Patrick Skinner

What led you to teaching?

My passion for teaching came to me when I was in sixth form where I found a burning desire to work in education. I knew from the moment I started sixth form that I wanted to teach, so I began my journey from then on. I have been teaching in schools since I finished my degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2015, this was completed at the University of Brighton. I have a true passion for learning and aim to use my own innovative ideas alongside the more traditional teaching techniques to cater for all learners no matter what level of confidence they are currently at. I have also been a boarding house parent where I had the privilege of looking after a house full of multinational children.

What inspires you and what you do?

The children I teach inspire me to be the best I can be. I admire the determination and hard work they put into their learning no matter whether it’s in the classroom or on the sports field. I want to give every single child I teach the vehicle to establish a positive learning environment. The students help me to learn and grow as a professional and as an individual.

What do you love most about Skippers?

I have loved my first two terms with Skippers Hill and believe that the school stands for a countless amount of important values which I aim to embody as a positive role model for all students. I am a very enthusiastic hockey player and coach in which I have strong ties with Eastbourne Hockey Club, co-leading the junior program whilst also captaining the mens 1st team.

Who was your most inspirational or influential teacher?

My most influential teacher is my A Level PE teacher. His name is Simon Green. My reasoning for this is that Simon was always finding fun, innovative and engaging ways for our class to learn whilst also having a good relationship with each individual. Simon played a big part in the direction I chose to go with my career and showed a great deal of belief in me that inspired me to believe in myself.