Welcome to The Discovery Academy where our aim is to ‘Discover Tomorrow Together’. It has been a challenging and exciting time since September when I joined the academy as Executive Principal and we moved into our brand new state-of-the-art building on Discovery Drive in Bentilee. Throughout my career in education I have been committed to providing a world class learning environment which motivates, inspires and encourages every young person to achieve success – I know our sponsor, Stoke-on-Trent College, and every member of staff at the Academy is equally committed to that vision. Our fabulous new building with an impressive backdrop of Park Hall provides our staff and students with the opportunity to progress and lay the foundations for further success when they move to the next stage in their education or career.
I am delighted that the large majority of our students and parents have been fully supportive of the drive to raise standards of behaviour. There is no doubt that high quality teaching and learning can only happen when behaviour is good or better and attitudes to learning are positive. The highly experienced pastoral team at Discovery, led by Assistant Principal Mr Nixon, provides the support and encouragement for students to ensure that all young people feel safe and secure and individual needs are catered for. The changes which come into place in January 2014, specifically the move to a year group system and the one-week timetable, will enable us to raise standards even further.
The Discovery Academy is destined to be the biggest and best Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, providing our students with a rich and varied curriculum and helping them to develop our core values of Pride and Respect. Our close links with FE providers – particularly our sponsor – and with the 2 Studio Colleges, provide our students with unique pathways to further and higher education and our close links with employers ensure our students are prepared for the world of work.
I look forward to working with our existing parents and carers to establish the Discovery Academy as the place of first choice for secondary education in the City and invite parents and students who are considering joining us to make an appointment to visit and see what we have to offer. I look forward to seeing you.