Welcome to The Excel Academy

Ofsted Visit

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been informed that Ofsted will be inspecting The Excel Academy on the 16th November 2016.

Please click here to download the Ofsted Letter.

Please click here to download a Guide for Parents

Thank you

Mr Darren Bishop - Principal

It is a privilege to welcome you to the Excel Academy which is once again, one of the highest performing academies in the City. Over 64% of our students achieved a grade C in both English and Mathematics in 2016. This figure is above the national average and means we remain one of the highest performing academies locally.

Of course, the Excel Academy is not solely focused on academic achievement but we ‘expect excellence’ in all areas of personal development. For example, our long tradition of success in the sporting arena continued this year and was our most successful ever. Our Year 11 boys were crowned U16 County Football Champions and then our Year 7 boys equalled that by winning the U12 County Football Final. Not to be outdone, our Year 8 girls won the U13 County Football Final. A huge number of our young sports people also won Town, City and County honours during the year. Well done! Our singers and dancers - who perform regularly at the Victoria Hall and other major venues produced outstanding performances at our Annual Achievement Awards evening at the Victoria Hall and at our Sports Awards evening and our Summer concert.

We have recently welcomed our new Year 7 intake who are the largest group to join us. Our intake has increased by 60% over the past three years as we have established a reputation for high standards but also an ethos of care for each individual child. Recent Parents’ Evenings show that students are proud to attend the Academy.

I have been in post since the beginning of 2016 and I believe that The Excel Academy has many strengths and is starting to realise its potential. I am excited by the prospect of the next phase of development. The support the Academy receives as being part of ‘The College Academies Trust’ is excellent and I look forward to working with the students, teachers, governors and families to continue the drive on raising standards.

Our ethos is one of ‘Pride and Respect’. 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 together 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.

If you are considering choosing the Academy for your child or would like to come and have a look around please contact us on 01782 882700

Mr D Bishop


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Our Prospectus

Lucideon Mentoring

The Excel Academy are pleased to say that our Business link is a company called Lucideon.

Lucideon is an international, independent materials technology company that applies its materials expertise in ceramics, metals and polymers to a range of sectors including healthcare, construction, ceramics, aerospace, nuclear and power generation. At their laboratories in Penkhull, they employ scientific specialists in Chemistry, Physics, Material Sciences, Engineering and many other disciplines. There are also opportunities in Sales, Marketing, Accounts, and Administration.

We are very privileged to have a number of incredible staff members who come along every other week and personally mentor our Year 10 and 11 Able & Ambitious students.

The aim of this is to allow students time with hard working, local people who are external and neutral to the Academy, where they can discuss what they are working on, perhaps where they are struggling, and be able to work on action plans together to help students succeed not only in their upcoming examinations, but in later life. This has proven to be a real insight in to how we can help and support our students more, but it has also been really effective in raising students’ self-esteem, confidence and aspirations.

Coming soon, we will have interviews with some of our A&A students and some of the Mentors from Lucideon!

Publish date:01/12/2016

U14 Netball Tournament 2016

On Thursday 24 November, Excel Academy students participated in a City U14 netball tournament at Fenton Manor.

The results are as follows:

Excel v Blythe Bridge WON 9-3
Excel v St.Josephs LOST 13-2
Excel v Sandon WON 7-0
Excel v Trentham WON 7-1
Excel v Haywood WON 13-1
Excel v OSSMA DREW 4-4
Excel v St. Margaret Ward WON 5-0

The girls played with passion and enthusiasm and played some fantastic netball. As always, they were a pleasure and a credit to the Academy.

Well done to the following girls who represented the Academy:

Bethany Adams
Jodie Collins
Abbi Williamson
True Machin
Lauren Hall
Neto Ken-Amobi
Maddie Sutton
Cejay Hopley

A huge well done!

Publish date:30/11/2016