham and the Queen’s Medical Centre. Transport access to the building is excellent, with cycle paths and bus/tram stops within easy walking distance.


The 34 Orange Line bus service departs from Lace Street in Dunkirk every few minutes during the day. Students can also catch the 34, 35 and 36 Orange Line bus services from the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) bus stop on Derby Road. The Barton Skylink service departs from Abbey Street every 20 minutes during the day.


The Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram stops regularly at the new QMC tram stop opposite NUAST on the Toton Line. This makes NUAST easy to access from Nottingham city centre, Beeston, Basford, Bulwell and Hucknall. By using the tram, journey times to Old Market Square takes only 15 minutes and travelling to the centre of Beeston takes 10 minutes.


NUAST provides a bike shelter for those students wishing to cycle.

Route 6 of the Sustrans Cycle Network passes NUAST through the grounds of the QMC and there is a traffic-free cycle route from NUAST to the city centre alongside the Nottingham Canal. There are signposted routes to Beeston and the north of the city via the cycle path alongside the ring road.