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Advisory Board community members:


Nikki worked as a primary school teacher for fifteen years in local schools, with many of these schools being feeder schools for The Skipton Academy. She also spent five of these years working as a Senior Leader with a wide range of responsibilities, as well as working as part of the Academy Council, at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Skipton.

Nikki now works as a private tutor, educational consultant, and content writer for an educational publishing company. She has lived in Skipton for most of her life and thinks it is a wonderful place to bring up her own two children.

Nikki is proud to be working as part of The Skipton Academy advisory board and believes the skills and knowledge gained over her career make her a good addition to the board.


Clare is currently working in two quite different roles; since 2020 she has been the Community Champion for Morrisons Supermarket in Skipton and for over 10 years she has been a Company Director for Education Works Ltd.

As the Community Champion, Clare supports local community groups and charities such as the Skipton Foodbank, SELFA, Skipton Step Into Action, Stepping Stones, Manorlands, Greatwood Allotments and many more. She also provides donations to local primary and secondary schools including special schools, nursing and care homes and homeless groups.

Clare is also an Educational Consultant working with teachers, advisors, consultants from all around the UK and occasionally abroad too. The main area of her work is Oracy (Speech, Language and Communication) development, which is currently a greater problem for many more children and young people following the pandemic.

Advisory Board staff member:


Josh is a geography teacher and Head of Humanities at The Skipton Academy. Graduating in 2018 from Lancaster University, he then went on to complete his PGCE with Red Kite and the University of Leeds. Josh has been at the academy for four years and has worked hard to develop the curriculum in a range of subjects, most recently developing the academy’s PDT curriculum, focusing on RSE, RE and citizenship.

In recent years, Josh has acted as an ECT and ITT mentor. He has a strong interest in curriculum design and the development of trainee and early career teachers.

Advisory Board parent member:


I have worked in Children's services for over 2O years.  I have had various roles within Residential schools/PRU's for children and young people with SEN and BESD.

I took a short time out to raise my own 2 children, before working my way up in Children's residential care.

I am now Deputy service Manager of a small therapeutic children's service, educated to level 5, with various qualifications in safeguarding, counselling and Mental health.  I am passionate about understanding behaviours and supporting children and young people with their emotional well-being.

In my spare time I enjoy being involved with Skipton juniors football Club, I volunteer at Homeless not helpless and am a trustee of Greatwood & Horseclose community.   Being born and bred in Skipton and bringing up my own children here I feel it a must to support our local secondary school.

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