Welcome to The Discovery Academy

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.  I firmly believe that we have laid the foundations to be judged as a good Academy during this year.  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 


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Principal Letters

Safeguarding Notice

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:




Our Prospectus

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Report

Ofsted Action Plan

Monitoring Inspection

Year 7 Olympics

Well done to all Year 7 students who today took part in the Discovery Academy annual Olympic Games at Fenton Sports Centre. Over 200 year 7 students took part, each form group represented a different country. The students took part in different running, jumping and throwing events. The winning team were 7ALM who were Spain.

Well done to everyone.

Publish date:21/10/2016

Young Enterprise

Launching this years Young Enterprise Challenge, a small group of ambitious students in Y10 represented the academy during an enjoyable and truly inspiring day at the World of Wedgewood. The day challenged our students to work closely with older peers from other schools and post-16 colleges, as strangers with whom they developed through a series of team building activities. Mimicking a real work place environment, each team imagined, created and presented a product using nothing but a tin-foil tray! With innovative ideas from flowers to food and amplifiers to lanterns our students featured in the 2 winning teams and showed fantastic leadership potential and organisational skills.

Publish date:04/10/2016

Watch Premier League Football On Halloween

On 31/10/2016 at 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm


An alternative way to spend Halloween is to watch Stoke City take on Swansea City on Monday, October 31st, Kick Off 8pm. The Club is making the bet365 Stadium’s South Stand a family friendly space, with local secondary school youngsters and their families invited to come along at an extra special price.

All The Discovery Academy pupils and their family and friends are invited to attend and watch the game in comfort – sat together in the stadium’s South Stand.


  • Pupils: £5

  • OAPS & Under 17s: £5

  • Adults: £20

There is no limit on the number of tickets you can buy and purchasing couldn’t be easier. Simply call Stoke City’s Group Ticket Office on 01782 592217 and quote “The Discovery Academy”

Payment is made via credit/debit card. Your tickets will be posted directly to your home address, with instructions and an itinerary.

Stoke City Football Club staff do not offer or provide a child supervision service during matchdays, therefore all children must be accompanied by an adult. The Club will happily move any current Season Card Holder for the game so that they can sit with the school party.

We hope to see you at the game


Publish date:05/10/2016

Year 10 Visit – JCB, Rocester

On 08/11/2016 at 8:20 am until 1:15 pm

A number of Year 10 students have been invited to a Careers JCB Masterclass at JCB Headquarters in Rocester. There, students will hear about career opportunities within JCB and be given a tour of the JCB factory. This visit will take place on Tuesday 8th November 2016. We will leave the Academy at 8.20am, travelling via Academy minibus, and return at approximately 1.15pm. Attending students should wear full Academy uniform and bring a packed lunch. If your child receives free school meals then one will be provided for them.

Publish date:20/10/2016