Welcome to The Discovery Academy

Welcome to The Discovery Academy where our aim is to ‘Discover Tomorrow Together’.  As we begin our second year in our fantastic state-of-the-art building, we are looking forward to another successful year.  For the first time, demand for places in Year 7 exceeded the number available and the 240 students who joined us in September have settled in really well.

Everyone who visits the Academy comments not only on the amazing facilities, but also on the high standards of behaviour shown by our students.  With a focus on ‘Pride and Respect’, and a strong pastoral structure in place, our students tell us that they feel safe and well cared for and are well supported in every area of their learning.

John Patino - Executive Head

Attendance at our recent Open Evening indicated that Year 7 is likely to be over-subscribed again next September and The Discovery Academy will remain the biggest and best in the city.

If you are considering sending your son or daughter to The Discovery Academy or wish to view our facilities please contact us on 01782 882100.


Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the final two weeks of the academic year, our thoughts are already focused on preparations for our return in September.

All students have now been measured for their new uniform and the feedback has been very positive. You should have received instructions about how and when to collect your child´s uniform but if not, please contact the Academy.

This year has seen significant progress towards our goal of making The Discovery Academy the best in the area and I would like to thank all parents/carers for your help and support.  Behaviour standards, attendance and punctuality have all improved significantly, and the accelerated progress which all students are making will be confirmed when the GCSE results are published next month.

The Academy will close at 1.15pm on Friday 17th July and will reopen for students on Monday 7th September. New Year 7 students should arrive at 8.30am and all other students at 11.00am.

Finally I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our students, parents and families a safe and relaxing summer break and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Patino


Publish date:06/07/2015

Dear Parent/Carer
Academy Uniform Update

As you are aware the Academy uniform will change from September 2015. 

Each student will have the opportunity to be measured at the Academy from week commencing 22nd June.  Each student will have their measurements taken and the list will be given to the uniform supplier.  You will be able to collect the new uniform from week commencing 6th July directly from Longton Protective Clothing or Motif Marketing (see attached).  When you collect please give the name of the student, year group and current form group.  Every student will be issued with one of each of the following items free of charge:

  • Navy blue Academy Logo blazer

  • Navy blue Academy jumper

  • Navy blue cultural dress (2 piece headdress/scarf and tunic) as an alternative option for girls

  • Mid-grey trousers (Boys or Girls) or specific mid-grey pleated skirt (as an alternative option for girls).  Please note that any trousers and skirts must be brought from the uniform supplier.  They need to be the specific mid-grey and the correct style as attached information.  No other styles, colours or skinny trousers will be acceptable.

  • Academy Year tie (Boys and Girls)

Additionally you will need to buy:

  • Grey tights (compulsory for girls)

  • Grey socks (compulsory with trousers)

Students will be able to continue to wear their current white shirt/blouse and appropriate black shoes (must not have any logos or be trainers).  There will be no changes to the existing Discovery Academy PE kit, which comprises (1 outdoor top, 1 indoor top and black shorts).  Optional PE items are also available to purchase.

Please click here to download a leaflet detailing prices of additional items, uniform supplier’s details and opening times.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Patino
Executive Principal


Publish date:22/06/2015


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On 09/07/2015

On Thursday 9th July, 2015 Year 6 students for the new intake starting in September are invited to attend and experience a day at The Discovery Academy.  Your child needs to be at the Academy by no later than 9.00am and will be directed by staff upon arrival.  Please note that vehicles are not allowed on the Academy site during school hours.  Your child will need to wear their current primary school uniform and bring writing equipment with them for their activities during the day.

For lunch your child can purchase a meal, the cost of this is currently £2.50, or they can bring their own packed lunch. If they currently receive a free school meal then this will be made available on the day. 

Students will be released at 2.30pm outside the Main Entrance.  You are then invited to attend our Parents’ Evening, doors will open at 5.00pm and refreshments will be available.  The Executive Principal will give a short informative speech at 5.30pm and 6.00pm (of which parents may attend either) and you then have the opportunity to go to your child’s form room for questions with their Form Tutor.  You can also have a tour of the Academy and the evening is due to finish at 7.00pm.

Your items of free uniform will be available to collect from the Sports Hall between 2.30pm and 7.00pm.  There will also be the opportunity to purchase PE kit and additional items.

You will have received an information pack. It is essential that you complete, sign and return the appropriate pages to the Academy, either prior to the intake day or send them with your child on Thursday 9th July, 2015 if you prefer.  Details regarding the first day in September will be issued at the Intake Day.

On Friday 4th September, 2015 the new Year 7 students and parents are invited for an orientation session within the Academy at 2.30pm to 3.30pm.  Students will be given their new timetables and then may visit their classrooms to familiarise themselves with the building.  Please note, this is not compulsory and uniforms do not need to be worn.

We hope you will be able to attend this important event, and we look forward to meeting you on Thursday 9th July, 2015 on what will be a most enjoyable evening.

All students should arrive at 8.25am on Monday 7th September, 2015 for morning registration for the new academic year.


Publish date:07/05/2015


On 09/07/2015 at 9:00 am until 2:40 pm

On Thursday 9th July 2015 the PE Faculty at The Discovery Academy is planning to take all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 on a visit to Northwood Stadium to participate in the annual Academy Sports Day.

Students will leave the Academy at approximately 9.00am and return for the end of the Academy day at 2.40pm. Events will run throughout the day and students will be representing their ‘House’: Beckham House (Red), Ennis House (Yellow), Daley House (Blue) and Farah House (Green). Students will require a packed lunch; if your child is eligible for free school meals then a packed lunch will be provided. A small amount of money may be taken to purchase refreshments at the venue as an ice cream van will be on site. Sun cream will also be required in the event of hot weather and warm clothing to wear between events. Students are requested to leave all jewellery and valuable items at home as the Academy cannot be responsible for any losses. Further details will be given to the students closer to the event.

Parents are welcome to attend but, please note, for safeguarding reasons they will be seated in a designated viewing area away from the stand. There will be no curriculum timetable offered within the Academy on this day for Years 7, 8 and 9 as all students are expected to attend the trip.

If you have any queries regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Baggaley at the Academy on 01782 882100.


Publish date:30/06/2015