Welcome to The Excel Academy


The Academy telephone system is being upgraded over the February Half Term and so our normal telephone service will be unavailable.

Should you need to contact us, please email enquiries@excelacademy.info or message us on our Facebook page.

As we have a number of Year 11 students in over half term, you can contact us on the Academy mobile if it is urgent: 07920 285996. Thank you for your co-operation.

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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Publish date:16/02/2017

Year 7 Netball Tournament

On Thursday 09 February, several Year 7 students took part in a City Netball Tournament. They were extremely excited and gained a lot from it.

The girls were divided into an A and B team and played in different sections of the tournament. Altogether 11 school teams entered and the results for the A team are below:

Excel v Haywood WON 4-1
Excel v St Margaret Ward WON 4-0
Excel v St.Josephs LOST 10-0
Excel v OSSMA DRAW 1-1
Excel v OHA WON 4-1

The A team were joint Second in their section, therefore it came down to amount of goals scored. OSSMA scored 15 goals and Excel scored 13 goals. They were extremely unlucky and should be proud of themselves. The girls learned a lot from the tournament and will progress going forward.

Congratulations to the A Team:
◦ Jessica Ross
◦ Emmie Daley
◦ Christabel James
◦ Leah Edwards
◦ Liberty Ford
◦ Freya Baddeley
◦ Halle Taylor-Bates
◦ Shani-Leigh Owen

The results for the B Team are below:
◦ Excel v St.Josephs LOST 3-0
◦ Excel v Thistley Hough WON 3-1
◦ Excel v St.Margaret Ward LOST 1-0
◦ Excel v Trentham WON 2-0

The girls came fourth in the section and should be extremely proud of how they played. Last time they managed draws but this time they managed to secure two wins. All games were extremely close and shows how far they have come.

Congratulations to the B Team:
◦ Gracie Carding
◦ Betaneya Shemelse
◦ Safina King
◦ Kazia Perkins
◦ Rebecca Roberts
◦ Erin Brookes
◦ Lucy-Jo Chirnside
◦ Jessica Walker
◦ Ellie Spooner

All girls showed fantastic support for one another, great team spirit and lots of enthusiasm. They have been extremely dedicated to training and Excel are very proud of you!

Publish date:10/02/2017

Parent Forum Meeting

On 02/03/2017 at 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

This meeting will be focused on SEN and Welfare at the Academy.

Publish date:21/09/2016

Year 8 Parents Evening

On 17/03/2017 at 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm

This is a chance for Year 8 parents/carers to come and have a chat with your child’s teachers about their progress at the Academy.

Publish date:21/09/2016