Executive Principal’s Message



Excelsior Academy opened in 2008 and has since become Newcastle’s most improved secondary school, consistently judged as good by Ofsted. With a unique and innovative approach to learning and teaching centred around the individual strengths, interests and needs of each pupil, our schools within a school model enables us to provide all our pupils with greater attention and care, and this shows in our academic results, particularly in terms of pupil progress.

Excelsior Academy is the first All Through School in Newcastle, offering education to pupils from 3 to 19 years of age. All pupils from each of our five small schools have access to the same high quality teaching, exceptional facilities and fabulous resources.

Comprised of three 11 to 16 Secondary schools – Collingwood, Hadrian and Milburn, Rainbird Primary School and Excelsior College Sixth Form, each of our schools have their own purpose built accommodation and are led by their own Principal with their own dedicated teaching, welfare and support staff teams. Our schools within a school model ensures that all pupils are known and cared for and also promotes an ethos of competitive collaboration, which in turn has led to year on year improvement in terms of examination results and positive pupil outcomes.

As Executive Principal it is my privilege to work with the Laidlaw Schools Trust, local governors, staff, pupils, parents and the wider community to build on the outstanding successes achieved to date and to maintain our upward trajectory in our ongoing quest for ever higher levels of excellence.

The generous support of our sponsor, Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, enables the Academy to offer exceptional provision within and beyond the curriculum. The high quality of our work in the creative, visual and performing arts has been recognised nationally with the award of the prestigious ArtsMark Gold and we are currently mounting a re-designation bid for Platinum status in 2018. Our outstanding facilities and diverse range of opportunities offered through Sport also continue to be a significant strength at Excelsior. Pupils also have the opportunity to experience a plethora of amazing educational trips and visits, such as our recent visits to Spain, Iceland, Cern in Switzerland, and Paris.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our work. If you would like to find out more then please get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to experience our academy life and the exciting opportunities that our pupils enjoy.

Craig Taylor
Executive Principal
Excelsior Academy