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Former pupils

Skippers Hill is a private school that fosters fond memories and strong friendships. Old Boys and Girls pop into the school regularly, some even bringing their children and grandchildren to see where they spent their formative years. Click on the images or shields below to read their testimonials.  We would also like to encourage people to get back in touch. If you would like to be part of our Alumni network, you can sign up to our Alumni database. You can also keep in touch with us via our Facebook page.

Matt Cro
Imogen Williams
James Parker
Andrew Burnett
Ellen Parsons
Adam Cro
Laura Marsh

Matt Cro
Space Technology & Exploration, EADS Astrium

I started at Skippers Hill in 1992, starting right at the beginning in Kindergarten. Rising up through the years, I discovered my passion for science, particularly in the field of space exploration. Looking back on my time at school, every teacher that taught me always took an interest in my passion, and would try and help and push me that little bit further to fulfil that passion, and help me prepare for my education beyond Skippers.

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Imogen Williams
Sport Development Manager, The University of Manchester

My time at Skippers prepared me by giving me choices which has helped evolve my decision making skills. It gave me many friends and developed my socialising skills as well as my realisation of how much I enjoy hearing other people's life stories. Skippers sparked my passion for sport which has become part of every hour, of every day of my life!

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James Parker
Year 10, Bedes

I remember being very excited to go to school and quickly made many new friends, most of whom are still my closest friends today. I have always thought of Skippers Hill as my ‘second family’ as it was such a big part of my life where I had great friends, good teachers and the best Headmaster ever! We had so much fun whilst learning everything we needed to know about academic work and life in general.

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Andrew Burnett
Runs his own Estate Agent in Mayfield

Tim Lewis is an inspiration. It is that simple. He inspired a lazy, uninspired 8/9 year old school boy to work and (with a lot of hard work!) I have my own business, and have had since the age of 24. Moreover, he took a shy and unconfident child and gave me self-assurance.

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Ellen Parsons
Final year, studying BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies

I started Skippers in Year 1 as a nervous little thing that wouldn’t say boo to a goose and cried every morning without fail after my mum had dropped me off! With the help of Tim and Mrs Pennington, however, my timidness soon flew out of the door. They gave me the confidence which has allowed me to get to where I am today, in my final year studying towards a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and planning for my trip to Thailand to work for the Human Development Foundation.

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Adam Cro
Studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Brunel University

I started my education at Skippers when I was 2 years old in Kindergarten in 1994. I recently saw my Kindergarten teacher, Mary Pennington, again at the re-opening of the new Kindergarten. During my time at Skippers I made some amazing friendships; some that have carried on while at secondary school. I thoroughly enjoyed my sport and made every effort to be involved in as much sport as possible.

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Laura Marsh
England Cricket Team

Most international sportsmen and women dream of playing in World Cups and competing at the highest level. In 2009 I played a leading role in the winning of two Cricket World Cups, an Ashes victory, a series whitewash of the old enemy Australia as part of the England team who were also nominated for BBC Sports Personality ‘Team of the Year’ award.

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Current parents

To find out what current parents think of Skippers Hill, please click on the Skippers shields below.

The Gabbitas Family
The Douglas Family
The Kisbee Family
The Webb Family
The Ridge Family
The Mack Family

The Gabbitas Family

The Kindergarten at Skippers has fast become a very important thing in Bella's life. Since September she has woken up each morning eager to see all her friends and teachers at "big girl school," and each night she arrives back home full of news of her day. KG's emphasis on learning through play, and constant fun, has meant that Bella has learned an enormous amount without realising it.

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The Douglas Family

Skippers really worked for us as a family. Sophie spent the first 10 years of her educational life there, from kindergarten through to senior school, in an environment we felt to be both nurturing and academically stretching.

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The Kisbee Family

From Years R – 6, Sam attended a state primary school. Skippers Hill was suggested to us as a recommended pathway from Year 7 into the public school system and fitted our needs at the time. We were impressed with the school and its staff and had really positive recommendations from other parents with children already attending.

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The Webb Family

Skippers Hill is unlike any school I have ever been to or visited. The atmosphere is absolutely brilliant; the members of staff are so much more than just teachers. When I was there I felt I could go to any one of them if I had a problem. Everyone knows each other’s names and it is one of the closest large communities I have ever been part of, and I go to boarding school so that says a lot!

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The Ridge Family

Switching from a small village school, we wanted to ensure that our boys would not be 'lost' in a larger year group, but also to be taught in much smaller class sizes. Previously we felt that their individual needs and opportunities were not noticed or developed but having met the team at Skippers we were reassured that Tim and the teachers would know and care about our boys as much as we did. Effectively, Skippers felt like a bit home tuition but with the right people with the right facilities.

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The Mack Family

We loved the atmosphere when we went to look around, the children were so friendly. All three of our children love going to school which is a good start. In addition to this, they also seem to be developing into happy and confident individuals.

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