Skippers Hill is a non-selective co-educational independent Prep school for boys and girls aged two to thirteen.
Set in 22 acres of beautiful Wealden countryside in the village of Five Ashes, East Sussex.
We offer a broad and deep education, where innovation is welcome and children are taught by specialists in art, computing, design technology, languages, music, performing arts, science and sport.
Skippers’ children are encouraged by our enthusiastic, highly qualified staff to flourish in every respect; talents and personalities are cherished and ‘outcomes for all of our children are excellent’ (ISI Inspection 2019).
Our aim is to develop children into great learners and thinkers who will enter our complex and ever-changing world with confidence and the skills they need to make a positive difference.
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At Skippers we provide a holistic education, nurturing every child's individual talents and interests allowing them to grow and develop in a safe and happy environment. Our rich and varied curriculum of activities allows children to explore and gain an understanding of themselves and the world around them. The combination of our enchanting woodland setting and up-to-date technologies work in harmony bringing meaning, relevance and purpose to all that we do.
We believe that paramount to any successful school is the focus on emotional and social well-being, self-esteem and confidence. Our children are equipped with the skills and attitude to make a positive difference to a complex and ever-changing world. Each day children are encouraged by their teachers to become the best version of themselves, so they can get the most from their time at Skippers.
This is ‘our school’, with parents, guardians, children and staff all working together to create a harmonious and inspirational school that gets the best out of every child.
Where are we?
Skippers Hill is ideally located to support family life. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Mayfield in 22 acres of idyllic Wealden countryside, it is a beautiful setting for children to explore as they grow. We are located just a short drive from stations with direct trains to London Bridge, Victoria, Cannon Street and Charing Cross.
Our minibus service runs in the morning and evening offering a wide variety of routes helping parents to manage their busy lives.
Our Kindergarten classes (age 2-4) are housed in our purpose built rooms and their own outdoor area, which provide exciting and stimulating environments for play and learning. The Reception class (age 4-5) is situated opposite the Kindergarten rooms and opens out into the Reception outdoor play area.
We take full advantage of our beautiful grounds, in which our Mud Kitchen, tree climbing area, secret dens and storytelling circle can be found. We love exploring the meandering pathways through the woods, looking for seasonal changes and wildlife habitats.
With specialist teachers in sport, music, ballet and French, children are able to develop their special interests and talents from the beginning of their school life at Skippers.
Years 1 & 2
In Year 1 children move on from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. The wellbeing of the children is of utmost importance to us, and children are supported through this transition gradually and sensitively, with plenty of opportunities for self-directed learning. This supports the development of characteristics of effective learning, such as independence, resilience and critical thinking.
The Key Stage 1 curriculum across Years 1 and 2 is designed to be exciting and engaging, with opportunities to develop skills and understanding in the key areas of literacy, mathematics, science and art. Music, French, PE, performing arts, games and swimming are taught by specialist teachers. Children have regular outdoor learning opportunities in our beautiful grounds and woodland.
In this crucial stage in a child's development, both academically and socially, we ensure that the children benefit from spending time with their class teacher and as part of a consistent group to allow strong bonds to be made.
Years 3 & 4
In Year 3, children move into Key Stage 2 in which the learning structure becomes more formalised to help them on the road to becoming independent learners and critical thinkers. They have the opportunity to engage in a range of learning experiences both on and off site including regular outdoor lessons, using ICT in the classroom as well as specialist provision in languages, performing arts and sport. Children are encouraged to bring in their own Chromebook to ensure they are prepared for the next stage in life at Skippers and to prepare them for the 21st century.
Across all ages, children take part in a broad range of sports and activities within the curriculum and all children have the opportunity to take part in an extensive sports fixture list against other schools providing every child with the chance to represent Skippers. Away from the sport pitches, the children take part in a number of performing arts opportunities which are always a highlight of the year!
Years 5 to 8
From Year 5 onwards, the children are taught by experienced subject specialists, many of whom are secondary trained. This subject knowledge helps to ensure a consistently high level of education across the school and is supported by regular communication with senior schools.
In Year 7, the children embark on a new way of learning through our Global, Social and Ethics (GSE) Programme and Common Entrance (CE) preparation. The CE programme is flexible, dependent upon the individual and their chosen senior school destination and gives the children an excellent, rigorous preparation for their future GCSEs. CE is complimented by the forward-thinking approach of GSE, which is based upon the latest research in education. It builds 21st Century skills into the humanities programme to best prepare our pupils for the future and understand how to apply them to real-world contexts.
Children continue to develop their individuality and are encouraged to explore every avenue presented to them, including assuming roles of responsibility within the school to develop leadership skills. Such roles include: House Captains, School Council Reps, Eco Committee Reps, Charity Committee Member and School Prefects.
Children continue to take part in a full range of sporting activities with an extensive and competitive fixture list against other schools, which provides all children with the opportunity to represent Skippers. Away from the sport pitches, the children participate in Performing Arts evenings, yearly Drama productions and choral performances. They enjoy regular trips and outings to enrich their learning as well as residential trips, both in the UK and France.
Wraparound care is available for parents from 7:30am until 5:45pm.
Breakfast Club is available from 7.30am each morning offering children breakfast to set them up to start the day ahead. No pre-booking is required so families can use Breakfast Club as and when they need to. Breakfast club is £2.00 per day.
After school clubs offer children a diverse and exciting choice of extra-curricular activities until 5:45pm. Clubs include Dance, Fencing, French, Mountain Biking, Performing Arts and much more.
Holiday Camps are also available for additional weeks during the holidays for Skippers' families.
Our fee structure per term is as follows:
Kindergarten - Full time
Years 1 & 2
Years 3 & 4
Years 5 & 6
Years 7 & 8
All fees include hot lunches every day catering for a variety of dietary requirements.
Skippers Hill participates in the Government’s Early Years Free Entitlement scheme which provides a nursery education grant.
An automatic sibling discount of 10% is available for all full paying families.