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image1d Skipton Academy has a new deputy principal.

Former RE teacher Shayne Toy has been at the academy for the past year.

Shayne has been on secondment from South Craven School as acting deputy principal, helping in the transition to academy status of the former Aireville School.

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Residents in an area of Skipton have set up a new No Cold Calling Zone to protect them from rogue traders and distraction burglars.

North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards, Yorkshire Housing and local residents worked together to launch the new scheme this month.

The zone covers Pinhaw Road and Rombalds Drive in Skipton, and was set up after a local person fell victim to a bogus caller.

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Police in Skipton have issued a warning and an appeal for further information after a suspected drink spiking incident in the town.

A 22-year-old woman was on a night out with friends in Skipton on the evening of Friday 24 April 2015.

She went into three bars in Skipton before going to a night club and being taken ill in the early hours of Saturday.

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Printing problems have delayed the delivery of postal voting papers in Craven.

There has been a two day hold up in sending out ballot packs.

Due to unexpected problems with the printers, postal vote packs which were supposed to be sent out on Wednesday 22nd April were not sent out until Friday 24th April. This has affected around 12,000 Postal Voters across the Skipton and Ripon Parliamentary constituency (7600 in Craven) including those who also have District Council and Parish Council postal votes.

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Work has started on a major safety and security boost at The Skipton Academy.

The £179k scheme involves fencing upgrades and perimeter safeguards plus new paths improving the site which borders Craven College, Craven Swimming Pool and Aireville Park.

Carnam Construction is undertaking the project.

Better access control and enhanced pedestrian entrances will link with safer pathways and steps around the site.

Principal Wendy Hamilton said: “I am very pleased to see this work finally underway. A feasibility study was undertaken a few years ago, but the costs proved prohibitive for the local authority. As an academy, we have been able to successfully bid to have the works completed. 

“The allocation of such a large sum of money to the new academy highlights the Department for Education’s confidence in us. The work will provide safer access routes for students, staff and visitors.”

The work is expected to be finished by the end of May.

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A geography field trip to Iceland was almost put in the shade when the students experienced the solar eclipse.


Geography students from The Skipton Academy explored volcanic landscapes, saw the Northern lights and experienced erupting geysers on a groundbreaking trip to Iceland.


And the visit coincided with the heavenly phenomenon of the moon passing infront of the sun.

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litter binResidents across Craven District are being urged to celebrate spring with Community Clear Up day tomorrow.

Craven District Council is offering litter pickers, free rubbish bags and collection of rubbish to any community groups wanting to take part.

The initiative is being promoted by Keep Britain Tidy as a 'national spring clean', aiming to spruce up the country's high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

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