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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, behaviour and welfare of our students as good. The summer 2017 GCSE results were the best results the Academy has ever achieved making it one of the most improved Academies in Stoke-on-Trent. Strong performance in Maths, English and Science as well as a number of other subjects have set a firm foundation for students moving on to post 16 study. 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 and you can view some of the improvements through the principals video blogs. 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
Principal

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Dear Parents

RE: Vacancy to sit on The Discovery Academy Local Governing Body

The Discovery Academy has two positions available on the Governing Body for parents of students enrolled as at 1st September 2017.

For anyone unfamiliar with this role, the Governing Body has local responsibility for the organisation and supports and oversees the management team in place. Its membership comprises of people from a range of backgrounds reflecting the community the Academy serves, and this includes two members of staff and two parents.

Being a member of the Local Governing Body provides a unique insight into how the Academy works and an opportunity to contribute to its overall future development.

The normal course of dealing with parental appointments to the Local Governing Body is by a democratic process of election. If you are interested in standing for the vacant position please complete the ‘expression of interest’ form which is attached. If you would like to talk to me informally about the role before committing yourself, my contact details are Maxine.bagshaw@wnc.ac.uk. Please leave me a message and contact number and I will call you as soon as I am able.

The length of appointment is four years, or until such time as you cease to have a student enrolled at the Academy (whichever is the earlier).

Elections will be held where more than two expressions of interest are received. This election will take place by ballot and details will be circulated to all parents after the close of nominations. In the event that only two expressions of interest are received by the closing date, then the parent(s) having expressed an interest will stand elected unopposed without there being a ballot.

Completed ‘expressions of interest’ forms (Please click here to download) to be returned to: The Principal’s Office at The Discovery Academy by 9.00am on Thursday 28th March 2018.

All incomplete forms or forms that are received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Kind Regards

Maxine Bagshaw
Clerk to the Board of Governors

Publish date:09/03/2018

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