Our Senior Prefect Team

Ashleigh Smith - Head Girl

Ashleigh SmithI was fortunate enough to obtain a music scholarship in the very first year of the Scholarship Programme within Valley Park. I’ve received continuous support during my time here, and have grown in confidence and self-belief. This has enabled me to participate in extra-curricular activities such as Drama Club, School Choirs, Musical Theatre Club, Valley Park Productions and many more. 

In the Sixth Form I’ve taken on the roles of both Scholar and Arts Ambassador. I’ve developed my mentoring and leadership skills through assisting with Performing Arts workshops and theatre trips for primary school students aspiring to join the Valley Park Community. This has helped me flourish as an individual and become a mature and independent young adult. 

The school’s ethos and core values have provided a great framework for me to develop into the role of Head Girl, and to have the self-assurance to become the motivated and determined student I am today. I am delighted to have been appointed as Head Girl as I believe it will be an excellent opportunity to give back to the school which has supported me greatly throughout my time here. 

Kyle Siwek - Head Boy

Kyle SiwekValley Park has been my home for the past seven years. I’m proud to be part of a community that values individual targets and has a family-like ethos as its primary outcomes. Since year seven, the school has given me ample opportunities to excel in my GCSE and A Level subjects through individual staff tuition and target planning around my abilities, which is integral to the academic success of the school and the well-being of its students.

Outside of my academic studies, the school’s unique Scholarship programme has allowed me to pursue musical tuition and take a leading role in the award-winning school choirs. Most recently, I was given the opportunity to conduct the choral groups at school events and at the Birmingham Symphony Hall for the Music For Youth National Festival in 2017. Our choir also got through to the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and I was privileged to be a part of this, too. Taking part in our outstanding school productions has also built my confidence which has led to me taking more responsibilities in school life, particularly through being a Student Librarian for 6 years and now being Head Boy.

Valley Park’s unique sense of community ensures that every student is prepared for further education, and I know that I wouldn’t be the same person today if it weren’t for Valley Park School.

Josie Biggs - Deputy Head Girl

Josephine BiggsSince my first days at Valley Park, I’ve been encouraged to achieve my highest potential and to make the most of every opportunity available to me. I’ve taken part in Valley Park Productions and enrolled in Student Voice; I’ve hosted events, volunteered at our annual music festival, V in the Park, and applied for and received an art scholarship. This opened up more doors for me than I could ever have expected, involving me in art competitions and resulting in my appointment as an Arts Ambassador in the Sixth Form. 

If I were to change anything about my time at Valley Park, I would have taken part in more extracurricular activities, as there is such a variety to choose from. These experiences have further improved my versatility and given me a unique advantage when applying for further education and careers.

Support from the staff at Valley Park has been exceptional, with more guidance in Sixth Form to encourage independent study, which will help make the transition from Sixth Form to university as seamless as possible. This support - in conjunction with the library we are fortunate to have - has helped me excel in my subjects. I have also had support from teachers to gain extra time in my examinations due to having Dyslexia and Irlens Syndrome. This has aided my confidence and enabled me to achieve my best. 

Tom Dixon - Deputy Head Boy

Tom DixonBeing a member of the Valley Park community for the past seven years, has given me many opportunities to enhance my academic standards through the support and encouragement of both students and teachers. Staff have guided and pushed me to succeed in both my GCSEs and A levels. One thing I have come to value over the years is the individual support teachers dedicate to students during and after school.

I’ve been involved in many extra-curricular activities such as our high-caliber school productions and senior choir, both of which have helped boost my confidence and self-esteem. I’ve become an Art Ambassador to represent and mentor younger art students and worked as a student librarian for five years. Valley Park has also supported me in activities outside school, being a four times national medal winner in rowing as well as my entrepreneurial ventures.

The teacher’s passion for their craft and the student’s commitment to school life are both integral parts of the Valley Park community, one that encourages you to thrive and succeed. It’s these values which make me honored to be Deputy Head Boy.