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
On Saturday 11th June, several of our senior athletes competed at the Staffordshire County Athletics competition. For some, it was their first ever County competition and they all performed admirably. Well done to the following pupils who gave up their Saturday not only to represent Excel but also their region:
- Max -THIRD IN 100M AND COUNTY CHAMPION IN HIGH JUMP!
- Lois -THIRD IN 300M HURDLES AND THIRD IN 100M HURDLES
- Beth -4TH IN 1500M
- Zarina -THIRD IN SHOT
Congratulations everyone!! Max will now progress to the next stage which is the Mason Trophy next weekend in Birmingham.
I am extremely pleased to inform you all, that we have become North Stoke winners in the City rounders tournament and have now progressed through to County-yay!!
Plus we got there on merit against tough competition. We beat Birches Head 9-5.5, narrowly beat St.Peters 8.5-8. Final was against Ormiston Horizon and we beat them 6-4.
For info Sharon-team consisted of:
Beth Adams, Shanan Lawton, Lauren Hall, Alicia Gray, Charlotte Beckett, Ellie Davies, Aalima Iqbal, Jess Sims and True Machin, Jodie Collins (injured-was assistant coach).
They were amazing!
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