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17/11/17

Don't miss out. Tickets are still available for the second Broadening Horizons Production to see 'An American in Paris' at The London Palladium next Friday, 24 November. Tickets available via Wisepay. https://t.co/To7vpyIF4O

17/11/17

Good luck to Bryony in 7T who is busy training hard to complete an Iron Man later this month. (2.4mile swim/112 mile bike ride/26 mile run.) Raising funds for as her Nanny has cancer. If you would like to donate visit . https://t.co/30OVaRvuVa

17/11/17

Some Year 6's had fun this week at the Team Invicta Games Workshop. Thank you to Miss Abbott for taking the session. https://t.co/TNxCxyN9uf

17/11/17

There are lots of spots in school today. Thank you for all your donations . https://t.co/n1iww1Vcej

16/11/17

Thank you for the training! https://t.co/YvN1y12iXX

16/11/17

Thank you to everyone who created a gift box for 2017 Operation Christmas Child, we are sure the children who receive the boxes will be extremely grateful. https://t.co/Rn9HD3ShIW

16/11/17

Invicta students attended the Pretty Curious Event and Detling Showground run by . They had to create electronic circuits and drones using clip together electronics called little bits. There were about 20 teams and our teams did extremely well. https://t.co/HsGaavzArT

16/11/17

On 15 November the Junior Interact and Junior Young Chamber POP groups invited the Invicta Over 60s group to a Barn Dance. The students made decorations of bunting and paper chains, as well as homemade cup cakes for the afternoon tea. Everyone showed off their dancing skills! https://t.co/1sP9YgYy7d

16/11/17

Year 8 students in POP creating Beautiful Words. Creating art based on our favourite books! Mono printing, drawing, sculptures etc. Madison, Year 8, Digital Leader https://t.co/GjKQdlH0Yg

15/11/17

Invicta’s bees are doing well and we had a good honey harvest, which the girls enjoyed collecting. We are selling the honey to raise money to buy some new bee suits. Beekeeping continues to help girls towards their D of E award, either as a skill or as community service. https://t.co/8JhFMpPimb

15/11/17

Would you be interested in volunteering to help here at Invicta or at one of the VIAT primary schools? We are looking for parents or grandparents to volunteer to help with Art or read with our children in all phases of primary; from the youngest children in Y1 to the oldest in Y6 https://t.co/2PQ4q0G7jQ

15/11/17

If you have any old Invicta School Uniform that is still fit for purpose and no longer required, please consider donating this back to school. Please hand any items into the Main Reception. https://t.co/Z4AnZsSsnH

15/11/17

On Saturday, 4 November, 20 eager Year 5 students joined Mrs Billingham and Mrs Moore for a Food Technology Workshop. The girls had a fabulous time, making and decorating their ‘Christmas-themed’ cupcakes. Each student left the workshop with a tub full of goodies and a big smile! https://t.co/NqgPO2JktL

15/11/17

Congratulations to those involved in Invicta’s first ever MAMMOTH all school . This event was spread over six lunchtimes in the Reading Room, not including the Form time preliminary rounds. Congratulations to all those who participated in the Spelling Bee. https://t.co/LdeGVnJINs

15/11/17

June 2016, Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 8 entered ’s ‘Treasures from Trash Competition’. The aim was to design and build a chair using only recycled materials. They won! Their chair featured in the exhibit in the museum and we received a bench with a plaque https://t.co/p2FHqmk2Ae

15/11/17

We are very proud to receive acknowledgement from KCC congratulating us on the schools Progress 8 2017. Also, that it was very positive to see that this is well above the National Average, meaning that learners do well compared with their peers from the same KS2 starting points.

14/11/17

8G food students have been coming to school at 8am to start making their bread. The results have been amazing! https://t.co/4uVfq1spaq

14/11/17

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Good luck to our a capella choir, who are performing at the Albert Hall tonight.

14/11/17

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It's nearly here - 14 November! Unable to join us during our Train to Teach Day then join us at The Hilton, Maidstone at 6.30pm to find out more about training to be a teacher through School Direct with VITSA https://t.co/2qbTsSq88R

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Thinking of teaching? Try School Direct, you have a choice of training provider with us! Choose from the universities of Brighton, Sussex, Greenwich or Canterbury Christ Church.

14/11/17

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Looking forward to welcoming everyone to another tonight. 'Teaching with Media' at https://t.co/XCFvFDhlZH

14/11/17

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Save the date for our 6th Form Open Evening! https://t.co/JVQ2IHE7f2

14/11/17

Are you or anyone you know interested in considering a career change and would like to consider training to teach? As a teaching school, Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance, offers the opportunity to train to teach through salaried and non-salaried School Direct courses. https://t.co/04xrxzmJIF

14/11/17

We are very proud to report that Eloise in 9I recently competed at the European Kimura Shukokai Karate Championships in Estonia. Eloise achieved Silver for her individual fighting and together with her team they won Gold for the Junior Team Kata. https://t.co/tIKNPe9NTS

14/11/17

Maddy Hill in 11N and Lottie Hill in 7G are both competing in a National Squash Competition in Pontefract on Friday, 24 November, a competition that is only open to top players in the Country! Well done and good luck to you both.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lauren Kirby in 10C who has won an amazing competition to attend the 2018 dance convention in London next March as a VIP guest! Lauren will be participating in dance classes with teachers from top performing arts colleges across the U.K.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lara Gough in 10I, she has received confirmation that, as a result of her performance in the regionals in October, she has qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championship in Solihull in December.

13/11/17

The Year 8’s working on their key-rings in Resistant Materials after giving amazing presentations about Smart Materials. https://t.co/QR6htuwc3t

13/11/17

Everyone is enjoying playing the quick quiz game in French in 7T. Rachel, Digital Leader. https://t.co/4f8XnKoRU9

13/11/17

Watching a video clip, and taking notes, in Year 8 Geography lesson, to help us understand more about the effects of tourism in Antarctica. Madison https://t.co/QcJCWn5hZE

13/11/17

Invicta will be supporting Children in Need day on Friday encouraging staff and students to wear something spotty as an accessory to their usual uniform or work outfit eg. socks, beanie boppers, hats, scarves, hair accessories. Donations will be collected on the door. https://t.co/2hKo75gz3m

13/11/17

The Invicta Aspiring Einsteins academic hub has begun with the discussion of the news story "The star that would not die.. the Supernova discovery that challenges known theories of the death of stars". Thank you Charlotte in Year 9 for organising. https://t.co/G38haGyAdt

13/11/17

The Theme of the Week: Be Principled about Internationalism, Religion and Culture. Assemblies and Tutor Times will be based on the theme.

13/11/17

Retweeted From Dami Salako

Make sure your voice is heard in this years’ Kent Youth County Council elections! https://t.co/i9UJrmN1Wl

13/11/17

Retweeted From Ellen R Kent Music

Want to learn an instrument? Join Maidstone Music Centre Not just for kids! https://t.co/VNHJBLmSFN

10/11/17

Congratulations to Tihana in 8V who recently participated in a Trampolining Competition. Her efforts were rewarded with a Silver Medal and qualification for the next stage! Well done Tihana. https://t.co/CTVuRXxe8A

10/11/17

Congratulations to Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 10 who won a competition to design and build a chair using recycled materials! Can you find their prize at school? https://t.co/0Kgkxk6zNT

09/11/17

Dr Kathryn Harkup will be delivering the next Broadening Horizons lecture to students today. Exciting!! https://t.co/vb2Q2d9jUD

09/11/17

Excellent advice from the Anti Bullying Alliance. https://t.co/72wleRBHWf

09/11/17

Retweeted From AntiBullyingAlliance

Positivity and kindness looks good on you! 🙂 https://t.co/zzydH2h4J1

Pupil Premium

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Invicta Grammar School Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a government grant that is given to schools to help them support those children that are the most disadvantaged, with a focus on raising attainment.  

In the 2017-18 financial year, all schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

•    £935 for secondary-aged pupils

Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:

•    has been looked after for 1 day or more
•    has been adopted from care
•    has left care under:

  • a special guardianship order
  • a residence order
  • a child arrangement order

In addition to this funding, schools are also allocated funding to support the children whose parents are Service Men or Women.

Allocation

Invicta Grammar School uses its Pupil Premium funding to help pay for a range of opportunities including support that is available for students as and when they might need it.  This includes recommended and requested support.

Students at Invicta Grammar School are encouraged to participate in a range of educational opportunities and activities to complement their academic work.  This includes participation in the school’s Broadening Horizons programme and activities such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, peripatetic music lessons, support with travel, educational school trips including language exchanges.  Support is also given with the purchase of specialist equipment and uniform.  

The school writes to the parents of eligible students at the beginning of the school year to clarify in which areas support can be offered and to provide information about the process which is simplified to encourage requests.  

In 2016-2017, (September 2016 – August 2017) Invicta Grammar School was allocated £79,889  
 

Details of the spending for 2015-16 were:

1.    Learning Mentor  £23,806
2.    Inclusion Teachers   £23,684
3.    Psychologist £14,700
4.    School Counsellor  £  5,110
5.    Trips and Opportunities £  2,592
6.    Homework Club   £  2,738
7.    Breakfast Club £  3,073
8.    Music Lessons £  1,324
9.    Learning Resources £  1,621
10.  Student Transport £     726
11.   Technology Costs £     515
Total:  £79,889

The allocation for Invicta Grammar School for the current academic year – September 2017 – March 2018 is £49,362.  The remaining allocation of funds will be made in the new financial year in April 2018.
 

Current planned costs are:

1.    7/12 of a Learning Mentor   £14,256
2.    Psychologist  £14,400
3.    Inclusion Teacher £  8,296
4.    School Counsellor  £  3,792
5.    Supervision of before school ‘Breakfast Club’ £  2,048
6.    Supervision of after school ‘Homework Club’    £  1,825
7.    Trips and Opportunities    £  2,500
8.    Learning Resources £  2,245
Total   £49,362


The Impact of 2016-17 PPG

The PPG students at Invicta Grammar School make similar progress to that of their peers.  Data from the Department of Education (DfE) supports this.

The data for 2016-17 includes 9 students at GCSE level (approximately 9% of the cohort).and 7 students at A level (approximately 4% of the cohort) classified as eligible for Pupil Premium.

• 100% disadvantaged students achieved a strong pass at all GCSE subjects including English and Mathematics in Summer 2017. All these students achieved the English Baccalaureate qualification.

• The students entitled to Pupil Premium achieved an Attainment 8 score of 63.78 which compares well to the average Attainment 8 score of 68.44 gained by their peers.  Invicta students are achieving well above the national average in both attainment and progress.

• The Progress 8 score of this group is well above national average at +0.29, meaning that our PPG students achieved nearly a third of a grade higher than their peers of similar ability across the subjects that they studied.

The disadvantaged students in Year 13 attained an average point score of 35.58, very slightly lower than the 37.58 score that their peers achieved. Disadvantaged students achieved the same average grades of B- as the rest of the year group did.

The progress measures for KS4 and KS5 indicate that the PPG students are overall achieving better grades than their prior attainment at KS2 and KS4 suggests.  This is because the students are set aspirational targets and are taught lessons that are engaging and challenging.  When a student is shown to be off track, highly effective intervention strategies are put in place to ensure that the student achieves the grade she/he is capable of.

In September 2012, Ofsted acknowledged that the opportunities available to the ‘students at Invicta Grammar School are Outstanding and that the PPG is used effectively to ensure that students from potentially disadvantaged backgrounds have the same opportunity and make equally outstanding progress as other groups of students’.