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.”
Richard McManus – Principal