House name comes down to close vote

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital Update -

A new house named af­ter a for­mer head teacher will be cre­ated at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School.

The Hythe Road sec­ondary school is ex­pand­ing from five to six forms of en­try, cre­at­ing a new class of 30 pupils in Year 7.

This will mean that in a few years the school will need a new house to join the ex­ist­ing five houses – Apps, Bar­rett, Burra, Harper and Knatch­bull.

The school held a vote to de­cide whether the house should be named af­ter ei­ther Arthur Syd­ney Lam­prey, who was head teacher from 1908 and 1927 and Peter Fran­cis Wood­worth, an old boy, teacher, deputy head teacher and gover­nor from 1904 un­til 1970.

Deputy head teacher Tracey Sav­age said: “The whole school voted in­clud­ing staff, gov­er­nors, stu­dents, and of course, our spe­cial guests – even Mr Speller, the school’s pre­vi­ous head teacher, sent in an email vote from abroad where he is on hol­i­day.”

There were as­sem­blies where Mark Cox-Smith and Max Dowling, mem­bers of the school sixth form de­bat­ing so­ci­ety, spoke about their lives and how they con­trib­uted to the school’s de­vel­op­ment.

Lam­prey was the win­ner with 467 out of 918 votes, and Mr Wood­worth will be re­mem­bered with a new prize called The Wood­worth Tro­phy for the School Cap­tain.

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