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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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Hot Air Literacy Fringe Festival 2016

Our Hot Air Literacy Fringe Festival has been a resounding success. A workshop day for local Year 5 students from Maple Court Academy and Kingsland Academy was praised as their "best day ever!"

They wrote poems and stories inspired by music and nature before transforming their creative ideas onto pottery in celebration of the Emma Bridgewater Literary Festival. We followed this with an Open Mic Night showcasing their work to over 70 invited guests and local author, Glenn James. Watch out for future events!

Publish date:16/06/2016

Primary Pupil Science Club

We had a great science club held at the Academy last week, primary pupils enjoyed all the activities.

Thank you to the Science Department for all their hard work.

Publish date:16/06/2016


On 30/06/2016 at 8:30 am until 4:30 pm

The Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty are organising Geography field trips to the village of Castleton in Derbyshire for Year 10 GCSE Geography students. During the field trip students will undertake important GCSE Geography coursework for their ‘controlled assessment’ work. This amounts to 25% of the overall mark and is therefore an integral and very important part of their course. Attendance on this field trip is crucial. On the day, students will be collecting a range of data in the field from field sketches to photographs and surveys to questionnaires of visiting tourists to Castleton.

We will leave the Academy at 8.30am travelling by coach, and return at approximately 4.30pm. Students should wear casual and comfortable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Any queries please contact Mr Goodstadt on 01782 882100.

Publish date:16/06/2016