The Skinners' Company has been involved in education since the Middle Ages. More recently, the Company has taken on several schools under the Academies Programme and we have around 6000 pupils under our care today. Our portfolio of schools includes primary and secondary, all ability and selective, state funded and independent.
The aim of our schools is to provide young people with the opportunity to make the most of their talents and fulfil their potential. To do that we ensure that our schools have first-class teaching, management and leadership, and are supported and held to account by high-quality governing bodies.
The Company’s eight schools are in west Kent, on the Kent coast and in North London. Skinners make up a significant proportion of each of the governing bodies of all our schools and the Company selects members who can commit the time and skills to the challenging, rewarding role of being a governor. Our school governors make a big difference to the lives of the 6,000 students at our schools; if you think school governorship might be for you now or in the future you can find more information here.
The Education Office at Skinners' Hall provides a reassuring level of back-up and experience for school governors. The Office staff also organise a variety of training sessions including New Governor Induction. Recent examples of the training opportunities provided for governors included Child and Adolescent Mental Health, School Finance, Asking challenging questions and Panellist training for exclusions, grievances or parental complaints. To launch our new partnership with Pathway CTM we hosted a webinar on access to apprenticeships which you can watch here.
All governors also have access to “The Key for Governors” which provides access to an extensive library of articles and guidance and includes weekly email updates on the education sector. You can read more about the experience of two of our Skinner Governors, Lucinda Ball (Judd School) and Chris Dearie (Skinners’ Academy Hackney).
The Company’s Education Committee promotes the Company’s interests in education and supports governors.