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We hope you have enjoyed the half term break and would like to ask that students take a lateral flow test before they return to the academy tomorrow morning. Thank you for your support in this matter. See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
**We hope you have enjoyed the half term break and would like to ask that students take a lateral flow test before they return to the academy tomorrow morning. **

**Thank you for your support in this matter.**

We hope that you all have a great half term. See you all on the other side for a Week B timetable on Monday 7th June. See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND….SO EMPLOYERS AND UNIVERSITIES WILL LOVE YOUGet AWESOME content for your CV/Personal StatementBe able to give BRILLIANT answers to interview questionsMONDAY 24TH MAY – 7PMwww.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-develop-your-personal-brand-so-employers-universities-love-you-ticket… See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
**HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND....SO EMPLOYERS AND UNIVERSITIES WILL LOVE YOU**

**Get AWESOME content for your CV/Personal Statement**

**Be able to give BRILLIANT answers to interview questions
**

**MONDAY 24TH MAY - 7PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-develop-your-personal-brand-so-employers-universities-love-you-tickets-154567520615**

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding, experienced Chef Manager to lead our team at Maple Court Academy. Apply using the link below:alphaacademiestrust.co.uk/job/chef-manager-388964/ See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
**We are seeking to appoint an outstanding, experienced Chef Manager to lead our team at Maple Court Academy. Apply using the link below:**

**https://alphaacademiestrust.co.uk/job/chef-manager-388964/**

The Alpha Academies Trust is seeking to appoint a Web Developer to join our Website and Marketing Team. Apply using the link below:alphaacademiestrust.co.uk/job/web-developer-327009/ See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
**The Alpha Academies Trust is seeking to appoint a Web Developer to join our Website and Marketing Team. Apply using the link below:**

**https://alphaacademiestrust.co.uk/job/web-developer-327009/**

Staffordshire Police are highlighting their ongoing work and the reality of County Lines in our local area this week. Please read through this information that they have shared with us and if you are concerned, follow their guidance #THEREALITY See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Students have been busy writing messages for NHS staff to say thank you for all their hard work during the pandemic. This activity was part of mental health awareness week where students were following the 5 ways to wellbeing. The 5th step is all about giving. Students showed their appreciation but also wanted to support the mental health of the NHS staff by making sure they know how appreciated they are. The thank you messages will be presented in the coming weeks.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
Students have been busy writing messages for NHS staff to say thank you for all their hard work during the pandemic. This activity was part of mental health awareness week where students were following the 5 ways to wellbeing. The 5th step is all about giving. Students showed their appreciation but also wanted to support the mental health of the NHS staff by making sure they know how appreciated they are. The thank you messages will be presented in the coming weeks.
#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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4 weeks ago

We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to our academy community who are celebrating Eid ul Fitr which marks the end of the holy period of Ramadan and the completion of a month-long fast from dawn to dusk. See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to our academy community who are celebrating Eid ul Fitr which marks the end of the holy period of Ramadan and the completion of a month-long fast from dawn to dusk.

On Wednesday 12th May we’re hosting an Insight to Careers in Property Development with FTSE 100 company Berkeley St Edward. Throughout the evening they will be taking us through the main components of their business: Property Development, Construction, Architecture, Interior Design. Berkeley Group are a publicly-owned FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. They build beautiful, successful places, blending homes, parks and public realm with great facilities to create fantastic communities. They have built more than 19,200 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England and have a very strong presence all across the UK. Insight to Property Development: Wednesday 12th May, 5:00pm – 6:30pm Talks from leaders of the property development / construction / Architecture / Interior DesignAn insight into a huge UK-based property developer, their different departments and areas of workGet your questions answered by leading property development professionalsOpen to all students Y10/ S3, Y11 / S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S5 & Y14 + University studentsApplication Link:www.research.net/r/Berkeley-Group-Eve See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
On Wednesday 12th May we’re hosting an Insight to Careers in Property Development with FTSE 100 company Berkeley St Edward. Throughout the evening they will be taking us through the main components of their business: Property Development, Construction, Architecture, Interior Design. 
Berkeley Group are a publicly-owned FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. They build beautiful, successful places, blending homes, parks and public realm with great facilities to create fantastic communities. They have built more than 19,200 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England and have a very strong presence all across the UK. 
Insight to Property Development: 
Wednesday 12th May, 5:00pm - 6:30pm 
Talks from leaders of the property development / construction / Architecture / Interior Design
An insight into a huge UK-based property developer, their different departments and areas of work
Get your questions answered by leading property development professionals
Open to all students Y10/ S3, Y11 / S4, Y12 / S5, Y13 / S5 & Y14 + University students
Application Link:
https://www.research.net/r/Berkeley-Group-Eve

Reading can help with well-being and relaxation. Our students have time to read in school every day. As it’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek,, why not try to take 10 minutes today and read something to boost your mood? See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Reading can help with well-being and relaxation. Our students have time to read in school every day. As its #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, why not try to take 10 minutes today and read something to boost your mood?

The Academy joins schools, businesses and organisations across the country to ‘Take 10’ around 10am this morning. The National Literacy Trust is encouraging everyone to add 10 minutes of reading for pleasure and well-being into their day. Grab a book or magazine and ‘Take 10’ for yourself today. See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
The Academy joins schools, businesses and organisations across the country to Take 10 around 10am this morning. The National Literacy Trust is encouraging everyone to add 10 minutes of reading for pleasure and well-being into their day. Grab a book or magazine and Take 10 for yourself today.Image attachment

Schools, businesses and organisations across Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to ‘Take 10 minutes’ to read every day, starting at 10am on 10th May. Reading is great for our well-being! Get more information, or register your business to take part, here – literacytrust.org.uk/communities/connecting-stories/take-10/ See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Schools, businesses and organisations across Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to Take 10 minutes to read every day, starting at 10am on 10th May. Reading is great for our well-being! 
Get more information, or register your business to take part, here - https://literacytrust.org.uk/communities/connecting-stories/take-10/

Stay safe this Bank Holiday. Remember to keep your distance from those outside your household or support bubble See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
**Stay safe this Bank Holiday. Remember to keep your distance from those outside your household or support bubble**

Here’s the pixelated book cover from yesterday’s brain teaser – the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series are very popular with students and available from the Library.Congratulations to 8JJ who won the Illustrated Book Quiz, and to 8LT as the runners up! We hope both forms enjoyed their treats this morning! See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Heres the pixelated book cover from yesterdays brain teaser - the Skulduggery Pleasant series are very popular with students and available from the Library.
Congratulations to 8JJ who won the Illustrated Book Quiz, and to 8LT as the runners up! We hope both forms enjoyed their treats this morning!Image attachment

During remote learning, students designed and created bookmarks. Author Ben Davis judged the ones in this picture as his top three. Congratulations to the talented creators, who’ll received their prizes tomorrow! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
During remote learning, students designed and created bookmarks. Author Ben Davis judged the ones in this picture as his top three. Congratulations to the talented creators, wholl received their prizes tomorrow!

Well done to all students who took on the challenge of the Illustrated Book Quiz! The winning form will be announced tomorrow and they’ll receive some prizes to share. Can you guess the pixelated book cover? See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Well done to all students who took on the challenge of the Illustrated Book Quiz! The winning form will be announced tomorrow and theyll receive some prizes to share. Can you guess the pixelated book cover?

Many of our Year 10 students received a free copy of James Milner’s book ‘Ask a Footballer’ during Book Week. We’ll be looking at this book together during the summer term. All other Year 10s will receive a mystery free book at the start of June. Look out for an announcement of the details after half term! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Many of our Year 10 students received a free copy of James Milners book Ask a Footballer during Book Week. Well be looking at this book together during the summer term. All other Year 10s will receive a mystery free book at the start of June. Look out for an announcement of the details after half term!

Huge thanks to author Ben Davis for his inspiring and fun virtual visits last week. Year 7 & 8 loved finding out about what writers do all day; how to get their own books started and which soup & superpower Ben would choose! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Huge thanks to author Ben Davis for his inspiring and fun virtual visits last week. Year 7 & 8 loved finding out about what writers do all day; how to get their own books started and which soup & superpower Ben would choose!

We are extremely excited to launch Y7 Reading Buddies this week, starting Monday 26th April in E7.An amazing opportunity to learn, speak and read together about books – bringing plots and characters alive, travelling without moving.Ms Dudley See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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My daughter forgot to bring her reply slip on Friday. I have emailed ms Dudley to say she would love to do it and she is bringing it monday if that is ok?

Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading – from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc. Year 9 can be ‘Fearless’ with Liam Hackett’s great book on being your true, confident self. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading - from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc. Year 9 can be Fearless with Liam Hacketts great book on being your true, confident self.

Amazing work and enthusiasm today with regards to the World Book Week Competitions.You have until Friday 23rd April (Shakespeare Day), in order to unleash your inner Sherlock skills, gain prizes and unmask the Excel staff reader!The hunt is on…Good LuckMs Dudley See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Amazing work and enthusiasm today with regards to the World Book Week Competitions.

You have until Friday 23rd April (Shakespeare Day), in order to unleash your inner Sherlock skills, gain prizes and unmask the Excel staff reader!

The hunt is on...

Good Luck

Ms Dudley

As part of our Book Week, we are excited to welcome Staffordshire author Ben Davis for a virtual visit on Thursday! We hope the lucky classes have been reading Ben’s books and thinking up questions to ask him during the event! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
As part of our Book Week, we are excited to welcome Staffordshire author Ben Davis for a virtual visit on Thursday! 
We hope the lucky classes have been reading Bens books and thinking up questions to ask him during the event!

Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading – from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc. Year 8 will be hooked by Robert Muchamore’s Robin Hood – a gripping spin on the original, where Robin uses his tech skills to survive in Sherwood Forest. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading - from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc. Year 8 will be hooked by Robert Muchamores Robin Hood - a gripping spin on the original, where Robin uses his tech skills to survive in Sherwood Forest.

OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR 11 STUDENTSEvent with Sky this week 22nd April, 5pm – 6pm. Big focus on the creative industry such as TV production etc.Looks like a great opportunity! Link to apply is below.www.research.net/r/Insight-Sky See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
**OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR 11 STUDENTS**

Event with Sky this week** 22nd April, 5pm - 6pm. **

Big focus on the creative industry such as TV production etc.

**Looks like a great opportunity! Link to apply is below.**

https://www.research.net/r/Insight-Sky

We are really looking forward to seeing you back at school this week as we celebrate World Book Week 2021. There are lots of exciting opportunities in the coming week and we look forward to your entries into the Bookbench competition. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
We are really looking forward to seeing you back at school this week as we celebrate World Book Week 2021. There are lots of exciting opportunities in the coming week and we look forward to your entries into the Bookbench competition.

Welcome back to all of our students. We hope you have had a restful half term. This week is Week B. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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2 months ago
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Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading – from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc – over the holidays. Year 7 will laugh along with ‘The Last Kids on Earth’ by Max Brallier, the books that were the inspiration for the hit Netflix series. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Year 7, 8 & 9 students will all be involved in tests to show the development of their reading skills, from Monday 26th April. Please encourage students to keep reading - from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc - over the holidays. Year 7 will laugh along with The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, the books that were the inspiration for the hit Netflix series.

The new rules mean that people can meet up outdoors following the ‘rule of six’, meaning they can be from any number of different households, so long as there are no more than six people present. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
**The new rules mean that people can meet up outdoors following the rule of six, meaning they can be from any number of different households, so long as there are no more than six people present.**

We will be celebrating World Book Week from April 19th to 23rd with a range of fun activities for our students. Please encourage students to keep reading – from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc – over the holidays. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
We will be celebrating World Book Week from April 19th to 23rd with a range of fun activities for our students. Please encourage students to keep reading - from books, magazines, websites, recipes etc - over the holidays.

As part of Excel’s World Book Week, some Year 7 & 8 classes have been lucky enough to be selected for a virtual visit from author Ben Davis after the Easter holiday. They’ve received one of Ben’s books as a gift and will hear about these, Ben’s work and have the chance to ask questions during the visit. There will be activities for everyone to get involved in during the week! Other Year 7 & 8 classes will be involved our next author visit. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
As part of Excels World Book Week, some Year 7 & 8 classes have been lucky enough to be selected for a virtual visit from author Ben Davis after the Easter holiday. Theyve received one of Bens books as a gift and will hear about these, Bens work and have the chance to ask questions during the visit. There will be activities for everyone to get involved in during the week! Other Year 7 & 8 classes will be involved our next author visit.

The "rule of six" has now been reinstated, which allows six friends from up to six different households to meet outdoors, not only in public spaces but also in private gardens.Please stay safe and don’t forget to socially distance. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
**The rule of six has now been reinstated, which allows six friends from up to six different households to meet outdoors, not only in public spaces but also in private gardens.**

**Please stay safe and dont forget to socially distance.**

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I think you will find it’s only two house holds up to 6 people , correct me if I am wrong 🤔

Two house holds

Up to 6 people from up to 6 households or two households of any number. So as a family of 6 we can meet a family of 5 so 11 in total but 2 households. Children do count in rule of 6.

A letter to young people from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for EducationI wanted to let you all know how grateful I am for the way you have responded to the huge challenges you have all faced throughout the coronavirus pandemic.Whether this is your first year at school or your final year of college, I know the disruption you have all faced to your education since the pandemic began has been incredibly challenging and has meant completely changing the way you learn – either learning remotely at home or continuing at school or college with fewer of your friends around you and lots of safety measures in place.Whether you were at home or at school, the disruption last term and throughout last year asked a lot of you and your families. I am filled with admiration for the incredible way you all responded and the resilience you have shown. Not being in school or college with your teachers and friends was a huge sacrifice. Everything you did, with the help of your families and your schools and colleges, and everything you missed out on – time in school, taking exams, seeing friends, playing sport and much more – made such a huge difference to helping us stop the spread of the virus. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you.Getting all young people back into school and college safely has been my priority throughout the pandemic. I know how vital it is not just for your education but also to spend time with your friends and to feel happy and secure. All our lives have changed a lot in the past year but the challenges that young people have faced have been some of the hardest. I will continue doing everything in my power to make sure that all of you are supported to boost any areas of work you’ve had less time at school to study, get the qualifications you deserve and have the opportunities you need to succeed.Continuing to follow all the safety measures your schools and colleges have worked hard to put in place, as well as taking a test twice a week, is so important and helps us to stop the virus spreading. The testing that thousands of you have been taking part in at school and college is a vital part of this. I am so grateful to you and all the staff who have supported you to do this. I know your schools and colleges have worked incredibly hard to prepare you to test yourself at home.As most of you at secondary school and college move to testing yourself regularly at home, it’s vital that you continue to test and report online twice a week through the Easter holidays and after you return to school. Home testing twice a week for you and everyone you live with makes a huge difference and means you are playing a really important role in helping us move back to a more normal way of life. Your school or college will continue to support you and make sure you have tests. You and your family can also find out more about home testing here.I was delighted to see the enthusiasm with which so many of you returned to school at the beginning of March and I am sure you have had a wonderful few weeks catching up with your friends and teachers. It was fantastic to meet pupils delighted to return to school on my visits to schools like Arden Academy and Bedford Free School and to see so many more of your reunions on social media. I hope that the new term will be just as enjoyable and successful for all of you.Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
A letter to young people from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education

**I wanted to let you all know how grateful I am for the way you have responded to the huge challenges you have all faced throughout the coronavirus pandemic.**

**Whether this is your first year at school or your final year of college, I know the disruption you have all faced to your education since the pandemic began has been incredibly challenging and has meant completely changing the way you learn - either learning remotely at home or continuing at school or college with fewer of your friends around you and lots of safety measures in place.**

**Whether you were at home or at school, the disruption last term and throughout last year asked a lot of you and your families. I am filled with admiration for the incredible way you all responded and the resilience you have shown. Not being in school or college with your teachers and friends was a huge sacrifice. Everything you did, with the help of your families and your schools and colleges, and everything you missed out on – time in school, taking exams, seeing friends, playing sport and much more - made such a huge difference to helping us stop the spread of the virus. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you.**

**Getting all young people back into school and college safely has been my priority throughout the pandemic. I know how vital it is not just for your education but also to spend time with your friends and to feel happy and secure. All our lives have changed a lot in the past year but the challenges that young people have faced have been some of the hardest. I will continue doing everything in my power to make sure that all of you are supported to boost any areas of work you’ve had less time at school to study, get the qualifications you deserve and have the opportunities you need to succeed.**

**Continuing to follow all the safety measures your schools and colleges have worked hard to put in place, as well as taking a test twice a week, is so important and helps us to stop the virus spreading. The testing that thousands of you have been taking part in at school and college is a vital part of this. I am so grateful to you and all the staff who have supported you to do this. I know your schools and colleges have worked incredibly hard to prepare you to test yourself at home.**

**As most of you at secondary school and college move to testing yourself regularly at home, it’s vital that you continue to test and report online twice a week through the Easter holidays and after you return to school. Home testing twice a week for you and everyone you live with makes a huge difference and means you are playing a really important role in helping us move back to a more normal way of life. Your school or college will continue to support you and make sure you have tests. You and your family can also find out more about home testing here.**

**I was delighted to see the enthusiasm with which so many of you returned to school at the beginning of March and I am sure you have had a wonderful few weeks catching up with your friends and teachers. It was fantastic to meet pupils delighted to return to school on my visits to schools like Arden Academy and Bedford Free School and to see so many more of your reunions on social media. I hope that the new term will be just as enjoyable and successful for all of you.**

**Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education**
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