Term Dates

Holiday Dates



37 teaching days

Tues 4 Sept 2018 to Wed 24 Oct 2018
(Mon 3 Sept: Inset Day)
Tues 4 Sept: Y7 students only
Wed 5 Sept: Y8-Y11 students return
(Thurs 25 Oct: CLF Conference)
(Fri 26 Oct: Inset Day)


Thursday 25 October 2018 to
Friday 2 November 2018 inclusive



34 teaching days


Mon 5 Nov 2018 to Fri 21 Dec 2018

Monday 24 December 2018 to
Monday 7 January 2019



30 teaching days


Tues 8 Jan 2019 to Fri 15 Feb 2019
(Mon 7 Jan: Inset Day)


Monday 18 February 2019 to
Friday 22 February 2019



30 teaching days


Mon 25 Feb 2019 to Thurs 4 Apr 2019
(Fri 5 Apr: Inset Day)


Friday 5 April 2019 to
Monday 22 April 2019



22 teaching days


Tues 23 Apr 2019 to Fri 24 May 2019
(Mon 22 Apr: Easter Monday)
(Mon 6 May: May Day Bank Holiday)


Monday 27 May 2019 to
Friday 31 May 2019



36 teaching days


Mon 3 Jun 2019 to Tues 23 Jul 2019
(Fri 5 Jul: CLF Inset Day)



Inset Days when Academy is closed:
Mon 3 Sept
Thurs 25 Oct (CLF Conference)
Fri 26 Oct
Mon 7 Jan
Fri 5 Apr
Fri 5 Jul (CLF Conference)

Term Dates Holiday Dates
33 teaching days
Tues 5 Sept 2017 to Thurs 19 Oct 2017

(Mon 4 Sept:  Inset Day) Tues 5 Sept:  Y7 students only Wed 6 Sept:  Y8-Y11 students return (Fri 20 Oct:  Inset Day)

Friday 20 October 2017 to  Monday 30 October 2017 inclusive
33 teaching days
Tues 31 Oct 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

(Mon 30 Oct:  CLF Inset Day) (Fri 8 Dec:  Admissions Selection Day)

Monday 18 December 2017 to  Tuesday 2 January 2018
28 teaching days
Wed 3 Jan 2018 to Fri 9 Feb 2018

(Mon 1 Jan:  Bank Holiday) (Tues 2 Jan:  Inset Day)

Monday 12 February 2018 to
Friday 16 February 2018
25 teaching days
Mon 19 Feb 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018  Monday 26 March 2018 to Monday 9 April 2018
33 teaching days
Tues 10 Apr 2018 to Fri 25 May 2018

(Mon 9 Apr:  Inset Day) (Mon 7 May:  May Day Bank Holiday)

Monday 28 May 2018 to  Friday 1 June 2018
36 teaching days
Mon 4 Jun 2018 to Tues 24 Jul 2018

(Fri 6 Jul:  CLF Inset Day)

Inset Days when Academy is closed:
Mon 4 Sept

Fri 20 Oct

Mon 30 Oct (CLF inset day)

Fri 8 Dec (Admissions – Student Selection procedures)

Tues 2 Jan

Mon 9 Apr

Fri 6 Jul (CLF inset day)


Term Dates Document Download

Inset Days when Academy is closed:

Fri 21 Oct

Mon 31 Oct (CLF inset day)

Fri 9 Dec (Admissions – Student Selection procedures) Fri 10 Feb

Fri 7 Apr

Fri 7 Jul (CLF inset day)

South Gloucestershire Bus & Coach Company provide the school bus service to parents, with various routes available across the Bristol area.

For parents wishing to apply for transport on the JCA School Buses, please send an email to:  info@sgbc-bristol.com including your postcode and a contact telephone number.
We will get back in touch with an information pack, and will email you with a copy of the amended timetable before the start of school.

If you require a posted copy, you can request this at the above email address, or you can always call us direct on: 0117 9314340.

Safety First

Closing a school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. We want our school to provide students with a safe and stable place to learn.   We are also aware that by closing the school we may be stopping parents/carers from going to work and difficulties with childcare issues.   Closing school is an exception and we will always do everything possible to keep open, even if we can only open the school to a limited number of year groups.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision will include:

  • The safety and well-being of students and staff
  • Severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.)
  • The ability for buses and cars to travel safely
  • Our ability to keep our site safe.

In the event of a risk of closure in the week ahead, we will monitor the forecast from the Met Office and other trusted local providers.   In the event of overnight snowfall, staff members will endeavor to be on the school premises from early in the day, to ensure that the site is safe.   We will liaise closely with bus companies and the local authority also at this time.

Notifying Families

In the event that school is closed due to severe weather, we will make every attempt to notify families as soon as possible.

Full-day school closure decisions will be made as early as possible in the morning following severe weather overnight .

We notify families via:

  • Email messaging
  • Our website
  • Our Twitter account @johncabotnews
  • We will also communicate via other forms of media, including TV, radio and local newspapers/

Parents can help by making sure that we hold up-to-date contact information, as well as emergency contact information.

Notifying Staff

Staff will be informed of any closure (partial or full) by email and/or our school website and twitter feed.


Making the Decision to close or partially close

The Principal or other nominated member of SLT will make a decision after consulting with our Building Services team and other stakeholders as needed.



Cancel after-school activities – When conditions become severe during the day, we may cancel after-school activities. Every effort will be made to notify parents/carers before midday.

Late start or early dismissal – These options are only used during emergencies because they have significant impact on transportation and child care. We will notify families as early as possible if this is required.

Closing the school – This option will be taken if conditions render our site unsafe or if we do not have sufficient staff to supervise students for all or the majority of the day.

Financial Support

Who may qualify?

Students whose parents together fall into one of the following categories:

  • You are in receipt of Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance [income related]
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance [not contribution based]
  • You are entitled to child tax credits with joint income no greater than £16,190 per annum as
    shown on your Tax Credits Form [TC602] from the Inland Revenue. If you receive Working Tax Credit
    you are NOT eligible
  • You are in receipt of support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • You are in receipt of the guarantee element of State Pension Credit and this is the family’s sole income
  • Universal Credit

For more information please download the application forms below

Year 7 Financial Support and Application Form

Year 8 Financial Support and Application Form


Free School Meals

Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals, using the link below. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.

Please note, if you have already completed a primary or secondary school place application for the 2017/18 academic year via the portal, you do not need to re-register when applying for free school meals. Please use the login details that you have already set up.

If you would prefer to contact us directly at JCA for assistance with this, we would be pleased to help.