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Podcast: Abbey School in Faversham rated inadequate by inspectors after ’Britain’s strictest headteacher’ was drafted in

A Kent school that drafted in a headteacher described as ‘Britain’s strictest’ has been rated inadequate by inspectors.

Parents complained when Barry Smith was parachuted into Abbey School in Faversham for a number of days last September.

Ofsted have found that its strict rules are considered “oppressive” by pupils, many of whom are “unhappy and do not feel safe”.

We have reaction from an education advisor, we’ve also found out what some parents think and have a response from the school.

Also in today’s podcast, it’s an anxious wait for thousands of teenagers in Kent as A level results are out tomorrow.

Pupils sat exams for the first time since before the pandemic. We’ve been catching up with education specialist Graham Jones.

£17.5m has been spent on doing up a holiday park in Kent – creating more than 100 jobs.

It’s the biggest investment Haven have made in one of their parks this year and will see a number of new attractions open at the site in Allhallows.

Drivers who keep parking in a church carpark in Medway are being urged to go there for services – or move their vehicles.

There are several spaces behind St Matthew’s in Borstal near Rochester. Hear from the church warden.

In sport, Gillingham have suffered another defeat in the league. We have reaction from manager Neil Harris following their 2-0 loss to Harrogate.

But there was better news for tennis star Emma Raducanu who beat legend Serena Williams in America overnight.