World Book Day

Image result for world book dayWorld Book Day takes place on Thursday 1st March, which is the second Thursday in Term 4.  We will be celebrating the day in a number of ways this year, with the main event being a whole academy, non-uniform day.  As part of the celebrations we would like students and staff to come dressed as characters from books.  Whilst the day will be non-uniform, the more staff and students coming dressed as book characters the better.  If you would like any advice or ideas about costumes, please follow this link to the World Book Day official website:

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House Cup Football

file-1Well done to all of the students who participated in the Year 7 and 8 House Cup Football Matches on Monday. The results are:

Year 7

1st = Olympus
2nd = Orpheus
3rd = Hercules
4th = Pegasus

Year 8

1st = Olympus
2nd = Hercules
Joint 3rd = Orpheus & Pegasus

Good Luck to Years 9,10 and 11 who have their matches later on this week!

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Initially Yours Soundwell branch – now open

*** UPDATE – Friday 9th February 2018 ***

As of Saturday 10th February the shop will re-open and be back to its normal opening hours.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation.


Due to a car colliding heavily with the exterior of the building,  for the safety of their customers and staff, Initially Yours have decided to temporarily close their Soundwell branch until the situation has been resolved.  This is following the advice of a Structural Engineer.

They are advising all customers to order online (  If there are any orders awaiting collection at the branch which customers would like to collect from either their Yate or Hambrook branches, this can be arranged.  Please can customers call 0117 9577999 if they wish a transfer of their collection ready orders to be made.  

Initially Yours are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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CLF Post 16 Information Evening

CLF Post 16 Info Eve

Wednesday 28th January at John Cabot Academy 6.00 – 7.00 pm

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Reward Day – 2nd February

Well done to those students with 100% Attendance during January who will be rewarded tomorrow, Friday 2nd February.   They have permission to wear non uniform for the day and have been given tickets today which must be produced on the gate tomorrow morning to show they are entitled to wear their own clothes for the day.

Congratulations also to all students with 100% Attendance between 5th September 2017 and the end of January 2018.  As well as having a ticket so they can wear non uniform, they have been invited for cakes at break with Mr Clutterbuck in Meeting Room 1 on Friday 2nd February.

Only those students with a ticket may wear non uniform.  If students who do not have 100% attendance choose to wear non uniform they will receive  a sanction that is in line with our school behaviour policy.

Congratulations all – keep it up.

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Making school journeys greener – questionnaire

Rethink Idling_2Leaving your engine running when your car is stationary is referred to as ‘idling’. Idling outside schools is a major cause of air pollution, which can negatively affect the health of you and your family.
Many children suffer from respiratory problems, which can be further aggravated by the effects of air pollution.

Air Quality

Your child’s school is in an area that experiences higher levels of traffic pollution.

You can play a big part in reducing congestion and improving air quality by thinking how you transport your child to and from school.

The best way for your child to to travel to school is walking or cycling because it helps your child to be more active, however we know that isn’t always possible so we have provided some tips and information for parents who do need to drive their child some or all of the way to school.

Park and Stride

  • Park your car further from the school than you normally would, and walk the rest of the journey. Doing this helps to reduce congestion around the school gate, helping to keep everyone safer.
  • Park and Stride helps to reduce emissions of carbon and other traffic pollutants and is a fun and sociable opportunity to exercise. If you walk with your child, you can use this time to help your child improve their road safety awareness and skills.
  • You may have friends, family or neighbours who also drive their children to the same school or one nearby. Why not take turns to drive or walk the children to school?

Year 7 students are taking part in an air quality project with South Gloucestershire Council Public Health and the University of the West of England. This involves an anonymous questionnaire to understand people’s perceptions of air quality and travel. If you would like to take part as a parent / carer, please follow this link:

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Year 7 Charity Disco success


Jessie MayThank you to our Year 10 Student Leaders who organised the Year 7 Charity Disco at the end of Term 2.  The students raised £187.73 for the Jessie May Trust!

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Christmas Newsletter

Find out what has been happening at KOA during Term 2 – the latest newsletter can be found following the link HERE.

Term 3 starts on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Important message for parents of Year 11 students

Dear Parents/Carers,

We understand that your child, who is currently in Year 11, will be giving some serious consideration to their aspirations for the future and where they may go to study in September 2018.

CLF Post 16 is a great choice for both A level and vocational courses, and we have a wide range of subjects that will suit any future career pathways. Please find attached a link to our CLF Post 16 interactive prospectus that will give details on all the courses we offer. This can also be found on our website

Applications can be made online, via the CLF Post 16 website, found here:

We are running pop-up shops in your child’s academy on a weekly basis where they can find out about Post 16 and we can answer any questions they may have. We are offering guidance meetings at each school in the near future and would encourage each student to come to meet the team and discuss their options and see how we can support them to do their very best in the next stage of their education.

Kind regards,

Kath Cooper
Principal CLF Post 16

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Children in Need

Children-in-needballoonsThis year we will be supporting this annual national event by running a non-uniform day on Friday 17 November 2017.

‘Children in Need’ raises money across the country to assist young people who, for various reasons, are in need of support.

We are suggesting a £1 donation per student in return for wearing non-uniform for the day.  Please remind your child to wear something appropriate for both school and the weather.

Thank you.

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