Swindon's newest school opens doors to first cohort of students

By Ben Fitzgerald - 6 September 2018


The first intake of youngsters stepped over the threshold of the Great Western Academy, Swindon’s newest secondary school, which opened its doors for the first time this week. The school is based in a new building in North Swindon's Tadpole Garden Village.

The Year 7 cohort will start their secondary school journey full of anticipation and expectation under the watchful eye of a team of teachers headed by principal Graham Davis.

Mr Davis said: “On behalf of the staff and students who are joining Great Western Academy for the first time, we are all excited about the opportunities which are before us. We want all students to enjoy their learning and teachers to enjoy teaching them. We will prepare our students to be filled with humble confidence, ready to become successful and enterprising citizens of the future.”

GWA has been opened under the Government’s Free School Initiative sponsored by New College Swindon. The official opening for the Academy will be held in October when Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a space scientist and educator will attend. The Academy’s houses have been named after important space scientists and explorers – Aderin, Peake and Sharman.

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