Leaders are continuing to take effective action
Press release Ofsted HMI visit November 2018
“Leaders are continuing to take effective action
The recent visit from Steve Shaw HMI and his team has found that “leaders are continuing to take effective action towards the removal of special measures…. The principal and other senior leaders have maintained their determination to improve pupils’ outcomes and further strengthen pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.”
We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the improvements in many areas that the academy has made notably in the greater consistency in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and that lessons are more challenging than ever. It is fantastic that the efforts of students to show greater pride in their work, the academy and their attitudes to learning have all been recognised by the Ofsted team. These improved attitudes have led to a massive reduction in fixed period exclusions, only one all year at the time we were inspected, which is again evidence of the culture and climate for learning being right now across he academy. This is further evidenced by our success in closing the gap between the achievement and attendance of disadvantaged pupils compared to other pupils.
The team found that “leader’s actions have markedly improved rates of attendance and reduce the rates of persistent absence” and I would like to thank all the parents and carers of our pupils who have helped us achieve a level of attendance which is currently above the National and North Yorkshire average.
This visit from Ofsted confirms the judgement of myself and the leadership team that we are on the cusp of coming out of special measures and the improvements we have achieved so far are based on sustainable and long term approaches which will see The Skipton Academy continue to improve in the months and years ahead. Considering that this is only our second monitoring visit this degree of progress is something that our pupils, parents and staff can be very proud of and whilst we know that we need to continue to improve in some areas we are definitely building a school that the local community can be proud of. We believe that the schools ethos Belong, Challenge, Inspire is now being seen in the daily practice of our staff and the behaviour and attitudes of our pupils. We are determined across the academy that the improvements will continue and in the near future we will be able to celebrate further successes with our stakeholders and the wider community of Skipton.
Robert Bellfield, Chief Executive of Craven Educational Trust said “The Trust is delighted that The Skipton Academy is making excellent progress under Richard’s leadership and thanks staff, pupils parents and carers for their hard work in making this happen.”
PRINCIPAL, THE SKIPTON ACADEMY
Dates for your diary – Spring Term
Year 11 Parents Evening - Wednesday 20 February 2019 4-7pm
Year 8 & 10 Parents Evening - Wednesday 20 March 2019 4-7pm
Year 7 & 9 Parents Evening - Wednesday 3 April 2019 4-7pm
SKIPTON SANTA FUN RUN 2018
On Sunday 25 November a group of energetic students donned Santa suits, along with approximately 1800 others, to represent the Academy in the Great Skipton Santa Fun Run.
It was a fantastic day and a real spectacle. Our students were wonderful ambassadors for us in this massive community event, pushing themselves to do their absolute best in the true spirit of ‘Belong, Challenge, Inspire.’
Photos show them before the event, warming up and then afterwards with the Mayor of Skipton.
Mrs Radley, Miss Brown and Miss Hall are proud of them all.
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY 2018 - STUDENTS REPRESENTING THE SCHOOL LAY WREATH AT AIREVILLE PARK WAR MEMORIAL GATES
Royal British Legion Event
Students, staff and friends of The Skipton Academy supported the Royal British Legion in their Poppy Appeal on Saturday in the Craven Court Shopping Arcade. To mark the upcoming centenary of the Armistice students gave a moving performance of letters exchanged between soldiers and families during the First World War. Among an appreciative audience of shoppers was 94 year-old veteran Dennis Maunders. Dennis' father, Bob Maunders, was one of the Craven men who volunteered in 1914 and Dennis himself served in the Second World War.
The Academy will also be supporting the special Remembrance Day events to be held at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway on Sunday 11th
Best ever attendance at The Skipton Academy
The attendance at The Skipton Academy is currently the best that it has ever been. Standing well above the national average, this fantastic achievement has been due to our continued focus, the resilience of our students and the amazing support from our parents. In the first 8 weeks over 50% of our students have achieved 100% attendance and have received a £10 gift voucher as a reward. We have also run a competition for the best attending tutor group. Well done to 11VA who enjoyed a pizza celebration as their reward. We would like to thank all involved for their continued support and we are looking forward to a fantastic year.
This Is The Greatest School
This Is The Greatest School
In June 2018 the students and staff at The Skipton Academy produced a new school video based on The Greatest Showman.
Centred around our new ethos of Belong, Challenge, Inspire, the video aims to INSPIRE our students and the local community and show how fantastic and glorious our students are.
We hope that you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
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Thank you to all the students, staff, parents and friends of The Skipton Academy who attended our Premiere of "The Greatest School" on Saturday. I was really proud that so many people including Julian Smith MP and the mayor of Skipton were able to attend and help us celebrate what a fantastic job our students had done creating such a powerful film. The film was inspired by our ethos of Belong, Challenge, Inspire and we believe that the film exemplifies those beliefs. All of our students show how proud they are to belong to the Skipton Academy and they met every challenge that a complex film shoot presented them with to create an inspirational film that charts the journey the academy is on from difficult times to a great future.
PRINCIPAL, THE SKIPTON ACADEMY
GCSE Results 2018
I am extremely proud of the results achieved by all of our students in their exams this year. These results demonstrate that we are continuing to improve academic progress across the academy and crucially the gap in progress between pupil premium and non pupil premium students is better than ever. We have seen a number of students achieving excellent results and I’m very proud of all the hard work and commitment shown by our fantastic students and the staff.
PRINCIPAL, THE SKIPTON ACADEMY
Jodie Wilsher Memorial Day
Fantastic efforts from all students and staff at The Skipton Academy. Today we held a memorial day for Jodie Wilsher who was an ex student. Students were asked to wear pink, or giraffe like clothes as this was Jodie’s favourite colour and animal.
Everybody completed a jog / walk or run round the school field, 1 lap was equivalent to a mile. There was also a bake sale, tombola and coconut shy.
Thank you to everybody who supported this day, it really showed the school ethos – Belong, Challenge, Inspire.
We raised £1,131.10
Big thank you to Skipton Building Society and TSA and Friends for their £300 donations.
Miss Brown, Mrs Butterfield and Mr Milburn.
TUNSTILL'S MEN PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES
The Skipton Academy Young Leaders
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 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