Great Western Academy

Great Western Academy (GWA) will open in September 2018 for Year 7 and 12 pupils. The school has been approved under the Free School Initiative and is sponsored by New College Swindon. The Academy is situated in the Tadpole Garden Village area of North Swindon. 

Our vision is to create an outstanding Academy that radically improves our learners’ career chances. We want every learner to do well enough to go on to university or pursue a fruitful career via an apprenticeship or other training route. Our approach is based on the belief that pupils should become enterprising people ready to embark on new ventures full of boldness and initiative. Adults of tomorrow need to be independent thinkers, adaptable and lifelong learners since their careers may include many different jobs – some of which have not yet been invented.


We have submitted the report concerning our recent section 10 consultation to the Department for Education. Read the report here.