Our House System
The House system is key to the ethos and culture of the Skinners’ Kent Academy. It provides the framework by which all students are challenged and supported to achieve their best. It enhances a sense of community within the Academy which encourages a feeling of identity and belonging.
Junior House (Year 7 and 8)
On joining the Academy the students enter Newton - Junior House. This House is made up of House Tutor Groups led by House Tutors who play a vital role in the everyday life of the student by providing a secure and friendly base where students are fully supported and guided. The students remain in their Junior House Tutor group throughout Year 7 and 8. The House Tutor provides one of the main links between the Academy and home. The students are in the Newton House part of the building for most of their learning which allows for a more effective transition to ‘big school’. There is a Head of Junior House and an Assistant Head of Junior House who play a key role in ensuring that your child achieves their potential and that you are kept informed of their progress.
Senior House (Year 9, 10, and 11)
Students move through to the Senior Houses - Brunel, Darwin and Franklin - in Year 9 where they join a Year-based House Tutor Group led by a House Tutor. They remain in these House Tutor groups throughout their time in Senior House. The Senior House Tutor also plays a vital role in the life of each student within their care, supporting academic and pastoral progress. The House Tutor monitors attendance, attitude, behaviour, effort, achievement and participation in Academy life. The progress and well-being in each Senior House is overseen by the Head of Senior House and Assistant Heads of Senior House who coordinate the work of the House Tutors.
McLaren House (Year 12 and 13)
In the Sixth Form students are in Year-based House Tutor Groups, led by a House Tutor. The House Tutor plays a vital role in supporting Sixth Form students in academic and pastoral matters, as well as offering help and guidance as students stake their next steps into university, apprenticeships or employment, after their International Baccalaureate studies. The House Tutors are supported by the two Deputy Heads of Senior House.