Welcome to The Discovery Academy
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
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:
You will be able to collect your BTEC and GCSE certificates from The Discovery Academy on the following dates:
Tuesday 6th December to Thursday 8th December after 3.15 to 4.45pm
If you are unable to collect your certificates you can nominate a member of your family to collect on your behalf. You need to give them written permission which they must present when they collect your certificates.
Matthew started to attend the Kicks Programme around 8 months ago as he just wanted to play football. His opportunities to play have been very limited due to his disability and he has felt excluded. The Kicks Programme has provided Matthew with an opportunity to play regular football whilst helping to develop his social skills and ensuring he feels included at all times.
His Kicks coaches invited him to the Community Trust’s disability program where he attends every Sunday and is now representing SCFC U16 disability team at tournaments.
On 01/12/2016 until 16/12/2016
The Twelve Days of Christmas Initiative
From Thursday 1st December every student achieving 100% attendance will be entered into a daily draw to have a chance of winning the prizes on offer. Students need to attend each and every day to enable them to continue being entered for a prize. As we get nearer to Christmas the bigger and better the prizes get.
Attendance is crucial right up to the Christmas holiday so we hope that you will support us in this great initiative and ...we look forward to announcing the prize winners each day.
We would like to thank the following companies for supporting us and donating some excellent prizes:
Stoke City Football Club, RM Education, Longton Protective Clothing, Palmer Publicity, Sherwin Rivers, EH Purchasing, AJB Reprographics, Wynsors Shoes, Paul’s Coaches, Service Master and Polycopy.
On 05/12/2016 at 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
Some students will be completing OCR 21st Century Core and Additional Science. This means your child will achieve two separate GCSE qualifications in science. Students have achieved great success over the last few years and hope to exceed this success within this year group. The coursework element of these courses accounts for 25% of the final grade. This means the coursework plays a vital part in the success in GCSE science and is vital for students to achieve the best possible grade.
In order to ensure we have enough time to complete the course content and the coursework, the Science Faculty plan for students to complete the coursework in booster sessions at the end of the Academy day. We will be running sessions between 3.00pm and 6.00pm on the dates below:
Monday 28th November 2016
Monday 5th December 2016
Monday 12th December 2016
As part of preparation for the first session all students must read through page 101 & 102 of their Collins New GCSE Science and Additional Science Revision guide (black book). It is expected that all students attend the sessions to complete the coursework.