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More than £340k amassed in ‘school holiday fines’

More than £340k amassed in ‘school holiday fines’

19 July 2024

A Kent council has handed out thousands of fines for unauthorised pupil absences in the past three years, it’s been revealed.

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‘This will only increase the divide’: Princess Royal’s boarding school head slams Labour’s VAT proposals

‘This will only increase the divide’: Princess Royal’s boarding school head slams Labour’s VAT proposals

19 July 2024

The head of the Princess Anne’s former Kent school is among leaders condemning Labour’s bid to end tax breaks for private education.

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‘Her legacy is felt far beyond these walls’: Headteacher retiring after 25 years

‘Her legacy is felt far beyond these walls’: Headteacher retiring after 25 years

19 July 2024

After a quarter of a century leading the way at an ‘outstanding’ school, a headteacher has reflected on her time at the top as she steps down.

Investigation after alleged ‘safeguarding’ incident involving after school club

Investigation after alleged ‘safeguarding’ incident involving after school club

18 July 2024

Worried parents have been made aware of a potential “safeguarding” issue following an alleged incident at an after school club.

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New secondary school head promises to ‘get it right’

New secondary school head promises to ‘get it right’

18 July 2024

A secondary school has appointed a new head teacher who says he has ambitious plans to move it on to “greater success”.

School for children with autism celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted

School for children with autism celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted

18 July 2024

Pupils at a school for children with autism said they are very happy and enjoy learning there following an Ofsted inspection.

Head of Kent’s ‘best secondary school’ reveals why he is quitting

Head of Kent’s ‘best secondary school’ reveals why he is quitting

18 July 2024

The head of a grammar ranked by a school directory website as Kent’s top secondary has revealed why he is stepping down after almost eight years.

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School says ‘life won’t be the same’ without ‘larger than life’ pupil

School says ‘life won’t be the same’ without ‘larger than life’ pupil

18 July 2024

A school has paid tribute to a 15-year-old boy who has been put on end of life care after a jump from a pier left him brain damaged.

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Village parking war as 'petty' ban leaves school-run parents fuming

Village parking war as 'petty' ban leaves school-run parents fuming

17 July 2024

Furious parents fear a “petty” parking ban near a primary school will put their children’s lives at risk.

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‘A lack of cash is turning education and our schools into a business’

‘A lack of cash is turning education and our schools into a business’

16 July 2024

A lack of cash is turning education and schools into businesses, fears our columnist, when they should be in nothing but the business of education.

‘Parents who can afford a holiday will just pay the fine’

‘Parents who can afford a holiday will just pay the fine’

16 July 2024

A head teacher has said fines aren’t enough to stop families from going on holiday in term time, as stats reveal the number of parents being fined.

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‘There’s too much focus on going to uni - there is another way’

‘There’s too much focus on going to uni - there is another way’

16 July 2024

Apprenticeships have long been a way into skilled professions - so why are numbers dwindling so dramatically?

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Euros lay-in for schoolchildren

Euros lay-in for schoolchildren

13 July 2024

A number of schools across the county have told parents children can arrive late if they stay up to watch England’s Euro 2024 final clash.

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‘Learners here develop skills employers need’

‘Learners here develop skills employers need’

11 July 2024

An independent training provider that delivers BTEC courses at two sports clubs in Kent has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas by the education watchdog.

Former school boss to set up mobile coffee shop in woodland

Former school boss to set up mobile coffee shop in woodland

11 July 2024

An ex-school boss is swapping classrooms for a retro van and opening a mobile coffee shop in a community woodland.

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School boss speaks out after trespasser scaled fence ‘sparking lockdown’

School boss speaks out after trespasser scaled fence ‘sparking lockdown’

11 July 2024

School bosses have sought to reassure parents and addressed social media speculation after an intruder scaled a primary school’s fence.

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Secondary school in line for £7m expansion

Secondary school in line for £7m expansion

11 July 2024

A secondary school is set to receive a huge cash sum from Kent County Council to expand its capacity to meet growing demand for places.

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School in lockdown and police called after trespasser enters grounds

School in lockdown and police called after trespasser enters grounds

10 July 2024

An intruder at a primary school was removed by police while students and staff went into lockdown.

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Football school for children with behavioural needs to close

Football school for children with behavioural needs to close

10 July 2024

A football club school helping youngsters struggling with education will close this summer as children are integrated into mainstream schools.

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Troubled school to shut early for summer term

Troubled school to shut early for summer term

10 July 2024

Students will be going home seven school days early at the end of the summer term as a pair of schools prepare to be taken over by new bosses.

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