Welcome to The Excel Academy

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


Latest Ofsted report

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Our Prospectus

OFSTED Success!

Staff and students at the Academy are celebrating after the recent OFSTED inspection judged the Academy to have ‘maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection’ in 2013. As a result the Academy has retained its ‘Good’ Ofsted grading.

Inspectors acknowledged that the Academy is highly regarded in the community and is the ‘school of choice’ locally, as a result of which it is now over-subscribed in many year groups.

The Academy achieved excellent GCSE Mathematics and English results in 2016 and this success looks set to continue into 2017. Inspectors commented that it is the leaders’ high expectations and ‘attention to detail’ that ensures this type of success.

Pride and respect is an embedded ethos at the Academy and students were highly praised for their good behaviour. From talking to children and visiting lessons it was very evident to inspectors that the students really value the Academy and that they are ‘attentive and keen to do well’.

Principal, Mr Bishop, said, “We are extremely pleased with the findings. It is fantastic news for the staff, students, parents and the community and reflects everyone’s hard work. We are now looking forward to achieving even higher standards in the future.”

Please click here for the report.

Publish date:19/01/2017

Year 10 Parents Evening

On 02/02/2017 at 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm

This is a chance for Year 10 parents/carers to come and have a chat with your child’s teachers about their progress at the Academy.

Publish date:21/09/2016

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