Our Unique School
Nurturing Life-Long Learners
Shipbourne School is situated in the beautiful countryside of Kent, nestling at the bottom of Stumble Hill in Shipbourne village. It is a small school which has served the community since 1852.We have the capacity for approximately 60 pupils. Our children come from the immediate vicinity and further afield from villages, such as Hadlow and Plaxtol, as well as Tonbridge.
The school is currently organised into three classes – Tinley (Reception/Year1), Hampton (Year 2/3)and Fairlawne (Year 4/5/6). Our unique setting and school structure allow for focused teaching to meet the ability and personality of the child; staff get to know the pupils quickly and tailor their lessons to facilitate effective learning for all. We take great pride in our nurturing environment and everyone is treated as part of a family: all lives are enriched through sharing and collaborating as we prepare the children for an exciting future in which they can be both independent and aware of the feelings and needs of others.
At Shipbourne School, we believe in working in partnership with parents and carers, and with our local community. We believe that education and learning is enhanced when there is a strong positive relationship between the home and school. We are always happy to see parents, and I would encourage you to become as actively involved as you are able to in your child’s homework, termly services, coffee mornings, PTA events and our regular open classroom events. The school has a very active PTA which supports the school in a range of ways to raise money to help us meet the changing demands of life in the 21st Century, whilst still retaining the intimate nature of our small school.
Our school is constantly changing and evolving. Every year offers new opportunities and we are excited and privileged to be sharing such an important stage of your child’s life with you. We hope that our website helps you to understand life at Shipbourne School, but our door is always open if you have any queries of points to discuss further. We want your child’s time at our school to be happy, exciting and educational. We believe that learning should be fun and that by encouraging respect for each other and valuing the opportunities available, we all grow and learn together.
Terri Daters (Mrs)
Head of School
Part of the Bourne Partnership