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After the question, ‘What’s the difference between you and The Judd?’ (answer: more pastoral and slightly less academic), the main enquiry at open evenings is always, ‘Can I play football?’ (answer: not until sixth form). ‘If football is your thing, start looking for a local club,’ confirmed our guide. Once a school with specialist status in science and maths, these subjects still dominate as A level choices and remain (especially physics and maths, according to the boys) ‘the best departments’ at all levels. Results, as you’d expect, are impressive though this is not a school to rest on its laurels and is determined to…

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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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Since 2013, Mr Edward Wesson MA (mid 50s). Previously head of King’s Tynemouth for three years and before that deputy head of Reigate Grammar for four years. 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. 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. The move to the state sector not quite as radical as it sounds, he insists, as Skinners has ‘the DNA of an independent school.’ Still teaches politics at A level, admitting to finding days ‘quite difficult if they’re not punctuated by time in the classroom. I probably teach too much...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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