Children walk to school bold as brass

It’s not every day you get to walk to school to the sound of a brass band. For the children of St Francis primary school in Maidstone, marching the route to the gates with a trumpet, tuba, drum and a trombone in tow was the culmination of an active journeys competition. Throughout May, Kent County…

Term-time holidays fines fall

The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools has reduced again this year. From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop is as a result in a change of policy to prosecute…

KCC Chairman pays tribute to Countess Mountbatten

The Chairman of Kent County Council has paid tribute to Countess Mountbatten, who died earlier this week at the age of 93. David Brazier said: “The Countess was a distinguished and highly-respected resident of Kent. “She was one of the first two female Deputy Lieutenants appointed in the county in 1973 and was involved in…

Parents fined over child’s low school attendance

Kent County Council has successfully prosecuted a mother and father for allowing their son’s school attendance to drop to just 10% while Kent schools’ average attendance rate is well above 95%. The couple have been found guilty and fined £1,240 each by magistrates. The parents, who failed to appear in court, had told KCC they…