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

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2018 Senior Prefect Team

In our Year 10 Assembly on Thursday 03 May 2018, our brand new Prefect Team were announced!

Lots of students applied for various positions, including Prefect, Associate Senior Prefect, Senior Prefect, Deputy Head Boy & Girl, and of course Head Boy and Head Girl.

Our panellists, consisting of Mr Wright (Head of Prefects), Mr Harvey (Assistant Principal), Mr Bishop (Principal), Miss Robb (Head of Year 10) and our current Head Boy, Jared Nixon, and Head Girl, Poppy Brian, were absolutely blown away with the standard of excellence each student showed. All were passionate, showed excellent leadership skills and tenacity, and proved themselves to be deserving of their title.

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to our new Prefect body and wish you all the very best in your new roles!

Prefects: Ella Howle, Hamna Bilal, Jack Hughes, Jacob Brian, Jess Bromley, Kyle Wood, Lexi Greenhough, Rosie Landon, Tianna Charman, Josh Dunn, Harrison Foxall, Holly Hutchinson, Kayleigh Salt, Stefan Carter, Emily Dunn, Cerys Jones, Ellie Davies, Harriet Tully, Kimberley Kirkham, Megan Hackney, Rebecca Ross, Vannamathi Mohanarajhan, Tia Willis, Briony McKay, Emily Garside, Kayleigh Smith, Kyle Cuthbertson, Naomi Owen, Oliver Ball, Olivia Marlow, Tilly Price, Giovanni Udrilescu, Briana Turcan, Amelia Berg, Gemma Smith, Sophie Skelton, Will Tams, Callum Dean, Chelsea Lambert, Courtney Wilson, Georgina Dawson, Josh Clarke, Elizabeth Hall, Leoni Webb, Millie Tench, Sharne Soper, Jessica Minto, Caniece Bailey, Aaron Gorry.

Associate Senior Prefects: Liberty Taylor, Ben Mould, Praise Polo, Lia Elliot, Abbi Williamson

Senior Prefects: Jack Maddox, Neto Ken-Amobi, Beth Adams, Libby Mottram, Piper Finnegan-Booth, Tilly Olphin

Assistant Heads: Kebron Yoseph, Hannah Davies, Jodie Collins, Josh Hover, Benjamin Holland, Lauren Hall

Deputy Head Girls: Beth Venables, True Machin, Charlotte Beckett

Deputy Head Boys: Joseph Daniels, Subhaan Nadeem

Head Boy & Head Girl: Connor Ashmore & Alexi Edwards

Publish date:08/05/2018

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

Duke of Edinburgh Practice Weekend

On 15/06/2018 until 16/06/2018

Venue: to be confirmed. Further information to follow.

Publish date:23/04/2018

Year 11 Prom

On 29/06/2018

This year’s Prom will be held at Westwood Golf Club. Further information to follow.


Publish date:08/11/2017