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. Ofsted visited the academy in October 2016 and judged leadership, quality of teaching, personal development, behavior and welfare of our students as good..  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 


Parent Progress Report - Click to Download
Principal Letters
Principal Letter & Latest Ofsted report

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

Monitoring Inspection

Year 1 Science Event

On Thursday 12th January, we were joined by year 1 from Belgarve St Barthomlews Academy. They came to learn all about plants. We had fun taking plant cuttings and sowing seeds. We learned about different parts of the plant and that we eat lots of different things that are plants.

Publish date:23/01/2017

Maple Court Visit

Today year 5 from Maple Court Academy visited us in the Science department to investigate how light travels. We had fun using the ray boxes, mirrors, plastic blocks and prisms.

Publish date:20/01/2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

On 07/02/2017

On 7th February 2017, Discovery Academy will be marking Safer Internet Day 2017.

Publish date:16/01/2017

Parent Task Force Meeting

On 16/02/2017 at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm

The Discovery Academy has a parent task force who are an active part of the Academies self review process. It is designed to ensure that parents and carers have an effective parental voice in identifying improvement priorities to help to move the Academy forward.

The task force meets on a half termly basis and the meeting dates are below:

23rd November
16th February
30th March
25th May
6th July

All meetings start at 5.30pm.

If you have not attended before please feel free to come along as we would welcome your feedback and ideas for the future.

Publish date:01/11/2016