Our House System
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.
Lower School (Year 7 and 8)
On joining the Academy the students enter the Da Vinci area of the Academy. Each student is placed in one of the three main Houses; Brunel, Darwin and Franklin. Tutor Groups are set up according to Year group and each Year group has a Head of Year led by the Head of Lower School. The Tutors 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 Tutor Group from Year 7 until the end of Year 11. The Tutor provides one of the main links between the Academy and home. The students are in the Da Vinci part of the building for most of their learning which allows for a more effective transition to ‘big school’. The Head of Lower School and the Head of Year play a key role in ensuring that your child achieves their potential and that you are kept fully informed of their progress.
Upper School (Years 9, 10, and 11)
Students move through to the Upper School in Year 9 where they continue to be led by a Tutor. The Tutor continues to play a vital role in the life of each student within their care, supporting academic and pastoral progress. The Tutor monitors attendance, attitude, behaviour, effort, achievement and participation in Academy life. The progress and well-being in the Upper School is overseen by the Head of Upper School assisted by Heads of Year who coordinate the work of the tutor teams.
McLaren House (Year 12 and 13)
In the Sixth Form students are in Year-based Tutor Groups. The Tutor plays a vital role in supporting Sixth Form students in academic and pastoral matters, as well as offering help and guidance as students take their next steps into university, apprenticeships or employment, after their International Baccalaureate studies. The Tutors are supported by the Head of Sixth Form and a Deputy Head of Sixth Form.