THE CABOT LEARNING FEDERATION FAMILY OF SCHOOLS
Welcome to the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) . I have been the Executive Principal of the CLF since September 2007 having been Principal at John Cabot CTC and John Cabot Academy since 2004. Our partnership is sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC and University of the West of England (UWE). Our Federation consists of ten Academies in Bristol, Bath and Weston Super Mare. John Cabot Academy and Bristol Brunel Academy opened in 2007, whilst Bristol Metropolitan Academy joined two years later. In 2011 we added two more Academies to our family when Hans Price Academy in Weston and King’s Oak Academy in Kingswood, Bristol joined us. We are excited that in September 2012 our family continued to grow with five new arrivals. Bath Community Academy joins as our sixth secondary Academy and four primary schools in East Bristol will mean that we now serve students from the ages of 3-19.
In the Federation we believe that students come first and that every child can find a route to happiness, prosperity and success. The Federation was created to enable staff to work more closely together to deliver the best education possible for the students who attend our Academies. We are proud of the improvements we have seen in exam results since 2008 and the fact that more of our students than ever before now have qualifications that stand comparison with other young people in the city and across the south west. This has also enabled us to develop a Federation Sixth Form with more students than before staying in full time education after their GCSE courses have finished.
King’s Oak Academy is a key partner in the Federation and the ideas that have flowed between the Academy and our other CLF schools has enabled more students to benefit. The partnership between the Academy and the wider Federation has been a key factor in the fantastic exam results that KOA has achieved in the first year of being an Academy. To see the leap of 20% more students gaining 5 A-C grades including English and Maths is wonderful and makes KOA one of the most improved schools in the country in 2012.
In September 2011 the CLF became a teaching school, one of only 56 secondary organisations in the country to be awarded this accolade. We see this being the vehicle for training our own teachers and sharing more strategies and ideas to raise the quality of education for the children in our Academies. Our vision is simple; we believe that by working together rather than in isolation we can accelerate our Academies to be outstanding schools. In doing so, together we create more opportunities for the lifelong success for our students as they become young adults.
David Carter, Executive Principal