Staff appointed to the new Skinners’ Kent Primary School opening in September 2015

Staff appointed to the new Skinners’ Kent Primary School opening in September 2015
15 MAY 2015
Knights Wood, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Skinners’ Kent Primary School at Knights Wood, Tunbridge Wells, a project Dandara contributed £3.95 million towards, has appointed its new staff for the school year starting September 2015.

Skinners’ Kent Primary School site plan
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Sian Carr, who will be Executive Principal SKA and SKPS said:

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide outstanding education for all children, from Year R through to the Sixth Form. We are especially looking forward to welcoming the new primary pupils in September 2015.

Skinners’ Kent Primary School will educate boys and girls aged 4 to 11 and will initially open with a capacity for 30 pupils in Year R and 15 students in Year 1. In addition, a Satellite Unit, managed by Oakley School, will provide inclusive provision for up to 12 pupils with special educational needs. It will be located at the new housing development, Knights Wood, in Tunbridge Wells.

Staff appointed

Sian Carr, currently Principal of The Skinners’ Kent Academy, will be Executive Principal across both academies.
Matt Topliss, currently Vice Principal at The Skinners’ Kent Academy, will become Principal of Skinners’ Kent Primary School and Chief Academic Officer 4-19, a role that will concentrate on curriculum, assessment and qualifications across both schools.
Gemma Faircloth, currently Assistant Head at Trinity C of E Primary School, Hither Green, will become Assistant Principal.
Emma-Louise Hawthorn, will become the Early Years Reception class teacher. She is currently at Brighton University completing her BA Hons Primary Education with QTS training. She has been on placement with Claremont Primary school since October 2014.
Whilst building work on the new facilities is completed, the primary school and Satellite Unit will be temporarily located on the site of The Skinners’ Kent Academy. A high quality building, within the SKA grounds but separate from the main Academy building, will be converted. It will have bespoke facilities for the new starters including separate and distinct SKPS classrooms, dining facilities and play areas, as well as a specific drop off point in the car park. Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education said:

Plans are progressing well for the new permanent school site and in the meantime the temporary accommodation will provide an excellent alternative until the new building is ready in April 2016.

SKPS Principal, Matt Topliss, said:

Locating the new primary school on the SKA site will really help us to cement the relationship between the two schools.

Skinners’ Kent Primary School will have academy status and will sit alongside The Skinners’ Kent Academy in a multi-academy trust. The shared governance will enable the schools to share best practice, focus funds where they are most needed and foster a strong focus on teaching and learning. Richard Sax, Chair of Governors SKA and the multi academy trust, and Annabelle Baird, Chair of Governors SKPS, said:

We are looking forward to leading the provision of first class all-ability education for the children of Tunbridge Wells, at SKPS from the age of 4 and at SKA to the age of 18, or providing the firm educational platform for a move to any school of their choice at 11.

For detail on the uniform, curriculum and school ethos, please refer to the school prospectus.

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