Learning and Pastoral Support

Pastoral Ethos

Pastoral care is at the heart of Swindon Academy. Great schools have outstanding pastoral care. Our pupils are free to be themselves and thrive in a supportive environment which nurtures their emotions and wellbeing. We are here to support pupils on their journey to grow and flourish.

To ensure they lead happy and fulfilling lives, we teach our pupils to be kind to themselves and others.  

Our pupils are equipped with life skills and the ability to collaborate with their peers.  They develop character and compassion and take a pride in serving their community.  SWINDON ACADEMY VISION

Our pastoral programme is taught during our daily tutor time and Assembly programme. This equates to over two hours per week. These lessons, along with assemblies and the curriculum, address the importance of our values:

Ambition to acheive the best for ourselves and others
Confidence   to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause
Creativity  to imagine possibilities and make them real
Respect for ourselves and others in all that we do
Enthusiasm to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests






Our Pastoral Support Team

Our Pastoral Support Team is led by Mrs Alice Lawrence, Senior Vice Principal, along with Mrs Emma Drinkwater (Senior Assistant Principal) and Mr Nick Warren (Assistant Principal). Together their dynamic leadership has resulted in a whole-school approach to pastoral care and wellbeing. They are supported by our team of experienced non-teaching College Managers, by four College Leaders and our team of Form Tutors. Core members of this team are based in R12 - our Wellbeing Hub and are always available for pupils to come and talk to throughout the day.

Staff and pupil well-being are at the heart of our work. We build strong partnerships and deliver proactive interventions involving parents, families and agencies, so that all pupils can thrive.   SWINDON ACADEMY VISION

We believe that trust is earned through good communication and positive relationships between staff, pupils and parents. The pupil-teacher relationship is key to enabling all pupils to feel valued and cared for so that they can reach out for support and know they are believed in.

Form Tutors, led by our experienced College Leaders, give our pupils those day-to-day moments of care and support. They create a sense of community and belonging for their pupils.


Our Learning Support Teams

Our Learning Support Team is led by our Head of Inclusion and SENCo, Mrs Laura Fletcher. She is supported by our Assistant SENCo, Mrs Rehana Suleman and a team of Teaching Assistants. There are bespoke curriculum packages in place to support pupils with special educational needs. In addition, our teachers are trained to adapt their lessons to enable all pupils to access learning and be successful.



Sport is an extremely important and popular part of school life at Swindon Academy. The PE department consists of a team of specialist teachers. We strive to encourage everyone to participate and enjoy sporting activity, whether for competition, fitness, health or purely for fun and recreation.

Our highly motivated and ambitious pupils participate enthusiastically in College life and in the wide-ranging sporting programme.  SWINDON ACADEMY VISION

Sports Facilities

The school’s fantastic sports facilities include:

  • A well-equipped sports hall with facilities for basketball, trampolining, cricket, gymnastics and a wide range of other sports
  • A separate strength and conditioning fitness suite
  • 4G pitch
  • 5 x grass football pitches
  • Tennis, hockey and netball courts

Sports on Offer

During timetabled lessons, pupils in Years 7 and 8 enjoy:

Athletics   Football Rugby Gymnastics
Hockey Netball Basketball Tennis




Performing Arts


Pupils at Swindon Academy are passionate about music and we create numerous opportunities for participation and performance for musicians of all ability levels.

Over 50 instrumental lessons take place each week and there is a choir and an elite ‘Singing Stars’ group.


A lively programme of events includes informal and major musical events at school. The ‘band’ also provides instrumental support to all school musicals.

All pupils enjoy a weekly music lesson as part of the Year 7-9 curriculum, instrumental lessons take place in our many dedicated practice rooms and larger ensembles enjoy use of our purpose-built performance venue, the Main Hall.


Drama and Dance

Every year, rehearsals take place for the next highly anticipated dramatic production.

Productions take place in our Main Hall as well as the Drama Studio or Dance Studio. As well as performing on the stage, there are a multitude of opportunities for pupils to perform behind the scenes. All productions are supported by our very own pupil tech crews who look after sound and lighting. Pupils also take the lead as set designers, costume designers and of course our own talented musicians provide all instrumental support. The standard of production is incredibly high.

All pupils in Years 7 - 9 enjoy a weekly Drama/Dance lesson as part of the curriculum. BTEC Drama and Dance are popular options, with a good number of pupils choosing them as an option each year and then continuing to study in our Sixth Form.



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