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

For September 2016 entry, there has been a change to the timings of the school day to help support the enrichment programme and provide post 16 students with greater flexibility especially for those travelling long distances.

The changes are:

The taught curriculum will now be delivered from 8.30am to 3.00pm (Monday-Thursday) and 8.30am – 2.15pm (Friday).

Between 3.00pm - 4.30pm (Monday–Thursday) we will focus on our 'additionality’ provision. This will include:

  • Enrichment and Business Led Project Developments
  • Exam preparation classes


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

Student dress guidelines and package details:

NUAST is different to other academies and we ask that our students arrive to study dressed as they would if arriving for work in an professional capacity.

For our Year 12 and 13 students this means wearing a business suit/outfit suitable for an office environment. Since September 2015, in response to the maturity and professionalism of our students, we have been able to allow Year 12 and 13's to wear their own suits and (for boys) ties, although students can order a standard grey business suit from our supplier if they prefer.

For our Year 10 GCSE students we offer a free business suit and tie. Shirts (white) can be purchased independently. We provide this offer in Year 10 to ensure that their are no barriers to students accessing our academy.


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.

Our address is:

93 Abbey Street