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13/12/19

Thank you to everyone who supported our Poppy Appeal. https://t.co/nfYKrInono

13/12/19

Our KS1 Performance was fantastic, thank you to everyone who came and supported our Year 1 and 2 pupils! https://t.co/AzgDdHhoFi

12/12/19

Our KS2 Carol Service was a great success yesterday! The children sang beautifully. https://t.co/L3kpOt5dnu

12/12/19

A huge thank you to our PTA! The Christmas Fair raised over £1000! Thank you to everybody who supported this fabulous event. 🎄

10/12/19

Come and join our friendly team! We are currently looking for two Higher Level Teaching Assistants, one to work in our SRP... You can find all the necessary information here: https://t.co/AlKopGO78E https://t.co/qUwAoHFauO

05/12/19

We were delighted to share some Festive Fun with our Reception Class families. A great way to get in the mood for Christmas! https://t.co/0jBGyE5ptk

05/12/19

The children had a fantastic time watching the Peter Pan Pantomime today! Oh yes they did! https://t.co/2iqkP50tne

04/12/19

Our Holborough Lakes Primary School Christmas card post box is open! We look forward to delivering your children's Christmas cards that they post here. 🎄 https://t.co/PD2YFWvQKz

29/11/19

The Year 5 and 6 Children had a fantastic time at Dover Castle yesterday. https://t.co/6f7Y0EJsN7

29/11/19

Thank you to everyone who came to our Year 1 Parent Lunch on Wednesday! https://t.co/o1svMdwhBs

21/11/19

Thank you to everyone who attended our open morning for children starting in September 2020. We received wonderful comments including "very welcoming school" and "beautifully presented school with such well behaved confident students".

21/11/19

Would you like to join our friendly team? We have vacancies for three teaching assistants at the moment and we would love to hear from you! You can find all the details here: https://t.co/AlKopGO78E https://t.co/Efhni4kyAy

20/11/19

Reception and Year 4 have had fun using our gymnastic equipment today. https://t.co/YzlbmdYp6U

20/11/19

The children enjoyed meeting Elmer when he visited our school. He will be part of the 'Elephant Art Trail' in Maidstone to support of The Heart of Kent Hospice. https://t.co/KyLU1GwHjy

20/11/19

Well done to three of our Year 4 pupils who raised £53 for Great Ormond Street Hospital through their Pom Pom sale! https://t.co/FNYoYedY7t

15/11/19

It was lovely to see parents at the coffee morning today, looking forward to next week 😀 https://t.co/bG6THtEXem

14/11/19

We are excited to announce that Tesco Bags for Help Scheme have chosen our school to be included in the community project store vote from January!

14/11/19

Year 1 were visited by Mr Bradley who was an engineer in the army. He spoke to Alpaca Class about remembrance and they all enjoyed looking at the lovely items he brought in, thank you very much. https://t.co/MOp3oKCljx

12/11/19

Please help us to get over £600 worth of free books for our school with 'The Sun Books for Schools' by collecting the tokens in The Sun and The Sun on Sunday from 23rd November. Please visit https://t.co/aLDllcdgYA for more information.

12/11/19

On Friday, Year 3 and Year 4 sold recycled plastic band wristbands that they had designed and made. This event was very well supported by our families and raised £61.10 to buy trees for our site, thank you very much! https://t.co/0PRAMP7dXu

05/11/19

Retweeted From SST Maidstone

If you applied for a place at SST Maidstone, you should've now received an email with details of an assessment date. If you haven't received this, please check your spam folder in the first instance. If you need any help, please contact us: admissions.viat.org.uk https://t.co/G3oVi4vbsg

31/10/19

Thank you to everybody who donated items to our Harvest Festival. We have received this lovely thank you card from The Pilsdon at Malling Community, they appreciated all of the donations. https://t.co/ujjFkHtbju

31/10/19

Year 5 & 6 played their first PASS league football match yesterday and won 4:1! They played well against Offham Primary School, well done to everyone involved. ⚽️

30/10/19

Well done to Meerkats for their hard work, they produced superb home learning! Megan produced an amazing 3D model of a jaguar and created a step by step guide of how to make it! https://t.co/BDT6EJm9VW

29/10/19

We have enjoyed welcoming the children back today for the start of Term 2!

22/10/19

Oracy is being able to express yourself clearly & communicate with others effectively through speech. A key part of oracy is for children to think carefully about the language they’re using, and tailor it to the subject, purpose & audience. See more here! https://t.co/6NLHaTPWi6

16/10/19

Thank you to all the parents that were able to come to their child's first parent lunch today🙂 https://t.co/nvbALPGVis

16/10/19

Year 3 have had a fantastic morning. They had a visit from Berkeley Homes, visited the local site and participated in some fun activities! https://t.co/lFnBcU42sa

16/10/19

We still need some more stickers to complete our Aldi Sports challenge, if you have any please send them in to the school office, thank you for your support! https://t.co/dHqp2nl41V

11/10/19

Four of our Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to attend 'The Mayors Debate', they had a great time! https://t.co/iEbyrmO6u4

10/10/19

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, as a HeadStart school this is important to us. https://t.co/5m8YrxvAKY

02/10/19

All of our pupils have been enjoying their Fantastic Fred experience where they are learning how to maintain good mental health and well being. https://t.co/numsCYInTx

27/09/19

Thank you to everybody who came and supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning! We still have plenty of cake left so please come along after school for some more cake :-) https://t.co/EOrwSHL14s

26/09/19

Do you fancy having this cake as your weekend treat?! To support Macmillan we are holding a raffle for this cake alongside our coffee morning tomorrow, 50p per ticket! Tickets will be sold at the coffee morning and from the school office, draw at 3pm on Friday 27th, good luck!! https://t.co/MDW9ReFevj

26/09/19

Fantastic maths work from Megan, super presentation! https://t.co/vouZS8SZuI

26/09/19

Well done to Ije, Clara and Thea, they have produced some amazing work on Korea. They have created a persuasive leaflet about Korea, excellent work! https://t.co/Zw5bFgthEE

26/09/19

Isaac has completed some fabulous topic work on the rainforest, well done! https://t.co/IV74LtbKM6

26/09/19

Well done to Raj for his amazing science experiment, he has been investigating the density of liquids! https://t.co/xLhK6CNwGE

26/09/19

Don't miss the 11+ Open Events at Book your guided tour now! https://t.co/1OnaJaAX4n

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, 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

 

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, 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

 

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

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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