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Retweeted From Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough

After donating their old school uniform to Simooya Community School in Zambia, Year 4 pupils at East Borough found out how much more help the pupils there need. They’re now on a mission to raise £9,000! Find out more, and donate, here:


As part of our initiative to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle we no longer use disposable milk cartons. This term, with the help of Cool Milk, we have swapped to glass milk bottles along with reusable cups and the children are really enjoying pouring themselves fresh milk every day.


A circle time group held a discussion about encouragement & how it is good to encourage people around us of how well they are doing. The circle time group went around the classes to give children & adults a positive comment to encourage them to carry on with their hard work


As part of this years our children have taken part in a parade, attended the local Remembrance Service, learnt all about Jaqueline Cochran in assembly and carried out a 2 minutes silence at 11am


This afternoon the whole school was introduced to the strategic game of chess. Children learnt about the key concepts as well as the power pieces involved and Learn Chess are offering a lunchtime club for children


Whilst the rest of the school had an assembly our staff were treated to a short Pilates and yoga session run by Mrs Smith & Mrs Halls. Both adults are training in different well-being approaches that can be used to support our pupils and staff.


Please come along to our open morning for children starting school in September 2020, on Wednesday 20 November, at 9.30 am. You can book your place by phoning 01732 841695, or you can book an individual tour on a separate date. We can't wait to welcome you to our school!


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:


This week the children have learnt all about firework safety and the historical significance of the day. We hope that any families attending displays this week have a great time and stay safe!


Our new Playground Charter is now proudly on display to promote our respectful expectations for behaviour.


We had a special 'Daily Mile' assembly, reminding our children of the importance of keeping healthy as well as the rules associated with our Daily Mile initiative. Children will be trying to run the daily mile three times a week as part of our curriculum


Yr6 have had the most terrific WW2 experience! put the class through their paces as soldiers, then had to become evacuees & imagine how it would have felt to leave their homes during the war. They also learnt how to defuse bombs and how to carry out an evacuation


Don't miss our open morning on Wednesday 20 November at 9.30am. Book a place by calling the school office on 01732 841695, or book an individual tour on a separate date. We look forward to welcoming you to our fantastic school and showing you just how much we have to offer!


**NEWS FLASH** Stevie has been found! Our Maths frog Fredina, hid him as she wanted a turn at going home with someone. In Starfish we are all about love and understanding, so we could not stay cross with her for long. Stevie has invited her on an adventure for the holidays


On their return to the classroom after play, Starfish children discovered that their treasured Stevie Starfish is missing! Using the advice from PCSO's Tony & Wendy,the children set to work, hunting for clues & displaying their own missing posters around the school


Dolphin Class put on a fabulous assembly this week all about the Ancient Greek gods. They showcased their acting and singing skills in a wonderful spin on Well done, Year 5!


Yesterday Mrs Covey led a mathematics workshop on EYFS & KS1, sharing the calculation progression between the different year groups & then got the parents to learn alongside the pupils. Everyone involved showed off their mathematical talents and the buzz in the hall was amazing!


Starfish Class created a brilliant Autumn big draw today to celebrate harvest and


Starfish Class parents/carers enjoyed a stay and play session this morning, exploring a range of child initiated tasks in the classroom. It was great to see the children teaching their own family members in the outside areas. Thank you for supporting this wonderful adventure!


Thanks to Reverend Mark for delivering another thoughtful speech during our Harvest Assembly. He shared the importance of us being thankful this time of year but also about being aware of our own responsibility as both adults and children to protect the world.


On Friday we held a celebration assembly to introduce our new Student Voice Leadership Team and they discussed their ideas of fundraising, Charity events, Safety and getting ‘Gold’ Rights Respecting by the end of the year with the rest of the school.


This week Dolphin Class had the pleasure of having a Skype Interview with Thanks to Maz for being such an inspiration to the children! They haven't stopped talking about it since.


We have taken part in our first Remarkable Writing Day of the year! To celebrate day, we focused on the classic novel Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. The teachers are now working to create new writing displays in the hall to be revealed at our Showcase supper.


We welcomed our Year Two parents for Lunch this week and the event was a great success, we have received lots of positive comments and look forward to welcoming Year 1 parents next term.


KS2 were treated to a Music Workshop lead by and got to see/hear a variety of instruments, they will be returning next Tuesday to hold an enrolment evening for parents, when children will get to try the instruments on offer


Starfish Class have been writing their names in chocolate as part of our Remarkable Writing Day, themed on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story,


Two teams one goal! Today we shared ideas around implementing a Rights Respecting Playground Charter and got to tour our school this time to see how far we had come on our RRSA journey. Thanks once again to Miss Carlow and her RRSA Ambassadors


Year 4 & 5 had a visit from the Dogs Trust this week. The children learnt all about Safety around Dogs. In particular they looked at how to use body gestures when a strange dog approaches them and how to always ask the owners permission before stroking any dog.


Don't miss the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Evening on 2 October from 6pm-7pm! Book your place now!


Year R have been enjoying their first few days of staying to lunch this week and have all been having school dinners, we look forward to them starting full time with us on Monday


As part of our Rights Respecting work, our youngest children in Starfish class created this masterpiece looking at the style of artist and capturing the UNCRC Article 7 - 'The right to a name'


As part of all our wonderful support staff were thanked in Assembly this morning, they took part in a game of 'Pass the Parcel' and all received a well deserved thank you prize.


As part of their topic work ‘Are you healthy’ Year 2 were visited by Nurse Lauren, who carried out a question and answer session with the children around being a nurse and working in A&E!


We are renewing our Rights Respecting School class charters, Rev. Mark reinforced the importance of support for one another, delivering a fun and thought- provoking assembly. Who knew squeezing toothpaste could help us think about the consequences of our actions!


Year 6 enjoyed a special treat this week in the build up to their PESE tests. Mrs Guthrie organised for to run a relaxation and well- being workshop. Everyone enjoyed 7 different calming activities. Many children were so relaxed they actually fell asleep by the end!


Thank you to Whales Class for growing their own tomatoes - the whole school were able to share these tasty treats in the salad bar today.


Year 5 & 6 have been busy practicing for their performance of 'The Three Little Pigs' at the concert next week


Shark Class have been busy learning the book 'Friends' by and have written a letter to him and are excited to see if they get any response!


It's the Autumn Invicta Fair on Saturday 21 September - don't miss it!


First day in school. Let the fun begin in Starfish!


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 Steph Guthrie, Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead: Mrs Meg Covey, Deputy Headteacher
  • Trust Safeguarding Lead: Mr Mark Bunting
  • School Governor Safeguarding Lead: Ms Angela Keepax

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
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Safeguarding Policy


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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