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Our Rights Respecting Ambassadors have been working with Mrs Vickers and Mr Tom to develop our wildlife area. New bird feeders have been put in place to encourage new wildlife to the space. Thank you to our school community for their kind donations.


Our Year 6 enjoyed a trip to the bowling alley today as an end of SATs treat. There were some impressive scores from the children and the adults! A well deserved treat after their hard work this week.


Jasmine, Evelyn and Megan went to for a book design workshop.They demonstrated excellent teamwork and together with the help of a sixth form created a design. They decided to put elements of each other’s original design to make a new one.


Congratulations to Evelyn in Year 5 who was the winner of the book sculpture competition at Holborough Lakes. The artwork is inspired by the award-winning artist Su Blackwell. Thank you to for this opportunity. Jasmine and Pollyanna were named as our runners up.


Year 4 have been writing limericks as part of their English sequence. This is Beau reciting the limericks she wrote today. We hope you enjoy them!


This morning our Year 6 cohort enjoyed a delicious breakfast before the start of their SATs. We wish them all the best this week and we are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they have shown.


Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a trip to Living Land at Detling. The pupils learnt about food, farming and countryside life. They particularly enjoyed the dancing sheep show. 🐑 🥕


Maisie in Year 5 has worked extremely hard to reach our 'Diamond' standard of presentation. Well done and keep up the hard work. 💎🖊️🌟🌟🌟


Our first group of Year 5 pupils have started their Bikeability course this morning. They have checked the safety of their bikes and are ready to learn some key skills to keep them safe when riding.


Well done to Keiva who took part in a Korfball tournament, representing our county. The team came runners up by just one point against London. 🏅🌟


Happy Birthday to Jessie, Nancy, Oliver P, Astrid, Eloise, Rubie and Arish who have recently celebrated their birthday.


We would love to have a copy of Suzy Orbit Astronaut for our school library.


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This morning we had a second scooter pod installed as a winner of the Active Travel prize draw. Thank you to and We're sure the children will make good use of the pod.


Our children have arrived at the 02 for the Young Voices concert. We hope they have an amazing evening and enjoy performing.


On Friday, to raise funds for Ukraine, we held a talent show at Holborough Lakes. We had an amazing showcase of talent, which included some singers, musicians and gymnasts.


Ria in Year 5, finally got to see her ‘Litter Angels’ poster up at McDonalds! Ria was awarded with her own poster and some meal vouchers! She also had the pleasure of meeting Tracey Crouch, who was impressed with all the work the school is doing to support sustainability.


Alfie and Ashton chose some books to share with their younger siblings. Thank you to and for your kind donations. We hope you enjoy sharing and spending time developing their love of reading.


Happy Birthday to Nyah, Anwuli, James, Tilly, Hazel, Mila, Javier, Joshua, Max, Saiya and Jessie who have recently celebrated their birthdays. We hope you had a great day.


After a visit from Holborough Hedgehogs, we are pleased to announce that we have a hedgehog in our house located in our wildlife area. We are running a poster competition to coincide with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1st-7th May) and the winner will be able to name our new resident.


Year 1 enjoyed a fabulous day at Tyland Barn pond dipping and hunting for minibeasts. 🐌🦟


As today is National Stephen Lawrence Day, Kaelan from Year 6 delivered an assembly to raise awareness of this important event. The key theme of the assembly was celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Kaelan linked this to our own core values.


Congratulations to Ria, the winner of the VIAT Public Speaking competition. Her speech on 'Adventures' was outstanding and the judges were impressed with the overall standard. Well done to Rohan and Ije who also took part and spoke about 'Dreams' and 'Innovation.


Would you like to join our friendly team? We're currently looking for a part-time receptionist and administrator - for full details, please see our website:


Space 2 Be Me offer informal coffee mornings, with an opportunity to meet with other parents and speak to one of their Family Support Officers. Please see the flyers for details.


Panda Class have been writing about dinosaurs. Amelia and Ziyah used fantastic descriptive words including 'meteor' and 'because', well done!


Meerkat Class have been using recycled materials to create their individual Fair Trade logos. When they are all made they will be pieced together to make an Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art.


On Tuesday Year 3 and 4 were Romans for the day. They tasted roman style food, made mosaics, learnt Latin, used roman numerals and practiced rituals using the shields they had made.


EYFS and KS1 enjoyed the Easter Puppet Show yesterday led by The Family Trust.


The Rocksteady Bands performed an amazing concert to their parents yesterday, well done to everyone who performed!


Thank you to our AMAZING PTA who have organised our Mother's Day Secret sale today! The children are having a great time shopping for their mums, step-mums, nans and aunties.


Happy Birthday to Isla, Aisha, Keiva, Alexander, Ava, Charlie, Alexis, Teddie, and Callum who are celebrating their birthdays this week and next week. We hope you have a great day!


Four of our Rights Respecting Ambassadors are at the Kent Reconnect Hackathon. They are using their passion, skills and expertise to work on finding a solution to help young people better engage with the climate crisis and have more impact when they are taking action.


Mr Anderson from SST visited us yesterday to lead a Shakespeare Workshop for our Year 5 pupils. They are rehearsing A Midsummer Night's Dream in preparation for their final performance with pupils form other primary schools on Friday! Thank you


On Friday, pupils from KS2 visited The Lenham School to participate in their Reading Café. They had a great time reading with the students and listening to Philippa Joyner read an extract of her book - Fiery Glen. Thank you


On Thursday, pupils from Year 5 and 6 participated in a VIAT Netball Match at Teh School of Science and Technology. They displayed excellent teamwork and sportsmanship! Well done!


Michael from Total Waste Management led an assembly for the children discussing waste management and learning how we can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


We hope our families who received complimentary tickets to the Charlton Vs Gillingham match last night had a great time.


Valley Park School Presents 9 - 5 The Musical 29th March - 1st April Please see the link below for details of how to purchase tickets.


Happy Birthday to Arjan, Jack, Lily-Rose and Phoebe who are celebrating their birthdays this week, we hope you have a great day.

Meet our Governors

Click on the names below to find out more about our fantastic team of Governors here at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes.

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is a retired teacher. She worked at Invicta Grammar School from 1979 – 2015. Starting as a PE Teacher and moving on to teach Psychology, she was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and her responsibilities at Invicta included Safeguarding, Admissions, SEN and organising major events.

On her retirement she continued to work on part time basis for the trust as Director of Primary Education. She worked with and supported the Headteachers of the new VIAT primary schools until September 2017.

In February 2018 she joined the Holborough Lakes Local School Board and was appointed Chair in October 2018.

Her main areas of responsibility include Safeguarding, eSafety, Safer Recruitment, GDPR, Sports Premium, EAL, PE.

Kim is mother to one son and two step-daughters, now she is retired she is able to help with her three grandchildren who all attend their local primary school in Maidstone.

Kim Stafford

Tracey Damerum

Tracey provides Director level interim management at Colleges, Universities and Schools specialising in Finance and Operations. The role is incredibly diverse and encompasses managing the entities finances, human resources, building projects including new buildings, facilities, Health and Safety, ICT, and office services.

Tracey is a qualified Accountant and accredited with a Certificate of School Business Managers through the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, she has recently successfully completed  the National Governance Association Chairs Development course. 

She has been involved in the operations of public sector organisations for around twenty years and operated at a Governor level for over 13 years.

Tracey’s primary belief is that business professionals within the education sector enable the headteacher the freedom and time to focus on teaching, learning, wellbeing, quality and standards and preparing children for their next steps in life.

Tracey Damerum

Paula Barnes

Paula has been a teacher for 12 years, initially specialising in EYFS and more recently in SEND, and has been a SENCO for 5 years. She is passionate about supporting and improving children’s wellbeing and mental health. 

Paula has previously held the role of staff governor for 8 years and enjoyed supporting and working with the Governing Body to develop the school and experiencing leadership and management from this different angle. 

Outside of work, Paula has two teenage step-daughters, is an avid Arsenal fan and enjoys photography and countryside walks. She is keen to become a more knowledgeable gardener and is also learning home improvement skills from her partner. 

Paula Barnes

Martin Ballard

Martin has been teaching in Kent and Medway within a secondary setting for the past 19 years.  In this time he has been the head of geography and the lead for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This is the first time Martin has been a governor. He was drawn to the role as his son is a pupil at the school. He was impressed with the school's ethos and the teaching staffs commitment to learning. 

Martin is very sporty and a member of the Ocean Lake Triathlon club based at Leybourne. When not swimming, cycling or running he enjoys attending the England rugby internationals both home and away.

Martin Ballard

Shelley Farmer

I have been very lucky to be part of the Governing Board at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough lakes for the past 3 years. I have worked within Early Years for over 15 years, with my most recent roles being in Preschools as a Manager and SENCO. I have completed my Early Years Teacher Training and am looking forward to working closely with the school, especially the EYFS. I am proud to support the school and want to support it going from strength to strength.

Shelly Farmer

Karen O'Dwyer

While this is my first post as a co-opted school governor I have past experience of being on my daughter secondary school PTA helping to organise and run events to raise money for the school. Now that my daughter has grown up I am looking for new challenges. Having worked in the Manufacturing Industry for my whole career in Technical, Quality Assurance and Environmental roles. I feel my skills from my present role as part of the Senior Management Team will ensure that I can contribute to the continued success of the school.

I hope to bring an impartial view to the governing board and look forward to being able to support the staff and leadership team at the school whilst achieving the best outcome for the children.

Karen O'Dwyer

Lisa Vickers

Lisa joined the Trust in September 2017 as Headteacher of Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes.

Lisa graduated in 2001 with a BA honours and QTS from Canterbury Christ Church University.  During her career she has worked in a number of primary schools and taken on variety of roles and positions. In 2005 she undertook an MA in Education with a focus on special educational need that led her to take on the role of SENCo in 2006, at a local infant school.

After completing her MA in 2008, she spent time supporting local schools to help them develop systems and processes to support pupils with additional needs. This was a fulfilling role and enabled her to help improve outcomes for both individuals and for the whole school.

Not only is Lisa passionate about her profession but she also has a love of physical activity. Lisa strongly believes that by engaging pupils in physical education this not only helps their physical but mental wellbeing and in turn helps their ability to engage positively in their learning.

With the dedication and commitment of the governing body, the School will continue to strive for excellence; offering every child the best possible education and care.

Lisa Vickers

Helen Peach

Helen is a barrister, solicitor, mediator, arbitrator, business coach and trainer with a commercial litigation practice, focusing on contractual, shareholder, property and employment disputes.

Drawing on her background in business and law, Helen works as an executive and business coach to help leaders in the professions and commerce to develop their own careers whilst maximising their team's skill sets, effecting change for both themselves and their organisations.

She also provides training, both on a one-to-one basis and in larger groups, in areas as diverse as contract law for non-lawyers, negotiation techniques, conflict management, employment law, insolvency issues, change management, legal process for non-lawyers, directors duties, meetings management and Management Development for professionals. 

As part of Helen’s role as a solicitor, she recruits, mentors and trains junior lawyers and has sat as a member of the Faculty Academic Standards Council at the University of Westminster.

This is Helen’s first post as a co-opted school governor although she has previous experience as the fundraising lead for the PTA of her own daughter’s school. 


Joe Toko

Joe has close to 20 years of experience working in education, including working in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.  

Formerly an Assistant Principal and Specialist Leader of Education, Joe has experience in implementing and managing teaching, learning, quality improvement and quality assurance strategies.  

Joe has delivered and coordinated teacher CPD, including setting and reporting against department KPIs, recruitment and managing staff, among other duties.  

Presently a university lecturer and education consultant, Joe has a degree in Psychology, a Masters in Professional Practice and is completing a Doctorate in Education. Joe is passionate about working with people and supporting individuals and groups to achieve their goals. 

Mr Toko

Mandy Sahota

Mandy has 14 years experience working in legal, policy and governance roles and currently works as an ethics and compliance specialist for a renowned British media company. Mandy provides advice and guidance on ethics and compliance risk management to senior levels of the business, and leads the company in their strategic planning in this area. 

Mandy has a passion for learning and education and believes every child can succeed, and be the best they can be, when given the support they need. Mandy brings direct experience through her current appointment as a co-opted governor for a primary school in Chatham. 

As a parent of two young daughters, she spends most of her time outdoors exploring the countryside. When she manages to find some free time, you will find her in the yoga studio or swimming pool.


Callum Payne

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Callum is currently Head of Year 8 and Lead Teacher of Computer Science at SST Maidstone. Callum joined the trust in 2013 after completing his PGCE placement at Invicta Grammar School. Since then, Callum has worked at Valley Park School as Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator before moving over to SST Maidstone when it opened in 2020.

Callum is looking forward to working with the school to support young people in reaching their potential.