Kitchen is vital ingredient in plans for school
AT THE HELM: New head is full of ideas to revitalise primary school
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.”