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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

Work Experience and Volunteering

Why Work Experience?

Employers and educational institutions all have their own entry requirements and application processes but the feedback we have received from all of them, tells us they value work experience immensely.

Outstanding academic grades are obviously imperative, however, in a competitive labour market, employers and education providers are also looking to find someone who has experience of working in an adult environment and can evidence skills and qualities that they have developed from this experience.

Work experience is confidence building and gives you the chance to explore an industry of interest, to discover first hand if it would suit you as an individual and is the right career path for you.

Please find below an example CV and example cover letter along with guidance on how to complete these. As work experience can be difficult to secure in the current climate, please do not forget to use your network of friends and family; employers often like it if the student has links with their firm already. You may also consider asking to ‘work-shadow’ or for a shorter period of time as this may be easier for the employer to honour.

In addition to work experience, you may wish to enhance your employability skills through undertaking a free online course in a subject or interest of via getting involved in volunteering or Social Enterprise locally. 

The following websites may be useful:

OpenLearn

FutureLearn

Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience

Work experience for students in Year 10 runs at the end of May, and for Year 12 at the end of June. Students are encouraged to find their own placements in areas relevant to their career interests. We utilise Unifrog to help with the administration and authorisation of placements. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their experience and learning by completing a Work Experience Journal.

For other year groups, a letter requesting permission for time away from timetabled lessons, to attend a placement, needs to be sent to the Headteacher, stating reasons why this will be beneficial. Once permission has been given, students can then proceed with finalising the arrangements.

The Careers Adviser is available to help you get the most of out of your work experience and also has a number of contacts within different industries so you may wish to enquire about these, however, ultimately it is the responsibility of the student to find their own work experience. 

Seeking your own placement is excellent preparation for your future and will teach you first-hand how competitive the real-world can be. You will learn to approach companies in a professional manner and if not successful on your first contact, it will teach you resilience; how to deal with rejection and to still persist in your pursuit to find a placement.

  • Go to Yell.com to search for local businesses to contact

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

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Example CV 05th Nov 2019 Download
Quick Guide to CVs 05th Nov 2019 Download
Guide to writing a cover letter 05th Nov 2019 Download
Sample Work Experience Cover letter 05th Nov 2019 Download