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Wayfield Primary School in Chatham is off to the Kent County Show for free

By Jenni Horn

Pupils are celebrating after beating schools from across Kent to win a day out to the County Show.

Children at Wayfield Primary School in Chatham, have been collecting tokens in the KM Group’s What’s On supplement over the past four weeks.

The prize was to take up to 90 children to the show on Friday, July 11. Wayfield, which only has one class per year group and just 200 children didn’t think they had a chance of winning.

But all the tokens were counted on a pupil ratio so theirs came out on top. Kelly Wright, the school’s pastoral support worker, was shown the first token in the paper and asked head teacher Valerie Rose if the school could get involved, which they did.

The 27-year-old said: “We also had an in-school competition so the classes with the most tokens would be the ones to go on the trip.

“I found out we won at 11.45am on Monday and called an emergency assembly to tell the school.

“On Tuesday morning we announced which year groups would be going and obviously they were very excited.

“The ones who aren’t going are a little bit gutted but it’s nearly the end of term so they will still be busy and I’m sure we will put things on for them to enjoy.”

Years 1 to 3 collected the most tokens and joining them will be 14 staff, including Miss Wright, who has never been to the show before and said she is also very excited.

The County Show is one of the biggest events in Kent and runs for three days, attracting around 80,000 people to the showground in Detling, near Maidstone.

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