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Clash over future of seven primary schools in Kent

Parents and headteachers are at loggerheads over the future of seven Primary Schools in Deal.

A proposal has been made to turn the schools into academies and run them as a multi-academy trust.

Sandown, Hornbeam, The Downs, Deal Parochial, Northbourne, Sholden, and Kingsdown and Ringwould primary schools would be run under the umbrella of one super-trust.

Headteachers say the plans to switch from local authority to government funding would allow them to make efficiencies in a cash strapped environment.

But a group of parents has called a series public meetings to oppose the plans, because they fear the changes would be for the worse.

Footage above includes parent Andrew Bull, Christine Dickenson of the National Education Union and education expert Peter Read.


Trains disrupted as car ends up on live rail

A driver has had a lucky escape after their car ended up straddling a live rail following a collision on a crossing in Kent this morning.

The accident happened on the level crossing in Albert Road.

Rail commuters faced delay as trains were stopped from running through Deal.

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Woman knits politicians in run up to General Election

An unusual election yarn about a women from Kent who has been knitting the leaders of the political parties.

Pat Wilson from Deal has created 'JC Corbyn' and 'Brexitania May'. As well as woolly likenesses of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

So if politicians normally give you the needle - perhaps you will prefer these rather appealing characters?

Sarah Saunders has been speaking to Pat Wilson.

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