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24/02/22

Retweeted From VIAT

This is a great opportunity if you're considering a career in teaching! https://t.co/5nEdIbFmMi

06/02/22

Dear Parent/Carer Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have reluctantly taken the decision to direct one year group to Virtual Learning, Monday 7 February. Year 9 students should not attend school for face-to-face teaching on Monday 7 February. Mr C Foreman Headteacher

23/01/22

Last week our students visited London to see an immersive production of Great Gatsby. Cast members came out to chat with our students after the show. Apparently, this rarely happens. A measure of how impressed the cast were by the engagement of our students in the immersive show. https://t.co/WBGb19OY6v

03/01/22

Happy New Year I hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing break. I am delighted to confirm that all years will return to school on Tuesday 4 January, as planned. https://t.co/JPtXy6tIqI

07/11/21

Welcome Back - Term 2 We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow, Monday 8 November. https://t.co/SaFpzYkCJS

04/10/21

The Lenham School hosted a visit from Mark Lowery, the award-winning Children's Book Author of Charlie and Me: 421 miles from home and Eating Chips with Monkey among many others. Mark delivered an inspiring reading and writing workshop with all the year 7s today. https://t.co/oSOkYRei5H

27/09/21

Keeping my fingers crossed in hope of fine weather on Wednesday. Students and staff are looking forward to our first Open Evening since 2019. https://t.co/uCPM59Nk0j

26/09/21

This week we were pleased to offer a warm welcome to our guest book author. Bali Rai writes stories inspired by his working class Punjabi/Sikh background, but his aim was always that his writing should be enjoyed by readers everywhere, irrespective of class or culture. https://t.co/hIj4z0qI4y

13/08/21

Thank you to everyone for making Summer School such a success. See you all in September. https://t.co/S76sXokUN2

12/08/21

With only one day of Summer School left we thought that we would share some enthusiastic student feed-back: https://t.co/MU2HXOtvn8

11/08/21

Day three of Summer School and students have settled into both academic and enrichment activities including inter-tutor group sports events at lunchtime. Working hard on a Mathematics problem, designing a cardboard chair and learning a foreign language: https://t.co/DCXVEoooDO

11/08/21

We are pleasedthat students are celebrating strong level 3 Vocational and IB Diploma results with 83% of students achieving the highly respected International Baccalaureate Career Related Pathway and 100% pass rates in both the IB Diplomas and the vocational qualifications. https://t.co/taCvSsgaB5

10/08/21

What a difference a day makes.... sunshine, warmth and increasingly confident students. I enjoyed watching the next generation of Master Chefs as they considered the importance of breakfast... https://t.co/xGyoTg3ylU

09/08/21

Even the rain today provided a photo opportunity for Summer School! Well done Aliesha and Max. https://t.co/VMARMrzcld

09/08/21

Despite arriving in torrential rain we had a superb first day at Summer School. Here are some of my favourite pieces of work from the Art session this afternoon. Students used their iPads to create images from a journey: https://t.co/AwEdLV0dEM

08/08/21

If you have already been issued with your iPad, Summer School is a fantastic opportunity to start exploring how it can support your learning. Please remember to bring it fully charged! https://t.co/ekLfHSVgUb

06/08/21

Summer School for our new year 7 students starts on Monday 9 August. I am looking forward to meeting everyone next week. https://t.co/WwG4x4wgUp

16/07/21

A fantastic last day of term shared with staff and students. A celebration of reaching the end of a challenging year. A celebration of the talents and successes of our students. Thank you for your support this year. Have a safe and relaxing summer and see you in September. https://t.co/fFNuGSHVQ5

10/06/21

Congratulations to our first Digital Leaders at The Lenham School. Thank you for leading a fascinating training session with our teachers to showcase your Digital Portfolios. https://t.co/3HJiIOCt7o

30/05/21

Year 11 had a fantastic day at Thorpe Park on Friday. Thank you to our staff who were brave enough to accompany our students on all of the rides... https://t.co/kR3BqwdQsC

23/05/21

Thank you Year 11 and Year 13 for your hard work and determination. An emotional farewell after such extraordinary times. https://t.co/HO1nAwfM2K

07/05/21

A welcome break from studies as we prepared for the Year 11 school photograph. I continue to be impressed by their positive attitude and determination to succeed. We did all manage to look the same direction and hold the pose....eventually. https://t.co/53hf9vz6a2

07/05/21

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/6XbM0ydFqz

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

19/03/21

I would like to thank the 'Testing Team' for their superb work over the past two weeks. They in turn would like to thank our students for the positive way they conducted themselves during the testing process. https://t.co/5ObtpzKLps

16/03/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Our new virtual choir project is in aid of Comic Relief, and is a cover of the ELO classic, "Mr Blue Sky" https://t.co/uTbok4fZIk - so like, share, and donate! https://t.co/KBsWJGlwN5 https://t.co/GN30yZUqoo

10/02/21

Just look at our Year 9 Catering student Lee's amazing pastry work! What a talent - and a possible future contestant for perhaps? https://t.co/MguXNxC0tI

05/01/21

Thank you to students, parents and staff for making this such a positive day in Virtual School. https://t.co/Cm75dszqO8

18/12/20

I would like to thank students, parents and teachers for their support. I feel very proud of our achievements in keeping students and staff safe whilst delivering quality teaching and learning. I wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas and the very best for 2021. https://t.co/JwuONXEO7p

15/12/20

Everyday I am privileged to see creativity and enthusiasm from our students. This piece of work was completed at home and yesterday was presented in an English lesson: 1950s Middle Class House, Blood Brothers. James, Year 8. https://t.co/zYzVHhTTPm

04/12/20

What a fantastic response from our students today. They are enjoying their Virtual School day and the flexibility to work on many different subjects and tasks: https://t.co/aHHTzlhpLp

28/11/20

On the subject of achievement, we held our annual awards ceremonies this week. A digital souvenir of these events will soon be available for students and parents/carers: https://t.co/ZVzHQgq0pD

28/11/20

We have now completed our third week of Term 2 with the majority of students enjoying uninterupted learning. We know that the remaining weeks until Christmas will continue to be challenging but I am very proud of what our students and staff have so far achieved.

13/11/20

We would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Another very productive week almost navigated. I have been speaking with many students and they really appreciate being able to come to school and engage with their learning. Have a wonderful and safe week-end.

13/11/20

You will receive a progress report for your child later today. Please take time to view our supporting video designed to fully explain our new assessment and reporting strategy. https://t.co/TwJyoEpa4d

12/11/20

When we returned from Lockdown 1.0 we worked with each student to complete a Personal Learning Plan (PLP). This was designed to catch-up any lost learning identified in the end of year assessments. They have completed their PLPs and were presented with completion certificates. https://t.co/hZj98pGoV0

08/09/20

What a pleasure it has been to see our students again. Thank you for ensuring that your child attends school with a face mask. Remember to keep the mask clean or renew it if disposable. Please remind students that they must wear the mask when they are not in a classroom.

02/09/20

Tomorrow is such an important day for staff and students at The Lenham School with the start of our academic year. Year 7 students will join us on Thursday and Friday Year 12 students will join us on Friday. All students will be in school, full-time from Monday 7 September. https://t.co/uBYTJc825H

25/08/20

Considering Sixth Form? We are delighted to be offering places at The Lenham School for September 2020. Visit our website or contact us directly Apply.viat.org.uk https://t.co/pPPbsRy4jQ

Wellbeing

Wellbeing at The Lenham School

At The Lenham School, we aim to ensure that we care for our students in the best possible way we can.  As part of our commitment to this, we are working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools, this award 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 The Lenham School is a good place to work.  The award is helping us to self-reflect on what is already in place and acknowledge the strengths we have and to self review what we need to do to improve on this.

If you would like to be a part of the Change Team for the Award please email Mrs Amanda Rain, Deputy Headteacher at a.rain@thelenham.viat.org.uk

 

What are we already doing at The Lenham School 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 The Lenham School are supported through a range of initiatives detailed below:

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The Student Support Centre is available to students across Years 7 – 13 to access support and guidance when they require this. 

Student Voice is actively encouraged and developed through every individual interaction across the school.  More formally, the Student Voice Representatives and Prefects in KS4 meet every term and the Student Voice Prefects meet with the Headteacher once per term to share feedback.

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. 

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.

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.  

Trained and committed Student Wellbeing Ambassadors are in place to offer peer-to-peer support.

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, Early Help and the School Nursing service where appropriate for students. 

The Learning Mentor supports students, upon referral via the SENCO, 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. 

Pastoral Staff Teams are available throughout the school day to support students wherever necessary.  Each year group has 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 Services

MaidstoneEarlyHelp@kent.gov.uk

MIND 

www.mind.org.uk

Place2Be

www.place2be.org.uk/

School Health Team

www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health/

 

Therapy Partners

www.therapypartners.co.uk

 

Young Addaction

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

Young Minds

www.youngminds.org.uk

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