The Skipton Academy


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Press Release – An exciting new chapter for The Skipton Academy as part of Moorlands Learning Trust


I am delighted to announce that The Skipton Academy has from December 1st joined forces with Ilkley Grammar School as part of Moorlands Learning Trust. This has been one of the most successful years in the history of the Academy and the confirmation that the two schools can continue to build on their already strong relationship and formalise this through TSA joining the multi academy trust opens up fantastic opportunities for the school and its students.

The opportunity to join forces with a local outstanding comprehensive school gives us the chance to increase the pace of improvement even faster than we could have hoped. Our staff have support from colleagues who share our ethos and belief that the students at The Skipton Academy deserve an outstanding education and for the first time ever students also have the opportunity to have an academic pathway to “A” level study at Ilkley Grammar School as our partner.

This new dawn for The Skipton Academy is the first step in what is a bright future securing quality comprehensive, mixed education for the young people of Skipton. Our Ethos of Belong, Challenge and Inspire will not change and those beliefs about local high quality education are passionately shared by our colleagues at Ilkley Grammar School. As part of Moorlands Learning Trust we can provide our staff with opportunities to continue to improve and challenge themselves to achieve results for our learners that match if not exceed other local schools. As part of Moorlands Learning Trust we will continue to be a proud part of the Skipton educational community and will continue to develop even closer links with our primary school colleagues to ensure that we play a full role in ensuring that all children in Skipton receive the best possible educational experience.

These exciting developments create the perfect conditions for The Skipton Academy to continue to grow and provide a first class education for the students who choose to join us on our journey. Plans are being developed to improve in every area of the Academy from further developing the curriculum on offer right the way through to catering and the fabric of the buildings. All of these areas will directly benefit our students and their future outcomes and destinations and having been able to have secured this is a massive step forward for the Academy.

Helen Williams CEO of Moorlands Learning Trust said “ Everyone at MLT is delighted that The Skipton Academy has become the first formal partner for Ilkley Grammar School in our trust and we are already well underway with our plans to expand our support for TSA so that their improvement journey continues at pace.

Ensuring that all students and parents have a choice of first class education providers directly in the Skipton Community is now our key priority and I look forward to working even more closely with Mr. McManus and his team over the coming weeks and months to build on their recent successes to rapidly bring about the further improvements needed. Using the full capacity of the trust and expertise that exists at Ilkley Grammar School, we will work tirelessly to ensure that The Skipton Academy can soon become the comprehensive school of choice for Skipton parents!

Richard McManus Principal of The Skipton Academy said “The next stage of our journey with Moorlands Learning Trust will prove to be a watershed moment for the Academy creating opportunities for learners to be inspired and reach their full potential.

We as an Academy will remain committed to continuous improvement and I would invite anybody from the local community to come and see us in action and witness first hand the improvements already underway by emailing us to make an appointment to visit. We will go from strength to strength with the support of Moorlands Learning Trust and both myself and my team of committed staff welcome the support from Helen Williams and the Moorlands Learning Trust team.” Richard McManus, Principal

Awards and Certificate Presentation Evening at The Skipton Academy

I was filled with pride and excitement yesterday evening as we gathered as an Academy to celebrate the academic success of our wonderful students past and present.  Our best ever Awards Evening saw a huge crowd of parents, governors, staff and students come together to highlight the numerous achievements of the last twelve months. In a year that has seen the academy go from strength to strength - coming out of special measures, celebrating that with another inspirational video, a performance from The Royal Shakespeare Company, securing our future working relationship with Ilkley Grammar School and Moorlands Learning Trust to name but a few highlights it was truly inspirational to celebrate those things together as a community.
The highlight of the evening was a fantastic performance from the TSA Choir performing a medley from "The Greatest Showman" which will be performed on Sunday in Skipton at the turning on of the Christmas lights.
As an Academy we have developed the ethos of Belong Challenge Inspire and if one evening could have been said to deliver on all three then it was Awards Evening. The future looks even brighter for The Skipton Academy as our Partnership with Ilkley Grammar School continues to develop and assist in our progress to becoming a top quality comprehensive school for the community of Skipton.
Well done to all the staff and students who performed and to all our fantastic students who received prizes! I am certain that next years Awards Evening will be even better still and the plans for it have already begun!
Richard McManus

The Royal Shakespeare Company performs at The Skipton Academy

We were delighted to host the RSC First Encounters version of The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday 23rd October, with a matinee performance for our own students, plus 128 students from our feeder primary RSC Associate schools, followed by an evening performance for the local community. The performance was witty, lively, entertaining and brought Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and abilities! Our Art Dept made 3 very innovative caskets, which were used in the performances, presented by 6 of our students who were chosen to participate. The RSC said they were the best caskets they had seen from a school! Several other students were given opportunities to be involved in backstage and front of house roles; they were a credit to the school.
This is our second year of being an RSC Associate school and we currently have 18 RSC Ambassadors who have already been involved in various events and are responsible for promoting Shakespeare. Our next venture will be forming our own 'Craven Cluster,' working with our RSC Associate primaries towards a Playmaking Festival next Spring.

Mr McManus Academy Principal said "It was a wonderful event and one that shows the talents of the students who come to The Skipton Academy. It was also fantastic to have so many of our local Primary schools able to access a performance from a world class theater company on their own doorstep. We look forward to many more collaborations bot with the RSC and local Primary schools."

Don't Stop Us Now - our amazing new video celebrating the Academy coming out of special measures and showing our determination to push harder, challenge ourselves more and become what no one ever thought we could be. Thanks to FutureHY for the funding and continued support. Please feel free to share.

GCSE Results at The Skipton Academy

The Skipton Academy are pleased to share another very pleasing set of GCSE results which have seen significant improvements in the numbers of students achieving passes in English, Maths and Science GCSE. We are particularly pleased with the increase in students achieving a "good" pass in Maths which has doubled from the previous year. Principal Richard McManus said "I would like to congratulate all of our students on a good set of results. The successes achieved are down to the hard work and commitment shown by our students and their families. Well done!"

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Message from the Principal June 2019

THE Skipton Academy looks set to expand its relationship with Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Ilkley Grammar School by transferring to the Ilkley school’s Moorlands Learning Trust.

If given the go-ahead by the Regional Schools Commissioner, the academy, which was recently taken out of ‘special measures’ will no longer come under the control of the Craven Education Trust, which was formed in 2014 when the former Aireville School was converted to an academy.

Under the leadership of principal Richard McManus, since September, 2017, the academy been working with Ilkley Grammar School over the last several months to drive up standards. It has now received further funding from the Department for Education to continue working with Ilkley Grammar over the next year.

Mr McManus said it was an exciting time for the academy to build on its recent successes and through the new partnership to accelerate further.

“As our recent Ofsted inspection report said, we have a clear vision and a sense of momentum and purpose which puts the academy in a stronger position than it has been for many years.

“I believe the local community are beginning to see the changes we have achieved over the last 18 months and this is reflected by the increase in families choosing to send their children to The Skipton Academy in September.”

He added: “ This is the next step on our journey and we are undertaking it with a partner school in Ilkley Grammar School whose beliefs and ethos closely match our own. Furthermore, the opportunity for some of our current board members to join Moorlands Learning Trust and bring their expertise and experience is another sign of the collaborative approach of the trust and will help ensure that we continue to have a positive impact on our students, staff and the wider community of Skipton. I look forward to The Skipton Academy going from strength to strength as part of Moorlands Learning Trust and continuing its improvement journey.”

“The positive partnership working that has already developed between both schools over recent months can now be built upon further to bring exciting new opportunities for students, staff and the communities of the schools over the coming years.

“In times of great educational change and uncertainty, being part of a strong, collaborative trust helps secure the future success of all schools and we are all delighted that Craven Education Trust has chosen MLT and Ilkley Grammar School as the preferred partner for The Skipton Academy. We will now take this decision to our Regional Schools Commissioners to seek their agreement for the transfer to progress.”

The Skipton Academy is out of "special measures"


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Following the publication of our recent Oftsed Inspection I am delighted to announce that The Skipton Academy no longer requires special measures. In only our third monitoring visit the lead inspector deemed it a full Section 5 inspection and that inspection concluded that “Leaders have improved the school from when it was judged inadequate in June 2017. They have the capacity to continue its improvement.”

I am pleased that the improvements in all areas judged inadequate in 2017 have been recognised by Ofsted and feel that this is an important step in our journey to providing a consistently good and then outstanding comprehensive school for the local community. I am well aware that there are still areas we need to improve. Both I and the committed staff who work here will continue to develop those areas to ensure that the young people who come to our school are given an education that equips them for the future. The Ofsted team have recognised the “decisive and effective action to improve the school” taken by the leadership. They refer to a new culture of “unity” and “clarity” among the staff that leads them to describe The Skipton Academy as a school with a broad and balanced curriculum… with a number of extra-curricular opportunities. It was clear that pupils feel safe and are confident any problems can be resolved and they achieve progress in their subjects in line with the national average. This rightly records that as a school we now know the things we need to do to continue to improve and we will ensure they are done swiftly.

The future for The Skipton Academy now looks brighter than it has done for many years as in addition to coming out of special measures we have secured funding to work with Ilkley Grammar School to give us additional support to improve in all areas. I would like to thank all the students, parents, staff and Governors who have worked so hard to ensure that the school described in the 2017 Ofsted report has been transformed in a relatively short period of time. The challenge that faces us now is to build on our success while recognising we still have areas we need to improve and to focus on them relentlessly until we reach our goal of helping every student who comes here to reach their full potential and be prepared for modern life as  a valuable member of the community.

CEO of Craven Educational Trust Robert Belfield said “I and the Trust are delighted with the progress The Skipton Academy has made towards becoming a good school. The recent Ofsted report is an important step and reflects the hard work and commitment of the Senior Leadership Team, staff, students and parents.”

Download a copy of the latest Ofsted report.

Richard McManus




James and John Brown Perform in front of the Royal Family


The National Pipes and Drums of the Cadet Forces were requested by the Royal Household to take part in this years Household Division Beating to Retreat on Horse guards Parade in London on the 5th and 6th of June 2019.  This was the precursor event for Trooping of the Colour, which takes place on the following weekend.

James and John Brown, students of The Skipton Academy, performed alongside the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish, The band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland as well as musicians from the massed bands of the Household Division and a variety of other acts.  We are very proud of both students, who performed in front of members of the Royal Family.




A poignant service to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings has taken place in Skipton.  The Principal joined ex servicemen and women at the war memorial in the town’s High Street.    The service was led by Rev Roger Lowens and organised by vice chairman of the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion, George Martin.


Eco-Club Green Flag award

Eco club

Here at the Skipton academy our eco club has been working on achieving our green flag award, which we received on Friday the 3rd of May. Our journey started when we attended an eco-conference back in July 2018. We then decided this was something we wished to pursue on becoming an eco-school as we were inspired to help the environment. So far we have done many things to help us achieve the awards. We started with what we thought was a simple litter pick  that turned out to be a massive clean-up, of the park near school and the surrounding area, which in total we collected over 800 pieces of plastic and paper waste and about 4 to 5 other full bags of general waste that we had also come across.

We received funding from green futures to provide each classroom with one plastic and one paper recycling bins, which has improved the amount of waste that goes to landfill, we now recycle on average 1 thousand litres of waste and stop it from going to landfill every week. We wanted to reduce the amount of plastic we use, so we came up with the idea of getting school water bottles and water fountains so people wouldn’t have to buy plastic bottles from the canteen or elsewhere outside of school. To do this we applied for £1000 from skipton building society to help us reach yet another goal, which they were more than happy to help and get involved. Following on from our bronze award we decided we wanted to spread our message further, after a teacher who worked for dry stone radio found out about this, we were invited to the studio to talk about our eco club and what we had done so far. All the student and teachers who attended quoted that they had an amazing time and also said it was a great experience. 

After only six months we had by then received our silver award. We then knew we were ready to go for our green flag award, so we continue to spread the message, sell bottles, run meetings do more litter picks and retreat more members from every year group to get involved. After what felt like a long year and six months we finally achieved our green flag award with plenty of support from some very amazing businesses, people and trusts.

Eco Day

Year 8 students at the Skipton Academy have been exploring their links to the First World War. They have had a 'hands-on' experience learning about life for men in the trenches and for family and friends back at home. Each student has been researching the story of a local man or woman and as part of their studies they have had the chance to try the uniform and costumes of the day.


"Year 8 student Tom Suter and Pte. Fred Benson. Fred Benson was
killed in action on the Somme on 11th July 1916."

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.

Richard McManus


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