Welcome to The Excel Academy
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
On Monday 27 February, the Academy welcomed The Fred Theatre Company, who performed Macbeth for our Year 10 and 11 students.
To tell you more about the day is Year 11 student, Bayleigh Luke:
“On Monday the Year 10 and 11 students had the fantastic opportunity to experience the interpretation of Macbeth performed by The Fred Theatre Company in our own Academy hall. The play lasted approximately 90 minutes and during this time, ‘Macbeth’ was brought to life. The 6-man show intrigued and engaged the students to understand the Shakespearean play in great depth and this also allowed them to recognise different interpretations of the characters themselves, which will help us in our final GCSE English Literature exam. Once the play had finished, students had time to ask any questions to the Fred Theatre team which they answered in great detail developing our knowledge even further.
It’s significant to have events like this so we are able to enjoy ourselves whilst learning and this is a prime example of that. In English Literature we are expected to be able to interpret any text we study in many different ways and seeing other people’s interpretations first hand helps with this. Seeing a visual representation of the play rather than just reading it also helps us to really understand the play in ways we may not have before.
After the half term break, I think this play was a pleasant way to ease us back into Academy life and show that there are different ways of learning other than just reading and writing. Even without costumes, they brought to life the classic play of ‘Macbeth’ through their excellent acting and I know the students of Year 10 and 11 feel privileged to have been able to experience their fantastic performance and workshop.
The Fred Theatre Company came from Birmingham so I would like to thank them for coming to our Academy to perform for us. They also modernized the play so it was easier to relate to and understand. The effort and pride that went into the making of this play was incredible, it has been extremely well thought out. From the workshop, I could clearly see all the members of the theatre had great pride in what they had done. Everyone was equal in the group – from the director to the actors. Key quotes were obviously shown in the play which is a key part of revision as the Summer GCSE will be a closed book exam, so it’s vital we are able to recall important quotes from the play and by hearing them in a theatre environment it helps to consolidate this knowledge. Not only was it a fantastic way to revise, but also a reminder that school isn’t strictly about exams and learning – but also about spending time with peers and enjoying yourself, whilst still making the most of your education.”
A huge thank you to the English Department who arranged this incredible performance, The Fred Theatre Company and Bayleigh for her fantastic report on the day.
On Saturday 04 March, seven Excel students were chosen to represent Stoke City FC Kickz in a 5 aside fixture v Middlesborough at Stoke power league. The students out played the away team with immense skill and confidence, and went on to crush the opposition with a 16-2 win.
They showed maturity and team playing at its best, and were rewarded with a ticket to watch the Stoke match at the Britannia Stadium. Excel Academy would like to say well done to the following students:
Thank you to Mrs Green for arranging this amazing day!
On 30/03/2017 at 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm
This is a chance for Year 9 parents/carers to come and have a chat with your child’s teachers about their progress at the Academy.