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The Skinners` School
St John`s Road, TN4 9PG, UK Tunbridge Wells
+44 (0)1892 520732


The Skinners' School was opened in Royal Tunbridge Wells in 1887. The current roll is 787, with over 200 in the Sixth Form.

Please browse our website to read more about the history of the school, see our academic record, read our latest news and more.


Many students from The Skinners’ School go straight to university once they have completed their sixth-form studies. However, a number of students also choose to take a gap year before continuing their studies. Students going on to higher education study a wide range of subjects, many within centres of excellence in prominent universities. Careers support and guidance are given to assist students with the university application process. The vast majority of students achieve the grades necessary for their first choice university.

In 2007, Skinners’ students achieved excellent results at A level with 71.4% of students achieving A and B grades (excluding General Studies). At GCSE the vast majority of candidates achieved excellent grades, with 61% of grades being at A* or A. The overall GCSE pass rate (5 A*-C) was 99%. This year, Alasdair Reed achieved 11 A* grades, James Hedgeland, Aaron Parks and Michael Wynn-Owen achieved 10 A* grades, Stephen Loke and James Myers scored 9 A* grades at GCSE - a magnificent achievement.  


Clubs and Activities


Boys are encouraged to join in a range of activities to help them gain the full benefit of their time at Skinners’. The programme of extra-curricular activities for Autumn provides a taster of the diverse range of clubs on offer: Christian Union, Debating, Quiz Clubs and Junior Choir are offered at lunchtime, with Rugby, Drama and Homework after school. Film, Art and Book clubs are new additions to the programme, as well as the regular Computing, Music and Maths clubs. We try to match the activities to the imagination of the boys. The Environment Committee and Charities Committee are particularly active for large numbers of boys.


A full range of competitive fixtures is organised throughout the year with most matches taking place on a Saturday morning. Academy groups are organised for gifted and talented sportsmen. Coaching and training sessions occur on weekday evenings.


When boys enter Year 10 they are expected to join either the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), or else the School Service and Community Service Groups. We believe that each one of these enhances, in its distinctive way, the curriculum which the boys experience.

The Community Service Group visits elderly and sometimes disabled people in their own homes; and it also involves its members in community and environmental projects in and near Tunbridge Wells. Many boys respond to the ideals which the Community Service Group fosters, and this aspect of our activities has recently grown in importance. School Service, on the other hand, is directed towards maintenance of the School grounds, buildings and equipment, and active help in the Library and Careers Library.

The Skinners’ Combined Cadet Force is one of the longest established contingents to be found in a Maintained School. Although there is a military flavour to their activities, and indeed we could not offer many of the outdoor opportunities without the Army’s support, it ought to be emphasised that CCF is a youth organisation and not a junior branch of the Armed Forces.

The emphasis in training is on self-reliance, on teamwork and eventually on developing powers of leadership. All these are vital qualities in themselves, and considerable assets in a young man seeking employment after university. More information can be found on the CCF page - click here.

In all these programmes, the initial commitment is for a period of two years.


Welcome to the Sixth Form at The Skinners` School

The Sixth Form should be the most challenging and enjoyable time you spend at school. Challenging as the work will get progressively harder and there will be increasing demands on you, enjoyable as you are no longer in compulsory education but have chosen to accept a place with us and study the A-Levels that you are best at and enjoy the most.

Nearly all our students will make a UCAS application to the more selecting universities. Supporting students in this and in making the transition from being pupils at school to being ready to embark on undergraduate courses, forms a key part of our pastoral programme.

The minimum entrance requirement for our Sixth Form is 5 grade Bs at GCSE including Mathematics and English to be achieved before starting AS-Level courses. Naturally, we would prefer an A grade for the subjects to be studied at AS-Level, more on this is covered in the subject information section.

We offer a traditional post 16 programme: we value academic achievement, have the highest expectations of our students and encourage wide participation in a range of extra-curricular opportunities. We have a uniform code and expect our students to be punctual and to lead the rest of the school by example. Our Sixth Form students are bright, motivated and involved. We value their views and seek and expect their support in many day to day activities that help with the smooth running of the School.

Through our stimulating yet supportive and friendly environment we aim to produce not only well qualified students but also well-informed and reflective world citizens who recognize the significance of personal and corporate responsibility as members of a global community.

If this sounds like the Sixth Form experience you are looking for then you will enjoy the two years at Skinners’ and we look forward to receiving your application. A copy of our sixth form prospectus can be found here.


In Year 12 students select four subjects to be studied to AS-Level. At the end of the year most students will then choose to continue with three of these subjects to be studied at A2 Level in Year 13 which leads to the full A–Level qualification.

In addition all students in Year 12 and Year 13 will follow a compulsory issues based course known as ‘Civics’. Through this students explore contemporary issues, critical thinking and PSHE topics.

Wednesday afternoon is Games afternoon. A range of activities are available in and out of school. Our major team sports are Rugby Union, Hockey and Cricket.

Pastoral Support

Registration takes place in form groups. There are five forms in Year 12 and five in Year 13 each comprising about twenty students. Form tutors usually stay with their groups for the two years so they get to know their tutees very well indeed and in most cases will write their academic reference. Sixth form assemblies occur weekly and are led by the Head of Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Accommodation

Lessons take place in specialist subject teaching rooms. However the Sixth Form also enjoy their own common room and work room. The common room is an area of social space where refreshments are available. The work room is a silent area for individual work where computers with internet access are provided.


The Sixth Form Open Evening is held 4 October 2007 at the same time as the whole school open evening - please telephone Mr Fleming at the school to make an appoitment. Students who are considering making an application are warmly invited to attend on that evening.

To apply please either complete the application form and send it to the school office marked for the attention of Mr Craig Fleming, Head of Sixth Form or contact the school office on 01892 520732.  A copy of the application form can be found here.


  • Art
  • Careers
  • Computing and ICT
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • Religious Education
  • Science

    The Governors admit 115 boys. The boys come at 11+ into Year 7.

    Sixth form places are available, and those interested in applying for a place should apply directly to the Head of Sixth Form at the School.

    For entry at age eleven, parents need to complete Kent County Council’s Common Application (CAF) Form, or else the Common Application Form supplied by their own LEA, if they do not live in Kent. For 2008 entry, the closure date for the receipt by Kent of the application forms is 19 October 2007.

    Parents are entitled to name up to three schools in an order of preference. The LEA will place the pupil in the most preferred school to which the pupil has gained admission. If a pupil has decided that Skinners' School is their preferred choice, it is important that the school is placed as their first choice.

    To decide who will be offered a place, The Skinners’ School ranks the eligible candidates (that is, those with a selective assessment in the Kent 11+ tests) in order of aggregate score in the Kent Selection Tests. These tests will be taken in January 2008. Where candidates have the same score, the one who lives closer to the school is ranked higher. The School has no catchment area.

    The school sends the list of pupil rankings to the LEA in January 2008. The LEA receives a list from each secondary school. When a pupil could be offered a place by more than one school, the school which was ranked higher on the Common Application Form will take the pupil.

    Offer letters are sent out by the LEA on 3 March 2008. Parents should reply to Skinners' by 17 March 2008.  When places are declined and vacancies exist at the school a waiting list system is then applied:

     KCC document (Admissions to Secondary School in Kent 2008) (link)

    The School will operate a waiting list for pupils who are not offered places in the first round of allocations.   Parents who wish to have their son considered by the School in the reallocation process must inform the School that they wish to be placed on the waiting list.  Prospective candidates on the waiting list will be ranked according to the school's entrance criteria.  As soon as a vacancy occurs, it will be filled by the candidate at the top of the waiting list.
    Parents of eligible pupils who are denied a place, have a right of appeal and KCC request that appeals are lodged by 25 March 2008.

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