Ofsted Report

The findings of the recent Ofsted report for Skipton Academy are clearly disappointing for everyone involved at the school, although we do recognise the issues highlighted and already have very clear plans to ensure a much more positive outcome going forward.

We have just put in place an exceptional new Principal, Richard McManus, who has a long and successful record in school improvement, most recently with Dixons City Academy in Bradford. A new Deputy Head, Mark Cook, has also been appointed and joins us from Bingley Grammar School. With a dynamic new leadership team in place, the plan is to produce a robust and swift response to the findings of the report which will be communicated to parents at the beginning of the new academic year in September. We are confident the measures to be implemented will rapidly improve the performance of the Academy.

We would like to thank the interim leadership team from South Craven for their work since February 2017, which was recognised as being effective by the inspection team and will seek to build further on their work to ensure standards improve swiftly.

“As the new Principal I was aware of the issues and challenges the Academy faced prior to accepting the role. I am entirely confident that this is a watershed moment for the Academy and that improvements under new leadership will quickly deliver first class education for all our students. I will be holding a meeting for parents in September and will gladly meet any parent wishing to discuss the report in person in the new academic year. ”

Richard McManus – Principal

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It is an exciting time to be joining The Skipton Academy and I’m looking forward to working with the staff, students and local community to help the Academy go from strength to strength. I am very ambitious in what I want us to achieve here at The Skipton Academy and I’m sure that with the support of students, staff and parents we can deliver a first class education for our students. I would like to make you aware of some changes that will take place from the new academic year in September. Firstly all students will enter and exit the site using the gates nearest the leisure centre. This is to ensure that there is a separation between students and traffic for safety reasons. Students will also have a ten minute Form period at the start of the day so that their Tutor can ensure that they are in correct uniform, fully equipped and ready to learn. This will not result to any change to the school day and I thank you in advance in ensuring students arrive in perfect uniform and ready to learn in the new academic year.

We will be having a renewed focus on standards of uniform including insisting that leather school shoes be worn – pumps, trainers, canvas shoes will not be allowed. For details of the uniform please check the relevant part of the website

There is also a new behavioural system from September which will become the cornerstone for the Academy in its quest to raise standards of behaviour and aspirations of all our students.  Further details will be on the website over the summer.

Finally I would like to wish you all a good summer and I look forward to working with you all in September.

Richard McManus

Principal, The Skipton Academy


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  • Year 11 Results

    Students can collect their results from 10am on Thursday 24 August in the LRC. There will be career guidance and support available.

    Have a great summer.

    The Skipton Academy

    Pauline Brown
    Acting Deputy Principal



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