This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.

School celebrates after improved Ofsted report

ANAylesford Primary School has emerged from a “long and diffi- cult period of change” with an up- grade from Ofsted. St Peter’s CE Primary School in Mount Pleasant was rated good in every category following its latest inspection in January.At a previous inspection in 2013, Ofsted found that it required improvement and two further visits were made to monitor progress. In the latest report, lead inspector Penny Spencer praised the head

teacher and governing body for leading the school through a diffi- cult period. “Their relentless deter- mination to improve teaching and raise standards has been critical in rapidly improving pupils’ progress and attainment,“ said the report. As a result the school was now good and improving. Progress for pupils had acceler-

ated, especially in maths and read- ing in which standards at the end of year 6were above average. Teaching was good and pupils

had positive attitudes to learning. Children with disabilities and spe- cial needsmade good progress and behaviour had improved. Current head teacher Nicola

Craig took over in January after many changes since the suspension in 2013 of long-term head Simon Temple, whowas subsequently dis- missed. Ofsted said the interim head teacher Joyce Rhodes was working closely with the newly ap- pointed head to ensure a smooth handover.

Grant will boost coaching at cricket club

KINGS Hill Cricket Club have re- ceived a grant of £27,144 from the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) towards the cost of a two- bay practice area. The cost of the projectwas £37,000,

with partnership funding provided by the club’s sponsor Balreed Man- aged Print Services. The club were identified by the

Kent Cricket Board and the EWCT as a club of strategic importance be-

cause of their strong junior section. Club director Gary Jackson said:

“We were delighted to be awarded the grant as we urgently needed to provide quality practice facilities. “The practice area will enable us

to have a much more structured coaching programme through our ECB qualified coaches.” “The club have made good progress andwe have achievedECB Clubmark status.We have two sen-

Frank’s Steak!

ior teams which play league cricket on Saturdays and Sundays and we also have 100 junior cricketers (under 11). This year we aim to in- crease the number of juniors andwe also hope to encourage more girls to play the game. “We are a genuine community

club and on Friday nights during the season there will be more than 150 juniors and parents at the junior practice sessions.”

James shines

at squash FORMER Invicta head boy James Evans is making his name on the international squash circuit. The England Junior Interna-

tional, who competes for The Mote Squash Club, left Invicta Grammar School last year to join Trinity College in Connecticut. Since then he has won all 15 of

his team matches and helped the college beat arch rivals Harvard 6- 3. The team laterwent on to beat Princetown 7-2. Trinity College has developed a successful squash programme, aided by the work of USnational coach Paul Assaiante. James will return to Maidstone

this summer for the Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote.

Restaurant & Mussel Bar Steak!



The place for plants

If you’re passionate about plants then we are well worth a visit, we’re an independent retail nursery and we grow and source a fabulously wide range of garden plants.


Mussel specials Monday & Thursday £15.50 for mussels, fries, desert & coffee

•Daily lunches • A la carte menu • Sunday Roast • Choice of 21 Moules • Belgian Beers

53-55 High Street, West Malling ME19 6QH Tel: 01732 843247

14 Malling April 2015 Ashford Road (A20), Bearsted, Maidstone, ME14 4NH

01622 737801

We look forward to seeing you!

Kent Gardens 2015

The National Gardens Scheme

Open 9am to 5.30pm 7 days a week including Bank Holidays

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48