Dates for your diary – Summer Term
May half term - We break up for half term Friday 24 May at 3.30pm. We are back in school on Monday 3 June at 8.55am.
26 & 27 June - Primary school transition days
The Skipton Academy is out of "special measures"
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.”
PRINCIPAL, THE SKIPTON ACADEMY
Eco-Club Green Flag award
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.
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.
PRINCIPAL, THE SKIPTON ACADEMY