“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