Welcome to The Discovery Academy

Simon French - Principle

I am delighted to welcome you to The Discovery Academy website and hope the information provided here will give you a flavour of the exciting educational opportunities we provide for all our students. The £21 million building provides world class facilities and an environment which inspires students of all abilities and interests, to achieve and succeed. Our highly qualified and professional staff are committed to delivering the highest standards of expert teaching and learning and our pastoral support team ensure that the needs of every individual student are catered for.

Visitors to the Academy are always impressed by the pride students have in themselves and the professionalism of staff.  I firmly believe that we have laid the foundations to be judged as a good Academy during this year.  Our aim at the Academy is to encourage students to Expect Excellence’ in everything that they do and we foster a culture of growth mindset that gives students the confidence and ambition for the future. With dedicated staff who can provide the necessary support and care, I believe all students can develop the skills to become successful. 

The Academy engages with parents/carers and students to acquire views on what we need to do together, so the Academy can go from strength to strength.  We already have some notable success and below are the key improvements the Academy has made around achievement, teaching, behaviour and attendance.  Too often, young people and adults have a fixed mindset that talent is limited and only a few have the skills to succeed.  This is a myth we want to remove and it is our job together, to provide the confidence and belief that all students can overcome obstacles and succeed, however difficult it might be at times.

I am looking forward to working with parents/carers on the future journey of The Discovery Academy.  We have incredible students who deserve the very best.  Working together and with an uncompromising growth mindset, we will build an academy that the community is proud of.

Mr S French 


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Letter to Parents - Click to Download

Safeguarding Notice

Do you know where your child is, with whom and what they are doing?

As we approach the holiday period especially please can I remind parents to reinforce to all their children the importance of being vigilant over personal safety both in terms of their physical security as well as their virtual safety when accessing the internet/social media sites? There are some very unpleasant characters in the world and as many parents already do, we need to ensure that the safety of our children remains a priority both when in sight as well as out of sight. Useful links for further information on helping to sustain safety in the virtual world and more generally include:




Our Prospectus

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Action Plan

Action Plan Summary

Ofsted Action Plan

Monitoring Inspection

Summer Newsletter 2016

Publish date:20/07/2016

Dear Parent/Carer

Please be advised that the Academy closes on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 1.15pm for the summer holidays.  Students will have the opportunity to purchase food during an extended break.  Students in receipt of free school meals can use their allowance either at break time or to purchase sandwiches prior to leaving the Academy.

We understand that this is only a three day week, but it is vitally important for students to have 100% attendance for the remainder of the term.

The Autumn Term commences on Wednesday 7th September 2016.  Students who will be in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 in September need to be at the Academy for no later than 10.30am.  The new Year 7 students will arrive at the normal start time of 8.30am.  For the rest of the academic year all students should arrive at 8.30am and the finish time remains unchanged at 2.55pm.

The Academy newsletter will be sent home via the post and contains information regarding events, progress and future developments.  Thank you for your continued support and have an enjoyable summer.

Yours faithfully

Mr S French

Publish date:14/07/2016


On 25/08/2016 at 10:00 am until 11:30 am

Thursday 25th August 2016
10am to 11:30am in the Main Hall

Stay calm on GCSE results day 2016

On results day you will receive a Candidate Statement of your Provisional Results. This statement will detail all your results from examinations taken and controlled assessments completed.
Make sure you pack your mobile phone so you can give your parents/carer a call after getting your results.
Pack a bottle of water and some tissues.
Make sure you have some breakfast before you leave to collect your results

Decide where you want to open your GCSE results

It’s best to be at the academy to open your results, so you can get advice from your teachers if you need it – but you can take your results home to open them if you prefer.
Make sure you are not peer-pressured into opening your results in front of your friends especially if you are not feeling comfortable or confident.

Publish date:13/07/2016


On 06/09/2016 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm

The new Year 7 students and parents are invited for an orientation session within the Academy at 2.30pm-3.30pm. Students will be given their new timetables and then may visit their classrooms to familiarise themselves with the building. Please note this is not compulsory and uniforms do not need to be worn.

Publish date:20/07/2016