John Cabot

John Cabot

Cabot, John, fl. 1461-98, English explorer, probably b. Genoa, Italy. He became a citizen of Venice in 1476 and engaged in the Eastern trade of that city. This experience, it is assumed, was the stimulus of his later explorations. Like Columbus (though there is no evidence that either influenced the other), he apparently believed that the riches of East Asia might be more easily reached by sailing west. He went to England, probably in the 1480s, and resided chiefly at Bristol, a port then promising as a base for discovery. Under a patent granted by Henry VII (Mar. 5, 1496), Cabot sailed from Bristol in 1497 and discovered the North American coast, touching at Cape Breton Island or Newfoundland. In 1498 he again sailed for America to explore the coast. The fate of the expedition is unknown, although there is presumptive evidence that it reached America and that some of its members returned. The English claims in North America were based on his discovery. His son was Sebastian Cabot.

See C. R. Beazley, John and Sebastian Cabot: The Discovery of North America (1964); R. C. Howard, Bristol and the Cabots (1967); D. Goodnough, John Cabot and Son (1979).

John Cabot Academy formerly John Cabot CTC, is one of 15 City Technology Colleges that first opened for students in the 1993/1994 academic year. It converted to City Academy status on 1 September 2007.

It is located east of Bristol, England in the Kingswood area and is named after John Cabot, an explorer who set out from Bristol and reached the Americas in 1497.


The Academy has approximately 1100 students, about 220 of whom are in the sixth form. It has built a new £1.4 million Study Centre constructed with environmentally friendly materials and methods, for the sixth form pupils. It was opened in December]] 2004 by Mr Colin Green, President of Defence Aerospace at Rolls Royce.

The Principal is Adam Williams. The Academy is part of an Academy Federation led by David Carter and Nick Jones.

In year 7, the Academy operates the Cabot Competency Curriculum, which was developed at the academy. It focuses on 'learning to learn'.

Term system and school day

The Academy runs on a 5-term system, each of around 7-9 weeks, with 2 weeks of holiday in between.

The Academy day starts at 8.30am, and ends at 3.30 pm.

"Student Voice"

The Academy has a "Student Voice" system, set up at the beginning of the Academic year 2005–2006, which allows the students to give their opinions on issues related to the academy, such as sanctions and rewards, and the construction of new buildings. One student from each tutor group is chosen each term, which (for those in Year 7 when it began) should mean each student is picked at least once. The chosen student becomes the representative of their tutor group, collecting opinions from their classmates to relay to the meeting.


In February 2007, Pop Band McFly visited to the school in aid of Comic Relief, to talk to students about their recent visit to Uganda.

The college scenes from E4 teen comedy/drama series 'Skins' were filmed at John Cabot Academy. The school is attended by one of the show's stars, Larissa Wilson who plays Jal Fazer.

The school has also had visits from olympic heroes runner Dame Kelly Holmes and diver Tom Daley

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