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Our main objective when it comes to careers education, information, advice and guidance is to ensure that our students have the best possible opportunities following their time in education and that they are the most prepared candidates when applying for their future options in a competitive world.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance is embedded in the structure of learning at Valley Park School and runs through the core of the curriculum. Focus days, assemblies, form times, group work, one to one support, parental meetings/presentations and work experience are just a few ways in which students can access careers guidance. The input is age appropriate and tailored to the individual needs of each student.
An impartial careers adviser, Mrs West, is employed full time to deliver careers education, information, advice and guidance to all students. This support is specifically designed for each year group and we continue to work with students once they have left us to ensure they have reached a secure future destination.
As well as a permanent, full time, careers adviser the school follow government guidance by investing in an outside agency - The MY Trust - in order to offer one to one careers guidance interviews to every year 11 student whilst they are deciding on their post 16 option choices.
For further information on our careers programme and relevant contact details please see our careers information. Students and parents can access further impartial advice on the National Careers Service website.
UCAS: Covid Impact Statement
Due to Covid19, Valley Park School was closed to all Sixth Form students from 18th March 2020 with teaching being via distance learning only, until July 17th 2020. Our distance learning strategy for the Sixth Form provided students with varied online content for each subject. This is in contrast to the eight to ten hours per fortnight of contact teaching time usually timetabled. No formal assessments in controlled conditions were able to take place during this time.
From Monday 7th September 2020, all Sixth Former students returned to Valley Park School where teachers took a blended learning approach alongside a recovery curriculum. Any isolating students continued to access content from home using a variety of online learning platforms whilst the remaining students returned to their normal timetabled lessons.