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14/06/24

The house colours are finally here. pic.twitter.com/LH3CG0D7FE— Valley Park School () June 14, 2024

13/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/tbnNJiWeXr— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

13/06/24

Arts Week 2024 is getting nearer - have you got your tickets yet? https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/bXNoNSoK5G— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

13/06/24

Our Year 10 Performing Arts class absolutely smashed their Unit 1 exam! They performed numbers from Dear Evan Hanson & Come From Away. Mrs Austin is so proud of all of them! #wearevalleyparkperformingarts#smashedit pic.twitter.com/uKpYvuh2kQ— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

12/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/bdQCiHzppx— Valley Park School () June 12, 2024

12/06/24

Tickets are available for our Year 5 Transition workshops next week, starting on Tuesday 18 June with Forensics, Speed Racers and Dippy Divers. Read more: https://t.co/BrPqsXr1vt pic.twitter.com/woYbk7Xmdd— Valley Park School () June 12, 2024

11/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/6tV6ZvbQLS— Valley Park School () June 11, 2024

10/06/24

The poster says it all...The Sixth Form Art Showcase is back.#wearevalleypark#wearevalleyparksixthform#wearevalleyparkartshowcase#artshowcase pic.twitter.com/cVAe6cFDxX— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

10/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/rCY6TnCu8J— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

10/06/24

In form time, Year 12 students added glazes to our DeCaf guests' pottery. We look forward to delivering these to them later this term. #DeCaf#dementiacafe#wearevalleyparkarts pic.twitter.com/DaWYNTWC1x— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

10/06/24

On Friday 7 June, a crack team of year 8 students competed in a nationwide STEM challenge day at the University of Greenwich Medway campus. Read more: https://t.co/IzV8KKY2BU pic.twitter.com/x7nc50S6P9— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

10/06/24

Valley Park School House Launch this week! What were the house names you selected? What colour is each house? What house will you be in? pic.twitter.com/M20H39qEJc— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

10/06/24

Valley Park School House Lunch this week! What were the house names you selected? What colour is each house? What house will you be in? pic.twitter.com/Vr7mqVJeGB— Valley Park School () June 10, 2024

09/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/n8c1yNYGBw— Valley Park School () June 9, 2024

09/06/24

If a student’s attendance at the end of Term 5 was below 90% this means that they have missed at least 15 days or 75 hours of learning. pic.twitter.com/OgDwXCbxPZ— Valley Park School () June 9, 2024

07/06/24

Valley Park School House Lunch next week. What were the house names you selected? What colour is each house? What house will you be in? pic.twitter.com/ZzFFw7JVh3— Valley Park School () June 7, 2024

06/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/rAf9PJDWuL— Valley Park School () June 6, 2024

05/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/RzhXpF9W1T— Valley Park School () June 5, 2024

05/06/24

Our SHUSH (Second Hand Uniform SHop) is open tomorrow during Year 10 Parents evening between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. pic.twitter.com/xGq2hSWfoT— Valley Park School () June 5, 2024

04/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/CJKts374IA— Valley Park School () June 4, 2024

03/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/7MYrPWNvXk— Valley Park School () June 3, 2024

03/06/24

The Hamlet cast had a brilliant afternoon rehearsing for the RSC associate schools performance on 24 June. They met the production team & rehearsed their section in the Studio. We're so excited for the performance! Tickets available here: https://t.co/WUdg06H5dV pic.twitter.com/aTYExjx5xR— Valley Park School () June 3, 2024

23/05/24

Back to the Musicals rocks it, and if you’re not here, then you don’t even know it! pic.twitter.com/JyeJX3THla— Valley Park School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/vdXmWx0R0C— Valley Park School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

tickets are now available! Visit our website for info on each event, and book your places! https://t.co/2X6Pi73rbs pic.twitter.com/6Pq3UNHUG2— Valley Park School () May 23, 2024

Post 16 Options

Government guidance for students in England

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:

  • Stay in full-time education, for example at a Sixth Form or college
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
  • Download the Career Action Planner at the bottom of the page to help with your forward thinking and planning.
  • Explore this padlet for post-16 transition support resources. Please email Mrs West for the password.

Kent Choices

If you wish to apply to study at Valley Park or other Sixth Forms and colleges, you should do so through the Kent Choices website, where you can find out about providers, courses and application requirements. 

On the website, you can also find out more about apprenticeships in Kent and the local labour market through Kent LMI to help make informed choices.

Kent Choices Website


Whats your next move

Apprenticeships and T-Levels

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships enable you to undertake employment, learning through real-life situations whilst continuing with your studies within class-based learning. You'll be employed and paid to do a real job and study for a formal qualification - usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. You will be treated like all the other employees, with a contract of employment, holiday entitlement and any company benefits on offer.

By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

If you wish to undertake an apprenticeship at the end of Year 11, you would primarily be suited to Intermediate (level 2) and/or Advanced (level 3) opportunities.

Please speak to the Careers Advisor, Mrs West, if your require further support in regards to apprenticeships or making your application(s).

Helpful websites to start your search

Fire it up apprenticeships logoAmazing apprenticeshipsRate my apprenticeship logo

Not going to uni logoTargetcareers futurewiseBe an apprentice logo

Kta logo low resCareermap

 

T-Levels

T-Levels are a new qualification for 16-19 year olds that are the equivalent to 3 A-Levels with an employer-based placement element. You can find out more about T-Levels in the video below.

 

Padlet for National Apprenticeship Week

Destinations

At Valley Park School, we work closely with our Year 11 cohort, encouraging and supporting them to make both personal and aspirational post-16 decisions and applications, that are based on their own unique career pathway ideas and goals. Subsequently, our Year 11 leavers go on to pursue a variety of academic and vocational routes. 

We work closely with The Education People (part of KCC), leavers and their parents/carers directly, to continue to support any individual who may still be securing a destination beyond the end of Year 11. We are also keen for those who leave us to become part of our Alumni Network, staying in touch with us, so we can share and celebrate their successes and inspire our current students. 

Our most recent destination data for Year 11 leavers in 2021 (correct as of January 2022), shows a very similar three-year trend when compared to historic data, and is summarised as follows:

  • 48% of Year 11 students chose to remain at Valley Park School in Sixth Form;
  • 36% pursued vocational courses at FE colleges; 
  • 7% chose to attend an alternative Sixth Form;
  • 3% of the cohort secured an apprenticeship, within a range of sectors including Engineering, Hairdressing and business-related roles;
  • 2% of the cohort is now engaged in employment;
  • 1% of the cohort is now at an alternative provider or under the support of The Education People (KCC);
  • 1% is known to be NEET;
  • 2% of the cohort currently have unknown destinations (a situation that is regularly being followed up by the Careers Advisor and The Education People).

Year 11 destination graph 2021

 

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Career Action Planner 05th Feb 2024 Download