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22/06/22

EYFS and Year 6 had a great time together today. https://t.co/Qb6IMkXkWf

10/06/22

Year 6 are enjoying their cricket lessons https://t.co/S2MBH3hypW

27/05/22

Birch class are ready to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee! https://t.co/gAzc8zzBLD

13/05/22

Willow class had a fantastic afternoon of fun in the sun. With Mrs Lyon’s teaching them some country dancing as well as playing some great outdoor games. The smiles show it all! https://t.co/9y5rfjCmHQ

13/05/22

Year 6 end of SATs treat day. Our students have worked so hard they deserve this!! You’re never to old for a pirate ship adventure!#sats2022 https://t.co/ArG9JfM1AB

10/05/22

An amazing achievement for one of our Year 6 girls - Gold for the Kick Boxing Drill and Silver for the Hand Drill in the Kent Regional Championships! https://t.co/8vuYxJ6E1w

10/05/22

Year 6 we’re letting off some steam and having some friendly competition with rockets https://t.co/GahoLDGjWA

10/05/22

Year 6 SATs breakfast. We are so grateful to community champion Helen for her kind donation of products. Our pupils are enjoying eating together before sitting their papers. https://t.co/wy9aL1aHd3

06/05/22

Willow class had their learning launch this week based on Jon Klassen’s amazing book “I want my hat back”. We’ve been authors and illustrators writing our own versions of the book, and artists making rock paintings of our characters too. Thanks for the inspiration! https://t.co/Fuh5TkgGnc

06/05/22

Pre SATS treat. We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils, the resilience and perseverance they have displayed has been outstanding! They are a credit to our school and their families. We wish them all the best. Now go and shine like the stars that you are. 🌟🌟🌟🌟#year6 https://t.co/GLBPb5lzMT

03/05/22

Aylesford Primary had a fantastic Friday at the music department at Invicta Grammar, thank you for having us 🎼 Music videos will be available on our website soon 💫 https://t.co/6SzymbVf53

03/05/22

We are delighted to be able to finally show you the final performance from Year 5’s ‘Shakespeare Week’ workshop. The children studied the play MacBeth and learnt lines from this to perform in front of other schools from the trust. They had a fantastic time! ⁦ https://t.co/3dFFtuaq5Q

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/YPJerLYuYQ

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/rXRr5UhDEy

22/04/22

Today Year 4 had their learning launch for English based around our new text Varjak Paw by . We have made cat masks, created city landscapes and learnt “The Way” 🐱 https://t.co/J7eFytg178

20/04/22

Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’ https://t.co/aw3aKPCWnc

20/04/22

Year 5 had an excellent afternoon taking part in Bushtucker Trials in ‘I’m a School Child, Get Me Out of Here,’ https://t.co/PBpMe4yE8r

01/04/22

Looking forward to seeing the children enjoy our new AR library books! Thank you to the PTA for our new books, the children requested books and we were delighted to deliver! https://t.co/fAzvpKUGab

31/03/22

Birch class enjoying their reward on the new EYFS area after winning the masked reader challenge on World Book Day📚#strivingforexcellence https://t.co/ldy2XUTEjR

31/03/22

Year 4 have worked incredibly hard this term in D.T to create their WILBAR outfits. Here are Birch class with their wonderfully sewn t-shirts! https://t.co/Xp4WE9kUoT

30/03/22

A fabulous entry from these Year 5 boys to the Heritage Design Challenge in association with Maidstone Museum. Fantastic work! https://t.co/6g86QE3kGD

30/03/22

Accelerated reader reward morning for Years 2,3 and 4. Well done to everyone that reached their targets! Ice poles and biscuits have been well deserved. ❤️ https://t.co/CiDZWpExc6

24/03/22

Fantastic day had by all children, teachers, parents and carers who came to watch. https://t.co/JuxhOm9Bi9

24/03/22

What an amazing experience for our children to be involved in. Singing songs they have learnt along with thousands of other children whilst supporting Adoption UK and raising awareness for FASD https://t.co/T2Ued4t63I

24/03/22

Just look at those smiley faces! The children had an absolute blast at Voice in a Million yesterday! https://t.co/8a7KTzRbKv

23/03/22

Choir have arrived at Wembley Arena and are really enjoying the practise ready for this evening! https://t.co/hSGeTTJixe

22/03/22

Some of our Year R children helping to plant a plum tree today for our forest school area... a huge thank you to the PTA and parents for this gift. https://t.co/9c3McXjq8X

15/03/22

A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins. https://t.co/1B23KRZ1Jy

15/03/22

A huge thank you to , the children at Aylesford thoroughly enjoyed “I Am a Tiger” by Karl Newson and Ross Collins. https://t.co/u8nJSJugh2

14/03/22

Retweeted From Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT)

Are you considering a career in teaching? Or are you already a teacher? We are offering the opportunity to visit one of our primary schools on Thurs 24 March 2022 between 3.30pm-5pm so you can see what we have to offer first-hand. Book here: https://t.co/ANKi3OvBIO

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 1/3 https://t.co/aRnx6JcxK1

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 2/3 https://t.co/wRMhxg6BWo

03/03/22

Hazel and Birch class in their wonderful costumes for World Book Day! 3/3 https://t.co/0uffab96sj

03/03/22

Reception enjoyed a dance workshop led by students from Invicta Grammar School https://t.co/74EEdzDpfS

24/02/22

Well done Ava and Austin who went litter picking with family members following the storm. Setting an amazing example to the eco warriors, the school and local community https://t.co/Wbf6wT4EHc

24/02/22

Fantastic fundraising from a pupil in Oak Class. Instead of filling a raisin box she filled a bean pot. Well done and we are looking forward to sharing this with the PTA. https://t.co/EGHccK5S9a

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 Aylesford.

Billy Harrington

Billy joined the Trust in 2018 and is the Deputy Headteacher and staff governor at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford.

He passionately believes that every child can achieve excellence and that school should be a positive and memorable experience, that leaves children ready for the next stage of their lives. Teaching is rooted in mutual respect and relationships, and only through finding out what works for each child, can we really help them to excel and love school. Along with a very dedicated team, it is our pupils who drive our school forward, and it is the student voice that is at the heart of what we do.

Before becoming a teacher, he ran his own design company; he is a fan of anything creative and enjoys bringing this into his role at Aylesford. The creative subjects are his favourite, and through these platforms, we can express ourselves without limitations!

Billy 1

Christine Thompson

Christine is a retired lecturer and teacher having taught at several secondary schools in the area and finishing up at Mid- Kent College where she taught A level Biology and Access to Healthcare to mature students. She was an active member of the PTA at her daughters’ Primary School and always had the ambition to become a School Governor one day. She joined the Board in 2017 and her link roles include SEND and the Curriculum.


She brings her long educational experience to Aylesford and is particularly interested in STEM and promoting the importance of wildlife wherever possible  in an educational setting. Along with her role as a Governor Christine is involved in several charitable organisations including  Kent Wildlife Trust, Maidstone Mediation and Kent Association for the Blind.

Christine Thompson

Fiona Lussier-Foy

Fiona moved to London from Aberdeen 20 years ago to attend the London School of Musical Theatre.  After years of being a performer, Fiona stumbled into teaching as she found that she enjoyed that equally as much as performing.

Fiona has been teaching in Kent and Greater London within secondary schools for the past 14 years.  During her time as a teacher, Fiona has mentored two graduate trainee teachers and subsequently, two newly qualified teachers.  She has also taken on the responsibility for KS3 Science in two of her schools, as well as being the lead teacher for Foundation Learning across KS3 and KS4.  Presently, Fiona is enjoying being a science teacher while currently studying and training to be a counsellor.

Outside school, Fiona enjoys being outdoors with her family and she has recently started teaching Musical Theatre again to children from the age of 5 up to adults!

With two children at the school, Fiona has been greatly involved with the PTA and has attended countless discos, film nights and other events that the PTA have arranged.  Fiona has never been a governor before and is looking forward to being able to support the pupils and staff in their journey towards excellence.

Fiona Lussier Foy

James Fuller

James joned Aylesford Governors in 2020 and has a passion for education at all levels. 

James has a BSc in Sports Science as well as a MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology and is Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury Christ Church. James also works at the University both as a Lecturer in the Sports Exercise Sciences department and is also a Sports Science Consultant for SportsLab working within a range of sports and with several elite athletes and teams in Kent. 

James also has a background in Teaching in Further Education and is an FA Level 2 Football Coach. 

James lives locally in Aylesford and is Chairman of our most local Football Club Aylesford FC and has a real passion for physical activity and promoting the benefits of staying physically active for all. 

James Fuller

Lucy Wilkins

This is Lucy’s first post as a school governor. She has been an active member of the community; joining PTAs and being Treasurer at neighbouring Poppy Pre School.

Outside of school life, Lucy has worked for the Ministry of Justice within the Prison Service, Courts, Probation and Royal Courts of Justice for almost 20 years. Over her career Lucy has worked in numerous areas including Finance, Custody, IT, Audit, Risk and Business and Service Continuity. She also completed a 10-year period at HMP Maidstone – all work related!

In addition, she also manages 2 self-employed businesses from home which give her a lot of interaction with the local community. Lucy’s family have very close roots with Aylesford and many generations of the family still live within the community. This is why Lucy put herself forward to be the school’s Community Governor. She has a lot of passion for the British Legion and the Heart of Kent Hospice and is passionate about linking them with the school to show we are a wider family.

Lucy is a mum to two sons and has a 14-year-old step daughter.

Lucy chose to become a school governor to give her a new challenge and to develop her links with the school, which she is hoping to be a part of via her children for the next 8 years.

Lucy hopes to bring many skills and aspects of life as a parent to the governing board, and looks forward to working with the Governors, Staff and Leadership Team at the school to help acorns develop into mighty oaks!

Lucy Wilkins

Ruth Hinckley

Ruth was delighted to join the Trust in 2018 as the VIAT Governance Lead/Trust Clerk after many years of volunteering as a governor. She continues to be a proactive, co-opted governor at Invicta Grammar School and at Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, supporting both schools in their continued journey to excellence. She previously worked as a respected, collaborative Contracts Manager with over 20 years’ experience, at Westminster City Council. Ruth passionately believes all children deserve an outstanding education that incorporates both academic and personal development.

Ruth first became a governor at East Borough Primary School (now Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough) in 2012, due to a keen interest in education, plus wanting to make a difference and give something back to the local community. With excellent liaison skills, she has worked positively with all stakeholders including senior leaders, school staff , parent/carers and pupils. Ruth was an active member of the Board strategy group and influenced the school Academy conversion project. Ruth led the school improvement team and represented governors in the school Aspire leadership programme. In addition to participating in Ofsted visits, she undertook strategic reviews of new initiatives and successfully completed the Governance National Leadership Chair Development programme in 2016.

In 2017, Ruth commenced a new roles as Lead Governor for the Trust primaries and Chair of the Standards and School Improvement Committee. She supported the Primary Chairs in developing the new Local School Boards (LSB) by join LSB meetings on a rolling basis to offer feedback and advice on the quality of their Local School Board's knowledge and questioning of school standards and policies. Ruth became governor and Chair at Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Lakes for a year to help progress the board and build the team. Ruth supported three VIAT primaries through Ofsted before being asked to work for the Trust.

Ruth’s main focus outside of governance is her children and family which includes four mischievous cats. Ruth enjoys going to the theatre and one of her favourite shows is Les Miserables. Ruth loves coffee, conversation and, when there is an opportunity, relaxing with a good book.

Ruth

Sandy Beebeejaun

Sandy is a Safeguarding Manager for a National Governing Body. She provides advice, guidance and strategic direction of safeguarding to support and embed a culture where children and adults at risk are listened to, feel safe and protected from harm.

Sandy has worked with children and their families in Health, Education and Local Authority settings.

This is Sandy’s first Governor role and she is excited to be involved in Education again. Sandy believes that as a community we can create a supportive environment where all children can achieve, are respected and celebrated as individuals.

As a parent of a toddler, Sandy spends most of her time outdoors, playing with something messy and then tidying up the mess! 

Sandy governor