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17/05/24

Back to the Musicals less than a week away. Have you got your tickets? https://t.co/VCIgpgzN2I — Valley Park School () May 17, 2024

17/05/24

Attention all Year 8 & 9 students! We’re recruiting for – the perfect way to meet new people and try new things. Visit your DofE manager to find out how to sign up! pic.twitter.com/pyrcftgZDV— Valley Park School () May 17, 2024

16/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/G9Xjeogn3D— Valley Park School () May 16, 2024

16/05/24

Ticket sales for close on Monday, so don’t miss out! Help us raise money for pic.twitter.com/eqK9owKsAK— Valley Park School () May 16, 2024

16/05/24

Attention all Year 8 & 9 parents and carers! We’re recruiting for this year’s – the perfect way for your child to discover what they're capable of. Come to our parent's evening on Tuesday 21 May to find out more. pic.twitter.com/5prIxkczUV— Valley Park School () May 16, 2024

15/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/BssqdCYsq4— Valley Park School () May 15, 2024

15/05/24

GOOD NEWS! We've completely filled all the slots for our Year 5 Open Morning Tours in June!EVEN BETTER NEWS: We've opened up more slots on Thurs 13 June and Fri 14 June!Book here: https://t.co/qfmoep1hUy pic.twitter.com/YCPFBIR9B7— Valley Park School () May 15, 2024

15/05/24

We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor here at Valley Park, and the extended closing date is Friday 24 May at midday. Find out more: https://t.co/2LKzhdDQVu pic.twitter.com/NLoGObdVEL— Valley Park School () May 15, 2024

14/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/JZK0gQJPiY— Valley Park School () May 14, 2024

13/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/7ACygQKRqf— Valley Park School () May 13, 2024

12/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/927EKarwTr— Valley Park School () May 12, 2024

09/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/ULzPzykR4a— Valley Park School () May 9, 2024

08/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/jhmixVYQ2Q— Valley Park School () May 8, 2024

07/05/24

Join Miss Lowe on Thurs 9 May, 5-6pm for a Personal Development session. Topics to cover include the new Futures Programme, PSHE, Ambition Curriculum, Careers, and extra-curricular activities. Gain insight into our offer enhancing your child’s learning, and stay for Q&A.— Valley Park School () May 7, 2024

06/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/ySjp8LExls— Valley Park School () May 6, 2024

05/05/24

Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner, says improved attendance notably boosts students' chances of gaining qualifications. 54% of pupils who improved attendance from Y10 to Y11 passed at least 5 GCSEs, compared to those persistently absent both years. pic.twitter.com/2egkPNUI6S— Valley Park School () May 5, 2024

03/05/24

Tickets for our Year 5 Open Morning Tours in June are now available. https://t.co/qfmoep1hUy pic.twitter.com/kvWx9Xlyqn— Valley Park School () May 3, 2024

03/05/24

Don't forget, it's a bank holiday on Monday 6 May. Don't come into school, because we won't be there! pic.twitter.com/0hvs1Frprz— Valley Park School () May 3, 2024

02/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/u1FHmqWfwD— Valley Park School () May 2, 2024

01/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/oZo23mgSP6— Valley Park School () May 1, 2024

30/04/24

The second half of the Spring Concert included a rousing rendition of Alleluia pic.twitter.com/LirwKm5q27— Valley Park School () April 30, 2024

30/04/24

First song of the night is a cracker - You’re So Vain! pic.twitter.com/8osloeMziU— Valley Park School () April 30, 2024

30/04/24

This year’s Spring Concert begins with some entertainment in the bar area before the show. pic.twitter.com/KlO5aJR6Ff— Valley Park School () April 30, 2024

30/04/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/wgFYcisFEr— Valley Park School () April 30, 2024

29/04/24

Some of our Year 12s were snapped with the Kent Bunny Mascot during their visit to the UK HE & Apprenticeship Fair at The University of Kent on Wednesday 24 April. pic.twitter.com/7mvcsugiWA— Valley Park School () April 29, 2024

Admissions

Students joining in September 2024

Valley Park School has a published admission number (PAN) of 240 students, to be admitted into Year 7 each year. Applications for places will be made in accordance with Kent local authority’s coordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF), provided and administered by the Kent Local Authority. Please note that a Supplementary Application Form is only required if you are applying for a scholarship.

Kent County Council

Admissions Process Timeline

Registration for testing opens 

Thursday 1 June 2023 

Closing date for registration 

Monday 3 July 2023 

Application for Secondary Transfer opens 

Friday 1 September 2023 

Test date for pupils in Kent Primary schools 

Thursday 7 September 2023 

Test date for pupils not in Kent Primary schools from 

Saturday 9 September 2023 

Assessment decision sent to parents 

Wednesday 18 October 2023 

National closing date for application forms 

Tuesday 31 October 2023 

Final date for acceptance of on time changes to application details 

Friday 8 December 2023 

Summary of applicant numbers sent to 

Secondary schools (plus info for those needing to arrange additional testing) 

Wednesday 13 December 2023 

Full applicant details sent to all Kent Secondary schools for ranking against their over- subscription criteria 

Thursday 4 January 2024 

Ranked lists returned to Kent County Council by all schools. Deadline for school to inform Kent County Council of wish to offer in excess of PAN 

Monday 15 January 2024 

Secondary schools sent list of allocated pupils - 

Primary schools informed of destination of pupils 

Friday 23 February 2024 

National Offer Day: e-mails sent after 4pm 

Friday 1 March 2024 

Schools send out welcome letters no earlier than 

Tuesday 5 March 2024 

Deadline for late applications and waiting list requests to be included in the Kent County Council reallocation stage. Also the date by which places should be accepted or declined to schools. 

Friday 15 March 2024 

Date Kent County Council will send schools reallocation waiting lists for ranking against their over-subscription criteria 

Friday 22 March 2024 

Schools to send their ranked reallocation waiting list and acceptance and refusals to KCC 

Thursday 28 March 2024 

Deadline for lodging appeals 

Thursday 28 March 2024 

Kent County Council to reallocate places that have become available from the schools’ waiting lists. After this point, schools will take back ownership of their waiting lists. 

Thursday 25 April 2024 

 

In Year Admissions

If you are looking for a place at Valley Park School because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and/or general well being, you are entitled to apply for a school place. 

Please contact the Admissions Team to request an In-Year Admissions Form or download a copy from our website. This form must be completed and returned to the Admissions Team.

The school will notify applicants of the outcome of their application in writing within 15 school days detailing any reason for refusal and information about the right to appeal.

Appeal Dates & Information

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY.

If you have not been offered a place at Valley Park School, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel.

This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. All appeals will be heard online which has the advantage that your appeal can be heard from your home or place of work.

If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. Booklet Link  

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school, but on different forms.

Any letters or reports that you wish the panel to see should be uploaded at this time.  You are asked to bear in mind that if you later send additional information, the closing date is 5 working days before the STAGE 1 hearing.  All appointed panels have agreed NOT to take any late letters or reports after the 5 working day deadline.  This will be strictly enforced.  For secondary/primary transfer appeals, the hearing will take place at least TWO months after the refusal letter.  This gives you plenty of time to get your evidence together if you act early and take account of school holidays.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

Full details about the hearing will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email :  clerk@educationappeals.com

The timetable for appeals is as follows:

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2024

4pm on Tuesday 2 April 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2024.   You MUSTstate the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage. 

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place on

Wednesday 12th June 6pm

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on 

13 June -14 June 2024 (depending on the number of appeals)

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel 

At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.

Any additional  supporting evidence

Closing date is 5 June 2024. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any new additional evidence BY POST ONLY. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner.  Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies.  These must be sent to EdAp, Sopers House, Sopers Road, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4RY.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 10 working days after the last hearing for the school.


Timetable for appeals for mid-term applications is as follows:

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place ‘in year’ or ‘mid-term’, excluding 6th Form.

You must lodge the appeal form within 20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage. Appeals are held within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form

 

Timetable for appeals for the Sixth Form is as follows:

Last day for Lodging appeals

4pm on Thursday 29 August 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal on the online form and supply any documentary evidence at this stage e.g. a copy of your result sheet. 

Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible.  

Click here for the 6th form appeal form

Appeal date

Heaings will be heard in late August 2024.

 

Download this section as a PDF

Page Downloads Date  
Admissions 2024-2025 04th Mar 2024 Download
Education Appeals Newsletter 19th Feb 2024 Download
FAQs Year 7 Main Round Appeals 2023 01st Mar 2023 Download
In Year Admission Form 01st Nov 2022 Download
Prejudice Statement 2023-2024 01st Mar 2022 Download
Admissions 2023-2024 01st Nov 2022 Download