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School Holiday Consultation

Stoke on Trent Local Authority would like to consult with parents across the City, with regard to school holiday preferences.
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Simon French - Principle

I hope 2016 has started well for you.  It has been an exciting start to the New Year at The Discovery Academy and so I wanted to write to introduce myself as Principal and to set out the future vision I have for the Academy.  It was sad to say goodbye to Mr Patino, who I have worked with for the last four years, however, the systems and expectations Mr Patino developed, not only will continue, but be built on so that The Discovery Academy truly becomes outstanding. 

Visitors to the Academy are always impressed by the pride students have in themselves and the professionalism of staff.  I firmly believe that over the last two years, we have laid the foundations to be judged as a good Academy during this year.  However, I wish students and staff to have a belief that we can exceed even these expectations.  Our developing Academy motto is ‘Expect excellence in yourselves and others’. With dedicated staff who can provide the necessary support and care, I believe all students can develop the skills to be become successful. 

Over the coming months, the Academy would like to engage with parents and students to acquire your views on what we need to do together, so the Academy can move 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.  In order to build further on these successes, we are developing a culture of ‘growth mind-set’.  Too often, young people and adults have a fixed mind-set 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 succeed, however difficult it might be at times.

I am looking forward to working with parents on the future journey of The Discovery Academy.  We have incredible students who deserve the very best.  Working together and with an uncompromising growth mind-set, we will build an academy that the community is proud of.

Mr S French 


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To ensure the health, safety and safeguarding of students, vehicle access is restricted during the Academy day. Please arrange to meet your child outside the gates at the end of the day, as cars are not permitted on site during this time. It would be appreciated if you could be mindful of local residents and avoid blocking driveways.

The layby at the front of the Academy building is for drop off and emergency vehicles only and is not to be used for parking. Car parking spaces are available for visitors who are attending meetings.

Thank you for your continued support.

Publish date:05/05/2016

Following our letter dated 15th June 2015, we would like to remind you that the transport service will end this June, after the examination period has finished.  The transport service was provided to support those students from the predecessor schools who live a distance away from the new site. As the final students from the predecessor schools will have left the Academy by this date, the transport will no longer be available.

We can now confirm that the transport service will cease on Friday 24th June 2016.
There is a public bus stop on Beverley Drive close to the end of Discovery Drive which is serviced by the No. 2 bus.  Alternatively the No. 1 bus stops at the bottom of Beverley Drive close to the Waggon and Horses public house.

Thank you for your continued support.

Publish date:04/05/2016


On 21/05/2016 at 10:30 am until 11:30 am

Saturday 21st May (Starts at 10:30am)

The Discovery Academy & Maple Court Academy
Discovery Drive, ST2 0GA

Run starts at 10.30am - Open to all ages and abilities.

2KM (1.2 miles)  for Adults & Children under 16
5KM (3.2 miles) for Adults

FREE to enter, come along and take part in this City Wide event.
Spot Prizes for runners and light refreshments available.

Publish date:27/04/2016