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.
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.
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.
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,
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