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Dr Hilary Macaulay appointed as Executive Principal - The Skinners’ Kent Academy Trust is delighted to announce that Dr Hilary Macaulay has been appointed Executive Principal of the Trust, following a rigorous recruitment process. Dr Macaulay will lead The Skinners’ Kent Academy as Principal and will be Executive Principal across the Trust – building on the considerable successes to date. She will join the Academy as Executive Principal designate in the summer to support a strong transition, before fully taking over in September 2019.

Most recently, Dr Macaulay was CEO of Venturers Trust in Bristol; a trust borne out of her successfully leading the merger of CGS Trust and Merchants’ Academy Trust. Comprising Primary, Secondary, all-age schools and a Special school the Trust has 3,500 pupils and 700 staff.  Dr Macaulay has also recently been a Visiting Professor at Bristol University.

Prior to joining Venturers Trust, she was Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Under Dr Macaulay’s leadership, the academy was awarded the judgement of ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted, who cited her excellent leadership as the defining factor in the academy’s success.

Dr Macaulay has also held senior leadership roles in two ‘outstanding’ schools and, for seven years she was Principal and CEO of the West London Academy, one of the first all-age academies in the country. She has worked in a consultancy role to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, mentoring newly-appointed academy principals, and for the Department for Education as a seconded Executive Principal. 

Dr Macaulay brings considerable experience in education as a teacher, published academic researcher and academy Principal, following her early career which started in the Army at Sandhurst.

Professor Sarah Stallebrass, Chair of Governors, said:

“Sian Carr, the Trust’s current Executive Principal has done a fantastic job. Both The Skinners’ Kent Academy and Skinners’ Kent Primary School have achieved considerable success under her leadership and the Trustees are immensely proud of our schools’ achievements. The next phase of our development is a very exciting one and we are delighted that Dr Macaulay will be joining us following her return to the South-East of England to lead staff and students alike to further success.’

Dr Macaulay said:
“I am both delighted and honoured to have been appointed to this post. The Trust has an impressive track record of providing all students, regardless of background or ability, with an excellent education. I look forward to leading the Trust on the next phase of its journey, working with teachers, students, parents and sponsors in raising students’ achievement even further and providing the very best opportunities and experiences ensuring they have the qualifications, skills and character to reach their true potential.”


Young Writers Competition - Amelia and Jennifer, both in Year 9 at Skinners' Kent Academy, entered The Young Writers poetry and creative writing competition. Both students enjoy writing as a hobby and after being encouraged to enter by their English teacher, Mrs Mustafa, they were surprised by the outcome. Amelia’s poem was chosen to be published in the poetry book called ‘Poetry Games’ Teen Spirit, and Jennifer’s poem was chosen to be published in the poetry book called ‘The Colour of Words’.


ITV Weather Live from SKPS - Skinners' Kent Primary School hosted the ITV weather team and showed how the children enjoy the Daily Mile scheme to keep fit in the playground.


Judd Debating Champions - Well done to the six Year 10 pupils from Judd who took part in the recent debating competition held at Sevenoaks School.  There were 20 teams in all and huge congratulations must go to Rupert and James for winning the competition overall, despite being up against some very experienced teams. Rupert also won 2nd best Overall Speaker, Louis won 2nd Best Novice Speaker, Theo won 3rd Best Novice Speaker, and Robert and Max came 2nd, 3rd and 4th in their debates. 


Gap Medics trip to the Dominican Republic - Year 12 Health and Social Care students, Bame Malomar, Baran Komur, Tajai Brown and Evangeline Appiah-Nuamah, took part in the Gap Medics scheme in La Romana, Dominican Republic.  Gap Medics is a specialist company dedicated to providing year-round hospital work experience for medicine, midwifery, nursing and dentistry abroad to students 16 years and over.

Bame and Tajai are interested in exploring midwifery as a career and were allocated a mentor midwife who met them every morning at 8am. The staff at the hospital were incredibly kind and worked very hard to ensure that students were safe but very much involved in the day to day life of a midwife. Bame and Tajai were able to stand in theatre with expectant mothers during the birthing process, and to watch and ask questions throughout the procedure.

Baran and Evangeline were introduced to the fast paced life of a surgeon. Their mentors, both top surgeons, were incredibly patient and generous with their time. On their third day Baran and Evangeline learned how to stitch flesh wounds on a pigs hoof from the local butchers. Pig skin is very similar to human skin so this was an incredibly realistic experience for them. They were given all the tools that a surgeon would use and became very adept with a needle. The surgeons were highly impressed with their sewing skills! 

After work students had time to take part in activities, visiting the Ninos de Cristos Orphanage for boys, stopping off to buy toys for the children. The afternoon was spent playing puzzles, basketball, dominoes and racing cars.  Other activities on the trip included off-roading in dune buggies through sugar cane fields, driving down to the Chavnón River, swimming, sunbathing, banana boating in the ocean, eating lovely local meals and generally appreciating the beautiful environment.

Evangeline Appiah-Nuamah said, “The Gap Medics program was incredible. It was an eye opening experience that allowed me to gain an honest insight into the life of what it’s like to be a medical professional.”


Community Day at Tonbridge - More than 600 primary school children tackled an exciting range of sporting, artistic and academic pursuits at Tonbridge School on Wednesday 4 July, as part of Tonbridge School’s annual Community Day.  A total of 17 primary schools and community groups were looked after by the school’s first year boys (Year 9), while the activities were run by sixth formers and school staff. 

This popular event, a key part of the school’s commitment to social responsibility, sees boys and staff working with the local community, inspiring all participants to enjoy themselves and to have a go at something new.  Activities included archery, arts and crafts, various sports, photography, creative writing, dance, drama, digital creativity, language classes and music.  The day ended in a Big Sing, with everyone joining together to learn and perform a song, under the guidance of internationally-acclaimed conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham.

Second year Tonbridge boys spent the day at The Marsh Academy, working with Year 7 pupils on a range of activities covering science, sport, art, design and technology, and also carrying out a local beach clean. Tonbridge has worked in partnership with The Marsh Academy as one of its sponsors since 2006.

Tonbridge School’s third years spent Community Day in various other locations. Some went to Nexus School, a local school for children with profound and complex needs, where they helped create 20 raised beds in a new allotment area. The boys also developed play areas and wildlife habitats at the school. Others carried out environmental work at Haysden Country Park and Tinker’s island, while the school’s CCF Navy section carried out a litter pick along the River Medway.


Girls in Tech Summit at Adobe - A group of Year 9 and Year 10 girls from Skinners' Academy attended the Adobe Girls in Tech Summit, which took place at the new Adobe offices in Shoreditch, London. This was a fantastic opportunity for 14-16 year old girls to see what it might be like to work for an international tech company and hear more about the power of technology.

The day started with an insightful and humourous talk on the topic of “10 tips for staying sane online” by Emma Gannon, author of "Ctrl Alt Delete".  Tours of the office, presentations and interactive exercises followed including a group based competition working with girls from another school to capture the day using Adobe Spark software. Capturing images and video footage, and editing the whole presentation to be shown to Garrett Ilg, Adobe President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to judge.  Two of our girls were part of the winning team.

Skinners’ Academy hopes to offer more opportunities to connect girls with employers in industries in which women are underrepresented. Women represent less than 30% of the workforce in global technology companies, even though studies have shown that teams with equal numbers of men and women are more likely to experiment, share knowledge and be creative. We need to invest in education, training and mentorship of future generations, and support the transition from school to technology careers.