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Well done to all our 'Beat the Goalie' winners! Thank you to everyone for sponsoring this event and raising money for our fantastic PTA!


Happy Birthday to the following pupils celebrating their birthday during half term, Laurence in Dolphin Class, Jasmine in Owl Class, Monte in Panda Class, Alexandru in Meerkat Class and Evelyn in Owl Class.


Owl Class enjoyed 'Beat the Goalie' today, Mrs Billingham was in goal with her boxing gloves on!!


Panda Class children were making different shapes with the brightly coloured shapes this morning.


Panda Class were being creative with colours this morning.


The Victorian School day started for our Year 1 and 2 Pupils by addressing Miss Sheehan and Miss Daniels in the traditional form 'Present Miss' during registration.


Happy Birthday to Harley in Owl Class, have a fantastic day!


We are proud to confirm we received our 5 Star food hygiene rating for our kitchen today!


Join Joe Wicks on 31st October for a Halloween Special of PE with Joe!


We have received a delivery of some wonderful new books for our school today.


Tiger Class have enjoyed 'Beat the Goalie' today, some children were playing with Miss Daniels in goal!


Dolphin Class have completed their 2.6 mile mini marathon!


We are looking forward to our PTA Beat the Goalie Sponsored event next week!


Here is a sneaky peek of our new published display!


Happy Birthday to Lily-Ann and CeCe in Owl Class, have a fabulous day.


Happy Birthday to Madison in Owl Class, have a fabulous day!


Penguin and Dolphin Class have been enthralled by the text 'Cosmic' by As part of their extended writing they have written a diary entry with a flashback for our awe inspiring display!


Owl Class have been developing their skills in weaving, we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes at the end of the week.


Owl Class have been learning about Anglo-Saxons. They have been using their sticky knowledge to recall facts.


Panda Class have been getting creative with numbers linking to their topic 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.


Emma in Alpaca Class has produced outstanding writing.


Here's a sneak peek of our publishing!


Tiger Class have been writing a diary entry as one of the brave soldiers in their text 'Major Glad Major Dizzy'.


Owl Class have been learning about sound. They investigated vibrations using a tuning fork, it was brilliant!


Happy Birthday to Daisy in Penguin Class who will be celebrating her birthday at the weekend, have a fantastic day.


We have celebrated our Virtual Harvest Festival in School today, thank you to all of our parents for their generous Harvest Donations.


Yesterday Panda Class found and planted 5 magic golden beans; look what they have grown into!! There was a message from the top of the beanstalk, so we have been busy writing and drawing replies.


Thank you to all of our parents for your generosity with Harvest donations.


Happy Birthday to Chloe and Max in Meerkat Class celebrating their birthdays today!


Join us in celebrating World Teachers day today!


Owl Class have investigated pitch in Science using jam jars and water.


Riley decorated an Anglo-Saxon Sword!


Ashton in Owl Class has used his cup to communicate with his brother.


Happy Birthday to Hayden in Owl Class who is celebrating his birthday today and Raj in Owl Class who will be celebrating at the weekend, have a great day!


The sensory garden is now open for the children to enjoy a little bit of quiet time. It took 37 wheel barrows of pea shingle to fill the area! The plants have been planted and the boxes have been weather proofed, we hope they enjoy this area.


A fun lunch was had by all in school today!


Alpaca Class have been exploring floating and sinking in Science.


Madison has created a fantastic first draft of her writing, we are looking forward to seeing the final published version!


Our sensational sensory garden and wellbeing space is almost complete!


Tiger Class have been enjoying playing tennis today.


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