Welcome to The Excel Academy

Mr John Patino - Executive Principal 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%).

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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On 29th September 2015, several students from all years participated in their first cross country competition of the year. The students should be commended for their enthusiasm and determination and for completing a particularly challenging course. Well done to the following girls who represented The Excel Academy:

Bethan Sharpley
Lois Massey
Libby Ankers
Millie Stubbs
Dana Chambers
Hannah McVicker
Bethany Hall
Cejay Hopley
Piper Finnegan-Booth

On behalf of Mrs Copeland and The Excel Academy – congratulations!


Publish date:06/10/2015

Student Receives National Award!

Year 8 student, Naomi Owen, and her younger sister have received a national award after helping to care for their brother who has Global Development Delay – a severe learning disability which means he struggles to read, write and often finds everyday tasks difficult.

Naomi has given us her own account of the day:

My Trip to London

On the 7th of September 2015 I went to London with my Mum, Dad, brother and sister to receive a ‘Make a Difference’ Award. It is all about my sister and I helping my brother who was diagnosed with Global Development Delay. We help him with whatever he needs, like his homework. We also take him to the shop whenever he has his pocket money.

We were transported by our team leader, Neil Keighery, who set up a club called Boys Brigade, also associated with girls. Neil put my sister and I into the competition.

When we arrived in London, we had a sightseeing tour; along the way we saw Princess Anne, the Royal Guards, Buckingham Palace and walked in to the House of Commons.

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, who is President of the Boys Brigade, shouted mine and my sister’s names out and we received our award. Holding the grand piece of heavy glass with my name written on it was such a special moment for me.

By Naomi Owen, Year 8.

May we take this opportunity to congratulate Naomi and her sister on the prestigious award!

Please click on the below link for full details care of The Sentinel!



Publish date:06/10/2015