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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-


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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.”


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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.


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