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Ofsted’s ‘thumbs up’ for outstanding school


A VILLAGE primary school was given a glowing report by Ofsted who rated it outstanding through- out.


Offham Primary school in Church


Road, was described as a “very car- ing and nurturing school in which pupils thrive” by inspectorswhovis- ited in May. Head teacher Ruth Powell re-


ceived recognition for her inspira- tional leadership and for being highly ambitious for the school and its 210 pupils. She was supported well by the deputy headteacher, sen-


Tanning plan


AGAMBLINGarcade in Maidstone town centre is set to close. A planning application seeks to


convert Main St Amusements at 90 Week Street into a tanning and beauty salon. Applicant Absolutely Fabulous Tanning has 14 salons across the country, including Mega SunTanning, which recently opened in Orpington. Maidstone Council will decide the planning application.


ior staff and a highly committed team, said the report. Pupils’ attainment was outstand-


ing with all groups reaching stan- dardswell above average by the end of year six. As a result of outstand- ing teaching, children in the early years got off to a flying start. Governors were said to be a real strength of the school, providing a good balance of support and chal- lenge, and were ambitious for the continued success of the school. Pupils’ behaviour was excellent and they felt totally safe at the


school. They “flourish and develop into confident and assured young people who leave the school with high aspirations,” said Ofsted. Outstanding teaching and learn-


ing in each key stage enabled pupils to make rapid progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a re- sult, all groups, regardless of their level of ability, were doing well throughout the school. The report said parents told the in- spection team that this is “a very happy school” and deserved “a very big thumbs up”.


Christmas lights switch-on


THE Christmas lights will be switched on in Maidstone’s Fremlin Walk on November 19. As in previous years, the organiser is hop- ing to attract a celebrity to perform the switch-on. Maidstone Town Centre Management will be looking to com- plement the event with entertainment including performances across the town from the likes of school choirs and the Salvation Army band. Efforts are also being made to co-ordinate late-night shopping opportunities, possibly for two weeks in the run-up to Christmas. Approaches will also be made to Maidstone Council about park- ing concessions.


Rotary honour


forWilliam THE first duty of incoming presi- dent of the Rotary Club of Maid- stone, David Hackett,was to award outgoing president William Perry the club’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship. This marked his “tremendous amount of time and effort during the year” and also his career as a “headmaster of standing,” which started when he became Kent’s youngest head at the age of 28. A resident of Hollingbourne, he


served as chairman of Holling- bourne and Leeds Parochial Church Council; was a churchwar- den; a member of the Prison Parole Board (young offenders); and sup- ported Mencap Cobtree pre-school.


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