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, with 68% of students achieving a grade C in English or Maths. In 2015 almost 50% of our students left the Academy with 5A*-C grades including English & Maths at GCSE level. More importantly 24% 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 above the national average and means we remain one of the highest performing academies locally.
We are now well into the academic year, our Year 7 intake have settled well into the academy and are enjoying the challenges and opportunities presented to them. Recent parents’ evenings show that students are proud to attend the academy. I am also delighted that those Year 11 students who chose to stay on to continue their post-16 studies at our brand new Excel Further post-16 centre are enjoying the opportunity to purse their studies in the fantastic education environment and with the amazing teachers they know so well. In partnership with our Studio College, we are offering a wide range of A Levels and vocational qualifications designed to take students to the next stage of their education and on to university or apprenticeships.
Of course, 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. Our Year 7 boys are now the Stoke-on-Trent 5-a-side champions and also Futsal Champions. Well done! Meanwhile our singers and dancers - who perform regularly at the Victoria Hall and other major –venues produced outstanding performances at our Annual Awards evening at the Victoria Hall.
I believe that The Excel Academy has many strengths and enormous potential and 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. 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
Following a very successful first year so far, the Year 7 five-a-side football team travelled to Derby on Thursday 04 February to represent both The Excel Academy and Stoke FA in a five a-side tournament at the DW Soccerdome. The boys came up against very hard opposition, which included a great number of registered Academy players from all over the Midlands.
We managed to come second in our group, missing out on the semi-finals by just 2 points! By doing so well in the tournament, it puts The Excel Academy in the top 10 five-a-side teams in the Midlands! Mr Payne and I are extremely proud of the seven students that took part in the tournament and we would like to thank them for their hard work and effort. What an achievement!
A number of Excel Academy students were chosen to take part in the semi-final of the Sascal Youth Speaking Competition at Stoke-on-Trent College. The competition involved a range of academies across the City showcasing their talent. The Youth Speaking Competition is designed to support and encourage development of effective communication skills, in a competitive environment. The competition took place on Thursday 4 February 2016.
The competition is an experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team and aims to develop students’ confidence, as well as their speaking and listening skills.
Unfortunately, The Excel Academy did not make it through to the Finals, however, we would like to congratulate those that took part as they did an incredible job! Well done!
On Monday 29 February, Excel Academy will be taking a group of students to the Science Event which will be held in Birmingham. During the day, the students will get the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms; Prof Robert Winston, Andrea Sella, Prof Alice Roberts, Prof Jim Al-Khalili and Dr Simon Singh.
The scientists have been carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with students in a direct and exciting way and hope to show students that Science really does offer solutions for many of the world’s great problems. It is also hoped that the trip will improve Science GCSE results with top tips on examination success from an experienced Science examiner, and increase the chances of GCSE students considering Science subjects at A Level.
The English Department have organised a visit for Year 10 students to see a theatre production of the novel Great Expectations at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on Thursday 24 March. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a high quality production of Great Expectations, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, a text on the GCSE curriculum. This will be an excellent chance for students to revise the plot, themes and characters of the text.
The cost of the theatre ticket and travel by coach is £25. Please note that places on this trip will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to wear Academy uniform and will need to bring a packed lunch.
Please note your child will be representing The Excel Academy and therefore, for the health and safety and enjoyment of all concerned, our usual high standard of behaviour is expected.
For further information, please contact the Academy Office on 01782 882700.