Tony has many years of experience as a consultant, working with schools and architects to create new learning environments. He has worked on creative development of new forms of pedagogy, blending physical environments with ICT, and change management introducing new physical spaces, ICT and curriculum development.
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The Skinners’ Company has gained significant experience in overseeing their independent and voluntary-aided schools and, more recently, their three sponsored academies. Over many years we have built up a wealth of knowledge and understanding about education in the state and independent school sectors, and have particular expertise to share in the following areas
The Skinners’ Company oversees the governance of seven schools - one independent school, two state grammar schools, three secondary academies, and one primary academy in development. The Company supports its schools through the services of its Education Office, and members of the Skinners’ Company sit on all the schools' governing bodies.
Tonbridge School was established by Sir Andrew Judde in 1553. Management of the school and care of the endowments passed to the Skinners’ Company. Tonbridge School is a highly successful independent school with a global reach.
In 1870 the state system of publicly funded education came into being, and between 1886 and 1890 the Company founded three schools. In 1887 The Skinners’ School at Tunbridge Wells opened on land given by the citizens of Tunbridge Wells - today it is a popular and successful grammar school, actively involved in the Foundation’s sponsorship of The Skinners’ Kent Academy. In 1888 The Judd School at Tonbridge opened, having been built with Sir Andrew Judd Endowment funding. Today it is a thriving grammar school for boys with a co-educational sixth form. In 1890 The Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls opened in Stamford Hill, London. The school closed in 2010, making way for the creation of Skinners’ Academy in Hackney following an offer by the Company to the Government to relocate the school in return for a brand new building in Woodberry Down.
In 2007 Southlands Community School became the Marsh Academy under the sponsorship of Tonbridge School, Kent County Council and Microsoft, and these original sponsors maintain a very active involvement. The Marsh Academy is located in new buildings at the heart of Romney Marsh, and is co-educational, offering a broad all-ability curriculum. In 2013 lead sponsorship of The Marsh Academy passed to the Skinners’ Company.
In 2009 The Skinners’ Kent Academy opened following an appeal for sponsors to take over the governance of a struggling school in Tunbridge Wells. The Academy moved into its new buildings in 2013, is co-educational and offers a broad all-ability curriculum. In 2014 the Department for Education invited the Skinners’ Company to set up a new primary academy on a site close to The Skinners’ Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells. This primary academy called Skinners' Kent Primary School is a new and exciting development for the Company.
In 2010 Skinners’ Academy opened in Woodberry Down, Hackney, serving an inner-city community in a neighbourhood under regeneration. The Academy is co-educational and offers a broad all-ability curriculum.