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Welcome to The Excel Academy

Please note that The Excel Academy will close on Friday 20th July at 1.30pm. The Academy will reopen at 8.35am on Wednesday 05 September for Year 7 students and at 11am for students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Mr Darren Bishop - Principal

It is my privilege to welcome you to The Excel Academy which is once again, one of the highest performing academies in the City. Our students demonstrated excellent progress in the GCSE examinations in 2017. Results, particularly in Mathematics and English, meant that we continue to be one of the highest performing academies locally. We strive to ensure a curriculum pathway to allow all students to achieve. Our Creative Arts and vocational subjects regularly achieve excellent results too.

Exam achievement is of paramount importance but is not our sole focus. We ‘expect excellence’ in all areas of student personal development. For example, our long tradition of success in the sporting arena continued this year with a huge number of our young sports people winning Town, City and County honours during the year. Our singers and dancers - who perform regularly at the Victoria Hall and other major venues produced outstanding performances at our prestigious Achievement Awards evening, our Sports Awards evening and our Summer concert.

Ofsted inspected The Academy in November 2016 and confirmed that The Academy remains a ‘good’ academy and is on a journey to become outstanding. What truly makes us distinctive is the warmth of feeling and sense of belonging that The Excel Academy engenders in the students, staff, parents and friends of The Academy. Parents comment that The Academy is now the ‘school of choice’. Our students confirm that they are proud to be part of our community. We have established a reputation for high standards but also an ethos of care for each individual child. As a consequence our intake has increased by 60% over the past three years and we are over-subscribed in most years.

Our ethos is one of ‘Pride and Respect’. We make no excuses for having high standards and we expect support from all of our families in ensuring those standards are achieved. Teamwork underpins success and we believe that ‘everyone can improve’ with the right support and attitude. The relationships between home and The Academy are fundamental to our success. Working 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.

I believe that The Excel Academy has many strengths and is now realising its potential. I am excited by the prospect of the next phase of development. The support The Academy receives as being part of the ‘Alpha Academies Trust’ is excellent and I look forward to working with the students, teachers, governors and families to continue the drive on raising standards.
If you are considering choosing The Excel Academy for your child or would like to come and have a look around please contact us on 01782 882700

Mr D Bishop
Principal


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