New move to encourage more social mobility in Kent schools

Kent County Council’s Scrutiny Committee has established the Pupil Premium Select Committee. The topic was proposed for consideration by Shellina Prendergast, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education. The Select Committee will be investigating the use of all types of Pupil Premium across the education sector in Kent. The Committee is cross party…

Kent Test results day

More than 15,900 children who sat the Kent Test last month will find out whether they have been assessed for a grammar school place this week. Kent County Council will email families who registered online for the test after 4pm on Thursday, October 12 with their child’s assessment result. However, the volume of emails sent…

Reassuring parents about asbestos in schools

Following a recent news article, Kent County Council would like to reassure parents who might be concerned about the potential dangers of asbestos in school buildings. The health and safety of all children in Kent schools is our top priority and we are confident there is no risk to children who attend a school which…

Paul Carter

Kent schools outrank UK results

In a recent interview with Theresa May, BBC‘s Nick Robinson made reference to Kent schools during a discussion about grammar schools. Saying: “The highest number of underperforming schools in the UK is in Kent where they have grammar schools.”  This couldn’t be further from the truth. This was a rather clumsy use of statistics because Kent is also…

Registration for the Kent Test (11+) opens soon

Registration for the Kent Test (11+) for parents who would like their children to start at a Kent Grammar School in September 2016 opens on Monday, June 1. Parents have until Wednesday July 1 to register their children for the tests, which will take place after the summer break. To be registered for testing, children…

National School Offer Day

This year more children than ever have applied for a place in a Kent secondary school, with 18,193 applications received. 95% of all applications were made online which means from 4pm today thousands of Kent families will be logging on to view their accounts or receiving an email to find out which secondary school their…

The annual John Downton Awards for Young Artists

Kent’s Young Artists show their talent

A competition for young artists across the county reaches its climax with an exhibition of their work at County Hall, Maidstone, starting later this month. The annual John Downton Awards for Young Artists commemorate John Downton, the celebrated Kent artist, poet and philosopher, who was born in Erith in 1906. This annual exhibition encourages and…