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Progress at Teapot Lane


HARD work has paid off at Aylesford Primary School, which is on track to meet its Ofsted tar- gets.


After a one-day monitoring visit, Ofsted con- cluded that the school in Teapot Lane is pro- gressing towards the goals identified at its previous “satisfactory” inspection. The latest report said there had been clear im- provements in pupils’ behaviour, both in and out of lessons. Clear routines for lining up and mov- ing around classroom spaces were rigorously pro- moted and even the youngest children knew what was expected of them. Modified arrangements in the dining room, whereby older pupils act as role models for the younger ones on each table, had


helped to create a calm and orderly environment. According to Ofsted, improved teaching and modifications in leadership had resulted in year 3 and 4 pupils making better progress. Year 6 pupils had achieved much better marks compared with the previous year when results had dipped sharply. However, the school was acutely aware of the urgent need to accelerate progress in the current year 5 in order to demonstrate at least satisfactory achievement by the time they leave next year. The school’s satisfactory progress was also at- tributed to better curriculum planning which had helped to improve the balance between pupils’ enjoyment of, and achievement in learning.


Sizzling celebration


for Blackthorn STAFF, patients, volunteers and supporters joined in the Blackthorn Trust’s 25th an- niversary celebrations. Visitors toured therapy rooms


and garden workshops at the centre, off Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, and saw the fire pit and pizza oven at work. The next fundraising event is


‘An Evening With Dr Jaz’ on Friday, September 9 at 7pm. Cost is £20, including supper.  Volunteers, ideally with a horticultural background, are needed for the garden and café.


Kings Hill’s triple triumph


KINGS Hill School’s athletics team scooped a hat- trick at the Aylesford and District Primary School Sports Association finals. Twenty-two youngsters from Kings Hill stormed


to victory against pupils from 12 other schools, winning the trophy for the third year running. The team competed in 24 events including sprints, relays, sack races, distance running, stand- ing long jump and netball throw. Kings Hill PE teacher David Baker said: “I am so


Members of Kings Hill School’s winning team with their trophy


proud of all our children. They all competed to the best of their ability and truly deserved to win the trophy yet again.” The winning team were: Guy Taylor, Freddie Matthews, Matthew Lane, Claudia Manfrin, James Francis, Grace Reid, Lucy Howe, Jack McKnight, Victoria Griffiths, Jenny Wu, Tyra Hartman, Abi- gail Miles, Finlay Spilker, Charlie O’Connell, Danielle Powell, Jasmine Yankum, Sadie Page, El- liott Duncan, Finlay Meopham, Sam Vale, Jasmine Stringer and Harry Kemsley.


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