Welcome to John Smeaton Academy

As a parent myself I know all too well how important it is to make the right choice of school for your children and there are so many things to consider in making the right decision.

I believe it is important therefore, that from the start, we as a school are open and honest and develop a relationship with parents that is built on mutual trust. Therefore let me start by acknowledging that John Smeaton has had a difficult few years and the reputation of the school has tended to fluctuate. That is no longer the case at John Smeaton Academy

The key to the work that has been done last year and continues apace now, is building sustainable consistency in all that we do and laying down strong foundations that will see year on year improvements. Our partnerships with one of the highest performing schools in the city, Rodillian Academy, and our Sponsor, United Learning are having a positive impact in every area of school. Progress since January 2014 has been rapid.


These improvements are already visible to all stakeholders and visitors to the school. This is a productive and engaging place of learning in a fantastic, well cared for, high tech building. Classrooms and corridors are calm and student behaviour is excellent, allowing teachers to teach, children to learn and make progress every day.

Surveys of student views consistently tell us, in overwhelming numbers, that they feel safe and happy in school. For us as staff and for parents and carers, that establishes a great platform from which children will reach and in many cases exceed their potential.

Our mantra is one of ‘high expectation’ of everyone. We set targets from the start that are highly aspirational to stretch and challenge our students. Alongside that however, we teach them to embrace challenges and be resilient in the face of the inevitable anxieties and setbacks that come with learning new skills and knowledge. We believe that the intelligence of a child is not fixed but can be developed and grown.

In years 11 and 13, more students than ever are achieving examination results that open doors to the next stage in their lives, whether that is joining our Sixth Form, an Apprenticeship, or going to University.

If you would like a tour of the school whilst it is ‘in session’ I would be more than happy to take you round during the school day to visit lessons and speak with staff and students. Simply call the school and an appointment can be made.

Thank you for your interest in our school and for taking the time to visit the John Smeaton Academy website.


Julian Snape



John Smeaton Academy is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538)
and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.