Welcome to The Excel Academy

Mr Darren Bishop - Principal

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


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City Trampolining Competition

On Tuesday 12 April, 11 students from The Excel Academy participated in the City Trampolining competition. For many of the students, it was their first ever competition. They performed with quality, composure and were all outstanding. Results are below:

Both teams have now qualified for the County competition in 2 weeks’ time! Congratulations to the following students who represented the Academy and did everyone proud:

  • Jade Hubball
  • Ethan Lewis
  • Jared Nixon
  • Katie Moore
  • Bethan Longshaw
  • Millie Tench
  • Libby Mottram
  • Lillie-May Fallows
  • Samantha Jones
  • Jessica Simms
  • Rhiannon Hoyes

Well done from Mrs Copeland and all at The Excel Academy!

Publish date:19/04/2016

Year 8 students have recently been working closely with Stoke on Trent Council’s Stop Smoking in Schools (ASSIST) programme.

Please click here to view the full article in City News (page 9).

Publish date:13/04/2016