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National Financial Journalist Competition - Students at Skinners' Kent Academy entered a competition run by the London Institute of Banking and Finance.  The task was to write an article in less than 1,000 words - ‘How will financial education help me to meet the financial challenges I will face throughout my life’. Shortlisted entries were judged by BBC Business Presenter Steph McGovern who had to choose one winner from each of the age groups and one for the most original idea. Rosalind Carvell, Year 11 student and Head Girl at The Skinners’ Kent Academy was the winner with the most original idea, and was presented with a certificate and £50 prize by the Managing Director of Financial Capability, Alison Pask. Rosalind is aiming for an A* grade in her GCSE Personal Finance and intends to complete the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme in the Sixth Form at the Academy. Ultimately she aims to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at university and with early achievements such as winning the National Financial Journalist Competition, she is well on her way to a successful career.


Leading Role at ASCL Conference - The Executive Principal of The Skinners’ Kent Academy, Sian Carr, was President of ASCL this year.   Students from all Skinners’ secondary schools took part in the Annual Conference in Birmingham. Sam Wheeler and Emily Raj, Sixth Formers at The Skinners’ Kent Academy, co-hosted the conference introducing speakers such as The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief inspector of Schools and Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. Sam and Emily also hosted a panel interview session with Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner.  

Mark Forkgen, Director of Music at Tonbridge School, coordinated groups from all Skinners’ secondary schools who performed in different venues around the conference during the day, before coming together in a combined performance on the main stage in front of all delegates. "Tin Pan Alley" was composed by James Maxim from The Marsh Academy, written for a new musical to be performed at the Academy. The piece was arranged for this collaborative performance by Hywel Davies, Composer in Residence at Tonbridge School. 


Sixth Form Students awarded Scholarships - Seven Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form students have been awarded scholarships by The London Institute of Banking and Finance as a result of gaining either an A or A* grade in their Year 12 Personal Finance examinations. The scholarships entitle the students who achieved an A to a £500 bursary and the student who achieved an A* to a £750 bursary should they choose to study one of the London Institute of Banking and Finance University courses. Amelia Twells’ A* grade puts her in the top 1% of students in the country, the second time in three years that students from the Academy have been in the top 1% in the country.


SKA’s Outstanding Ofsted Report - The Skinners’ Kent Academy has been rated outstanding in all categories after the recent Ofsted inspection that took place in June 2016. Sian Carr, the Executive Principal, paid tribute to her staff, students, and Governors, all of whom had contributed to the team effort since September 2009. The journey from taking over the predecessor school to present day success was recognised by Ofsted. Mrs Carr highlighted comments about the quality of teaching and improvement, and how mature and confident the students have become over the past few years. The levels of tolerance, care and mutual respect were also noted in feedback from inspectors. The students are proud that being an ‘outstanding’ academy puts them on an equal footing with the grammar schools in the area. Mrs Carr was keen to point out that the journey continues and challenges remain.

Download the full report Ofsted Report SKA June 2016


Magistrates’ Court mock trial - Skinners' Kent Academy won the West Kent heat of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition in Sevenoaks, narrowly beating The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, and The Judd School.  Teams of 12 to 14 year olds took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff, in a mock case involving the handling of stolen goods.  The competition, now in its 20th year, is organised by the Citizenship Foundation, and performances are judged by real magistrates and legal professionals.  The Regional final will be held in May.

The Citizenship Foundation inspires young people to take part in society as equal members, helping them to understand the law, politics and democratic life. The Foundation promotes participation in a democracy in which everyone has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take part as effective citizens, and helps teachers to teach citizenship.




SKA Hockey Team - The Skinners’ Kent Academy played The Skinners’ School in the most hotly anticipated friendly of the hockey season. The Academy, an up and coming side, fielded a mixed team of Key Stage 3 students against a well-established all boys Year 8 Skinners’ School team. The hour long game was played in glorious sunshine and was a fine display of determination and skill. There was no score during a tight first half, but the second half saw three goals and a victory for The Skinners’ School: the final result was 2-1.  SKA hockey team coach, learning mentor and former Skinners’ boy, Sam Ineson, said “it was a well fought match and a good leveller before the Schools Hockey Tournament in East Grinstead in March.”


“Pop up” Performance at SKA - 15 Skinners’ Kent Academy students performed alongside the London Chamber Orchestra in an extraordinary “pop up” performance for staff and students. The experience was part of a five month project in which students work with composer, Duncan Chapman, to devise their own piece of music, with electronic elements.  This season’s work will culminate in a performance with the London Chamber Orchestra and a hundred students from other schools, in London this May.  The programme is ably supported by Learning Mentor, Tom Corner, former Skinners’ School student and keen musician.


SKA Choir’s Christmas Carols - The newly formed Skinners’ Kent Academy choir enjoyed a string of performances over the Christmas period.  As well as singing at Academy events, they also made their first public appearances, including at St Thomas’ Church, Southborough for The Tunbridge Wells Rotary Club Christmas Carols Service.

A member of the audience said, “the choir was brilliant, very enthusiastic, they sang their hearts out and you can be very proud of them.”