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:
Year 7s have been having great fun with Charlotte and Gregoire our Foreign language assistants in MFL club on a Friday lunchtime. Students have celebrated the festivals of Christmas and Mardi Gras/Karneval (or Fasching as it is sometimes called) by; entering a Christmas card competition at Birmingham University; baking speciality biscuits - Grittibaens and Vanillekipferl a traditional treat made in Switzerland, Germany and Austria; made masks in preparation for Mardi Gras/Karneval and then played games and eaten Crepes/Pfannkuchen at their Karneval party.
On 23/03/2017 at 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm
We would like to invite you to attend our Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 23rd March 2017, for you to come to discuss your child’s progress.
During this evening, teaching staff, Form Tutors and the Head of Year 9 will be available from 5.00pm until 7.30pm. Appointments will not need to be pre-booked. On arrival you will be provided with your child’s most recent Academy report, a list of teaching staff and the rooms in which they will be located. You can then decide to see each member of staff in any order you wish.
Please complete and return the reply slip sent out to you today to confirm your attendance and I look forward to seeing you on this evening.