IN THE NEWS TODAY

Two Dartford primary schools were among the 430 schools which have qualified for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards following key stage 2 results published last week.  The results from Manor Community Primary School, Swanscombe and Oakfield Community Primary School showed that they have made or continue to make impressive improvements in the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.  Both schools have won £1,000 and will now be invited to apply for further prizes worth up to £100,000.  Final prizes will be awarded at a ceremony hosted in March next year.  Further details from gov.uk

Further update on Bob Dunn Way - from Dartford Borough Councillor Daisy Page (Labour) representing Littlebrook Ward.

Today’s Small Business of the Day featured by Dartford Borough Council is MicroHackers, a parent and child science, technology, engineering, art and maths startup that encourages learning through making.

Local businessman and long-time Dartford Football Club supporter Bill Archer has announced that he is to step down as co-chairman of the club.  The Board has unanimously asked Bill Archer to take up the post of Club President and is delighted that he will continue to advise the club.  Bill’s replacement as co-chairman will be the club’s current vice-chairman Steve Irving. Steve has been a director of the club for 22 years, a supporter for 43 years and will continue to work alongside Dave Skinner as co-chairman with responsibility for football.  Dave Francis, another long-serving director who has been responsible for merchandising and commercial activities steps up to replace Steve as club vice-chairman.  Further details and quotes from dartfordfconline.com

No-one in Kent tells me they want fewer police officers of PCSOs on our streets, but that will be the stark reality.  You cannot employ people if you can’t pay them’ – reaction from Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner to the news that central government is cutting funding to all forces by 5.1%.  Further details from kent-pcc.gov.uk

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Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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