Kitchen is vi­tal in­gre­di­ent in plans for school

AT THE HELM: New head is full of ideas to re­vi­talise pri­mary school

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD - by Clare Mul­grew

Im­por­tant

AN in­jec­tion of en­thu­si­asm has been given to an Ash­ford school where a new head teacher has taken over the reigns.

Jim Holditch, 41, right, started at God­in­ton Pri­mary School this month, tak­ing over from act­ing head, Jill Tal­bot.

He was pre­vi­ously head teacher at Head­corn Pri­mary School for six years be­fore tak­ing up the new role, which is his sec­ond head­ship.

“I view all-round ed­u­ca­tion as be­ing im­por­tant,” he said.

“Art, mu­sic, PE – the ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar stuff is just as im­por­tant as any­thing else.”

He said he would be adding “a hun­dred and one things” to the school, start­ing with a kitchen.

Food is cur­rently brought in from St Mary’s, but Kent County Coun­cil has said the 420 pupils at God­in­ton can have their own kitchen next year.

Mr Holditch, a keen rugby and cricket player who wanted to be an RAF pilot as a young­ster, wants to open up op­por­tu­ni­ties to the chil­dren at his school.

“We have lots of clubs here, but I want to make it so that the chil­dren are swamped with a choice of ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“We are pre­par­ing chil­dren for life out­side – learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment or play a sport is a skill in it­self, but it also im­proves con­fi­dence. Be­ing in a sports team is also about mak­ing friend­ships and get­ting on with chil­dren and adults.”

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