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Caravans move on to Aylesford priory site June 2017

TRAVELLERS who have been hopping from one site to another in the Malling area had camped near the tearoom at The Friars in Aylesford Priory, as Downs Mail went to press. About a dozen caravans arrived at the site – home to an ancient

order of Carmelite monks – on June 5, taking over the Tea Field. Aylesford Priory welcomes thousands of visitors each year as a place of peace. Amember of staff at the priory

said: “The police have been in- formed and the duty friarwent to

see them last night and told them it was ‘time to move on’.” Estates manager Steve Haden

said onWednesday, June 7, itwas hoped the caravans would have moved on by the end of the day.


Head’s changes get school back on track

AFTER staff changes led families to take their children out of a Malling school, the new head has been praised for regaining parents’ confidence.

The upheaval, which saw the pre-

vious head resign and all but one member of staff leave Trottiscliffe CE Primary School by the start of 2016, is catalogued in the latest Of- sted report. Inspector Lynda Welham notes

the appointment of Lucy Hender- son (pictured right with pupils) as the head – becoming permanent in September 2016 – as a turning point. She also praised the hard work of governors in maintaining the school’s previous good rating. In a letter to Miss Henderson, she

says: “The impact of your leader- ship is evident in the stability you have brought to the school. It is clear you have the confidence of parents, pupils, staff, governors and the local authority. “Evidence of the confidence now

felt by parents in the school is that requests for places in September 2017 are higher than ever before.” She said parents felt listened to

and changes being madewere hav- ing a positive effect, noting: “Pupils’ previous negative experiences of learning have been overcome and

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News Thieves pose as police

BURGLARS dressed in police uniform stole jewellery from a Snodland house. 5

Charlie remembered

A SUMMER football match is likely to become an annual tribute to the Scout who died at a jamboree.

6 Fines target smokers

MOST of the fines handed out by Maidstone’s litter wardens are for dropping ciga- rette ends.

Working together

CHURCH leaders unite in the wake of terror attacks.

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Obituaries Comment

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Parish Councils 40-41 Crime Reports 41

pupils say their lessons are fun and that teachers really try to make learning interesting. Relationships between teachers and pupils are warm and respectful and enthusi- asm for learning is high.” The inspector praised an im-

provement in maths teaching and the quality of teaching generally, ac-

celerated progress in writing throughout the school and atten- dance levels above the national av- erage. She concluded: “Your determina-

tion and aspiration for the school have had a positive effect on the quality of teaching and learning.” Miss Henderson said:“We are de-

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lighted with the finding, especially the recognition of the whole school’s commitment to our vision for excel- lence for all our children. “The positive feedback from par- ents and pupils that was evident throughout the inspection reflects the strong community feel we have developed where every member is valued, nurtured and cared for.”

FISHING gear was stolen from a garage in Aylesford; someone painted a thick line down the side of a property in Ditton; eggs were thrown at windows in East Malling.

Town Talk alk

Business owners in Snodland are concerned about a lack of park- ing in the town centre which they fear is causing customers to shop elsewhere - see Town Talk in this month’s Downs Mail. The bi- monthly independent magazine is dedicated to Snodland and Halling residents.

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