Welcome to The Excel Academy

Welcome to the Excel Academy which is, for the second year running, one of the highest performing secondary academies in Stoke-on-Trent.  In 2014 almost 60% of our students left the Academy with 5A*-C grades including English & Maths at GCSE level.  More importantly 29% of Excel students achieved the ‘gold standard’ EBacc qualification which allows them to access the best post-16 courses and ultimately admission to the UK’S top universities.  This figure is well above the national average of 24% and significantly higher than all other local schools, including Endon High School (28%), Horizon Academy (14%), The Cooperative Academy (12%) and Haywood Academy (8%).

Mr John Patino - Executive Principal

We are confidently predicting even better results in 2015 and we are also delighted that many of our current Year 11 students have already decided to continue their post-16 studies at our brand new Excel Further post-16 centre which opens in September.  Working in partnership with our Studio College, we are offering a range of A Levels and vocational qualifications designed to take students to the next stage of their education and on to university or apprenticeships.

I am pleased to report that our new Year 7 intake in September will be the highest number for several years, further evidence that the reputation of the Excel Academy is now firmly established amongst parents and students.  However, the Excel Academy is not solely focused on academic achievement but excellence in every respect.  Our long tradition of success in the sporting arena was maintained recently when our Year 7 girls athletics team were crowned Staffordshire champions at the prestigious Winter Games event at Fenton Manor.  Meanwhile our singers and dancers perform regularly at the Victoria Hall and other key venues. 

The beginning of 2015 has been a very successful period for the Excel Academy and I am sure there will be many more achievements and successes to report on in the coming months.

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 J Patino

Executive Principal

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The Excel Academy will close for the summer holidays on Friday 17 July at 1:15pm. Lunch will be available for those students who require it and provision will be available for any students who need to stay in school until their normal finish time of 3:00pm.

The Academy will reopen at 8:40am on Monday 7th September for Year 7 students and at 10:15am for students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Next year we are moving to 6 x 50 minute lessons per day. This allows us a number of flexibilities. The new Academy day will be:

8:00am     Academy opens
8:40am     Students to be on site
8:45am     Registration
9:00am     Period 1
9:50am     Period 2
10:40am   Period 3
11:30am   Break
11:45am   Period 4
12:35pm   Period 5
1.25pm     Lunch
2.10pm     Period 6
3.00pm     Finish (or Period 7 which you will be notified about if it affects your child)

This year has seen the general standards of uniform, and levels of personal organisation, displayed by our students continue to improve and it is with great pleasure that I receive regular feedback from visitors to The Excel Academy commenting on the high standards of our students.

When your son/daughter returns in September, I hope that they continue to meet the expectations we have within the Academy. Please see the Uniform & Equipment Reminder section of the website for details on uniform and equipment expectations.

May I also take this opportunity to remind you that mobile phones are to be used in the dining hall or outside at break times only.

We encourage students to stay hydrated throughout the day, and as such there are numerous water machines in the building. Energy and fizzy drinks are not permitted at The Excel Academy. They can have a negative impact on concentration levels and subsequently learning, as well as their high sugar content having more general health implications. Staff will confiscate energy and fizzy drinks from the students if they are found consuming them, therefore I ask for your support in ensuring your child does not bring these drinks with them to the Academy.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr D Bishop
Vice Principal


Publish date:17/07/2015

New Bus Route

In September 2015, D & G Buses will be running a new bus - number 442.

The bus will collect students in Ball Green at 7:50am and arrive at The Excel Academy at 8:10am. The bus will then collect students from The Excel Academy at 3.35pm and return to Ball Green.

If you require any more information, please contact D&G Buses directly.


Publish date:17/07/2015


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Term Date

Starts 20/07/2015 until 04/09/2015

The Excel Academy will be closed for summer break.

Please Note: The Excel Academy is open for staff training on Thursday 3rd Sept and Friday 4th Sept 2015 and closed for students


Publish date:22/04/2015


On 03/09/2015 until 04/09/2015

The Excel Academy is open for staff training & closed for students.


Publish date:08/05/2015