Productive talks during Minister’s school visit

A school in Sheerness was among those paid a visit during whistle-stop tour of the county by a government minister. Rose Street Primary School in Sheerness was suggested as a venue by KCC because of the recent impressive progress made under the current leadership. Schools minister Baroness Barran has undertaken a fact-finding mission through a…

New and improved play areas for KCC’s country parks

Kent County Council is investing in new and improved play areas across most of its country parks. Kent Country Parks have received £1.1million of Public Health Covid-19 recovery funding to invest in its play provision.  The money will be used to improve existing play areas as well as install new play equipment. At Shorne Woods…

National Secondary School Offer Day 2022

Children across Kent will find out today (Tuesday) the secondary schools at which they been offered a place from September and more than 95% of pupils will receive an offer from one of their four preferred schools. A total of 21,889 parents/carers (18,311 from Kent) applied for a place for their child in a Kent…

Pupils offered Home Study Support sessions

Schools across Kent are being asked to encourage pupils to take advantage of a new free “Home Study Support” offer. Following two pilot phases to test and refine the project, the Invicta National Academy has been commissioned to deliver a full-scale Home Study Support offer accessible to all pupils in Years 5 and 6 at…

NUE’s record-breaking year of property renovations

National Empty Homes Week, which begins today (Monday 28th) is being marked in Kent by the news that KCC’s No Use Empty initiative has passed its record for the number of projects carried out in the current financial year. It also coincides with news that NUE has been granted a further £2.5million from the government’s…

Breaking the News exhibition at Kent libraries

Breaking the News, a free exhibition which looks at how the news has shaped the world we live in for centuries and how it plays a vital role in all our lives today, begins a tour of Kent libraries next Thursday, 24 February. The exhibition runs at the Kent History and Library Centre, in Maidstone,…

BIPC Kent is ready to support county businesses

Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone is now ready and equipped to help businesses with advice and support they need to succeed. Kent Libraries’ Business & IP Centre (BIPC Kent), which is part of the British Library’s national network of similar centres across the country, is now open for start-up businesses, small-to-medium businesses, inventors,…

Pandemic’s effect on physical activity of Kent children

The number of children and young people in Kent meeting government guidelines for physical activity has fallen by more than 14,000 over the last year. The latest results from Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey highlights the on-going impact Covid-19 has had on physical activity levels in Kent. It shows that only…

A summer of fun planned for Kent children thanks to Reconnect

Children and young people can look forward to lots of fantastic activities and opportunities this summer – from learning new skills such as dance, football and radio broadcasting, to fun days out, local festivals and holiday camps – thanks to Kent’s network of voluntary and community organisations. Twenty organisations successfully bid for grant funding from…

Deadline for primary school applications

Parents with children who are due to join a Kent primary, infant or junior school in September are reminded that the deadline for applications is Monday, 17 January. Every child born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 needs to be registered for a school place, along with those who are moving from infant…

Winter wonderland for disabled children and young people

A disabled children’s resource centre in Herne Bay was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink and Santa’s Grotto. Children with disabilities used specially-adapted wheelchairs to skate on the ice, and there were fun push-along penguin ‘skate aids’ available for disabled children without wheelchairs to help them skate around the rink at Windchimes,…