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Head appointed after 20 months


A NEW permanent headteacher has been appointed atPalaceWood Primary School, Allington, after 20 months without one.


Mark Chatley


(left), who is head of school atWood- lands Junior in Tonbridge, will move to theTalbot Road site in Sep- tember. He will


take over from interim executive head Mary Priestley and head of school Emma Ridout. The previous headteacher Denise White left in July 2013 after seven years. In a letter to parents, David Perks, chairman of governors, explained that the school had advertised for a headteacher last year, but was not satisfied with the response. He wrote: “This year we had nine ap- plicants and shortlisted the three strongest candidates. After two days of assessments by a panel of four governors, including me and as-


A TEMPORARY acting head has been appointed at More Park Catholic School in West Malling while a new head is recruited. Annmarie Whittle, who is also in charge of St Margaret Clitheroe Catholic Primary School in Ton- bridge, will lead the Lucks Hill school following the departure of Daniel Coleman to become the re-


Lights back on


STREET lights which had been turned off overnight in residen- tial areas to save money will be going back on again, thanks to KCC’s decision to switch to LED bulbs. The switch-off from Decem-


ber 2013was met with criticism from residents, but now KCC is to invest £40m in a centrally- controlled lighting system. The LED system will be mon-


itored remotely, allowing faults to be detected and repaired quickly. The work will be fi- nanced by a £22m interest-free loan from the Government and it was hoped to obtain further funding from the EU.


sisted by the local authority, we were able to appoint Mark.” Executive headteacher at Palace


Wood and Woodlands, Mrs Priest- ley saidMrChatley had been a very successful deputy headteacher at Woodlands Junior School and would bring awealth of experience to Palace Wood Primary. She said: “Pupils, staff and parents at the school are delighted by the appoint- ment and know he will build on the rapid improvements seen in the school over the past two years and highlighted in our Ofsted report.” Ofsted said the school required improvement after its previous in- spection in March 2013. Inspectors who visited the school in February considered there had been substan- tial progress. The latest report praised Mrs Priestley, whowas ap- pointed as executive head in Sep- tember 2014, and Miss Ridout, for their strong leadership and the rapid improvements they had achieved.


Temporary leader steps in


ligious education adviser for the diocese. She will continue to run her own school, with senior teachers Debo- rah Seal and Chris Trim providing operational leadership at More Park.


Both schools are academies run


by the Kent Catholic Schools Part- nership, part of the Diocese of


Fees dropped KENT Libraries has removed the reservation fee for borrowing books, CDs and DVDs. It used to cost 35p to order and


reserve any item stocked within the county, but the service be- came free of charge from April 1. KCC cabinet member for com- munity services Mike Hill said: “The abolition of the fee will not only save people money but will remove a barrier to a world of knowledge and entertainment.” Last year, Kent Libraries rolled


out a courtesy email service for customers reminding them to re- turn or renew borrowed items. Some charges will still apply


for requested items not held in KCC’s stock.


Church to host flower festival


DANCE will be the theme of a three-day flower festival at All Saint’s Church, Birling from Saturday, May 2. The church will be open from 11am to 4pm each day and refresh-


ments will be available in the village hall. The Nevill Vault will also be open on Saturday and Monday with a historic talk from 1pm.A fam- ily service will be held at 11am on the Sunday. Students of a local piano tutor will give a recital in the church at 11am on the Saturday. The hall and church have disabled access.


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