The Skinners’ Company, acting in response to the vision of The Skinners’ School Governors and in partnership with co-sponsors K College and Kent County Council, established The Skinners’ Kent Academy in 2009. In June 2016, seven years later, The Skinners’ Kent Academy was rated outstanding in all categories. Ofsted Report SKA June 2016
The Skinners' Kent Academy operated initially from the original buildings of the predecessor Tunbridge Wells High School, moving into purpose-built accommodation in 2013.
New technologies are deployed in the classroom in an effective way that brings real benefits to the students and their teachers - a programme of equipping all students with iPads to enhance learning is well established.
The Skinners’ Kent Academy Senior Leadership Team, staff, and the Local Governing Body , as part of the SKA Multi Academy Trust 2018-19 , have worked hard to raise the aspirations and transform the opportunities for students, resulting in rapidly improving academic results. The uncompromising focus on the quality of teaching and learning has seen the Academy fast becoming one of the most popular schools in the area.
A culture of high standards and high aspirations; a culture of active participation; an emotionally rich learning environment; and, an inclusive environment where every child is known and every learner is supported.
The Skinners’ Kent Academy follows the broad and balanced requirements of the National Curriculum. As the first non-academically selective state school accepted into the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, the Academy offers a personalised approach to the curriculum allowing students to find an academic pathway that suits their learning needs and their longer term education and career aspirations. Good citizenship is nurtured and rewarded through student leadership and extra-curricular opportunities, and there is a culture of independent learning, enterprise and sporting achievement.
Sixth Form students study the IBCP scheme (International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme). The IBCP provides an exciting opportunity to follow a programme that is assessed in accordance with the rigours of International Baccalaureate and combines academic excellence with vocational elements.
Applications for Year 7 places are made in accordance with Kent County Council’s Co-ordinated Admission Scheme on the Kent Secondary Common Application Form provided by the local authority. For all In-Year Admissions, please contact the Academy directly.
Applications for the Sixth Form - Year 12 - should be made to The Skinners’ Kent Academy. Current Year 11 Academy students and external students are required to make a formal application. Candidates will be invited to a meeting at the Academy to ensure that their choice of subjects is appropriate for the career path they wish to follow.