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Year 6 carried out a fantastic science experiment, they investigated earthquakes using marshmallows and cocktail sticks on a tray of jelly!


To compliment Science and Topic learning, Year 3 and 4 had the amazing opportunity to ride a smoothie bike which blended a smoothie for them to enjoy.


Don't forget it's the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Event this afternoon - it's being hosted by Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill & starts at 3.30pm. If you'd like to attend, please let your child's school office know. We look forward to seeing you there!


We have received a letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, recognising our amazing SATS results.


Staying safe online - here are a selection of handy guides for parents. !


Year 6 have been experimenting with shadows this afternoon.


Year 3 had an interactive and engaging experience with a visit from Warburtons today. They carried out an experiment, learnt about healthy eating, reducing food waste and the importance of hand hygiene and even made their own sandwich.


Well done to all the pupils who received an award at our Achievement Assembly today and thank you to the parents who came to celebrate with their child.


On Monday the children experienced the 'Kent Music roadshow'. They listened to the sounds different instruments make and enjoyed a wonderful performance.


Remember it is easy for people to pretend when they are online. They might not always be who they say they are, or say what they really mean. Follow this link for information on staying safe online.


It is that time of the year when germs spread very easily, we are promoting good hand hygiene at Holborough Lakes Primary School, Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.


The Contract Dining Company would like to receive your feedback, please follow the link below to complete their survey, thank you for your support. EYFS & KS1 - KS2 -


This weeks House Points: Bodiam - 457 Leeds - 686 Scotney - 790 Hever - 826 🏆


Come to the Valley Park Scholarship information event on 26 February at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, from 3.30pm, aimed at Year 5 pupils...


It is internet safety day tomorrow, please see the video below for information about e-safety


Year 3 and 4 enjoyed learning about their 5-a-day and healthy eating through an engaging presentation from Kingsland.


Year 6 experienced a theatre production, 'WASTED,' raising their awareness and helping them to make the right choices.


A group of our Key Stage 1 children participated in the Infant Agility competition at VIPS Leybourne Chase yesterday and came joint second, well done!


Well done to four of our Year 5 pupils who visited Invicta Grammar School yesterday to participate in the Primary Maths Challenge.


A group of our children participated in the Young Voices concert at the O2 yesterday. They had an amazing time and sang beautifully!


The governing body visited yesterday.They were very impressed with the children’s maths skills and the positive impact on their learning.They heard about our Wellness Programme and the school’s ambition to achieve the ArtsMark, ensuring the children have enriching experiences.


As part of Children's Mental Health week we have been raising awareness today by wearing our clothes inside out.


Please follow the link below for tips and advice from The Book Trust about reading with your child.


Panda class developing their fine motor skills and making repeating patterns. A great way to start the day!


These are the fantastic books that the classes now have in their book corners because of your generosity whilst shopping at our Scholastic book fair this week, thank you!


Our wonderful Enchanted Woodland in our Key Stage One corridor!


Our first Adult Education course went well, the parents enjoyed developing their first aid skills and practising on Ann and baby Ann the CPR dolls.


Come along on 7th February to support our PTA Ladies Pamper and Shopping night, please see flyer for details.


Thank you to the Year 3 and 4 parents who came to our parent lunch today to celebrate the children's topic 'Chinese New Year'.


Panda Class enjoyed visiting Pilgrims View Care Home on Tuesday, they made biscuits for the residents to enjoy.


Thank you to the parents who came to our Year 2 Parent Lunch yesterday.


Year 6 enjoyed their Cyber Choices workshop, they learnt how to make the right choices online.


We are beginning to feel the magic coming to life in our KS1 corridor....


Can you guess what it is yet?


The children have all enjoyed learning about the didgeridoo this week, thank you to Mr Smith for showing the children.


Year 6 enjoyed their first yoga session this week.


The children had a lovely assembly presented by The Family Trust this week, thank you.


Cookery club had their first session this week and they enjoyed making pizzas 🍕


Year 1 and 4 collaborating to paint Diva lamps.


Year 5 and 6 collaborating with Reception Class to create Rangoli Patterns.


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, Mr Billy Harrington, Deputy Headteacher, and Miss Paula Barnes, SENCO
  • Lead Governor Safeguarding (Primary): Mr Mark Bunting
  • School Governor Safeguarding 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



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.


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, Mr B Harrington 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

Help for Adults Concerned about a Child
Help for Children and Young People
Parent Information - Home Alone Children
Parent Information - Out Alone Children
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