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A fantastically busy start to the new academic year!

Posted: 22nd September 2017 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

A fantastically busy start to the new academic year!

The first few weeks have flown by in a flurry of activities and events designed to challenge and stimulate each child at the school: some old favourites such as the Under 13’s Bede’s football tournament and the overnight camping for Years 7 and 8; and some for the first time like our celebration of Roald Dahl Day and our ‘Jeans for Genes’ charity fundraising.

Learning is well underway and the sporting life of the school is already in full swing with some thumping victories; our enrichment programme is strengthened this year by the addition of woodwork: come winter we are hopeful that the avian population of Five Ashes will have several new homes to keep them warm! Uptake in the performing arts is looking very healthy for the year ahead and various rehearsals are already in motion.

The summer holidays are a distant memory already but many thanks to Chris, Mrs Randolph and Miss Henry for their hard work in the Art and Science rooms over the break: the learning environment for the children has received a real boost in these areas and I am sure this will impact positively on outcomes for the pupils.

Indeed, at the start of this new academic year I would like to reiterate to all in our community the core purpose of our school: our five key outcomes for pupils.

At Skippers, each pupil will:

Participate and achieve in all aspects of school life, becoming a well-rounded and confident individual

Become an effective learner who takes pride in their achievements, facing and overcoming challenge

Develop courage and independence, demonstrating ownership of their learning and the school

Be healthy, happy and know how to stay safe

Be inclusive, tolerant and fair-minded, valuing the importance of relationships with others


I very much look forward to each of our pupils making progress in all of these areas in the year ahead, facing and overcoming the challenges that will present themselves on the journey and making the most of the broad and exciting opportunities that Skippers offers.


Wishing all staff, parents and pupils a very successful year!


Mark Hammond.

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