Secondary school students will attend either the Swindon Academy Secondary or Nova Hreod schools, two schools link together through the United Learning Partnership who match the Okanagan programme for enthusiasm, ambition and support whilst providing a successful education.
The sixth form age student-athletes have the option to attend the Swindon Academy Beech Avenue site in the 6th form environment or can attend New College Swindon which offer a wider range of over 170+ A level, GCSE, vocational, apprenticeships and technical qualifications.
Our student athletes follow the national curriculum and both schools are able to tailor their timetable to allow our players to participate in on-ice and off-ice activities whilst fulfilling a full time academic schedule. During term time players from outside the local area will board with host families close to the school and the sports facilities used by OHA.
‘Ryan Aldridge said the hockey academy could only operate by partnering with key organisations. “The relationships developed by Okanagan with our partner schools and Swindon borough council are key to the development of the hockey academy. The academic development of our student-athletes is a priority for everyone concerned. We are sure that our players have everything they need to succeed in their studies.”
The staff at our partner schools have been very positive and supportive. They are essential to the success of our programme because the provision of high-quality academic education is essential to the Okanagan mission.
Assistant Principal of Swindon Academy, Nick Warren said ‘The link between the hockey academy and Swindon Academy has proven itself to be really beneficial for both the players and the school. A significant number of players have found that their academic success has grown just as fast as their skills on the rink. This is because the quality of teaching at the school is consistently strong, and also because the way the school day is structured around the players’ rink time allows them to do both equally well rather than having to compromise one in order to be good at the other.”’
Isti Dragomir came from Hungary in season 2012/13, he followed an academic pathway and is now studying English at the University of Hertfordshire.
Isti Dragomir is in his final year of studies at the University of Hertfordshire and on track to achieve a 1st class degree by this summer in BA (Hons) Business Studies with a year in industry. Last year he completed an Industrial Placement year and worked for DHL Supply Chain and Synthomer UK as a Finance Assistant. Additionally, he has completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) in order to provide him with additional qualifications when commencing his5 full-time career. Currently, Isti is looking to secure a graduate position within the field of finance.
Arthur Joselowitsch was a German student with English as his second language, he excelled at school and is now studying at the University of Riga.
Ilija started in the 2015/16 season. He opted for an academic route and studies business at the University of Westminster and continues to play Hockey at Uni.