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Our Vision and Values

Educational Philosophy

The aim of Skipton Girls’ High School is to provide an education for our highly able learners which enable them to grow and learn as individuals, to take responsibility for their own learning and to be curious about the world around them.

As school leaders we will:

  • Lead an innovative, dynamic and academic environment which is not constrained by gender stereotypes
  • Prioritise Inclusion, equality and equity and place these at the heart of our learning community
  • Collaborate and partner within and beyond the school. Continue to build and embed the commitment to work beyond SGHS and promote System Leadership within an inclusive school-led system.
  • Deliver strong communication to all stakeholders

The ethos of Skipton Girls’ High School is that all girls:

  • thrive in their learning environment
  • engage positively with new experiences and understanding
  • develop self-regulation, self -awareness and respect differences and treat one another with justice, tolerance and respect at all times.
  • develop a growth mind-set and manage change confidently
  • foster leadership and are encouraged to make a positive contribution to our school and local, regional and national community.

Enrichment/ Extra Curricular Activities

Skipton Girls’ High School provides, values and encourages participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities tailored to meet individual interests, including Art and Design, Language clubs, Film Clubs, charity and community work, dance, drama, music and sport and Duke of Edinburgh trips.

Pastoral Care

Skipton Girls’ High School provides a strong system of pastoral care designed to provide support, guidance and confidentiality, and to promote the happiness, wellbeing, health and safety of all girls.


Skipton Girls’ High School highly values the inclusive nature of the school and its multi-cultural character, and promotes respect and understanding between students of different races, faiths, beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. Skipton Girls’ High School believes in the importance of the student and parent/ carer voice and actively seeks stakeholder feedback through many different means including our Parents in Partnership Group and Student Voice.

Teaching and Professional Development

Skipton Girls’ High School seeks to recruit, retain, grow and develop the best staff because of its reputation, the supportive environment and opportunities that it offers. As a lead school for Northern Lights SCITT we are able to provide excellent professional development and high quality training opportunities for teaching staff within the school itself and with partner schools across and beyond the alliance.

Teaching and Learning

The quality of teaching and learning is the cornerstone of any school’s success.

Our teachers are committed and passionate subject specialists who understand how to stretch and challenge our learners in order that they reach the highest levels of achievement.

Through our Teaching and Learning Policies and practice we actively pursue planning for learning strategies that ensure a student’s learning and progress are the main focus of our actions and decisions.

The school is focused on the learning and assessment needs of students. We create consistency between teachers and have a shared understanding of what works well in the classroom. Assessment, marking and feedback are frequent, detailed and accurate, supporting student progress and helping students achieve their full potential to the full.

Our outstanding teachers:

  • are reflective practitioners, always reviewing their practice and openly asking for and giving support.
  • model the highest expectations of behaviour and conduct
  • capture their students’ interest and prioritise student engagement in learning
  • articulate the learning process clearly for all students and in a variety of ways to ensure that each student understands expected outcomes
  • are flexible, positive and able to respond to students, modifying a lesson in response to student learning and feedback
  • know that practice makes perfect and developing mastery is essential to achieve at the highest levels, can present learning materials in many different ways, understand the importance of procedures for students, and that students perform best when they know what is expected of them - how to manage themselves in the classroom and the consequences of not following instructions and the code of conduct
  • listen carefully to their students so their students know that teachers will do all they can to help them learn.


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