The JCB Academy are pleased to announce that we have approval from the Department for Education to take pupils from Year 9.
Currently The JCB Academy recruits 198 students at age 14 across 4 local authorities. The approval is to recruit 66 students at 13 (start of Year 9) and to recruit the remaining students at 14 (start of Year 10). This will increase overall student numbers by 66 taking the Academy to physical capacity.
The rationale for this decision relates to provision within the local area and the impact on progression for young people. Within the catchment area three different areas use the three tier system (Uttoxeter, Leek and Stone). Currently students from these three areas who transfer to The JCB Academy at 14 leave the middle school at the end of Year 8, join the high school for one year and then transfer to The JCB Academy. It is often the case that students have already made the decision to move schools at the end of Year 9 before they leave the middle school and then see themselves as ‘marking time’ at the high school. This causes significant disruption to the learning process for these students and in some instances can be disruptive for the high schools themselves.