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19/04/21

We’re celebrating getting active and travelling around the body with . Schools have already made a fantastic 34,319 journeys! To find out more please visit https://t.co/VePuk8MHZZ

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

31/03/21

Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli and James who are celebrating their birthday during the Easter break, we hope you have a great day. https://t.co/EGcBWzUq47

31/03/21

Year 6 enjoyed a fun easter egg hunt in the sun yesterday! https://t.co/1P6kedFIT0

31/03/21

Year 5 have been using this wonderful model as part of their final outcome on their river topic. https://t.co/Fkuu2hMv8p

30/03/21

Thank you to our amazing PTA for giving each child an Easter Egg! Happy Easter! https://t.co/X51GXIvsSa

30/03/21

Meerkat Class have been having fun making cannons linking to their learning about The Mary Rose. https://t.co/NeNTgI6MYm

30/03/21

Thank you to Rev. Danielle for leading our virtual Easter Assembly this morning, it was a lovely way to celebrate Easter and end the school term. https://t.co/g1F3JLvg95

30/03/21

Thank you to Olivia for sharing her experience today in our Autism Awareness Assembly. If you would like to sponsor her and help raise money for the National Autistic Society please visit her Just Giving Page: https://t.co/CyzLzgUh4Y https://t.co/bJEt3A0UqI

29/03/21

Dolphin Class enjoyed their Author Workshop led by Jack Meggitt-Phillips last week. https://t.co/9f6KhZG6Gd

29/03/21

Dolphin Class have been creating fantastic pieces of artwork based on The Highwayman poem. https://t.co/fQzPQi0XnW

29/03/21

White Rose Maths have teamed up with TV presenter, teacher and parent Michael Underwood to bring you a mini-series called Maths with Michael. To take a look at the videos and resources please click on the link below. https://t.co/A1vckygqHs

29/03/21

Happy Birthday to Prince, Charlie, Alexis, Megan, Teddie, Mason and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day! https://t.co/KSBkS9Ksf0

25/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/VZ9s39JFoX The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/bybFl7v2Fk

24/03/21

Retweeted From BookTrust

Feeling bored? Our Cupboard is bursting with treats - whether you want a lovely storytime, a drawing lesson, some writing tips or craft activities. Open it up here: https://t.co/HQCbVQ2jUb Pic: Hannah Shaw https://t.co/ZNsE5e25gL

24/03/21

Alpaca Class have had great fun planting this morning! We can't wait to watch the flowers grow 🌺🌻🌼 https://t.co/bpPl9goI3B

24/03/21

Megan in Owl Class has created an amazing canvas at home, it is her version of The Scream by Edvard Munch. Well done Megan this is fantastic! https://t.co/dh2GrkVqTJ

24/03/21

The children enjoyed the tasty pizza for yesterday's lunch 🍕 https://t.co/bAiBgF2UyS

22/03/21

Panda Class have had great fun today dissecting dinosaur poop! https://t.co/nO9TSbQE9g

22/03/21

Panda Class have been using their writing skills during free flow. https://t.co/BT1xRffi6i

22/03/21

Year 3 have been using clay to create Tudor Roses as part of their final outcomes. https://t.co/FRA3AvcrsD

22/03/21

Year 6 have produced beautiful publish writing. https://t.co/VNvqHdHkg6

22/03/21

Tiger Class have been using their orienteering skills to help them navigate through a maze. https://t.co/ESHAnAik1m

22/03/21

Happy Birthday to Aisha, Keiva, Alexander and Ava who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day. https://t.co/UFVOgenGRV

19/03/21

In PE this week Dolphin Class were demonstrating team work through crab-football and they took on the 'Tennis Rebound' personal challenge! https://t.co/PoT01fA119

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have carried out an investigation into micro organisms in Science. https://t.co/PiCL0Y4aDZ

19/03/21

Dolphin Class have enjoyed their Drama and English this week linking to The Highway Man. https://t.co/UyPvF98gQM

19/03/21

We are proud to be wearing red in school today and raising money for Comic Relief! Thank you to all our families for your donations! https://t.co/uy7q1mk5Cg

18/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/XXE2tYq0MD The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/fEYKmRXLd4

17/03/21

Panda Class are loving learning about dinosaurs. They have painted fossils, built dinosaurs out of bricks and were fascinated to explore a timeline and discover that dinosaurs wouldn't have had a Nintendo Switch to play on!! https://t.co/KAristJ2Mg

17/03/21

Jasmine in Owl Class has entered the Young Songwriter Competition with her amazing song 'The Lockdown Song'. Please listen, like and share to support Jasmine's entry! https://t.co/6G5NiliQhW

17/03/21

It has been great for the children to be outside and practice their hockey skills. https://t.co/0Ma42hj4Ii

17/03/21

The children have been enjoying learning new skills linking to Outdoor Adventurous Activities including orienteering. https://t.co/kUEcyS4AAy

15/03/21

Happy Birthday to Arjun, Jack, Lily-Rose, Phoebe and Isla who are all celebrating their birthday this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/uuOHFwgbjU

11/03/21

Salus offer free virtual youth sessions for 8-19 year olds, for more information on how to get involved please visit their website https://t.co/hn0KxT76N5 The photo shows the activities for next week. https://t.co/l9JwRxaMo5

09/03/21

We were celebrating International Women's Day at VIPS Holborough Lakes yesterday. https://t.co/HQ8du2NDxv https://t.co/03s7oCPdRK

08/03/21

We are really pleased to have welcomed our pupils back to school today and we are looking forward to them developing their positive growth mindset. https://t.co/SaxwWclEqa

08/03/21

Panda Class have settled back into school really well today and are having great fun learning today. https://t.co/HXoWyfkwtB

08/03/21

Thank you to Mr Tom for preparing and providing a wonderful breakfast for the staff today! https://t.co/3VIZS2KP21

08/03/21

Happy Birthday to Alex and Lucie who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a fantastic day! https://t.co/2j0v8bcQSv

Safeguarding

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 Sophie Matthews, 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

FGM

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