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So excited to have 100% of Alpaca families connected on ClassDojo!


Eloise baked fresh bread with her dad and then sold it to the neighbours, following social distancing guidelines. Eloise's dad then doubled the money they raised and they have now donated £100 to the Covid19 fund! What an amazing thing to do - well done!


Challenge of the Day - How many cars are there in the photo? We will post the answer tomorrow.


Mr Elsom has compiled a wonderful range of links to resources that can be used for making music, these can be found on our website just click on 'additional links and resources.' 🎼


When we are all making sacrifices to protect one another its important to remember we also have lots we can be thankful for as this youtube video explains in an upbeat way.


It's nice to remind ourselves of the lovely comments we receive when we hold showcase sessions - "Really nice to come in and spend time reading" & "Something we can do at home to encourage trying new tastes and textures." We look forward to holding showcase sessions again. 🌈


A wonderful poem written by Mrs Billingham's daughter, Alex aged 12. 🌈


Super start to home learning! Henry and his brother planting seeds.


Staying Creative - get involved in our new competition, please follow the link below for further details!


Arish's work inspired by Pac-man - using his interests to support writing and maths.


Don't miss Heateacher, Mrs Vickers' first blog! You can find it here, on our website -


We are delighted to have been awarded £1,166 in the Bags of Help scheme - thank you so much to everyone who voted for us! What fantastic news in uncertain times!


How has the first day of home school been? We hope it's been fun... don't forget to send in photos of all the hard work being done by our pupils and any other projects you might have had a go at! We'd love to share them :) Stay safe everyone.


In these times of self-isolation and social distancing we can still carry out acts of kindness, please follow the link below for inspiration.


Some more rays of sunshine today, Edward has been using his creative IT skills to produce a mythical creature and Years 3 and 4 have been writing letters and making Easter cards for the residents and Pilgrims View Care Home.


With everything that is happening at the moment we wanted to share some rays of sunshine that are happening at VIPS Holborough Lakes today. James is showing his creative flair, Thea and her published work and Yananai producing fabulous work on volcanoes.


During the school closure it is important to stay active, follow the link below for PE lessons with Joe Wicks


Busy happy Pandas this morning.


Evil Pea strikes again! He has encased his pea friends in radioactive jelly and doesn't think Panda Class can work together to plan how to free them. But he was wrong!!!


Year 3 and 4 have had fantastic fun for science day studying chemical reactions.


Panda Class have been trying to solve the mystery of the missing vegetables. Evil Pea has stolen them from the kitchen and we need to get them back! Will our Evil Pea traps and wanted posters help?


It's Science day at VIPS Holborough Lakes! Some fantastic investigations have been taking place including 'mouldy bread' and looking at images through microscopes. Who is our next famous scientist?


There is only a few weeks left to put your blue chip into our unit at Tesco Extra at Lunsford Park and Tesco Express Larkfield!Please keep supporting us when you are out shopping to help us raise money for music resources, thank you.


Its 'Mindful March' - please follow the link below for ideas on how to be mindful each day.


Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to read with their child for World Book Day yesterday.


We are celebrating World Book Day at VIPS Holborough Lakes! The children had a wonderful assembly led by Mrs Billingham and they all look fabulous dressed up as book characters. Well done to the winners of the most ingenious costumes.


Please follow the link below for Dr. Ranj's Coronavirus Advice For Kids.


Author M.P Robertson is in school with the children today, he is using his wonderful creations to inspire the children to read and he is encouraging the use of their imagination.


Wow, a Dragon has arrived at Holborough Lakes Primary School!


Year 3 and 4 had a visit from Charlton Athletic to talk about healthy eating and physical activity.


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.


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

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