Top of the class at Skippers Hill

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A record number of pupils have been given scholarships in music, sport and drama as well as academic awards.

Tim Lewis, headmaster at Skippers Hill said: “I would like to congratulate all of the children on their achievements.

“Their efforts have most certainly been rewarded.

“My thanks also go to the dedicated and caring staff for their expert input into each individual’s successes.”

Scholarships awarded to pupils include: Jemima Beagley: Performing Arts Scholarship to Battle Abbey; Bibi Convert: Forbes-Wastie Scholarship (two awards in Drama and Music) to Eastbourne College.

Eliza Dunhill: three Scholarships: Major Music to Bede’s and Major Drama and Music to Brighton College; Annabel Frost: Sports Scholarship to Battle Abbey.

Dylan Leisinger: Academic and All-Rounder Scholarship to Claremont; Jacob Llamas: Academic Scholarship to Bede’s; Gabbi Mack: Hurst All- Rounder to Hurstpierpoint College; Oscar Steward: Sports Scholarship to Bede’s.

Kyle Mathieson: Academic Scholarship to Bede’s and Thomas Stilwell: Academic Exhibition to Brighton College.

In addition to specialist achievements and scholarships, Skippers Hill pupils have achieved a 100 per cent success rate at Common Entrance over the past 20 years, with every student gaining a place at the school of their choice.

The school is a non-selective co-educational preparatory school near Mayfield for children aged from three to 13.

New developments include new classrooms for reception, year one, years six, seven and eight, a new ICT suite and upper school common rooms and work area for years seven and eight.

Youngsters also received impressive impressive results from LAMDA exams in Verse and Prose or Spoken English, which 70 pupils (Year 1- 8) sat last term.

They exceeded the national average for distinctions.