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Strong sense of purpose about the school; ‘Boys are proud to be here and proud of what it stands for as part of the community,’ says the headmaster. ’There are some real scholars but most enjoy school just as much...

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Skinners' is a high-achieving boys' grammar school with a strong ethos and outstanding pastoral care
High achieving students develop a love of learning and curiosity about the world, building the capacity and self-confidence to strive with ambition to reach their full potential.
The school’s ethos and activities are inclusive and diverse, and help develop character, leadership, compassion, collaboration and interests for life. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Grammar School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Grammar School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Grammar School (Edexcel Certificates)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Grammar School (Edexcel Certificates)

School associations

State grammar school

Sports

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Strong sense of purpose about the school; ‘Boys are proud to be here and proud of what it stands for as part of the community,’ says the headmaster. ’There are some real scholars but most enjoy school just as much for friends and the extracurricular activities as the academics.'

Head

Since 2013, Mr Edward Wesson MA (early 50s). Educated at Tonbridge, where he was head boy, and at Cambridge, where he read law. ‘Dabbled in journalism’ and worked on the Sevenoaks Chronicle before training as a teacher. ‘I became a teacher because I knew it would be a lot of fun,’ he was overheard telling a pupil. Taught at New Beacon, Sevenoaks and Wellington School, Somerset, followed by 12 years at Hampton, where he became head of sixth form and master in charge of cricket. Was deputy...

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Special Education Needs

We are a selective boys’ school, with a large sixth form. The most common support is with literacy, including help with improving handwriting. Typically pupils identified for SEN support have mild dyslexia or dyspraxia. Pupils are assessed as necessary, not just for additional help, but to ensure they receive extra time in public examinations. A few boys have additional on-site support from the Dyslexia Institute. Some use lap-tops. In recent years we have observed an increasing frequency of boys with ASD, most notably Asperger's. As a school we have had to learn appropriate teaching strategies to support these children. We will disapply elements of the national curriculum, if appropriate, to meet the needs of the individual. Pupils with behavioural challenges such as ADD and ADHD (Ritalin not a problem), may participate in a pastoral support programme, which includes anger management. We have experience of pupils with Tourettes and with physical difficulties. We have supported a boy who was profoundly deaf and one who was visually impaired but the hilly, Victorian site, is not ideally suited to wheelchairs. However, school has parents who use wheelchairs and we will always endeavour to work out a suitable route or system to ensure they have necessary access to the site and to staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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