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Headteacher, Mr Lewis, to retire after 25 years at Skippers Hill School

Posted on: 14 Jan 2015

Following a successful 25 years at the helm, Headteacher Mr Tim Lewis has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the academic year.

On April 1st 1990, Tim, his wife Fiona and their two children arrived at Skippers Hill to start a three year contract, which ended up stretching into a quarter of a century.

During that time, both Tim and his wife have successfully maintained the ethos of Skippers Hill Manor School as established by Ray and Maureen Ward who founded the school in 1945, and both have played a key role in developing the school into what it is today.

“We have had many adventures as the school has flourished but have, nevertheless, maintained its warmth and individuality. To have played a part in its success has been a privilege,” comments Tim.

“It has been exhilarating to have helped steer so many vital capital projects through to completion: the IT suite; the new Early Years Block; the creation of four cracking classrooms in the old dormitories; the revamping of the corridors and relocation of the offices; the new Performing Arts’ room; the fantastic Astro - whilst not forgetting all the curriculum innovation and the exciting Woodland Explorers' Programme, which is incorporated into our ambitious Development Plan for the future of Skippers.

The time has definitely come for me to pass on command to a younger man whom I greatly respect.”

Steven Wade, Bellevue Education’s UK Schools Director, said: “Tim has been an inspirational Head, committed to and immersed in the life of Skippers. He takes huge pride in his work and his relations with the children at Skippers, present and past and embodies the finest qualities of the school. The manner of Tim’s departure is a measure of the man, he has picked his time and his successor with care and consideration, ensuring continuity for the school he loves.”

Mark Hammond, currently Deputy Head, will become the next Headmaster of Skippers when Tim retires at the end of the Summer Term.

Prior to joining Skippers as Deputy Head, Mark was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Geneva English School with responsibility for pastoral care across the school.  Prior to that, Mark was a Head of House and Boarding Housemaster at The Junior King's School, Canterbury.

Mark said: “The Hammond family are delighted to be at Skippers and very much looking forward to being at the heart of the school community for many years to come. Skippers has a special atmosphere which stretches back many decades. I am thrilled by the opportunity to take the school forward with a strong team, ensuring that we modernise and fully prepare our children for life in the twenty-first century whilst retaining a child-centred, family atmosphere where individuals are nurtured. It is a rare privilege to work alongside a Headmaster with Tim's experience and unique approach - I am confident that we will enjoy an excellent transition and I very much look forward to working with everyone involved with the school.”

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