Principal’s Announcement – September 2018

14th September, 2018

Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils,

 

A very warm welcome to all of our new pupils in Year 7 and new students in the sixth from, and an equally warm welcome back to all our pupils and students from last year. I hope that everyone managed to have a happy and relaxing summer and is ready for another highly successful and happy academic year.

 

Amazing  Public Examination Results

I am delighted to report that this year, our public examination results smashed our predicted targets, both at GCSE and in the sixth form. At A Level, students scored, on average, more than one whole grade higher than predicted. There was a 100% pass rate in twenty-one different subjects. All students from Year 13 have gained places at university (including at top universities, including King’s London, Manchester, Leeds, Southampton and even Krakow in Poland) with the exception of two who chose to go down the apprenticeship route instead. Special mention must be made of the BTec business course, where all nine students achieve triple stared distinctions (the equivalent of three A* grades at A Level).

At GCSE, the pass rate was 8% higher than the national average, with a 100% pass rate in biology, physics, further maths, art and PE, and more than an 80% pass rate in English Literature, chemistry, history, Spanish, and RS. No fewer than eleven pupils attained average grades at least two grades higher than their targets (three pupils attained at least three grades higher than their targets) with the top two students gaining four grade 9s and nine grade 8s, and five grade 9s and eight grade 8s, respectively.

 

It is tremendous to see so many pupils fulfilling and outperforming their targets at all levels: this is “Be the best you can” in action.

Hearty congratulations to everyone and my sincere thanks to the staff for their continued dedication and commitment.

 

New Staff

As always at the start of another academic year, we welcome new colleagues, teaching and non-teaching, who join the Academy staff. I hope they will settle in straight away and quickly feel valued members of our very happy, successful and friendly community.

 

Pastoral Staff for this Academic Year

Head of Lower School – Ms N. Bell

Head of Year 7 Mr S. Ojo,                                             Assistant Mr T. Smith

Head of Year 8 Mr P. Legge,                                         Assistant Ms A. Hua

 

Head of Upper School – Ms C. Hakes

Head of Year 9 Mr B. Howe,                                         Assistant Ms L. White

Head of Year 10 Ms H. Kaur,                                        Assistant Ms A. Hunt

Head of Year 11 Mr D. Alexis,                                      Assistant Mr R. Campbell

 

Head of Sixth Form Ms H. Potter,                              Assistants Ms S. Beecher-Sheppy and Ms N.Ahmet

 

 

 

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

A report has just been published by the Duke of Edinburgh Award to show that, yet again, more pupils have gained the Bronze D of E Award at Skinners’ Academy than at all the other schools and academies in Hackney added together. The D of E Award is a highly valued qualification and is a key example of our continued wholehearted support for the development of the whole person. It is also further evidence of the tremendous commitment of both our staff and pupils.

 

Mrs Phrosa Allbeury

At the end of term we sadly said farewell to a number of staff who primarily left us for either promotion or relocation. We thank them all for their contribution to Skinners’ Academy and wish them well in their future careers.

 

I must make special mention, however, of Mrs Allbeury, who retired after forty years of dedicated and distinguished service at Skinners’. She joined our predecessor school, The Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls, as a young English teacher in 1978. Over the years she gained various promotions, primarily in pastoral work, finally becoming the Head of Student Services. Many pupils, past and present, have owed their success at school to Mrs Allbeury’s care, support and advice. We wish her all the very best for a long, happy and well deserved retirement.

 

Show My Homework

Skinners’ Academy continues to use Show My Homework to communicate homework to pupils and parents. All pupils and parents will receive a PIN to enable to login in and to check what homework has been set. SMHW is available via links on the Academy website and also via free apps for Android and Apple mobiles. Pupils will also continue to use their student Planners to write down homework. I encourage all parents to check regularly what homework has been set: all the academic evidence suggests that the completion of good quality homework is one of the most effective ways of raising achievement.

 

Personal Responsibility

Could I please remind every pupil that it is his/her responsibility to ensure that all equipment (e.g. PE kit, uniform etc.) and homework is brought to the Academy as and when required. Every pupil is provided with a planner so there should be no excuse for forgetting to bring relevant things.

Could I also please remind parents that should your son/daughter forget something, it cannot be accepted by reception and passed on to pupils; reception is always extremely busy and simply does not have the time or the staff to deliver equipment to pupils around the Academy site. I am afraid, therefore, that no equipment etc. will be accepted by reception.

 

Music for all

I am delighted to announce that once again, all pupils in Year 7 will be provided with a musical instrument and with free music tuition. The music department plays a crucial role in the life of the Academy and this project brings the benefits of learning an instrument to all new pupils. Unfortunately, the project is no longer supported by a music charity as in the past, but we feel it is such a worthwhile project that we shall continue to fund it from Academy finances.

 

Mobile ‘Phones and Detentions

Can I please remind all parents and pupils that mobile ‘phones are completely banned for all pupils in years 7 to 11, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. This has been a rule since the Academy opened in 2010 and is rigidly enforced. We have banned ‘phones for two reasons: they can cause bullying and other issues in school and, secondly, the Metropolitan Police has found that 80% of muggings and attacks on young people have been in order to steal ‘phones. Please ensure your son/daughter does not bring a ‘phone to the Academy; any ‘phone will be automatically confiscated for as long as the Academy deems fit (usually two weeks), and the pupil will receive a Saturday detention.

Whilst the vast majority of our pupils work hard and behave impeccably, there are a few pupils who need to have our rules and expectations reinforced. Please note that all detentions are at the discretion of the Academy and are not negotiable with either pupils or with parents/carers. Any pupil who misses any detention, without permission from the Academy, will receive an automatic three –hour Principal’s detention on a Saturday morning. Failure to attend a Saturday detention will result in automatic exclusion form the Academy.

 

Facilities Improvement

Over the summer holidays an impressive amount of work has been completed on our site. Our IT systems have been fully updated, a tanoy system has been installed to improve in-school communication, there has been a large amount of refurbishment and, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Arsenal, we have a fantastic new astro turf. My thanks to all the premises staff who have worked so hard over the summer.

 

With very best wishes to everyone,

Yours sincerely,

Mr Tim Clark, Principal

 

 

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 29th September                                                             Spanish trip to Valencia departs

Wednesday 17th October                                                              Careers Fair

Monday 22nd to Tuesday 30th October                                     Half term

Thursday 1st November                                                                 Prize Giving

Wednesday 7th to Friday 16th November                                  Year 7 expeditions to South Wales

Wednesday 14th November                                                      Year 7 Parents Evening

Wednesday 21st November                                                       Sixth Form Open Evening

Monday 26th November to Friday 7th December                  Year 11 and sixth form MOCK EXAMS

Wednesday 5th December                                                              Year 9 Parents Evening

Wednesday 19th December                                                          Academy carol service

Thursday 20th December                                                               Term 1 ends at 1pm

[Friday 21st December                                                                     Staff training day]

Monday 7th January 2018                                                              Term 2 begins 8.30