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The JCB Academy and the Sixth Form is based in a carefully adapted and renovated mill, which was built by the famous industrial entrepreneur and engineer, Richard Arkwright, in the late 18th Century.

The refurbishment, along with the addition of a purpose built glass-fronted learning wing, has created a state-of-the-art educational building that is ideal for engineering and business studies in the 21st Century.

The JCB Academy Sixth Form is located on a 0.85 acre site, directly opposite the main academy building. The sixth form building, ‘The Lodge’, is a Grade II listed, three-storey building constructed in the early 19th Century.

Throughout the two buildings, there are dedicated areas for relaxation and private study. In addition to these areas, we have 12 workshops, fully equipped for work on real-life engineering projects. Learners use a laptop for their main studies with desktop PCs available in various areas, all equipped with engineering and design software packages.

In 2017 we launched a £2.1m state-of-the-art facility for our higher apprentices, The Dove Engineering Centre.

In 2021 we launched The Bill Turnbull Suite, a robotic and automation facility for our sixth form engineering learners.

We are proud of the state-of-the-art facilities that are available to our learners and delighted to offer a demanding, but stimulating learning environment.