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Based in the heart of Kingswood, we are very proud to serve our diverse local community. Originally one of the city’s technical colleges, in 2007 we converted into a secondary academy for local students, removing all admissions tests and interviews from the application process. Our admissions policy is now purely distance based, so the closer you are, the more likely you are to get in, with 95% of students coming from within two miles of John Cabot Academy.

The full admissions policy can be found on the policies page of the Academy website

As of September 2022, JCA has a permanent Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 180 students in year 7

Year 7 Applications

If you are a parent or carer of a child in Year 6 and wish to apply for a place at John Cabot for the following September you will need to complete the common application form for your local authority. 

If you would like to find out more information about joining John Cabot Academy in Year 7, or to arrange a tour, please contact us. Information about our Open Events for September 2024 admissions are available here: 

Open Events & Tours

In Year Applications

If you would like to apply to join John Cabot Academy as an in-year transfer, please complete this form


  • March: first round of Year 7 allocations made
  • May: second round of Year 7 allocations made

More information can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council’s website

Appellants have 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal.

If you wish to submit an appeal for either a year 7 place or an in-year admission, please submit the form below and send it directly to John Caobt Academy, FAO The Admissions Officer.

The Academy will establish an independent appeals panel to hear the appeal.

Appeals form

Admissions & Appeals Timeline