School scoops £500 recycling award

A school in Gravesend has won a £500 prize and been named a county recycling champion after topping the leaderboard in a home recycling challenge which involved more than 100 schools across Kent. St John’s Catholic Primary School received its prize at its very own Wastebuster assembly held this morning after putting in an exceptional…

Flower Power: Litterbugs beware

A schoolgirl from Tonbridge who wrote to Kent County Council to ask for help with protecting the environment has begun her fight against litterbugs. So dismayed by the rubbish she sees on the ground, Charlotte Flower, nine, penned a letter to KCC’s waste department to ask for some “litter picker uppers” to help her and…

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…

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…

Carter’s Restaurant open for business

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter has opened the refurbished restaurant at Towers School in Ashford which was named after him. Carter’s Restaurant offers students from schools all over Ashford the opportunity to learn hospitality and catering skills as part of their vocational studies. The restaurant is run like a business and it opened to…

Grammar school annexe for Kent

After four years of campaigning, a significant milestone has been reached for selective education in the UK as building work starts on a grammar school annexe in Kent. The grammar school provision in Sevenoaks is an annexe of the Weald of Kent Grammar School, in Tonbridge. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “This…