About us

Holden Lane High School first opened in 1963 and has a long tradition of academic excellence. In September 2013, fifty years after it first opened, Holden Lane High School became the Excel Academy. 

Our guiding principle is for every student to excel in everything they do. 

Every student is encouraged to achieve their best in the pursuit of excellence. Our strong ethos of pride and mutual respect, together with high quality teaching and learning, provide our students with the opportunities to exceed their expectations. The Excel Academy’s students leave as aspiring, motivated and confident young adults. 

Our outstanding new building creates a safe, vibrant environment with cutting-edge facilities which, together with our innovative personalised curriculum provide the basis for success. 

We welcome you to visit the school, either on our Open Evening or during the normal working day, to experience for yourself what The Excel Academy has to offer. 

“The ‘respect and pride’ agenda is promoted in all aspects of the school’s work and is evident across the school.” OFSTED