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Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA)
Giving every pupil the best start in life.
Will you help the young people of NUSA achieve their true potential?
The Nottingham University Samworth Academy replaced an unpopular comprehensive school on a Bilborough council estate. The academy – already oversubscribed – offers an inspirational setting for the transformational change taking place under its roof. However, more needs to be done to sustain and grow excellence within NUSA.
At the heart of the academy movement is the belief that all children are entitled to schooling that makes the most of their potential. The University’s sponsorship of NUSA, in partnership with local businessman Sir David Samworth, bears witness to our own commitment to this belief. The University is committed to making this academy a beacon of innovation and outstanding practice, that will make a real difference to the life chances of its students.
NUSA’s motto is Courtesy, Courage and Aspiration. It provides a safe, supportive and stimulating environment to develop each pupil to their full potential. The University’s contribution takes many forms: a third of NUSA staff are enrolled on Masters or PhD programmes, giving the academy a focus on research; staff from the University and NUSA work together and NUSA’s pupils visit the University regularly; University students act as classroom assistants and mentors to support learning. By using our unparalleled resources to develop a unique relationship with NUSA’s staff and students, the University aims to provide an inspirational model of school improvement for generations to come. Additional funding will enable NUSA to reach its full potential more quickly.
Our relationship with NUSA will make sure these children enjoy opportunities that allow them to realise their potential and fulfil their ambitions. Behaviour among students is excellent, as they embrace the academy’s values and understand their role as ambassadors; GCSE results have significantly improved, the number of pupils continuing to A-Levels has increased from only 1 or 2 to 30% of last year’s GCSE cohort and many young people who could have dropped out of education have gone on to do vocational qualifications.
Impact Statement: In 2011, NUSA achieved 44% good (A*-C) GCSEs, including English and maths, compared to 19% in the predecessor school in 2009. The overall improvement from last year is the highest in the city.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for Nottingham University Samworth Academy will have a huge impact on the speed of transformational change taking place within the academy, ensuring it builds on its successes and goes from strength to strength to engage and educate local children so they can realise their full potential.
Learning is the greatest game in life and the most fun. All children are born believing this and will continue to believe this until we convince them that learning is very hard work and unpleasant. Some kids never really learn this lesson, and go through life believing that learning is fun and the only game worth playing.
We have a name for such people. We call them geniuses.
Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
Award-winning photographer Martine Hamilton-Knight spent a day at NUSA. She wrote:
I have no idea whose idea it was for me to work directly with NUSA’s staff and students, but can I just take this opportunity to thank them for making such an inspired decision? I've been photographing schools now for over 20 years; award-winning, Stirling Prize shortlisted, top public, fee-paying, state, infant, junior, senior, you name it, I've done every variety, but this has been the best experience I've ever had...The staff were welcoming and flexible and the students helpful and accommodating.