The JCB Academy
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
About The JCB Academy
The JCB Academy is a mixed, non-denominational, 14-19, University Technical College (UTC) with sixth form, situated in Rocester in Staffordshire. There are 426 students on the school roll, of whom 152 are on roll in the sixth form. The UTC is for students with an interest in engineering and business. They combine theory with practical activities in business hours.
The JCB Academy, which was established in 2010 by JCB, is governed by a charitable trust. It is based in an adapted and renovated mill, which was built by the famous industrial entrepreneur and engineer, Richard Arkwright, in the late 18th century.
Values and vision
The JCB Academy aims to provide a world-class educational experience, which has been specifically designed to ensure young people achieve top grades and develop the key life skills essential for success in the world of work and in society.
The academy intends to develop high levels of emotional intelligence, competencies and attitudes in a demanding but supportive environment. It aims to provide innovative curriculum responses which provide direct access to real and virtual workplace learning.
It has also established a culture which recognises and strives for excellence at every level of an organisation. The JCB Academy also aims to develop innovative staffing models and learning environments which flex to enable creative responses to learning, and to sharpen students’ appetite for assuming responsibility within teams and as leaders.
“Students make outstanding progress in mathematics, engineering and most vocational courses. Many students enter apprenticeships, higher education courses and careers which reflect the characteristics of the University Technical College and its high reputation in the engineering and business industries and professions. Leadership, including governance, is good and improving. As a result, all groups of students are making sustained progress and most are achieving well.”