What’s the best way to ensure that your school or college gets its new stock of chairs, stools or tables in plenty of time for the start of the new school year?

The summer holidays are traditionally a very busy time for UK manufacturers of school tables, chairs, cupboards etc.  Hundreds, maybe even thousands of schools and colleges order new stock …most of which has to be manufactured and delivered in a relatively short space of time.

Sadly it’s not always recognised that this puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the factories …… the need for more raw materials, perhaps taking on extra staff to cope with increased demand and last but not least, delivering huge quantities of furniture the length and breadth of the UK to many schools, often in the space of just a couple of weeks. 

Four suggestions to improve your school’s chances of getting new stocks of tables and chairs etc in plenty of time for the new school year…….  

1.  Order early!    This is usually the key to avoiding chaos at the start of the new term. Most manufacturers will be pleased to produce your furniture early in the summer term and store it for later delivery….either in the holidays or just before the new term starts.

2.  Never throw away your old furniture until the new stock has arrived!  However tempting it may be to clear out old chairs and tables and throw them in a skip, please resist doing so.  Your new stock may be delayed until after the terms starts…if this happens then what will your students sit on or write on?

3.  Take delivery “guarantees” with a pinch of salt (sometimes even a boxful of salt). This is particularly important if you are late in ordering and are desperately searching for a supplier to deliver in just a few days. It may be tempting for a firm to quote a quick delivery date  just to get your order, knowing full well that they can’t do what they say, but hoping they can keep you hanging on week after week until you finally receive your order.

4.  If you are ordering late then try to be flexible.  Could you change the specification slightly?   Can you change the colour or style of chairs you want?  Could you perhaps accept tables with a black frame rather than a grey frame?   A good supplier should be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of lead times for different products so at least you can make an informed decision.

If you need new school furniture for August or September you might like to contact

Central Educational Supplies Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or info@centraleducational.co.uk

Ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to discuss your requirements and can make suggestions and provide prices, all without any obligation.  For examples of their range of educational furniture please see:  www.centraleducational.co.uk

Central Educational Supplies Ltd., PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

Booking Now for Autumn Musicals in Tunbridge Wells

The new Autumn season at the Assembly Hall Theatre includes three striking musicals, two of them based on hit films (Flashdance and The Wedding Singer) and the third (Son of a Preacher Man) a brand new musical set in 60’s Soho featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield.

The Wedding Singer
Tue 5 Sep to Sat 9 Sep

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

Can sweet natured Julia, (Cassie Compton: X Factor) and her best friend Holly lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight?  Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glenn (Ray Quinn: X Factor, Dancing On Ice)? Only Grandma Rosie (Ruth Madoc: Hi-De-Hi!, Little Britain) seems to be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be.


Performance Times

Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 and the eleventh ticket free

Plus a £1.75 per ticket booking fee

Flashdance – The Musical
Mon 13 Nov to Sat 18 Nov

Dance like you’ve never danced before! Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer.  When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream.

Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds.

Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the sensational title track Flashdance – What a Feeling.

Produced by the award winning team at Selladoor Productions- producers of Footloose, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors, and Runaway Entertainment – producers of Lazarus, In the Heights and Guys and Dolls, Flashdance – The Musical is not to be missed!

No school rate, but tickets from £15 plus £1.75 per ticket booking fee and requests can be put to the producers


Son of a Preacher Man
Tue 31 Oct to Sat 4 Nov

Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.

Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including “The Look Of Love”, “I Only Want To Be With You”, “Spooky” and of course, the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and starring Diana Vickers (Little Voice, Rocky Horror Show, The X Factor) and Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show, Bad Girls, Coronation Street), Son of a Preacher Man comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre for one week only. So you know just what to do with yourself – book your tickets now!

Please note there is some Parental Advisory material in this production.


Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 and the eleventh ticket free

Plus a £1.75 per ticket booking fee

To book your tickets and ask questions please email Bethan.Minter@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or telephone 01892 554221.

Please speak to us if you would like to book a backstage tour before the matinees and we can add an ice cream to your booking for just £2 per person.

Antony Pickthall
Sales and Marketing Director

Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2LU

T: 01892 554165

M: 07875 280038



Science experiments for the new academic year

Topical Resources


Start the new academic year with science experiments that will instil a love for science from the off

Science experiments can instil a love for science, which is precisely why we have created the Practical Science series – so that you will never run out of science experiment ideas!

Practical Science contains a wealth of science experiments and activities and has been divided up into six volumes (one for each year group), not least so that you can effortlessly find an experiment that is suitable for the age group and topic that you are teaching at any given time.

For more information and to see sample pages for any of the volumes in the Practical Science series, simply visit the links below.

Practical Science Year 1

Practical Science Year 2 

Practical Science Year 3 

Practical Science Year 4 

Practical Science Year 5 

Practical Science Year 6  


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