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16/07/20

Every year students perform a showcase to celebrate their work in Performing Arts. This year is no exception. Through their determination to perform they found a way to create the 2020 Summer Showcase... https://t.co/0ArbPfkXkj

08/07/20

Today we were delighted to welcome Year 9 students back to The Lenham School. Thank you to parents and students for respecting the social distancing measures that we have in place. We had a very productive day with students enjoying their return to the classroom. https://t.co/8pOeEklufs

07/07/20

How wonderful to welcome Year 8 students back to The Lenham School. Thank you to parents for helping to make the whole process run so smoothly. Year 8 students enjoying a return to face-to-face teaching: https://t.co/aYkCYTOLlu

29/06/20

We are now only one week away from re-opening our doors to Years 7, 8 and 9. We will continue to work with Years 10 and 12 until the end of term. Please see Edulink for full details. https://t.co/xHRl3hQDGS

24/06/20

Congratulations to Primrose, Year 11. Well done on gaining the EtonX Self-Study Award for Creative Problem Solving. https://t.co/YIIamJWuR5

16/06/20

Welcome Back For the first time since 20 March we were able to welcome students back to The Lenham School. It was lovely to see our Year 10 students and we made good progress in English, Mathematics and Science lessons as well as offering tutorial support. https://t.co/icybfRvko2

12/06/20

We have been listening...In response to your feed-back we have launched a series of video clips to assist with frequently asked questions about our digital tools and Virtual School. https://t.co/L3yiAXNfKs https://t.co/veaO04HxS3

12/06/20

I am delighted to be welcoming back students from years 10 and 12. We will be offering a reduced time-table to meet social distancing and safeguarding requirements. Students intending to join lessons on Monday must have received a personal letter allocating them a teaching group. https://t.co/PTvarVbCJ5

06/06/20

One of the things that I really miss is the creativity of our students. However, with our Virtual School students have continued to find new ways to express and share their creative ideas. Thank you James, Year 7... https://t.co/Uw3UYUnYPl

04/06/20

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to The Lenham School. On Wednesday 17 June you will be able to join your form tutor and meet other students in your tutor group. Shortly, we will be sending you an invite to join us on-line. See you soon. https://t.co/sMI2sOHkBL

03/06/20

Many of our Year 11 students engaged with an on-line learning opportunity offered by Eton College. I am delighted to announce that we now have students completing the Eton-X course with flying colours. Well done. Felicity, Year 11 https://t.co/RDRroB7wY9

02/06/20

Welcome back to Term 6. Students and teachers are back working hard. We are excited to now be planning for meeting Year 10 and 12 students on 15 June. Art: 'Drawing from a Window' - Lacey, Year 7. https://t.co/vsDg0tekBt

22/05/20

It is hard to believe that we have completed another term. I would like to offer my sincere thanks for the unwavering support shown by teachers and support staff. Thank you for the amazing work completed by students and for the words of encouragement from parents. https://t.co/Z3XZprqcwf

16/05/20

This week we started the Year 6 Transition Programme. Our Induction Team were able to meet each Year 6 student and their parent/carer for an on-line introduction to The Lenham School. https://t.co/PBxDADNGYv

15/05/20

We are running a student photography competition inspired by life during lock-down... https://t.co/3pJNcXEEZs

14/05/20

After the huge success of our Stay Creative competition, we're launching another! This time, there's a STEAM focus so we'd like to see work around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. All VIAT students can take part! Full details here: https://t.co/GhAlgbK4B3 https://t.co/dzS1GB2fg0

12/05/20

The Lenham School Bake Off is just one of our many on-line clubs... https://t.co/789jsfG7Dh

07/05/20

We are pleased to report that we have received an impressive response to our Virtual Clubs and Activities Programme. It is not too late to join a club: https://t.co/BV6ndt1eQD https://t.co/r3ZvY3TGZC

05/05/20

The Stay Creative competition winners have been announced! There were over 250 entries which included painting, photography, crochet and digital illustrations - and the standard was amazing! The winning entries can be seen here: https://t.co/aMek8dYp7g Well done everyone! https://t.co/RukuXrF2Xm

04/05/20

Year 13 students have been demonstrating some of their work created during lock-down. Amy has been developing her sewing skills and Hollie has produced fabulous art work. https://t.co/gYavxMCAyH

30/04/20

Many students and staff are missing our regular clubs and activities. So we have decided to launch our own on-line activities/clubs programme: https://t.co/BV6ndt1eQD

28/04/20

Further to the announcement for Year 11 students we are delighted to offer EtonX on-line learning to Year 12 students: Course: Research Skills Available: 4 May Login detail to be emailed to you directly. https://t.co/p4qyUzE8mg

27/04/20

Every Year 11 student will be able to complete a self-study course following the EtonX learning package: Available from 4 May 2020: Creative Problem Solving Access details will be sent to your school email address. https://t.co/VD1ciLnN9K

25/04/20

Many of our students want to express their thanks to the NHS and the vital work that they are doing. I have been asked by Daisy in year 8 to share her message to the NHS... https://t.co/LLYcPzGarQ

24/04/20

As we approach the week-end I thought that it would be useful to share the following resource as a reminder of important pieces of information: https://t.co/Y8l8M1cOIG

22/04/20

Over the last few weeks everyone has, in their own way, tried to support the NHS...Mia-Lilly would like to share her iPad artwork and her appreciation of the NHS. https://t.co/h4R69kZhX9

21/04/20

On behalf of all teachers at The Lenham Virtual School I would like to thank students for their hard work and parents for their continuing support. We miss the daily buzz of a working school but your on-line work is keeping our spirits up Alex, Year 8 James, Year 7 https://t.co/t7WKDU5ObO

20/04/20

I hope that everyone managed to get going again after the Easter break... many teachers have made contact with their tutor groups and virtual classes have been well attended. Students continue to create excellent work... Arabella, Year 11 (horse), Shaunelle, Year 11 (robot photo) https://t.co/11kRzjLTRJ

17/04/20

I hope that you had a safe and healthy Easter break. With the recent announcement that the lockdown will be extended it is even more important that students continue to engage with school and their learning. https://t.co/YX2gUudUkY

16/04/20

As you are aware, all examinations this summer have been cancelled. Many Year 11 and 13 students will want to know how their grades will be awarded this year. The following information was released by Ofqual earlier this week: https://t.co/Mm45LZSaY2

09/04/20

We have been asked to share the following NHS information with Parents/Carers: https://t.co/MGDTQVqEXx

03/04/20

Will you accept the Easter Challenge? https://t.co/fCKtSdbxmg

03/04/20

Thank you to students, parents and staff for your exceptional support over the past two weeks. As we approach Easter the priority for all of us is to stay healthy and keep our families safe. Wishing you a Happy Easter. Mr Chris Foreman - Headteacher - The Lenham School

02/04/20

Celebrating our talented students with a focus on Art... Ship in a Bottle, Arabella, Year 11 Feather study drawing, Year 7 Cher & I, Hollie, Year 12 https://t.co/U6umwb9JkH

01/04/20

Another busy day for students and staff. Excellent work from Year 10 French students speaking about environmental issues (Ellie, Katie and Lee): https://t.co/UWeGUdG1Q6

01/04/20

Just a quick reminder that every student has a slot on their time-table for physical exercise. Here we can see Olivia (Year 7) following the Joe Wicks daily workout: https://t.co/99lFO6TZSE https://t.co/aVCsXeRdl6

31/03/20

Each day we are encouraging every student to take part in some form of independent activity. Perhaps to develop a new skill or hobby: Finlay has been mastering his football skills... https://t.co/D3V8Qb7aPp

Personal Development and Welfare

'Leaders are well informed, and safeguarding is a high priority. Leaders take their responsibilities for pupils’ safety very seriously… Leaders are well informed, and safeguarding is a high priority. Leaders take their responsibilities for pupils’ safety very seriously.' Ofsted 2019

Safeguarding and Online Safety is paramount to ensure the safety of students’ and staff 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.

The school promotes a range of counselling links.  A clinical psychologist 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 (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), Early Help and the School Nursing service where appropriate for students. 

Pupils are happy and safe. Bullying is rare, and when it does occur it is dealt with very quickly. Pupils say that they are proud of their school. Ofsted 2019

The Student Support Centre is available to students across Years 7 – 13 to access support and guidance when they require this.  Pastoral staff teams are available throughout the school day to support students wherever necessary.  Each year group has a Head of Year, a Student Support Manager and team of Tutors.  Students can access support through Tutor Time or simply by approaching relevant staff in the Student Support Centre as necessary.  

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.

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. 

Pupils’ personal development is well supported through assemblies and tutor time. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is highlighted across the curriculum. Pupils said that tutor time is valuable and well used. Inspectors agree. Pupils particularly enjoy the sessions on leadership, teamwork and independence…Teachers encourage them to respect people from other backgrounds. Ofsted 2019

At The Lenham School we support the whole child through our excellent pastoral care. We offer students an enriching, varied and comprehensive personal development programme using internal expertise and outside agencies. This teaches students vital life skills they need for the future and provides them with the cultural capital they need to become active citizens.

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.  

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. 

This academic year we have invited a vast number of agencies into school to raise awareness of the work they do, promote safeguarding and share opportunities with our students. These include the Army, the Police, the Fire Service, Kent Refugee and Asylum Centre, Duke of Edinburgh and the National Citizenship Service.  We build links with the local community through drama, charity work and attending the local Church for a service at Christmas.

Pupils learn well in a secure, friendly and supportive setting…Everyone knows that their voice will be heard, and that issues will be resolved effectively.  Ofsted 2019

Student Voice is actively encouraged and developed through every individual interaction across the school.  More formally, the Student Council representatives and Prefects in each year 11-13 meet every six weeks and the Student Voice Prefects meet with the Headteacher once per term to share feedback.

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.