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
The Excel Academy will close for the summer break on Wednesday 20 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 8.35am on Wednesday 7 September for Year 7 students and at 11am for students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Next year we are moving to 5 x 1 hour lessons per day over a two week timetable, week A and week B. The new school day will be:
8.00am School Opens
8.40am Students to be on site - Registration
9.00am Period 1
10.00am Period 2
11.20am Period 3
12.20pm Period 4
2.00pm Period 5
3.00pm Finish (or Period 6 which you will be notified about if it affects your child)
I have been pleased with the progress we have made this year. We have high standards and my role is to ensure that teaching and learning continues to improve, your child makes good progress and is safe and happy.
Our guiding principle is that we expect excellence. Pride and mutual respect are fundamental to our success and the relationship between home and the academy are of paramount importance. I wrote earlier in the year to say that we need, as a community, to develop a growth mindset. We want everybody to;
- Always Challenge yourself
- Strive to Overcome Obstacles
- Apply Maximum Effort
- Act on Feedback
- Be Inspired and Inspire others
This year has seen the general standards of uniform, and levels of personal organisation, displayed by our students continue to improve and it’s with great pleasure that I receive regular feedback from visitors to The Excel Academy
commenting on the high standards. When your son/daughter returns in September, I hope that they continue to meet the expectations we have within the Academy.
Please find enclosed the updated Uniform standards and expectations information for September 2016. I would like to draw your attention to the rules regarding nail varnish, jewellery and make up.
The Academy will enforce a ‘no nail varnish’ rule from September in order to maintain a high standard of appearance for all students. This will reduce the amount of lost learning time for those students who attend the Academy with inappropriate nails and varnish, and who then have to sort the situation out during lessons. Regarding jewellery, one pair of stud earrings and a wristwatch are permitted, but any other items, including bracelets and rings are not. Finally, with regards make up, small subtle amounts are permitted and any student wearing excess make up will have to remove it.
Regarding clothing, please can I ask for your support with regards to footwear and skirts. Many shops sell ‘trainer shoes’. These are often branded soft leather trainers and they are not accepted at the Academy. A traditional school shoe is required – please refer to the Wynsors brochure for guidance on the styles of shoes that are accepted at Excel. Skirts need to be around knee length. On occasion the skirt length of some students is too short and their discretion whilst moving around the corridors and up and down stairwells can be compromised. Again, I hope we can work together to ensure our standards are met by all students.
In addition to the above the students must have 5 compulsory items with them every day. These are:
- School Bag
- School Planner
- Pencil Case (with a minimum requirement of a black pen, ruler, pencil, rubber, green pen, pencil sharpener)
- Reading Book
- Scientific Calculator
Uniform expectations and having the necessary equipment listed above, are important factors in not only your child’s Academy life, but also in preparing them for the world of work. For further guidance please refer to the information sheet enclosed.
We say good bye and our best wishes to a number of staff this year and I am sure you are appreciative of the contribution that they have made to the improvements at the academy. They include Mrs Bailey - Assistant Principal, Mrs Bloor - Teacher of Mathematics, Mr Miles - Teacher of Technology and Head of Year, Mrs Hutton - 2nd in Science, Mrs Burton - Teacher of Art and Lead practitioner, Mr Burgess - Teacher of Humanities and Mrs Pugh - Head of MFL. We wish them all every success in their new roles!
We hope you and your child have a good summer break and are refreshed for the next academic year in September.
Mr D Bishop
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