Education News

We take a look at what’s going on in the world of education in September.

Fashion Feat

Fashion Feat

Some of the most talented fashion designers in the south of England travelled to Kent College in Pembury for the Young Fashion Designer UK regional final.

The 15 finalists displayed their work for judging at the school and students also took part in workshops run by Kent College old girls, saw a demonstration by title sponsor TechSoft and heard from 2014 winner George Chaffey.

“Teachers said how they were glad such an event is available to showcase the hard work that goes into such pieces and these talented individuals gain the credit they deserve,” says a spokesperson for the school. “At Kent College we are incredibly proud to be part of YFDUK and see the event as a muchneeded platform from which to celebrate the achievements of students with a flair for fashion. We are so grateful to all the judges, businesses and finalists. Congratulations to all the finalists, especially Kent College’s Lara, who came second in GCSE, and Yasmin, who came third in the AS level category.”

Building Bigger

Building Bigger

Benenden School is planning for the future as the headteacher, Samantha Price, breaks ground on the construction work for their project, Centenary Vision. Launched in April by HRH The Princess Royal, who attended the school in the 1960s, the £7m project aims to enhance and create new facilities for the school in time for its centenary in 2023.

The aim is to deliver the scheme in several phases, starting with the improvement of the sporting facilities and building an all-weather floodlit sports pitch and pavilion. In addition, the girls will benefit from an international size lacrosse and hockey pitch and landscaping, with use expected to start in 2016.

A new school hall will be built in order to seat all 550 pupils and 300 staff, also acting as an enhanced concert hall venue.

“Our centenary vision is an ambitious development programme which will help us to further improve the complete education we offer girls at Benenden and to ensure they are getting the very best facilities to support an innovative curriculum to let them succeed in the modern world,” says Samantha Price.

“When the all-weather pitch and the school hall are completed, we will be delighted to welcome local community groups to share these wonderful facilities.

“The centenary vision is not just an investment in Benenden School but an investment in the community.”


Perfect Partnership

In an innovative partnership, West Kent Mind, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Kent County Council’s Public Health Department are working together to support young people’s mental health. Evidence suggests that incidents of mental health problems are on the increase amongst school age children and that 1 in 10 are likely to experience a problem at some time during their school life.

“These are worrying statistics but evidence also shows that early intervention and prevention can really make a positive difference for young people,” says Jill Roberts, Chief Executive of West Kent Mind. “That’s why we are delighted to be teaming up with local schools, young people and statutory sector partners to deliver a new pilot project Mental Health for
Schools (MH4 Schools). We will be evaluating the pilot project in six schools this year and hope to expand the project to all schools in the area.”

MH4 Schools work with both teachers and their students, firstly by equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to support young people and secondly by increasing the understanding that young people have of mental health and how to look after their mental health and wellbeing.