John Cabot Academy

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John Cabot Academy
Motto Learners Inspiring Learning
Established 1993
Type Academy
Trust Cabot Learning Federation
Principal Sally Apps
Executive Principal Sir David Carter
Location Woodside Road
South Gloucestershire
BS15 8BD
51°27′27″N 2°30′54″W / 51.4574°N 2.5151°W / 51.4574; -2.5151Coordinates: 51°27′27″N 2°30′54″W / 51.4574°N 2.5151°W / 51.4574; -2.5151
DfE URN 135295 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Capacity 1,056
Students 998
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–19
Houses Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune
Colours Yellow, Red, Blue and green

John Cabot Academy formerly John Cabot CTC, is one of 15 City Technology Colleges that first opened for students in the 1993/1994 academic year. It has since converted to Academy status on 1 September 2007. It is located east of Bristol, England in the Kingswood area of South Gloucestershire and is named after John Cabot, an explorer who set out from Bristol and reached the Americas in 1497. The academy has 1,068 students, about 220 of whom are in the sixth form.


The John Cabot City Technology College (CTC) became the John Cabot Academy in 2007.[1] The present Academy is independent of local authority control, but enjoys a close relationship with both South Gloucestershire and Bristol Local Authorities.[1]


The principal is Jon Angell. The academy is part of an Academy Federation led by Sir David Carter, the previous Principal, who was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours List. The federation runs lessons throughout the three schools, with sixth formers moving between schools for some of their lessons.

The academy operates the PLTs Curriculum, which was developed at the academy. It focuses on core competencies, and teaches students new learning methods and working skills. The academy is divided into four communities named Saturn, Mercury, Neptune & Jupiter.

Term system and school day[edit]

From the start of the academic year 2009/10 the term system has been changed to be the same as other schools in England to make the Diplomas easier to coordinate. This turned out to be unpopular due to demand for public places and therefore became over crowded.

The typical school day begins at 8:40AM and ends at 3:10PM. The time is divided into 6 periods (not including tutor time and break times). Extended day activities take place which run from 3:20PM until 4:20PM.

Student Voice[edit]

The academy has a student voice system which allows the students to give their opinions on issues related to the academy, such as sanctions and rewards, and the construction of new buildings. One student from each tutor group is chosen each term, which (for those in Year 7 when it began) should mean each student is picked at least once. The chosen student becomes the representative of their tutor group, collecting opinions from their classmates to relay to the meeting.


  1. ^ a b Prospectus p.20

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