Opening ceremony has military precision
Guests from the armed services and Kent County Council attended the launch of Ashford’s Repton Manor Primary School.
All 160 pupils sang songs, accompanied by head teacher Matt Rawling on guitar, at the £5.2 million school at Repton Avenue last Tuesday.
The VIPs included county councillor Michael Northey (Con), the deputy cabinet member for education, and Col Chris Bird of the Intelligence Corps, as Repton Manor barracks was home to the corps in the 1990s.
There was also a cutting of a ribbon featuring self-portraits by all of the children.
Mr Rawling said: “It’s been an exciting year. The children, the families and the community have got behind the school and we have already got that community feeling.”
The children displayed Waitrose trolleys decorated as floats and there were performances by local dance groups.
The school, which opened in September, will welcome another 60 new pupils next year.
Col Chris Bird of the Intelligence Corps opens the school, helped by eldest pupil Jamie Forster, youngest EveyMae Shearer and head teacher Matt Rawling