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AWARDS EVENING 2017
Congratulations to all our students who received their GCSE certificates at the Awards Evening.
This event highlighted just how many successful students started their journey with The Skipton Academy.
We are immensely proud of you all and wish you all the best for the future.
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY 2017 - HEAD BOY AND HEAD GIRL LAY WREATH AT AIREVILLE PARK WAR MEMORIAL GATES
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL AT THE SKIPTON ACADEMY HALF A TERM IN …
A couple of weeks into my second half term as Principal I’m able to reflect on some real positives from the first few weeks of this academic year. We’ve introduced a revamp of the behaviour and uniform systems. Both focus on high expectations – no one should see their child’s education suffer because of the behaviour of a small minority. Disruptive behaviours will not be tolerated because they stop teachers teaching and students learning which is what we’re here to achieve. If that means that we need to remove some students to other places to continue their education then we will make those tough decisions and in a small number of cases we have done already.
Uniform is a very visible way to show pride in the Academy and establish high expectations and standards. I would like to thank all the parents for their support in the move to black leather shoes and congratulate the students on how smart they look. We also are preparing young people for roles after school where they will be expected to wear the correct uniform whatever that may be from a suit in the office to a hard hat on the building site. In every case expecting every pupil to be on time, fully equipped and ready to learn is excellent preparation for later life.
As you know we have done a huge amount of work around improving behaviour of students and raising expectations around attendance, punctuality and attitude to learning. We will not authorise any holidays in term time and while I appreciate as a father of three myself that this adds to the cost of holidays, we must ensure every student strives for 100%attendance. We must remember that any time lost will have a negative impact on GCSE results as a wide range of research indicates. We’ve done numerous things from changing the entrance from which students enter to reintroducing parent’s evenings, changing how we communicate with parents, the reporting systems, behavioural systems … to name but a few. We welcome feedback on all of these areas and if you would like to email your thoughts to the academy please feel free to do so.
We had a fantastic Open Evening and Open days for parents to come and see the school in action. We visited lessons and talked to students, we also had students acting as guides to groups of parents and I received loads of emails saying how fantastic they were. All the feedback was positive and one Year 6 student won a bike in the raffle! We also have events like the Eco litter pick in the park, Restart a heart day, Tunstall’s Men and all manner of excellent extracurricular and enrichment opportunities.
For me the biggest positive of the school are the amazing students who come here. I’ve found that they are helpful, polite and they really have taken on board what we’ve said and the changes we’ve made and reacted positively. We plan to use student voice to help us to provide an even better service for students on a range of areas from bullying to extracurricular activities.
In particular we have Anti – Bullying week 13th – 17th November and Attendance focus week coming up week beginning 20th November that students will help my Senior Leadership Team to coordinate and ensure they help our students in both of those areas. We also have GCSE Awards Evening on 15th November where we will welcome back our most successful ever Y11 students to receive their certificates and awards. It is also a crucial time for our current Year 11 students who have their mock exams coming up in December – I urge you to support your sons/ daughters to start revising now so they are well prepared and feel confident they can perform well.
It is also the time of year when we remember all the service men and women who have given their lives in conflicts over the years. We will be holding a two minute silence on Friday 10th November and the head boy, head girl, myself and other staff will be laying a wreath at the memorial in the park to show our respects.
Another exciting piece of news for the Academy has been the appointment of Mrs Dudley who is join us after Christmas as Senco from Benton Park school, Leeds. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her and having her expertise at the Academy.
Thanks again for your continued support during a very busy time at the Academy.
Principal, The Skipton Academy
RESTART A HEART DAY 2017
TUNSTILL'S MEN PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES
Commemorating the centenary of WWI - Look out for news of our final performance in 2018
SUPPORT FOR ANTI-BULLYING WEEK
BEST EVER RESULTS AT THE SKIPTON ACADEMY
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.