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12/07/24

Wishing you all a very safe and enjoyable summer break! Should you need to report anything of a safeguarding nature please refer to our safeguarding page - https://t.co/d4KoQn3W7J - or in emergencies, call 999.#wearevalleypark#wearevalleyparksafeguarding#enjoythesummer pic.twitter.com/NXliVAM8s6— Valley Park School () July 12, 2024

12/07/24

It's a double whammy for Deal House, as they not only won sports day with 1428 points, but also the House Cup! Those 77,449 positive points really paid off!#wearevalleypark#wearevalleyparkdealhouse#winners#itsabigdeal pic.twitter.com/T82p05SGyv— Valley Park School () July 12, 2024

11/07/24

Tickets are available on our website for the Scholarship Festival on 19 September, the Year 6 Open Morning Tours in October, and our Open Evening on 10 October: https://t.co/96JZSVe4rh pic.twitter.com/Z0lvByle1n— Valley Park School () July 11, 2024

07/07/24

It's all to play for on Monday! Which house will triumph? Don't forget your PE kits and your house colours to change into.#wearevalleyparksportsday#wearevalleyparkhousechampions pic.twitter.com/JtupnpFejD— Valley Park School () July 7, 2024

03/07/24

On Mon 24 June Mrs Hitch & Mrs Hare took the 13 members of Valley Park Shakespeare Society to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to perform Hamlet with the RSC. Read more: https://t.co/Yw0j1dAYJYGet tickets for Thursday's performance of Hamlet here: https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/fj6xiLNXg7— Valley Park School () July 3, 2024

01/07/24

Last chance to buy tickets for Fame - Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU #fame pic.twitter.com/2C9U0RLqmz— Valley Park School () July 1, 2024

28/06/24

Congratulations to the 13 performers who took to the stage at The Marlowe Theatre on Monday as part of the RSC Associate Schools programme production of Hamlet: Something Rotten. They were an absolute credit to Valley Park. #hamlet#somethingrotten pic.twitter.com/yOXzPFdSbs— Valley Park School () June 28, 2024

27/06/24

The next event in Arts Week 2024 is on Saturday 29 June on Valley Park field, and is the return of V in the Park, our perennial musical favourite. Get tickets now! https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/SX9eGVsr0w— Valley Park School () June 27, 2024

27/06/24

Last week's Year 5 workshops were very successful, including this one about Forensic Science.#wearevalleyparktransition#forensicscience pic.twitter.com/g08kVuqE2b— Valley Park School () June 27, 2024

25/06/24

Last chance to get tickets for Dance Extravaganza tomorrow evening! Don't miss this showcase for our talented dancers. https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/f5YFH6CIYM— Valley Park School () June 25, 2024

23/06/24

58% of Year 7-11 pupils who missed school at the start of the year went on to miss at least 10% of sessions across the whole academic year.- Fischer Family Trust#everylessoncounts pic.twitter.com/kb1XwfGm25— Valley Park School () June 23, 2024

22/06/24

Arts Week begins on Tuesday with Night at the Musicals at the Hazlitt Theatre, then it's Dance Extravaganza on Wednesday, with more treats coming on Saturday and the following week. Get your tickets now, and don't miss out!#wearevalleyparkartsweekhttps://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/vbqjE3rQHV— Valley Park School () June 22, 2024

21/06/24

We are excited to see that the preparations for the upcoming VIAT Summer Concert have begun over at Invicta Grammar School. Our students are looking forward to showcasing their talent on Thursday, 27 June! pic.twitter.com/ajgfD5zhRf— Valley Park School () June 21, 2024

19/06/24

The annual Art Showcase is underway, and visitors are admiring the works on display pic.twitter.com/zjcy3SQA1d— Valley Park School () June 19, 2024

19/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/Hh1SKJDhsb— Valley Park School () June 19, 2024

18/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/Vw3H4wAEKc— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

18/06/24

Don't forget - the annual Art Showcase is tomorrow - Wednesday 19 June - at Lower Grange Farm, from 6pm to 8pm! Don't miss it!#wearevalleyparkartshowcase#artshowcase pic.twitter.com/1fmSeg4Mcp— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

18/06/24

Good luck, year 10!#wearevalleypark#exams pic.twitter.com/lYSvTdJCIp— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

17/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/XyPcZfujci— Valley Park School () June 17, 2024

16/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/JfqA9uMRWq— Valley Park School () June 16, 2024

16/06/24

Struggling with school attendance? At Valley Park, our dedicated team is ready to assist you. Reach out via phone or email, and we will get back to you. pic.twitter.com/CbDz5ual7T— Valley Park School () June 16, 2024

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

Post 18 Options

Valley Park School has a strong focus within the Sixth Form, on raising aspirations and aiming high professionally. Consequently, many of our students will wish to continue onto university after their level 3 studies.

We are however, acutely aware that with the current high tuition fees, the commitment involved and the ever-growing number of apprenticeship opportunities available, that university is not the best decision for all of our students.

It is imperative that each student makes the right post-18 decision for them, such that they will be happy in their future academic and employment careers. We recommend that you invest time and effort into researching ALL the options available so you make the right choice. Through our core programme of events, we aim support you with you with your options and provide up-to-date advice and guidance.

Applying to University

Recently, we re-evaluated our UCAS processes and the positive effects are clearly evident amongst our Sixth Form students who apply for Higher Education at either university or conservatoires. Outstanding results from this approach are shown by the fact that each year we see excellent offers including many that are contextual (reduced entry requirements) or unconditional. 

In 2023, 98% of the cohort who applied to university secured their first-choice place.

The whole Sixth Form team is heavily involved in supporting students in making good choices including, choosing courses and institutions and completing an outstanding application. Students are actively encouraged to attend Open Days and Applicant Days, undertake taster courses and summer residential programmes to aid the decision process. 

Each student can seek 1:1 guidance from the Careers Adviser during any stage of the application process: from personal statement checking and proof-reading, to accepting offers, applying for accommodation or the finance process.

In Year 12, all students attend a Higher Education Convention, providing the opportunity to have positive and meaningful encounters with national universities and colleges and to find out more about degree apprenticeships.

The UCAS Process

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At Valley Park School we have a bespoke UCAS system which ensures that all students are offered specialist 1:1 support from staff throughout the application process. The process begins in the summer term of Year 12 when students begin to write their personal statements following on from specialist input during workshops.

Teaching staff write personalised references for students regarding their academic ability in their subjects and submit these to the Sixth Form team, who then compile each individual reference, tailoring each reference to the courses and institutions being applied to.

All students are supported with their personal statements through their form tutors and our careers adviser.  Once they have completed their application and personal statement, students book 1:1 meetings with the Sixth Form team in order to review their application, their institution and their course choice, alongside the entry criteria and their predicted grades before submitting their final application.

Once students have submitted their application to UCAS, they can monitor their progress on UCAS track where they will receive their personal responses, offers, conditions of offers and communications from the institutions they have applied to.

UCAS and You

A University Graduate’s Guide to Boosting Career Prospects

League Tables

University league tables can be a useful resource for finding good universities for the subjects you wish to study, however there can be substantial differences between these as they take into account different criteria (entry point tariff, spend per student, NSS results etc.) when determining rank order. Therefore, we advise that you look into the criteria they use when using league tables as come criteria may be more important to you than others.

League Tables

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World University Rankings

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Russell Group Universities

The 24 universities that collectively make up The Russell Group, are world-class, research intensive universities with excellent teaching, great facilities and unrivalled links to businesses and the public sector. Whilst the universities share some distinguishing characteristics, each has its own unique ethos and feeling.

  • Visit the Russell Group website and find out more about the group and the individual institutions that are its members.

Many top universities are not part of The Russell Group, so please do use League Tables (see section above) and research online to find out which universities best meet your requirements.

Above all, make sure you visit universities in person. 

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Find out more about Oxbridge Applications

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Which? Guide to Oxbridge Applications

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 such as an HNC/HND or degree - usually for one day a week either at a college or university or via distance learning. You will be treated like all the other employees, with a contract of employment, holiday entitlement and any company benefits on offer.

You will also need to ensure that you meet the education provider's entry criteria, particularly for degree apprenticeships.

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.

Students who wish to undertake an apprenticeship at the end of Year 13, would primarily be suited to Advanced (level 3) or higher/degree opportunities (levels 4-6).

Apprenticeship Secrets

Helpful websites to start your search:

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Employment & Training

Many students wish to go directly into some form of employment following on from their level 3 studies in Sixth Form. There are many options available to students when considering employment but all require a strong application in the current competitive job market.

Students can arrange to meet with Mrs West to further discuss their CV, cover letters, interviews and online applications.

Work related websites

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Subject Specific Careers Websites

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Destinations

At Valley Park School, we have a strong message around raising aspirations, encouraging all our students to pursue Excellence and to aim high in order to reach their goals. Consequently, we have an acute understanding that their personal success will be found in a variety of leaver destinations depending on individual interests and career aspirations.

Our most recent destinations for Year 13 leavers in 2021 (correct as of January 2022), includes the following:

  • 89% of Year 13 leavers went on to study at university, with 96% securing their first-choice place of study;
  • 34% of the cohort secured a place at a Top 50 university (according to the Complete University Guide 2022 League Table);
  • 3 students are now undertaking courses at Russell Group universities;
  • 7% of the university cohort deferred their university entry until 2022, opting to take a gap year first;
  • 8% of the cohort undertook an apprenticeship or school leaver programme after departing Valley Park School;
  • 20% went directly into employment - for most students this has been a full-time role; 
  • 1% of the cohort is currently completing Level 3 or Foundation year courses at local Further Education/Art-specialist colleges.

Popular chosen fields of study for university courses starting in 2021 included:

  • The Arts, including Art & Design-related courses and Music;
  • Education, and healthcare related courses;
  • Business and Finance courses;
  • Psychology courses;
  • Information Systems courses;
  • Humanities courses, particularly History;
  • English courses;
  • Sports related courses.

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