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11/07/19

We are delighted to announce that we are the best grammar school in Kent and fourth nationally according to The Real Schools Guide 2019! https://t.co/ZpzCcv8aAi

11/07/19

Year 7 have been treated to breakfast this morning as a well done for all their hard work this year! The girls have all grown up considerably since September and are turning into some outstanding young ladies. https://t.co/KydhTWAI2U

10/07/19

All our Year 10's are working extremely hard with Eloise and Georgia , Bo-Erin in Larkfield and Stephanie at The Discovery School! https://t.co/5ZjRiOWIVB

10/07/19

Year 6 pupils from and have joined us today to learn about the world of work and living on a budget as part of their Careers Education Week! https://t.co/DcoDesEU77

10/07/19

Year 10 are working hard this week on their work experience placements! With Darcy , Honey and Lola . https://t.co/solripC7x8

10/07/19

As part of 'Set Your Hands Free' week our students have been pledging for what they will be doing instead of using their phones and tablets! https://t.co/dhNaZSzNOg

09/07/19

We can’t wait to see what they share with us! https://t.co/XeYfrz8EKw

09/07/19

Retweeted From VIPS@Kingshill

As part of the careers week 'The Real Game' Yr6 were visited by a range of work professionals. They spoke to the children about their career pathways & what is involved in their job role. Many thanks to https://t.co/RhIpo9Obs6

09/07/19

Our annual FIGS Fair 2019 will be held on Saturday, 21 September here at Invicta, a day not to be missed! https://t.co/0By7rfNXqB

08/07/19

On Wednesday, 3 July we held our annual Summer Concert - it was an evening full of wonderful music and talent! https://t.co/ehrY5RKPdr

05/07/19

Thank you for helping at Year 12 Career day it was lovely to have you back! https://t.co/XOCQA4N1NF

05/07/19

Year 12 students attended a Careers Day today and had a mock interview with visiting employers as well as time to research their post 18 options. They were nervous about the interviews but gained a lot from the experience! https://t.co/eRE5KTxZUj

05/07/19

Wictoria in Year 7 has set the hula hooping record of 40 minutes and she’s still going! https://t.co/sIOkl3FpHJ

05/07/19

Who’s got the best hat?

05/07/19

Sports day is well under way with Mr Masters announcing & supplying us with all the tunes! https://t.co/MEa2nK0ejB

05/07/19

Thank you for coming! https://t.co/IitdnXho2H

04/07/19

Today we welcome our new Year 7's for their Taster Day. First lesson - Business and Enterprise! The girls have been learning about production lines and have created some impressive cars🚗 https://t.co/7Gj6UXFYoe

04/07/19

Our student judging panel has been hard at work during their lunchbreak on Tuesday, evaluating books on the Young People’s Book Prize shortlist. https://t.co/7GdC6hgINM

03/07/19

The Year 9 Geography students have been studying small scale ecosystems at the local nature reserve! 🌞 https://t.co/j2cFZkh5hp

02/07/19

Mrs Woods and her POP Group have been busy crocheting roses for the Beauty and the Beast Production. These will be on sale on each show night - £4 each!🌹 https://t.co/aORywQzdGQ

02/07/19

This afternoon our GCSE Food Technology girls were joined by for a delicious food lesson! https://t.co/jPUyTmSPqF

01/07/19

Part 1 of our Cultural Diversity Workshop in making Russian Dolls. "All the Same. All Different." https://t.co/osWaxjmUbM

01/07/19

Former Student, Sarah Hunter, is climbing to Mount Everest Base camp to raise money for Action Against Hunger. If you would like to sponsor her please follow the link and donate what you can: https://t.co/arzjaXoiFD

28/06/19

Our Production Team have been busy dressing the Reception area for this year's production of Beauty and the Beast! Get your tickets now!🌹 https://t.co/axb0Mmqvbe

27/06/19

Would you like to know more about being a VIAT Local School Governor? Come to our Governance Open Event on 22 July from 5pm to 7pm at Invicta Grammar School. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals for both our primary and secondary schools. https://t.co/glbTA0ZTsc

27/06/19

We are looking forward to hosting the Book Fair in the Library from 28 June to 4 July. Lots of fantastic books and stationery available! https://t.co/36jWR3TLZQ

26/06/19

Thank you for coming in this morning to talk to our Business Studies students. They all thoroughly enjoyed your talk and the yummy shakes! https://t.co/K85yineiLW

26/06/19

Don’t forget our final non-uniform day this Friday! https://t.co/t1fDO7kmJo

24/06/19

On Saturday we welcomed Year 5 for our annual Year 5 Experience Morning. It was so nice to see all your smiling faces and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon! https://t.co/FqBfD5q4nC

23/06/19

Year 7 enjoyed their day on Thursday exploring our local nature reserves. 10km walked - well done girls! https://t.co/6DPcF0t4xX

21/06/19

This afternoon 7C have been busy preparing for the Business and Enterprise Summer Fair on Monday, 24 June. https://t.co/H8rrilsCmK

20/06/19

Yesterday Year 9 celebrated their hard work this year with a reward trip to Thorpe Park! 🎢 https://t.co/xDd9piEQ1N

20/06/19

We are delighted that Invicta has been chosen to host a judging panel for The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. A group of students from Year 7 and 8 will be reading the books and deciding which the best science book is for children this year. https://t.co/7RIIkPt4yR

16/06/19

New Entrants’ meeting are Monday 17 and Wednesday 26 June. You would have been sent your individual meeting time!

16/06/19

Well Done Poppy! https://t.co/NaDcztjaj3

12/06/19

We are looking forward to welcoming all our new Year 7’s to the New Entrants’ Evening this evening!

12/06/19

Retweeted From VIPS@Holboroughlakes

This is a map of our Playground Challenge Obstacle Course that the children will be participating in on Friday! We are looking forward to raising money for UNICEF and £375 could build a community playground in Zambia so that 100 children can play! https://t.co/n7ZrYS6l7w

11/06/19

On Tuesday 11 June, Year 7, 8 and 9 students were all in school, achieving 100% attendance for their year group. Well done Year 7, 8 and 9, keep up the great work!

Wellbeing Award

Wellbeing Award for Schools

DJBET电竞菠菜人 www.wenzhousizu.com At Invicta Grammar School, we aim to ensure that we care for our students in the best possible way we can.  The essence of our school motto ‘Nurturing aspirations, Inspiring success’ cannot be achieved without considering the wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and stakeholders.  As part of our commitment to this, we hope to secure the new Wellbeing Award for Schools, which recognises a school’s efforts to promote and protect positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support.

We are proud of the pastoral support we provide our students and we know from our staff that Invicta Grammar School is a good place to work.  However, we are not a school to simply be satisfied with our achievements; every effort is made to  develop further, which is why we are pursuing this award.  The award will help us to self-review and continue to develop the support services available to all our students and staff.

The Wellbeing Award has required us to action plan to consciously recognise what we currently do and to make use of additional opportunities to support and promote mental health and wellbeing.  We are doing this through the recruitment of our Change Team which consists of teachers, parents, students and governors.

 

What are we already doing at Invicta to look after our students?

Mental health and wellbeing is a key part of our school development plan in order to improve student and staff wellbeing.

Students at Invicta Grammar School are supported through a range of initiatives detailed below:

Student Voice is actively encouraged and developed through every individual interaction across the school.  More formally, the Student Voice Representatives and Prefects in each year group meet every six weeks and the Student Voice Prefects meet with the Headteacher once per term to share feedback.

The Student Support Centre is available to students across Years 7 – 11 to access support and guidance when they require this.  Sixth Form students have access to the Sixth Form Office.

PSHEE lessons provide an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue about common mental health needs and develop appropriate decision making and other life skills to help them with self-management and to increase awareness of support services available. 

Coaching is available through relevant trained staff.  Alternatively, a range of Mentoring support services are available in the form of peer mentoring, subject mentoring or pastoral mentoring on a one-to-one basis.

Activ8 aims to promote the positive benefits of physical activity in relation to mental health.  We provide PE lessons across all key stages. Engagement in Clubs and Societies is encouraged to support wellbeing through interaction with others and learning new skills.

Safeguarding and Online Safety is paramount to ensure students’ and staff safety on a day to day basis.  Safeguarding is overseen by a team of Designated Safeguarding Officers plus students are supported through pastoral staff teams and counselling links.

Tutor Time and Assemblies are used to share important messages regarding wellbeing, extend learning and give time for discussion.  External services and events are also promoted through visiting speakers delivering assemblies.  

Looking After Yourselves and Others Initiatives are ongoing all year round using the Student Bulletin and Looking After Yourselves and Others Notice Board to promote new initiatives both in and outside of school. Student Wellbeing Ambassadors are in place through the Prefect structure to act as peer mentors. 

The school promotes a range of Counselling Links.  A school counsellor is resident within the school on a weekly basis and students are seen on referral.  The school has a strong link with Therapy Partners, a local counselling service, and students and families are supported on referral.  The school also utilises the services of CAMHS, Early Help and the School Nursing service where appropriate for students. 

The Learning Mentor supports students, upon referral via the Head of Year, to develop their learning skills and manage their academic studies in order to enable them to develop a positive school/life balance.  Students are guided in developing skills to enable them to self-manage their learning independently. 

The Reflection Room provides a comfortable and supportive space giving students time and space to reflect on their issues during the school day under the supervision of pastoral staff. 

Pastoral Staff Teams are available throughout the school day to support students wherever necessary.  Each year group has a senior member of staff overseeing the work of a Head of Year and team of Tutors.  Students can access support through Tutor Time or simply by approaching relevant staff in the Student Support Centre and Sixth Form Office as necessary.  

How parents/carers can help

Early intervention is key to us all being successful in supporting young people showing signs of poor emotional or mental wellbeing. 

Warning signs of an issue might include:

  • Increased isolation and being socially withdrawn
  • Changes in mood, eating or sleeping patterns
  • Physical signs of harm and talking about self-harm or suicide – look out for changes in how they dress
  • Secretive behaviour
  • Use of drugs and alcohol
  • A dip in academic progress or increased lateness or absence from school
  • Expressing feelings of failure and self-doubt

In times of need, we would encourage parents/carers to:

  • Spend time listening and try to be understanding of the child’s needs
  • Make sure the child knows they can talk to you anytime about anything
  • Encourage family time and positive social interaction with trusted family friends
  • Show the child affection and give them space to be peaceful
  • Seek advice from professionals and do not be afraid to ask for help

There are some excellent support materials and guidance available on line for parents/carers.  A few we would recommend are as follows:

Action for Children - www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/

CAMHS - www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-kent-children-young-peoples-mental-health/

Childline - www.childline.org.uk

Early Help ServicesMaidstoneEarlyHelp@kent.gov.uk

MIND www.mind.org.uk

Place2Be - www.place2be.org.uk/

School Health Team - www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/

Therapy Partnerswww.therapypartners.co.uk

Young Addaction - www.addaction.org.uk/services/young-addaction-kent

Young Mindswww.youngminds.org.uk

Should you notice a change in the behaviour of your own child then please liaise with us at school so we can work together to support them as best we can.