The Company's leading independent school, maintained schools and academies are located in West Kent, on the Kent coast, and in inner city London. Under the will of its founder, Sir Andrew Judde, Tonbridge School receives financial and governance support from the Sir Andrew Judd Foundation (Registered Charity number 307099), and most of the School’s property is held by the Foundation. Similarly, the properties of The Skinners’ School, The Judd School and Skinners’ Academy are held in the names of each school’s Foundation, which also provides governance support.
Members of the Skinners’ Company make up a significant proportion of each of the governing bodies of all their schools, and the Company is careful to select active members who are able to commit the time and energy to the challenging role of being a governor.
The aim of schools is that young people should have the opportunity to make the most of their talents and fulfil their potential. To do that it is necessary to ensure that all schools have first-class teaching, management and leadership, and are supported and held to account by high quality governing bodies. Governors are central to the stewardship of schools. Recent waves of policy change may have improved the performance of schools but they have made the role of governors, already a substantial one, even more complicated and demanding.
All schools thrive better when governance is excellent, and the Skinners’ Company is hugely grateful to all the governors of Tonbridge School, The Skinners’ School, The Judd School, Skinners’ Academy, The Skinners’ Kent Academy and Skinners' Kent Primary School, and The Marsh Academy for their immensely valuable contributions of time and effort. It does make a very big difference.
Tonbridge School is an independent school founded in 1553.
The Skinners' School is a grammar school founded in Tunbridge Wells in 1887. It adopted academy status in February 2014 without change to its standing as a leading grammar school or its admissions arrangements.
The Judd School is a grammar school founded in Tonbridge in 1888.
Skinners' Academy is a co-educational secondary academy opened in 2010 in Hackney, replacing Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls which was founded in 1890.
The Skinners' Kent Academy is a co-educational secondary academy opened in 2009 in Tunbridge Wells.
The Marsh Academy is a co-educational secondary academy opened in 2007 in New Romney, Kent. The role of Principal Sponsor, originally fulfilled by Tonbridge School, transferred to the Skinners’ Company in September 2013.
Skinners’ Kent Primary School opened in September 2015, as a co-educational primary academy on the site of The Skinners' Kent Academy, and moved to its new site in Tunbridge Wells at Knights Wood in September 2016. The Principal Sponsors of this development are The Skinners’ School Foundation and The Skinners’ Kent Academy.