Year 10 learners learn about gears and ratios at Harper Adams University. The Harper Adams Challenge - learners build a remote control car and test it on a purpose built track . Combined Cadet Force cadets taking part in a field day at Nesscliffe Training Area. Learners have the opportunity to take part in an annual skiing trip. The Toyota Challenge - Year 11 learn how to change an engine valve on a Toyota engine as part of their Toyota Challenge project. Learners design and construct a cab using various materials in part of the JCB Challenge. JCB Academy courtyard image The JCB Academy is based in a carefully adapted and renovated mill which dates back to 1603. The JCB Academy is also an apprenticeship training centre for various employers including JCB. The JCB Academy is also an apprenticeship training centre for various employers including JCB. The JCB Academy is also an apprenticeship training centre for various employers including Michelin. The JCB Academy is also an apprenticeship training centre for various employers including Zytek/Continental. The JCB Academy is also an apprenticeship training centre for various employers including JCB. Each year the new intake participate in team building activities. Each year the new intake participate in team building activities. Learners are taught basic engineering skills and use hand tools such as files, saws and marking out equipment. Learners make various items such as a drill gauge, coat hook and a sliding bevel gauge Learners are taught how to read and produce work from engineering drawings.
The JCB Academy is an innovative school for learners aged 13-18 with an interest in engineering and/or business.

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The JCB Academy is the first of a brand new kind of school in the United Kingdom, focused on delivering high-quality engineering and business education. Our motto is ‘Changing lives by developing the engineers and business leaders of the future‘ and our aim is to ensure that our learners have every chance to achieve success, whether they continue into further education, or move to further learning in the world of work when they leave here.

At The JCB Academy, the curriculum and learning techniques are unique, allowing learners to combine theory with practical activities: putting learning into practice in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. Our learners all benefit from a wide range of extension activities, allowing them exceptional opportunities to pursue many different interests outside the main curriculum.

Our hours are more like business hours than normal schools and sixth form colleges, but the curriculum encourages a structured and effective use of time, meaning that there should be very little, if any, homework in years 9, 10 and 11! This progressive, 21st Century approach to education has some very traditional values at heart and at The JCB Academy we place huge emphasis on self-discipline, good behaviour, uniform, teamwork and co-operation.


Core Challenge Partners

These are just a few of the UK’s leading businesses that we work very closely with to ensure that our curriculum is embedded in real industrial practice and includes genuine industrial challenges. For more information please click here.