Welcome to The College Academies Trust

The College Academies Trust has been established to create a network of schools in North Staffordshire that provide excellent academic tuition and outstanding vocational experience for young people.  Our focus is on inspiring students to achieve, providing them with skills for the modern workplace, and, working closely with employers, to create innovative learning partnerships.

The College Academies Trust is sponsored by Stoke on Trent College and works in partnership with a number of outstanding schools and academies, as well as regional education expert advisors.  We draw extensively on the experience and knowledge of our sponsor as well as our network of the region’s largest employers to devise our curricula and ethos.

If you are interested in the work of the Trust and would like to support us in any way – maybe as an employer, or a member of staff or as a parent or pupil then please contact us

Prospectuses & Information Booklets

Click on the links below to download prospectuses and information booklets from our trust members.

End of Term

Dear Parent/Carer

The Excel Academy will close for the summer break on Wednesday 20 July at 1.15pm.  Lunch will be available for those students who require it and provision will be available for any students who need to stay in school until their normal finish time of 3.00pm
The Academy will reopen at 8.35am on Wednesday 7 September for Year 7 students and at 11am for students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Next year we are moving to 5 x 1 hour lessons per day over a two week timetable, week A and week B.  The new school day will be:
8.00am           School Opens
8.40am           Students to be on site - Registration
9.00am           Period 1
10.00am         Period 2
11.00am         Break
11.20am         Period 3
12.20pm         Period 4
1.20pm           Lunch
2.00pm           Period 5
3.00pm           Finish (or Period 6 which you will be notified about if it affects your child)

I have been pleased with the progress we have made this year. We have high standards and my role is to ensure that teaching and learning continues to improve, your child makes good progress and is safe and happy.

Our guiding principle is that we expect excellence. Pride and mutual respect are fundamental to our success and the relationship between home and the academy are of paramount importance. I wrote earlier in the year to say that we need, as a community, to develop a growth mindset. We want everybody to;

  • Always Challenge yourself
  • Strive to Overcome Obstacles
  • Apply Maximum Effort
  • Act on Feedback
  • Be Inspired and Inspire others

This year has seen the general standards of uniform, and levels of personal organisation, displayed by our students continue to improve and it’s with great pleasure that I receive regular feedback from visitors to The Excel Academy
commenting on the high standards. When your son/daughter returns in September, I hope that they continue to meet the expectations we have within the Academy.
Please find enclosed the updated Uniform standards and expectations information for September 2016.  I would like to draw your attention to the rules regarding nail varnish, jewellery and make up.  

The Academy will enforce a ‘no nail varnish’ rule from September in order to maintain a high standard of appearance for all students.  This will reduce the amount of lost learning time for those students who attend the Academy with inappropriate nails and varnish, and who then have to sort the situation out during lessons.  Regarding jewellery, one pair of stud earrings and a wristwatch are permitted, but any other items, including bracelets and rings are not.  Finally, with regards make up, small subtle amounts are permitted and any student wearing excess make up will have to remove it.

Regarding clothing, please can I ask for your support with regards to footwear and skirts.  Many shops sell ‘trainer shoes’.  These are often branded soft leather trainers and they are not accepted at the Academy.  A traditional school shoe is required – please refer to the Wynsors brochure for guidance on the styles of shoes that are accepted at Excel. Skirts need to be around knee length.  On occasion the skirt length of some students is too short and their discretion whilst moving around the corridors and up and down stairwells can be compromised.  Again, I hope we can work together to ensure our standards are met by all students.

In addition to the above the students must have 5 compulsory items with them every day.   These are:

  • School Bag
  • School Planner
  • Pencil Case (with a minimum requirement of a black pen, ruler, pencil, rubber, green pen, pencil sharpener)
  • Reading Book
  • Scientific Calculator

Uniform expectations and having the necessary equipment listed above, are important factors in not only your child’s Academy life, but also in preparing them for the world of work.  For further guidance please refer to the information sheet enclosed.

We say good bye and our best wishes to a number of staff this year and I am sure you are appreciative of the contribution that they have made to the improvements at the academy. They include Mrs Bailey - Assistant Principal, Mrs Bloor - Teacher of Mathematics, Mr Miles - Teacher of Technology and Head of Year, Mrs Hutton - 2nd in Science, Mrs Burton - Teacher of Art and Lead practitioner, Mr Burgess - Teacher of Humanities and Mrs Pugh - Head of MFL. We wish them all every success in their new roles!

We hope you and your child have a good summer break and are refreshed for the next academic year in September.

Yours faithfully

D Bishop
Mr D Bishop

Publish date:21/07/2016

Challenge South Africa Here We Come!

Three students from the Studio College, Callum, Lynden, and Siraaj are being giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit South Africa to learn about the country’s history and culture and find out more about life there after apartheid.

Twenty two students will be taking part in the trip, under the Challenge South Africa programme run by Stoke on Trent College.

The Challenge South Africa programme centres around equality and diversity, teaching the students about the history of South Africa and encouraging interaction with local people, with the students witnessing their day-to-day lives.

Included in the itinerary for the 11 day trip is a tour of Robben Island, where they will see the cell Nelson Mandela was held captive, as well as a visit to the Khayalitsha AIDS orphanage.

Lynden said, “This is such an amazing opportunity and I feel so lucky to be a part of something so life changing and I cannot wait to go.”

The selected students have then had to raise £600 each by organising their own fundraising events before jetting off next February 2017.

Zoe Simpson, Lead Personal Coach, said “the three students that have been selected have been waiting for the day to apply to the Challenge South Africa Project from day one of their studies when they were issued with our Enrichment Booklet.” 

Calvin Austin, a Learner Involvement Co-ordinator at Stoke on Trent College, said, “The South Africa Challenge is a unique opportunity for personal development, which will provide students with the chance to learn the history and culture of South Africa.”

“The trip is a brilliant opportunity for our students to work together towards something they care about.”

“They have all shown great enthusiasm and commitment to raising the necessary funds and I am proud of each of them.”

Publish date:21/07/2016