Hinckley Academy

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Hinckley Academy
Butt Lane

LE10 1LE

England England
Coordinates52°32′49″N 1°21′08″W / 52.546859°N 1.352272°W / 52.546859; -1.352272Coordinates: 52°32′49″N 1°21′08″W / 52.546859°N 1.352272°W / 52.546859; -1.352272
Department for Education URN141682 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMr Michael Sharpe
PrincipalMr Richard Cahill
Age11 to 18

Hinckley Academy (formerly John Cleveland College) is a coeducational secondary school located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. The school also includes the John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre.

Whilst also Exceeding Expectations within the Science Department with achieving a 'Specialist Science College' Title. This was the first school within the area to have it, and was then followed by Mount Grace High School. The school had five houses, which include Illife, Brame, Cheshire, Hansom and Nichols, although houses were disbanded in 2015. There are currently around 1750 students and 250 teachers and staff.[citation needed]


Hinckley Grammar School was first mentioned in the parish records of 1629,[citation needed] though it was certainly in existence before this time.[citation needed] It was located in Castle Road, in the very centre of Hinckley. However, in 1791 it was noted by the Universal British Directory[citation needed] that "The old town hall and school house remain, but are ruinous". In 1831[citation needed] it was noted by the same organisation as "In a very dilapidated state", and the old grammar school was pulled down 21 years later in 1852,[citation needed] eventually being replaced by houses and shops. In 1877 a new school was opened. In 1891 it had 50 pupils and in 1894 moved to new purpose built premises on Leicester Road, close to the current site and in 1901 the school admitted girls for the first time. In 1963 the grammar school moved to Butt Lane and the Leicester Road buildings were taken over by Mount Grace High School.

In more recent times the school gained specialist Science College status, before converting to academy status in 2012.

Previously an upper school for pupils aged 14 to 18, in September 2015 the age range expanded to 11 and the school was renamed from John Cleveland College to Hinckley Academy.[1]


The school campus consists of various buildings and facilities including a main hall, a swimming pool, a large canteen, a lecture theatre, a sports hall, a gym, astro turf pitches, a hospitality block, a media room, tennis courts, football pitches, rugby pitches, land athletics pitches and tracks, store rooms and a library (known as the Learning Resource Centre). During May–September 2010 phase 1 of the sports centre refurbishment took place, this consisted of modern and vibrant changing facilities. During December 2010 work started on phase 2 which consists of upper changing facilities and swimming pool. The new facilities opened March 2011. During August 2011 the Design Technology Foyer and Washrooms received a complete re-design and refurbishment.


Awards include Investors in People, Artsmark Gold, International Schools Award and Healthy Schools Award status.[2]


During 2004, John Cleveland College became the first state comprehensive school to win the Under 15s Daily Mail Cup, a national Rugby Union cup championship open only to schools.[citation needed] The school also has many award-winning Football, Rugby, Basketball and Hockey teams.

Notable former pupils[edit]

John Cleveland College[edit]

Hinckley Grammar School (pre-1974)[edit]