Welcome to The Excel Academy


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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:26/05/2017

Prefect Team 2017 Announced!

In our Year 10 Assembly on Friday 28 April 2017, 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 Graham (Head of Prefects), Mr Harvey (Assistant Principal), Mr Bishop (Principal) and our current Head Boy, Louis Smith, and Head Girl, Kate Rigby, 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.

Mr Graham did joke and say that every time they interviewed a student, they would put their heads on the desk once they had left, as each time it made their decisions so much harder to make! But after lots of discussions, interviews, meetings and the odd sleepless night, our Prefect Team of 2017 were decided!

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


Caitlin Neale, Charlie Evans, Josh Hodgkinson, Emily Kempson, Iqra Akhtar, Max Harrop, Katie Bailey, Becky Carter, Jade Price, Hannah Smith, Emily Stubbs, Luc Alcock, Abdullah Bilal, Declan Heaton, Jasmine Hill, Tisha Stone, Amy Barlow, Max Chimenes, Aya Ghoulam, Molly Lewis, Tilly Norcup, Rhys Plant, Leah Woodward, Lucy Fox, Lewis Hackney, Daisy Pearson, Hijaab Raja, Jessica Stubbs, Emily Jackson.

Associate Senior Prefects

Connor Holmes, Yasmin Kok, Ariana Izmana, Adam Kirkland, Brandon Holmes, Katie Shone, Chloe Tennant, Olivia Jackson.

Senior Prefects

Timi Polo, Amy Forrester, Jack Barber, Abigail Keen, Nathaniel Adams, Libby Cipolla, Charlie Braganca.

Deputy Head Girls

Rachel Ambler, Ruth Carson, Raz Tofiq, Chloe Sims.

Deputy Head Boys

Alfie Brookes, Brandon Ellis, Ethan Lewis, Callum Simpson.

Head Boy

Jared Nixon

Head Girl

Poppy Brian

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our Prefect Team of 2016 as they turn their efforts to their forthcoming exams – we wish you the very best of luck!

Publish date:28/04/2017

The Excel Academy PE Awards Evening

On 03/07/2017 at 6:30 pm until 7:45 pm

This is a chance to celebrate those students who have outstanding achievements and progress in PE.

Publish date:21/09/2016

Stoke SSP Leadership Academy Presentation Evening

On 10/07/2017 at 6:30 pm until 7:45 pm

Publish date:21/09/2016