As we approach the Christmas break there is a great deal of activity and anticipation in preparation for the move to the new build immediately after the holiday. Having experienced the demands and pressures associated with moving into a new school – both in Liverpool and more recently at the Discovery Academy – I am well aware of the potential problems and pitfalls we face but hopefully the meticulous planning which has gone in will make the move as smooth as possible, with minimum disruption to students’ education. I know too that the benefits the new build will bring will make all the hard work and disruption worthwhile and provide our current students, and those to come in future years, the best possible educational opportunities. I know staff are already planning to step up the pace in January to make up for time lost over the slightly extended Christmas break and I know our students will rise to the challenge as always.
I would also like to take the opportunity, as we look forward to another successful year in 2014, to provide a quick update on the conversion to academy status. As you are aware, we have operated as the Excel Academy since September, with the new uniform and vision for the school, despite the legal process of conversion being delayed due to issues beyond our control. I am pleased to report that these issues have finally been resolved and the legal process of conversion to the Excel Academy as part of the multi-academy trust sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College will now be completed on 1st February. I am working closely with the new Principal Pam Clulow in my capacity as Executive Principal and I know that Pam is looking forward to starting in her new role on 1st January.
With the new building complete, excellent examination results in the bag and a Good OFSTED judgement, next year promises to be another successful one for the academy. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support and to wish everyone a happy and relaxing Christmas.