my highlight being the two carol services I attended at Kings Farm Primary School in Gravesend. Eighteen months ago the school was in the news for all the wrong reasons but now, under new leadership and governance, it has been transformed. The services were supremely enjoyable events, reflecting a happy school all of whose members work together as a team. The school has brought in additional music expertise and the singing was joyous and of high quality with 100% enthusiastic participation by the children, every one of whom was extremely well-behaved. As you would expect, parents were out in force enjoying the occasions. Congratulations to everyone.
Amongst other visits, I also attended the Year Five Pantomime Pandemonium at Woodlands Junior School in Tonbridge and wondered at the talents of the children who performed and sang so well, with every one of the 96 members of the Year group appearing on stage. What I think was truly astonishing, although I am sure it is repeated in so many schools across the county, was the enthusiasm, creativity, skills, dedication and sheer stamina of the teaching staff who created an entirely original and funny blending of innumerable pantomime plots to the delight of a capacity audience of parents and friends. All this at the end of a very demanding term.
May they, and all teachers who have given so much over the past year to provide the best possible education for their charges, inspiring them so often in difficult circumstances, have the best possible holiday as a small reward for all their commitment.
Kent on Sunday will be publishing my personal education Review of the Past Year this weekend, which I will reproduce here so, looking ahead may I also wish you all Best Wishes for the next one, 2016.