• Date for your diary:

    The Year 8 Options Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 from 5-7pm in the main hall.

    The evening will include a presentation explaining the options process and the opportunity to talk to the teachers of the different subjects on offer.

As part of BBC School Report, The Skipton Academy’s English department sent a group of students to the offices of the Craven Herald.

Joanne Hooper, Josh Hughes, Skye Lancaster-Moon and Callum Nettleton began the day discussing the current news stories and preparing questions for their visit. They were then treated to a look around the Craven Herald office, given the chance to watch the reporters in action and spent time talking to the editor, Dave Mason. They then came back to school and put together a report about what they’d learnt during their visit which we hope will be published in the newspaper.

The photographs show our budding journalists hard at work.


"Many thanks to the numerous parents and carers who attended our parents information event on 31st January where we talked through the progress the academy has made since September. It was fantastic to see the event so well attended and the feeling of positivity from everybody was great.  Rest assured I and all the staff at the academy will be working hard to ensure that we continue to improve still further and get an even better educational experience for every student, every lesson every day."

Local students from Carleton Primary School enjoy the opportunities provided by the fantastic facilities at the Skipton Academy

Thirty two students came across, on the morning of Monday 12th, from Carleton School, their head teacher and two other staff came with them. We worked with clay and developed skills in forming and decorating clay masks. They have a global theme running through the school so we interpreted their 2D  drawings of tribal designs into decorative 3D pieces of claywork.




There are a number of staffing changes as we say goodbye to some colleagues and welcome new staff to the Academy. Mr Moreman will be retiring from the Music department after over 20 years working at TSA and formerly Aireville. Mr Wraith, Vice Principal is leaving to join a school in Bradford.  Mrs Broadbent in English and Mr Metcalfe in ICT have also secured jobs in other schools. We wish them every success in their new roles.

Joining to replace them are Mr Waseem in ICT, Ms Adams in Performance, Mrs Nutter in English and Mrs Dudley as Senco who also teaches English. We also welcome Mrs Carson back from her maternity to come and teach in the Science department again.

It’s been a busy term with our students and staff working hard to help improve standards in all areas. Our Year 11 students have just finished their mock exams and will receive their results soon. We have had fantastic events like Awards Evening, Anti Bullying week and attendance focus week. As I’ve said before we should all strive for 100% attendance and I’d like to thank parents who are supporting us to push up level of attendance still further.

The PTA have kindly donated £2000 to help fund a re-launch of the service we provide at lunchtime. That money has been put towards new tables for students to eat at. Added to that the kitchen staff have completely re vamped the menu to include more healthy meals. Make sure you see the website for details of the new menu. Can I remind students and parents that trainers are not acceptable school uniform and that shirts need to be tucked in and that skirts need to be pleated and not the “pencil” style.

To further improve the school and ensure that students arrive on time to school and lessons, and take full advantage of all learning opportunities, the trigger for detentions will be decreased from 3 chances to 2. If a student is late to school, or lessons, twice in one week they will automatically receive a whole school detention. Please continue to support us in improving punctuality by ensuring your son/daughter arrive at the Academy before 8.55am.

Thanks again for your continued support during a very busy time at the Academy.

Richard McManus

Principal, The Skipton Academy


Spring 2018 Menu 24-01-18


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


This year’s GCSE results have seen remarkable improvements in English and Maths despite the new examinations becoming more challenging than ever. English and Maths results are the highest ever achieved by the Skipton Academy. 74% of students achieved grades 9-4 in English Language or Literature and 66% achieving 9-4 in Maths with 61% achieving grades 9-4 in both.  Many students achieved excellent academic results such as George Squire who achieved grade 9 in English Language as well as an A* in History and four A’s in other subjects.

This set of results are a testament to the hard work of the students, their parents and the staff at the Academy and provide us with a good base to continue to improve the Academy going forward. We are very proud of the achievement of all our students and are happy that they have achieved the results that their hard work deserve.

Richard McManus


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