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Leaders are moving the school forwards with purpose and with convincing effect

Richard McManus03

I am pleased to be able to share the letter from Steve Shaw HMI who visited the Academy on 26 & 27 June. (Click here to download ) It is clear from his feedback that we have achieved a huge amount in a relatively short space of time. I would like to thank students, their families and staff for all the hard work they have all put in to improve the academy since its last inspection. The HMI visit is just the first step in our journey of improvement and we know there is much more work to be done. The most significant thing is that we know exactly what we need to do and we have plans in place to ensure that we continue to improve.


It has been a great year for The Skipton Academy with so many positives such as Tunstill's Men, the Polar Explorer transition events, sports day to name just a few and I'm very pleased that Ofsted have agreed with how things have and are continuing to improve.


Richard McManus






Commemorating the centenary of WWI - Look out for news of our final performance in 2018

Letters Scene Grassington 2013 - courtesy Helen Peyton
Grassington 2013 - Helen Peyton
Grassington 2016 - 
Rob Freeman
Grassington 2016 - Rob Freeman
Letters Scene TSA 2016 - courtesy Jude Kershaw
At School 2016 - Jude Kershaw

The Skipton Academy Young Leaders

Change 4 Life Fesival

Change4Life festivals are fun based physical activity festivals aimed at less physically active children in both KS1 and KS2.

Tuesday 5th June 2018 saw our Year 9 young leaders working with local primary schools during the Change4Life festival at Sandylands Sports Centre.


The young leaders ran events, supported and encouraged the participants in activities such as; sitting volleyball, new age kurling, dodgeball, boccia, archery, tennis and tag rugby skills.

Our leaders each worked with one primary school and quickly developed good relationships with the participants to help them all take an active part in the sessions, which were enjoyed by all.


QuadKids Athletics

QuadKids athletics is a new and exciting opportunity for primary school children to take part in athletics events.  It covers the four core disciplines of athletics; running, throwing, jumping and sprinting.

Our Year 9 young leaders again represented the school well on Monday 11th June, as they officiated the four events of; 50 metre sprint, standing long jump, howler throw and 400 metres.  The highlight of the day was seeing so many of our leaders supporting and encouraging the primary school children around the 400m lap.


"Yesterday, we attended an athletics event at Sandylands where your students were sports leaders.
I just wanted to drop you a note to say how brilliant they all were. They were really focused and what was great to see was their dedication to help our young athletes to achieve their best potential.
We had a great afternoon and our children loved it, so a big thank you to your students for making the event a special one!"

Gargrave C of E Primary School


Richard McManus03

It has been an exciting few weeks as we head into the height of summer. The last few weeks have seen some real high points such as the amazing trip to Wembley to watch the women’s FA Cup Final. We have also had visits from authors and inspirational speakers in assemblies.

Our Year 11’s have been sitting their GCSE exams and we are still working with them to provide the best support to enable them to achieve their potential. We have worked hard providing revision sessions and assemblies for students and parents, highlighting the best way to prepare for exams. Over the next few days I look forward to celebrating with them at their Leaver’s Assembly and at the school Prom.

Our students continue to show how amazing they are and we have had more successes from the Eco club who are going on another litter pick, our journalist team who took part in Newsday and wrote a report featured in The Craven Herald, which also covered our trip to Wembley. My favourite was watching our Year 9 Sports Leaders working with Year 5 students at Sandylands and the overwhelming positive feedback we received from all the primary teachers about their work. The school is also once again putting on a performance of “Tunstill’s Men” at the Grassington Festival, which Dr Smith has organised.

Our sporting achievements continue - congratulations to our KS3 Girls Dodgeball team who are Craven area champions and will go on to represent the district in the North Yorkshire games and our Year 7 Boys Footballers who won the tournament held to raise awareness for Dementia, with a special mention to Hammaad Hussain – player of the tournament.

In July we also hold our annual Awards Evening.  This is a fantastic event for students to celebrate their success with their families.

Other exciting events coming up include our activity week in the final week of term and the Polar Explorer Transition STEM Event for Years 5 and 6. This is an exciting collaboration with Skipton Girls High School and many Primary Head teachers from the area have been invited to see the amazing work their students will be doing on those days.

Richard McManus

Principal, The Skipton Academy


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