Great Western Academy


Information for Year 11 students and parents (last updated 15th October 2020)

Visit our Sixth Form page to view our virtual tour and information about applying for a place for September 2021


Information for Year 6 students and their parents/carers 

(last updated 23rd September 2020)

We are pleased to be able to offer you a virtual open evening at a time to suit you.

Please visit our admissions page for further information



Situated in Tadpole Garden Village, Great Western Academy opened in September 2018 and our Sixth Form opened September 2019.  We are fortunate to have a brand new building with fantastic facilities. This provides truly excellent opportunities for the students who learn with us and for the whole community of North Swindon.

Our vision centres on the three core principles of Achievement, Care and Excellence (ACE) and learners are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to create an exceptional Academy that radically improves our students’ 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.

Since their careers will include many different roles, some of which have not yet been invented, the adults of tomorrow need to be independent thinkers, creative problem solvers and adaptable, lifelong learners. Alongside a first-rate academic curriculum, at GWA we will teach, nurture and develop the enterprise skills valued by employers and higher education providers alike to enable our students to thrive as active citizens of the 21st Century world, full of initiative and humble confidence.