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We are saying goodbye to our Year six class today, we are very proud of them all and we wish them the best of luck!


Please follow the link below for School Transition - August Calendars & Resources. The Padlet details fun and creative ways to think about school transition and promote wellbeing.


Happy Birthday to Isla in Alpaca Class, we hope you have a fantastic day!


VIPS Holborough Lakes participated in the PASS Football league this year, unfortunately not all games could be played due to COVID-19. We are proud to have been presented with our certificates for participating in the matches that took place, well done! ⚽️


Follow the link below for daily five minute mindfulness activities.


Our Virtual Sports Week results are in: In 4th place it's Hever with 1808 points, 3rd Place is Bodiam with 1994 points, 2nd place is Scotney with 2436 points and Leeds take 1st place with a massive 2727 points! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part!


Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

Moodspark is . They provide mental health support to young people in Kent, and their website is full of useful resources and service information for parents and teachers too:


Well done to all of our Learners of the Week!


Ify enjoyed taking part in our virtual sports day activities!


Sammy and his sister designed and made an earthquake proof building!


Maisie in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic Great Barrier Reef picture.


Class Dojo is a brilliant way for us to connect, look how much our school has connected this week!


Jack in Alpaca Class has written about dogs invading his home which is linked to their text.


Isla with a picture of her sporting hero, Glenn Morris.


Daisy in Year 1 has measured herself against the tallest man in the world!


Freya in Alpaca Class has drawn a brilliant Giant.


Megan in Meerkat Class has created this fantastic painting!


Well done to all of our Learners of the Week!


This week Owl class have been completing lots of work focused on 'Human Giants'. They followed instructions on how to draw a giant and used this to complete a description. Here are a few of the drawings and pieces of writing from Rohan, Finan and Aisha.


Lion Class have been enjoying Sports Week.


Year 6 love their leavers hoodies!


Jack in Alapca class has been producing wonderful home learning, well done!


500 Words: Black Lives Matter - 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for kids. Please follow the link for more information on how to get involved.


Minion Class have been comparing measurements, they found that the giraffe was taller than the steps but shorter than the school!


Clara and Lois enjoyed taking part ion Clock Jump this week.


Minion Class have been painting African Silhouettes.


The children have been enjoying Virtual Sports Week, this is our Target Throw!


Noah in Reception has been measuring using standard and non standard units, he made a 36cm length.


Sienna in Tiger Class has made her own version of snakes and ladders as her maths board game.


Kento in Tiger Class has made a wonderful space themed maths game.


Finley and Reeva have been crabbing at the beach.


We hope that you like our staff well being area as much as do 😀


Please see the Salus activity time table for children ages 8 and above.


Wow, look how much we are connecting on Class Dojo!


Pupils in Wallaby class have enjoyed making sun catchers for our classroom and for home but where has the sun gone?!


Well done to all of our Learners of the Week!


Happy Birthday to Isabel in Tiger Class and Kamal in Alpaca Class, we hope you have a fantastic day!


Follow the link below to watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor and teacher and a wonderful storyteller. There are 20 fabulous stories available for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.


Part Two of Muheebah's short film.


Muheebah in Year 6 has created the sort film, click below to watch Part One, Part two is on the next tweet!


Safeguarding – Keeping Children Safe in Education

We place the highest importance on the safeguarding of all members of our school community. This covers the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone.

  • Our School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Lisa Vickers, Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead: Miss Anna Fassnidge, EYFS Teacher and Miss Paula Barnes, SENCO
  • School Governor Safeguarding Lead/Trust Lead: Mrs Kim Stafford

The School has adopted the definition of the term ‘Safeguarding’ used in the Children Act 2004.

In summary this is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.

The School’s safeguarding arrangements cover all aspects of life at School, in particular addressing these issues:

  • health and safety;
  • bullying;
  • other harassment and discrimination, including racism;
  • physical intervention;
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions;
  • behaviour
  • off-site visits;
  •  intimate care;
  •  internet and E-safety;
  •  physical security of the School site;
  •  recruitment and vetting of staff and visitors to the school site.
Keeping Children Safe in Education Keeping Children Safe in Education
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Safeguarding Policy
Child Friendly Version of the Child Protection Policy

Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.

Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views. 

The Governing Body of Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.

Holborough Lakes is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerabilityAt Holborough Lakes all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

• Children are encouraged to adopt and live out our Core Values. These complement the key “British Values” of tolerance, respect, understanding, compassion and harmonious living.

• Children are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through the LORIC (Leadership, organisation, Resiliance, Initative and Communication), Mind to Be Kind, Rights Respecting, assemblies and through the elected School Council members

• Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet.

• Children participate in local community events so that they appreciate and value their neighbours and friends who may not share their faith background.

• Children’s wellbeing, confidence and resilience is promoted through our planned curriculum and extra-curricular learning opportunities.

• Children are supported in making good choices from a very young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others.

The Role of the Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes respect, tolerance and diversity. Children are encouraged to express themselves through discussions, debates and consultations. The RE (Religious Education), PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Citizenship and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) provision is embedded across the curriculum, and underpins the ethos of our school. Children learn about all major faiths and visit places of worship wherever possible. They are also taught about how to stay safe when using the internet.  

Our Core Values

Our approach to teaching at Holborough Lakes is built upon our core values of Perseverance, Resilience, Respect, Oneness, Understanding and Determination. Whilst all of these enable the children to become well-rounded individuals we recognise the importance of resilience in preventing children being drawn into extremist ways of thinking.

Although serious incidents involving radicalisation have not occurred at Holborough Lakes, to date, it is important for us to be constantly vigilant and remain fully informed about the issues which affect the region in which we teach. Staff are reminded to suspend any professional disbelief that instances of radicalisation ‘could not happen here’ and to refer any concerns through the Child Protection/ Safeguarding Lead Teachers.

These include Mrs L Vickers, Miss A Fassnidge and Miss P Barnes.

Prevent Duty

Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes.

The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including the extreme right wing, violent Islamist groups and other causes.

From July 2015 all schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism.  This means we have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Prevent Strategy


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”). It is a form of child abuse and violence against women. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

Section 5B of the 2003 Act 1 introduces a mandatory reporting duty which requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police.

FGM Information

Honour Based Violence

Honour based abuse does not have a basis in religion. It is related to culture, beliefs, customs and an expectation that people should behave in a certain way.

Not doing so can be seen as bringing ‘shame’ or ‘dishonour’ on individuals, a family or a community.

But there’s no honour in inflicting pain or hurt on anyone and no excuse for abuse or violence.
Acts carried out in the name of honour such as violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are illegal in the UK and carry substantial prison sentences.

Domestic Abuse Protocol

NSPCC Information