Skippers Hill’s headship changes


Tim Lewis, head of Skippers Hill School, Mayfield, is set to retire at the end of the academic year after 25 years at the helm.

During that time, both Tim and his wife Fiona have successfully maintained the ethos of the school as as established by 1945 founders Ray and Maureen Ward.

Tim said: “We have had many adventures as the school has flourished but have maintained its warmth and individuality. To have played a part in its success has been a privilege. It has been exhilarating to have helped steer capital projects through to completion: the IT suite; new Early Years Block; creating four cracking classrooms in old dormitories; 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.”

Current deputy head Mark Hammond will become the next headmaster. Before going to Skippers, Mark was a member of the senior leadership team at Geneva English School. Prior to that, he was a head of house and boarding housemaster at The Junior King’s School, Canterbury.

He is looking forward to working with everyone involved with the school and getting to know current and future children. To meet Mark, families are encouraged to attend open events on Saturday, January 31 or Friday, February 27 or contact the school office on 01825 830234.