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