Category: School Blog

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 »

Sharing Smiles and why it is an important Skippers’ trait

22nd January 2021

How fitting our Reception children have been when choosing their topic this term: Sharing Smiles. It all started in the last week of last term when the class were discussing what topic they would like to focus on as part of their ‘In the Moment Planning’, which is where teachers observe and interact with children… Read More »