Category: School Blog

What is Character Education?

20th March 2024

The measures of a quality education extend far beyond academic attainment and exam results. However, many schools often neglect Character Education as a vital part of a child’s educational experience. But what is Character Education and why is its importance greater than ever in our rapidly changing world? What is Character Education? Character Education refers… Read More »

Elisabeth Lineker Feels Welcomed and Privileged to be a Member of the Skippers Family

20th March 2024

I truly believe my few months at Skippers have been the most enjoyable of my working life to date.  I immediately recognized the school’s remarkable warmth on my first visit and I am pleased to say that my first impressions were not wrong.  Skippers is a special place, with wonderful children and a friendly, collaborative… Read More »

The Power of ‘I Don’t Know’

20th March 2024

Welcome to our world! This is a small selection of the questions that were asked one day last week in Kindergarten: Why is it raining every day? Where is my woodlouse gone? It was on this table…..  Where does poo go? (whilst looking down into the toilet) Is there a volcano in Mayfield? Where have… Read More »

The Importance of the Senior Years at Skippers

20th March 2024

“ Most importantly for me, I was able to just enjoy the extra couple of years spent with teachers I had known for the majority of my life and my friends” Molly C, ex-Skippers pupil. Deciding on the next chapter of your child’s educational journey can conjure up a range of emotions for you, and… Read More »

Top Tips from Mr Quirk

5th December 2023

It has been wonderful getting to know the Skippers community and I already feel fully immersed in school life. At the Parent Information Evenings back in September I said that one of my aims was to know your children by the end of the first term; I feel that I know all their names and… Read More »

Taking Responsibility

6th May 2023

It is our belief that our children have the greatest power over their own development. We have been looking to our Year 7s and 8s for inspiration as they are wonderful ambassadors and have seriously taken on the responsibility to positively impact and improve their lives and others around them. As educators we are consistently… Read More »

Collective School Efficacy

26th May 2021

This term we have been reviewing our teaching and learning, reflecting on our effect, identify as well as strengths and focus for development moving forward. It was important for SLT and myself that this was done collaboratively as recent evidence has demonstrated this has the biggest impact on pupils. It is important to clarify at… Read More »

It takes Courage to Learn

26th March 2021

Our school community has demonstrated such courage this term. This has been defined by our ability to venture, persevere and withstand any difficulty or adversity thrown at us, even an overnight decision to move to remote learning! This has come through in recent assessments as there has been impressive progress made across the whole school,… Read More »

Why You Will Never Be Average

10th March 2021

I want to transport you back to the 1940s when the US Air Force started to wonder why so many of their planes were crashing. It was so serious that 17 pilots crashed in a single day. Their investigations led them to the conclusion that it wasn’t pilot error or mechanical error. What they discovered… Read More »

Restoring the Balance

11th February 2021

With everything that’s going on right now most of us long for balance, especially for our children. Skippers gets this right by weaving together strong mental and physical health, excellent academic progress while encouraging healthy social interactions and skills that will allow our children to thrive as positive contributors to our society. This has always… Read More »