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Welcome to The Excel Academy

Mr Darren Bishop - Principal

It is my privilege to welcome you to The Excel Academy which is once again, one of the highest performing academies in the City. Our students demonstrated excellent progress in the GCSE examinations in 2017. Results, particularly in Mathematics and English, meant that we continue to be one of the highest performing academies locally. We strive to ensure a curriculum pathway to allow all students to achieve. Our Creative Arts and vocational subjects regularly achieve excellent results too.

Exam achievement is of paramount importance but is not our sole focus. We ‘expect excellence’ in all areas of student personal development. For example, our long tradition of success in the sporting arena continued this year with a huge number of our young sports people winning Town, City and County honours during the year. Our singers and dancers - who perform regularly at the Victoria Hall and other major venues produced outstanding performances at our prestigious Achievement Awards evening, our Sports Awards evening and our Summer concert.

Ofsted inspected The Academy in November 2016 and confirmed that The Academy remains a ‘good’ academy and is on a journey to become outstanding. What truly makes us distinctive is the warmth of feeling and sense of belonging that The Excel Academy engenders in the students, staff, parents and friends of The Academy. Parents comment that The Academy is now the ‘school of choice’. Our students confirm that they are proud to be part of our community. We have established a reputation for high standards but also an ethos of care for each individual child. As a consequence our intake has increased by 60% over the past three years and we are over-subscribed in most years.

Our ethos is one of ‘Pride and Respect’. We make no excuses for having high standards and we expect support from all of our families in ensuring those standards are achieved. Teamwork underpins success and we believe that ‘everyone can improve’ with the right support and attitude. The relationships between home and The Academy are fundamental to our success. Working in partnership we can ensure that every child enjoys their time at Excel, makes outstanding progress and leaves here as responsible, well-qualified, mature young people, ready to make a valued contribution to society.

I believe that The Excel Academy has many strengths and is now realising its potential. I am excited by the prospect of the next phase of development. The support The Academy receives as being part of the ‘Alpha Academies Trust’ is excellent and I look forward to working with the students, teachers, governors and families to continue the drive on raising standards.
If you are considering choosing The Excel Academy for your child or would like to come and have a look around please contact us on 01782 882700

Mr D Bishop
Principal


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County Cup Football Win!

The Excel Academy lifted the Under-12’s Staffordshire Schools County Cup after Alfie Oldfield’s crucial save in a nail-biting penalty shootout proved decisive in an exciting final played at St George’s Park.

The Academy went into the final having conceded 7 goals but scoring 22 in the competition. It was a very competitive game and Excel were unfortunate not to go in front during the first half, with Lucas Smith being denied by the framework of the goal.

Both teams defended extremely well, resulting in the game finishing as a 0-0 draw. Extra time saw no other goals but Christ Church also hit the post in the dying moments of the game.

The game went to penalties. Both teams converted their first 3 penalties until Alfie Oldfield made an outrageous save down to his right, tipping the ball onto the crossbar. Both teams again converted their next two penalties and then pressure then fell to Callum Dixon who very calmly slotted the winning penalty into the bottom right of the goal, clinching a 5-4 win for Excel.

Manager, Mark Tipping said: “The whole team showed so much passion and dedication in what was their most important game for the Academy so far. It was one of the tightest games I have ever managed but both teams missed simple chances that could have won the game. We had fantastic growth mind-set, we never gave up and we are extremely proud of the whole team.”

Principal, Darren Bishop said: “We are extremely proud to win such a prestigious cup! I would like to congratulate the team and coaches for all the hard work and effort they put in to become County Champions!”

Well done to the following players:
Alfie Oldfield (GK)
Lucas Smith
Rourke Fisher
Sultan Yusuf (C)
Jack Field
Jake Bew
Mekhi Simpson
Aaron Ratcliffe
Zach Hallam
Jacob Bossons
Branndon Alcock
Callum Dixon
Jack Taylor
Jack Hulme

Publish date:20/04/2018

Spring Term Maintenance Work

We are writing to notify you of work that will be carried out at the Academy over the coming weeks.

Starting on Monday 16 April statutory electrical inspection work will begin to be carried out. The work will take place in parts of the building every evening, Monday to Thursday, for approximately 20 working nights. The contractor will start at 6.30pm and finish when the Academy re-opens the following morning.

There will be no noise associated with the work - however there will be contractors on site and there will be lighting in some parts of the building during the night. The window blinds will be closed when the contractor is working so there should be little or no light emitted from the classrooms. Once on site there will be no need for the contractors to leave site during the night so again there should be no disturbance from that perspective.

If you have any concerns regarding the work or experience any problems at all, please don´t fail to contact us at the academy on 01782 882700 or e-mail us at enquiries@excelacademy.info.

Yours faithfully
MrS Goodwin
Head of Support Services

Publish date:29/03/2018

Events
Event
Year 10 Parents Evening

On 26/04/2018 at 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm

This is a great opportunity for Year 10 parents and carers to catch up with Form Tutors and class teachers to discuss the progress of your child at The Academy.

Publish date:08/11/2017

Event
Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Parents Meeting

On 26/04/2018 at 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm

Duke of Edinburgh staff will be in the MUH during the year 10 parents evening.

Publish date:20/04/2018