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Dorking school so pleased with Ofsted report its holding a music festival to celebrate

By TomVKlaveren  |  Posted: May 19, 2017

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David Cook Students celebrate after the school was rated Good by Ofsted last year

Students celebrate with head teacher Mark Richards after the school was rated Good by Ofsted last year

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A Dorking school has decided to put on a music festival, in part because staff were so pleased with its "Good" Ofsted rating.

Goodfest '17 is being hosted by St John's C of E Primary School on May 20 between 1-7pm and is being held partially to celebrate the report, published by the schools watchdog in September last year.

The one day festival for all ages also plans to bring together local artists, choirs and musicians as well as voluntary, community, faith and public sector organisations to showcase people doing 'good' in the Dorking community.

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Hosted on the schools grounds and sports facilities the festival will also feature an appearance by the South London Military Wives Choir.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the project Goodfest project manager Debbie Harrison said: "Visitors to GoodFest will be able to enjoy great music, sports activities and to find out about the many good 'not for profit' projects that benefit our Dorking area community.

"St John's C of E School was fortunate to secure funding from the National Lottery 'Celebrate England Fund' to enable us to host GoodFest and it is lining up to be a fun, positive and above all 'good' event."

The main 'good vibrations' stage will feature bands such as Midnight Hour, The Usual Suspects and Going South alongside Loud and Proud Community Choir, St John's Children's Choir and the military wives.

On top of this there will be street theatre artists and a climbing wall.

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Mark Richards, head teacher at St John's, said: "St John's is delighted to host the first Goodfest and thrilled so many people want to take part in celebrating everything good about our community.

"I have always been very heartened by the great community spirit and endeavours of people connected to our school, so it is wonderful that Goodfest is a chance for this to be enjoyed".

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport or to walk if feasible as there is no car parking on site.

Anyone wanting more information or a chance to showcase their own local project should visit www.goodfest.net

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