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Friday 25 March 2022

Ofsted confirm that The Skipton Academy is “on track to become a Good school”

Following a visit from Ofsted on 9th February a letter has been received which confirms leaders have “continued to take considered and effective action to improve the school.” The letter from Her Majesty’s Inspector highlights the numerous further improvements made since 2019 and makes reference to how staff seek to “raise the bar for pupils and broaden their horizons …

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Friday 17 December 2021

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day came to The Skipton Academy

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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Mental Wellbeing Session

Year 7 Mental Health and Wellbeing Session

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Monday 13 December 2021

Thank You!

A huge Thank You for some very generous donations

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At The Skipton Academy, we are enabling our students to achieve their potential. We believe that our ethos of Belong, Challenge, Inspire encapsulates our vision for education. As teachers, we are committed to providing learning which is engaging and allows students to make progress in every lesson, every day. We are determined to provide first-class comprehensive education to the community of Skipton and we have achieved much this academic year to make that a reality for these are exciting times at The Skipton Academy and the journey has just begun.

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Richard McManus | Principal

Ofsted confirm that The Skipton Academy is “on track to become a Good school”

Following a visit from Ofsted on 9th February a letter has been received which confirms leaders have “continued to take considered and effective action to improve the school.” The letter from Her Majesty’s Inspector highlights the numerous further improvements made since 2019 and makes reference to how staff seek to “raise the bar for pupils and broaden their horizons … and how staff are more ambitious for students.” The report also recognises the “warm community feel at social times” and that “behaviour around school is calm.”

As Principal I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the continuing improvements at The Skipton Academy. It is an external verification that as a leadership team we know our school and community well and have strategically used our partnership with Ilkley Grammar School through Moorlands Learning Trust to be able to propel the school forward. Ofsted also recognised that we understand what we need to do to continue to improve and I am very proud of the fact that the community have already recognised the improvements made and have responded in the Ofsted questionnaire to overwhelmingly agree that it is a school they would recommend to others. As a leadership team we have seen this renewed faith in The Skipton Academy in the increase in student numbers year on year and the report recognises that we have record numbers of students joining us again in Year 7 in September 2022. Those students will enjoy a wider curriculum than ever with Music GCSE returning and a wider range of Design and Technology options. Coupled with the multi-million-pound investment to improve the buildings at the school I know we have all the things in place to continue to improve, grow and become the world class comprehensive school that the town of Skipton deserves.

As a comprehensive, inclusive school I am heartened that the report also notes that pupils with special educational needs and /or disabilities are well supported and that all of our students who left last academic year are all still in education, employment or training, including many who now go on to study A levels at our partner school Ilkley Grammar School. We are now in a position as a school where we cater well for, and have a pathway for the most academic students, which gives them access to outstanding A level provision and progression to university in the future; at the same time we offer high quality provision to students of all abilities and needs along with other high quality destinations. With the continued expansion of our extra-curricular provision I believe we are moving from strength to strength and helping our pupils to become the successful leaders of the future that they have the potential to be.

I would like to thank all the parents and carers who have supported the school in recent years and the staff who, right the way through a very difficult couple of years as was noted in the report, have remained absolutely focused on continuing to help improve the school and further develop the opportunities we can offer. While Covid has presented a series of challenges to us a school and wider community I believe the school ethos of Belong Challenge Inspire continues to focus us on the values and beliefs that will help us all continue to improve and develop.

Helen Williams, CEO of Moorlands Learning Trust echoed Mr. McManus’ comments and said that it was hugely gratifying to see how Ofsted had recognised the wide range of improvements that have been made across all aspects of school life at The Skipton Academy over recent years. She was also delighted that the letter had so positively acknowledged and praised the tireless work of the leadership team and staff throughout the pandemic, as well as the impact that the improvements are evidently having on students as part of the school’s culture of care and achievement. She concluded that it was apparent that The Skipton Academy is now rightly on the cusp of being recognised as a ‘Good’ school and that with the additional senior and middle leader and subject specialist appointments, including in music and design technology being made for September 2022, alongside another record allocation of

more than 130 students for Year 7, The Skipton Academy is now set to cement itself as the comprehensive school of choice for Skipton students.

Richard McManus | Principal

Read the report here: Ofsted - The Skipton Academy (9Feb22)

'Much improved' Skipton Academy 'on track to becoming a good school'

Principal Richard McManus is commended for 'enthusing staff' and 'raising expectations' and for improving the school's reputation in the community.

Helen Williams, chief executive of the Moorlands Learning Trust, of which the academy is part, said it was 'on the cusp' of being a good school and of being the 'comprehensive school of choice' for Skipton students.

Following its first monitoring inspection in two years since the coronavirus pandemic, the school's leaders and governors are 'taking effective action in order for the school to be a good school', says Ofsted.

The school is subject to more frequent monitoring than other schools after being classed as 'requiring improvement' in 2019 and 'inadequate' in 2017.

In a letter to Mr McManus, Ofsted inspector Graham Findlay, says "Leaders have continued to take considered and effective action to improve the school. You have united staff at all levels, and everyone in on board with the vision that you have for the school.

"Much has improved at The Skipton Academy. You have an accurate view of the school and know what still needs to be better in order for it to be a good school."

Mr Findlay continues that Mr McManus has 'enthused staff and raised expectations'.

"Your aim is to 'raise the bar' for pupils and broaden their horizons. Staff are now more ambitious for pupils. Shared expectations of what pupils can achieve is higher. This includes pupils with special needs and/or disabilities, who are well supported.

"Your efforts to engage with the community have worked. Shrewd investment in the pastoral system has forged stronger links with families. The school's reputation in the local community is much improved. You have record numbers of pupils applying to join the school in September. Nearly all parents and carers who completed Ofsted's parent view questionnaire said they would recommend the school."

The coronavirus pandemic had slowed some areas of improvement in the school, particularly with pupils' attendance, said the inspector.

"This has meant (Mr McManus) and other senior leaders have spent more time teaching lessons for absent colleagues. Nonetheless, this has not distracted you from focusing on school improvement."

Reading and literacy is 'high on the agenda' 'behaviour around the school is calm' and 'attendance had improved'. In order to improve, all teachers should check that 'pupils have an accurate understanding of the subject-specific vocabulary used in lessons.'

Mr McManus, said he was delighted that Ofsted had recognised continuing improvements at the school.

"It is an external verification that as a leadership team we know our school and community well and have strategically used our partnership with Ilkley Grammar School through Moorlands Learning Trust to be able to propel the school forward.

"Ofsted also recognised that we understand what we need to do to continue to improve and I am very proud of the fact that the community have already recognised the improvements made and have responded in the Ofsted questionnaire to overwhelmingly agree that it is a school they would recommend to others.

"As a leadership team we have seen this renewed faith in The Skipton Academy in the increase in student numbers year on year and the report recognises that we have record numbers of students joining us again in Year Seven in September 2022.

"Those students will enjoy a wider curriculum than ever with music GCSE returning and a wider range of design and technology options. Coupled with the multi-million-pound investment to improve the buildings at the school I know we have all the things in place to continue to improve, grow and become the world class comprehensive school that the town of Skipton deserves.

"As a comprehensive, inclusive school I am heartened that the report also notes that pupils with special educational needs and /or disabilities are well supported and that all of our students who left last academic year are all still in education, employment or training, including many who now go on to study A levels at our partner school Ilkley Grammar School.

"We are now in a position as a school where we cater well for, and have a pathway for the most academic students, which gives them access to outstanding A level provision and progression to university in the future; at the same time we offer high quality provision to students of all abilities and needs along with other high quality destinations. With the continued expansion of our extra-curricular provision I believe we are moving from strength to strength and helping our pupils to become the successful leaders of the future that they have the potential to be."

He added: "I would like to thank all the parents and carers who have supported the school in recent years and the staff who, right the way through a very difficult couple of years as was noted in the report, have remained absolutely focused on continuing to help improve the school and further develop the opportunities we can offer.

"While Covid has presented a series of challenges to us a school and wider community I believe the school ethos of Belong Challenge Inspire continues to focus us on the values and beliefs that will help us all continue to improve and develop.

In December, 2019, the school became part of the Moorlands Learning Trust, which also includes Ilkley Grammar School.

It currently has around 380 pupils on its roll, increasing to around 460 in September.

Helen Williams, chief executive of Moorlands Learning Trust said: "It is hugely gratifying to see how Ofsted have recognised the wide range of improvements that have been made across all aspects of school life at The Skipton Academy over recent years.

"I am delighted that the letter has so positively acknowledged and praised the tireless work of the leadership team and staff throughout the pandemic, as well as the impact that the improvements are evidently having on students as part of the school’s culture of care and achievement.

"It is apparent that The Skipton Academy is now rightly on the cusp of being recognised as a ‘good’ school.

"It is now set to cement itself as the comprehensive school of choice for Skipton students."

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Year 7 - Parents' Evening

An opportunity for parents and carers to speak to teachers and ask any questions.

Summer Half Term Holiday

School closes for the half-term holiday.

School Re-opens

Summer Half Term 2 begins for all students

Summer Holiday

School closes at 12pm on Friday 22 July for all students

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Careers

The careers support programme at The Skipton Academy focuses on encouraging each student to consider a wide range of career pathways and provides the support to make their goals a reality.

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Admissions and Transition

Admission and transition are crucial in ensuring that students at The Skipton Academy are prepared for the next step in their educational journey. The curriculum is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant.

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Useful links for Parents

At the heart of the Skipton Academy, is the positive relationship between students, parents/carers, and teachers. To enrich and broaden students' experience they can partake in a range of enrichment opportunities.

Friday 25 March 2022

Ofsted confirm that The Skipton Academy is “on track to become a Good school”

Following a visit from Ofsted on 9th February a letter has been received which confirms leaders have “continued to take considered and effective action to improve the school.” The letter from Her Majesty’s Inspector highlights the numerous further improvements made since 2019 and makes reference to how staff seek to “raise the bar for pupils and broaden their horizons …

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Friday 17 December 2021

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day came to The Skipton Academy

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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Mental Wellbeing Session

Year 7 Mental Health and Wellbeing Session

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Monday 13 December 2021

Thank You!

A huge Thank You for some very generous donations

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Wednesday 1 December 2021

Bushcraft 2021

The students had a brilliant day learning some really important life skills.

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Friday 19 November 2021

Odd Sock Day

Staff and Students celebrate the work during this Anti-Bullying Week

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Tuesday 16 November 2021

Congratulations Felicity!

Congratulations to Felicity on your achievement

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Monday 15 November 2021

Anti-Bullying Assembly 2021

TSA students participate in the national anti-bullying week

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Sunday 14 November 2021

Remembrance Sunday

Students represent the academy during the remembrance survey

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