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Simon French - Principle

I hope 2016 has started well for you.  It has been an exciting start to the New Year at The Discovery Academy and so I wanted to write to introduce myself as Principal and to set out the future vision I have for the Academy.  It was sad to say goodbye to Mr Patino, who I have worked with for the last four years, however, the systems and expectations Mr Patino developed, not only will continue, but be built on so that The Discovery Academy truly becomes outstanding. 

Visitors to the Academy are always impressed by the pride students have in themselves and the professionalism of staff.  I firmly believe that over the last two years, we have laid the foundations to be judged as a good Academy during this year.  However, I wish students and staff to have a belief that we can exceed even these expectations.  Our developing Academy motto is ‘Expect excellence in yourselves and others’. With dedicated staff who can provide the necessary support and care, I believe all students can develop the skills to be become successful. 

Over the coming months, the Academy would like to engage with parents and students to acquire your views on what we need to do together, so the Academy can move 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.  In order to build further on these successes, we are developing a culture of ‘growth mind-set’.  Too often, young people and adults have a fixed mind-set 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 succeed, however difficult it might be at times.

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

Mr S French 


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Well done to all students who took part in a sporting activity on Friday 18th March in aid of sport relief.  Approximately 200 students took part in a sporting challenge and about £150 has been raised so far.

Each challenge had a winner who deserve a special mention:

Lewis Year 8 won the cross bar challenge
Joseph Year 9 won the basketball shooting competition
Caitlin Year 8 won the basketball shooting competition for girls
Mr Birch won the staff basketball shooting competition
Bradley Year 7 was the first to finish the 1 mile run
Matt was the 2nd to finish the 1 mile run
Damian & Josh Year 10 were the only 2 to complete the 2 mile challenge

Well done!

Publish date:13/04/2016

Lord Mayor’s Games

The students below represented the Academy in a variety of sports at the Lord Mayor´s games at Northwood stadium.

  • The Year 7 boys came 3rd in the boys Football competition.
  •  The Year 7 girls played brilliantly, winning all of their games and won the girls football competition.
  • The Year 8 boys won the Table Tennis competition. They have been practising every Friday after school.
  • The Year 9 girls represented themselves and the Academy really well despite only winning one of their games.
  • The Year 10 Girls won all of their Badminton games, just missing out on the trophy due to the boys losing a couple of games.

Year 7 - Boys Football
Eden, Harry, Reece, Jino, Jay, Tom

Year 7 - Girls Football
Charlie, Ellie, Lucy, Kenzie, Isabelle, Leah

Year 8 - Table Tennis
Jordan, David, Zac, Charlie

Year 9 - Netball
Amy, Rhiannan, Ellie, Jade, Chloe, Leah, Beth

Year 10 - Badminton
Josh, Kian, Hollie, Steph

Sports leaders
Emily and Mitchell

Please congratulate them if you see them around.

Publish date:13/04/2016


On 21/05/2016 at 10:30 am until 11:30 am

Saturday 21st May (Starts at 10:30am)

The Discovery Academy & Maple Court Academy
Discovery Drive, ST2 0GA

Run starts at 10.30am - Open to all ages and abilities.

2KM (1.2 miles)  for Adults & Children under 16
5KM (3.2 miles) for Adults

FREE to enter, come along and take part in this City Wide event.
Spot Prizes for runners and light refreshments available.

Publish date:27/04/2016