Welcome to The Discovery Academy
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
We held a successful careers evening on Wednesday 20th January. With over 90 people attending and a variety of outside agencies in attendance including the local colleges and the army.
The Discovery Academy recently had a visit from an ex-student called Abigail Wynters who studied French with us and left 5 years ago. She did her A Level French at 6th Form College and then went to live in Switzerland as an au pair for about 2 years where she improved her French.
Abigail now studies at the University of London in Paris studying for a degree in French and came into to tell our current Year 10 and 11 French students all about the degree course, the university in Paris and all the benefits of studying a foreign language - e.g. getting to know new people, improving communication skills and confidence levels and vastly improving job opportunities.
Students asked a variety of questions about her experiences so far and what it is like to study abroad. We would like to thank Abigail for taking the time to visit the Academy and talk to students.
A trip has been arranged for selected Year 10 students to visit Keele University. This trip is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an insight into university opportunities they may wish to pursue.
Students should wear full Academy uniform.