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. Ofsted visited the academy in October 2016 and judged leadership, quality of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare of our students as good..  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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RIBI Young Photographer Competition

The Discovery Academy are delighted to announce that five Year 9 Photography students have won first prize for a portfolio of photographs. The competition was organized by the Rotary Club of Stoke-on-Trent, the ´RIBI Young Photographer Competition´. Chloe and Aleksandra attended yesterday evening with parents for the presentation.

We are thrilled to learn that not only had they won 1st prize but also that the portfolio has been entered into the district competition, the only entry from Stoke-on-Trent to go through. Well done to all the portfolio entrants! (Chloe, Teri, and Louise also had photographs in the winning portfolio)

Well done!

Publish date:19/06/2017

HMS Belfast - Kip in a Ship - Parent Information Meeting

On 28/06/2017 at 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm

We would like to invite you to attend a meeting to discuss the arrangements which have been made for the HMS Belfast, ‘Kip in a Ship’ visit, which takes place on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th July 2017.

The meeting will take place at the Academy on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 5.00pm. We expect the meeting will take no longer than one hour. Please make your way to Main Reception where you will be directed to the hall.

Publish date:15/06/2017

Franklin Scholars Awards Ceremony

On 29/06/2017

On Thursday 29th June 2017, Franklin Scholars will be hosting their annual Awards Ceremony at the Royal Over-Seas League, London and some of our students have been invited to attend this event.

We will leave the Academy in the morning travelling to Stoke Station, where we will board the train to London Euston. We will eat a celebratory meal in a local restaurant at noon before the Awards Ceremony takes place at the Royal Over-Seas League. Afterwards, we will make our way back to London Euston. Parents/carers should collect students from Stoke Station, not from the Academy.

Students attending should wear full Academy uniform. They may bring with them a small amount of money to spend but this will remain the student’s own responsibility.

Publish date:14/06/2017

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