The Discovery Academy
Our largest academy opened in September 2011, and moved into a new £25 million accommodation in September 2013. Student numbers are increasing and attainment for all students is improving steadily. The highly qualified and committed staff pioneer the Expect Excellence mission statement. Steady improvement was validated by Ofsted in 2016 with good judgements for teaching, behaviour, and leadership. In 2017 we are very proud that Discovery was the most improved academy in the city, with results continuing to improve in 2018 and beyond.
The Excel Academy
Holden Lane High School converted to become the Excel Academy in March 2014, and has consistently been one of the highest performing academies in Stoke-on-Trent. Student numbers are increasing rapidly as the success of the Academy has led to many years being oversubscribed. It is the school of choice in the north of the city and is housed in a new build, complimented by refurbished buildings.
The Academy was inspected by Ofsted in November 2016 and maintained a ‘good’ judgement, and is now focused on becoming an outstanding provision.
Maple Court Academy
Maple Court is a large primary academy with almost 500 pupils located in the Bentilee area of Stoke-on-Trent. Children enter the academy with very low literacy and numeracy skills, and the academy is ambitious to provide all pupils with the skills, knowledge, and understanding to succeed in later life. We expect excellence from everyone and believe that all of our pupils can achieve excellence too.
The Alpha Academies Trust sets a very clear vision for all its educational providers: to champion the life chances of learners in the community it serves. This vision is systematically implemented in Maple Court Academy. As a result, pupils receive a good quality education in a safe environment, where their best interests are paramount.
Since it became an academy in 2014, standards have improved. Consequently, the academy achieved a good grade in its 2016 Ofsted inspection. Our approach to teaching and learning is very inclusive, and we strive to ensure that the support and feedback given to pupils results in all groups learning equally well in lessons.
Alpha Academies Trust and our governors have supported significant investment in buildings and facilities here since 2014, creating a first class learning environment for pupils and staff. We are proud of the improvements we have made at Maple Court Academy, and urge all candidates for positions here to come and see it for themselves.
Reach Academy was established to give the students in Stoke-On-Trent the very best in Alternative Provision. Many of our students have found it difficult in mainstream schools, but develop a new attitude towards education here.
We thrive off developing positive traits in young people around resilience and ambition, and believe every young person has a right to access outstanding education in order to develop this. We want every student to progress to further education at 16 or pursue their career of choice.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and a therapeutic enrichment programme, focusing on individual interests and skills, and provide option choices which engage, enrich, and encourage our students to achieve excellence.
Housing almost 600 pupils, Sneyd Academy is one of the largest primary academies in Stoke-on-Trent. It is located in the centre of the city, with good access to local facilities such as Central Forest Park and Festival Park. The academy serves a diverse population from the Sneyd Green, Cobridge, and Burslem areas and is very much a school at the heart of its community.
The school has two beautiful Victorian buildings which opened in 1901. A purpose built Early Years and KS1 block was added to the site in 2016, and a fully refurbished purpose built dining room completes the accommodation. The school has extensive grounds which support the lively school curriculum. The school was judged good at its last inspection in 2015.
Eaton Park Academy is federated to the Trust and is located in the South of the City. This enables the school to access a range of services provided by the Trust.
In total, over 3300 students aged 4-19 years are currently on roll in our academies. Together with the wider Trust federated schools, the numbers of students supported by the Trust extends to around 3816.
We employ approximately 460 staff across the Trust.