Five Ashes school end term on stage

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Skippers Hill Preparatory School ended the academic year on a high note.

At the end of term pupils in years seven and eight performed their adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to packed houses. Families enjoyed two spectacular evening shows from pupils, aged 11-13 outdoors in the school grounds.

While the school’s music and drama scholars took leading roles, the production also saw involvement from years seven and eight.

English co-ordinator Kate Alexander said: “Children and staff have all worked extremely hard and we were delighted that we could perform outside in our lovely grounds. “

Children are also celebrating after being awarded scholarships to top colleges and senior schools.

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

Headmaster Tim Lewis 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 success.”

Scholarships awarded 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.

Kindergarten children also enjoyed thei r graduation ceremony.

Watched by families, each child was presented with a book and certificate by deputy head Angela Alsop and said a few words before singing together.