NUAST – finding out what’s going on

The Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology is coming to the end of its first year of operation. Of course it’s been busy recruiting students for next year. We’ve been busy ourselves, doing a bit of research and ‘asking around’,  so we thought we’d find out a few facts ‘from the horse’s mouth’, as it were.

Who are their governors (they call them ‘directors’) and who chose or appointed them? What are they doing for local schools and the community, as required by their funding agreement? How many students and staff have left during the course of this year?

We’ve submitted a ‘Freedom of Information’ request to NUAST to find out the answers! We’ll let you know when we hear back from them.


3 thoughts on “NUAST – finding out what’s going on

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  2. My son is currently a student at NUAST. I made the decision to move him there last year as we were extremely unhappy with his previous school (another academy) for various reasons and as he has an interest and aptitude for science and engineering I naively thought this would be a great opportunity for him. I am politically opposed to academy schools, however you try finding a school in Nottingham that isn’t one!

    He started in September and was initially really excited and enthusiastic about his new school. He was looking forward to using the fantastic new equipment and taking part in some exciting extracurricular activities. The school was full of shiny promises. He was patient about the situation with the building not being ready because he was assured that once they moved everything would be wonderful.

    What has actually happened is that none of the promises have come to fruition. They have done precisely zero practical work in any of their science lessons, all the engineering work has been theoretical, the promises of “next term” never happen, staff turnover has been so high that he has had several different teachers for most of his subjects. The latest event is that the head has left, seemingly overnight. He didn’t turn up for parents evening on Monday night and then the following morning the kids were informed that he’d left. As he also teaches history they’ve been told that history is now cancelled. So they’ve been working for a year on a GCSE they won’t get. None of this has been formally communicated to the parents.

    My son over the last few months has changed from the excited boy looking forward to school and enthusiastic about all the things he’d be learning about to someone who’s completely checked out of education. He is constantly angry and emotional, he broke down in tears on the way to parents evening because he just does not want to be there. He was a clear top set, A* student when he started at that school and he’s just failed most of his end of year exams.

    Between bouts of beating myself up for making such a poor decision in sending him there I’m now desperately looking for a new school which a) has a place for him and b) will agree to him repeating year 10. This has been a lost year for him. I cannot begin to express the anger I feel towards that school for the effect they’ve had on my child.

  3. Thanks for sending us this comment: it must have been very painful to write. We’ve republished it as a separate ‘blog post’ in the hope that more people will see it as obviously your and your son’s experience need to be more widely known. What you have said accords with other things we have been told privately (and have therefore been unable to publish). NUAST has been recruiting heavily throughout the year and we do feel it’s important that any potential parents and students for next year are aware of what they are letting themselves in for. To that end, I would urge you to contact The Nottingham Post who, I hope, have picked this up anyway. If the principal has simply upped and left that should be a big story! I’m very sorry to hear about the effect on your son – contrary to common belief, those of us involved in HOOS are teachers and parents and genuinely want the best for all children – and I do hope you can find a decent head at a decent school who will take your son and bring him to his evident potential. It may be that he doesn’t need to repeat a year but only you and the school will be able to work that out. Best wishes.

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