Skinners’ Kent Academy’s Vision and Ethos
The Skinners’ Voluntary Aided Grammar School, in partnership with Co-sponsors K College and Kent County Council, have used their considerable skills to establish an Academy that will be at the heart of its local community, offering a hub for family and lifelong learning and a centre for the delivery of a wide range of essential services for families and local residents, within the context of Children’s Trust arrangements in Kent. The Academy will build social capital and bring about a culture change that will raise aspirations within the community and provide educational, social and economic benefits for all.
The Academy is founded on the following key features:
A culture of high standards and high aspirations
The Academy is an exciting place of learning, offering an outstanding education tailored to meet individual needs. A spirit of entrepreneurship is encouraged, in order that students gain an understanding of the benefits that business and social enterprise activities can offer to themselves and the local and wider community.
A culture of active participation
Good citizenship and community engagement are encouraged, recognised and celebrated. Students develop confidence in their problem solving abilities. They also develop a sense of initiative, leadership skills and the determination to see ideas through to completion. The Academy encourages students to take risks, accept failures and try different approaches in order to help prepare them for a rapidly changing world and meet the expectations required for work in the 21st Century.
An emotionally rich learning environment
The foundations of a happy and fulfilled life is developed and nurtured by strong supportive relationships between students, staff and peers. Students are balanced, articulate people, who have a strong sense of self-worth and compassion for others.
An inclusive environment where every child is known and every learner supported
All who study, work or visit the Academy feel safe, welcome and valued, irrespective of ability, belief, gender or ethnicity. All students and their families have a sense of worth, identity, aspiration and belonging.