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Welcome back to Cucina! We are so glad to have you back, providing us with lovely meals just like Tuesday’s chicken katsu and stir fry!


The first blog of the new term...


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Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you!


Today is the day for another Covid LF test for our students, and we hope this is reassuring now that some restrictions have started to be lifted. Don’t forget to let us know your result - thank you!


Flashback to last week, when we had the pleasure of hosting the immunisation team... as always our students were exemplary in their attitudes towards the team and their immunisations. Thank you Mrs Jones for organising it all so well.


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Would you, or someone you know, like to train to teach?Come to one of our allocated sessions on Wednesday 30 June 2021, at the School of Science & Technology Maidstone, to find out about the courses that we offer through the Trust. More information here:


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Parents and support bubbles of school children can now get rapid Covid-19 tests twice a week. Order yours now. Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms, and could be spreading it without knowing.


Wishing our community a safe and happy break. Thank you for all your support this past term 😊


Would you like to join our friendly team? We are currently looking for Lead Practitioners in English, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Studies and French (MFL), to start in September. You can read all the relevant information, and apply, here:


Retweeted From Valley Park School

Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can.


The weekly blog post from our headteacher is here...


Thank you, we are very proud of our performers! 👏👏👏


A new blog post: A Poem For Our Time:


Despite the challenges, our Year 9 students are continuing to work towards their Bronze awards. Take a look at some of the delicious dishes the students have been cooking up as part of learning a new skill!


Don’t forget, today is the day to test at home for our students. You have been sent a link through which you can report the result to us. Thank you for helping us to keep our school as safe as we can.


The Music department has organised a Spring Concert this Thursday at 4pm, live on YouTube:


It’s Census day tomorrow - students do you know why, and the part you play?


Thank you !


Don’t forget to donate your £2 for tomorrow’s non-uniform day!


A positive list from our headteacher this morning...


Our new virtual choir project is in aid of Comic Relief, and is a cover of the ELO classic, "Mr Blue Sky" - so like, share, and donate!


Rest-assured, no-one is leaving us, but it would be a great time for someone new join us at our wonderful school!


This is brilliant! Well done, Topaz class - we can’t wait to see you in the virtual flash mob!


How wonderful to see! Well done Amethyst, we can’t wait to see you in the flash mob!


Our Year 11 students have painted their feelings about what it’s like to be back at school... we know how you feel! 😊 Welcome back!


Have we become masters at expecting the unexpected?


A massive thank you from Miss Adkins and her students to the psychologists who gave up their time to talk with them last week. It’s been such a great opportunity for them to see how psychology is used “in the real world.”


Apologies - we sent out a new link over the weekend and will double-check that it’s okay again today.


Good morning. The daily LF test is currently not able to be used as an alternative to isolation, in the event that someone is identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19.


We love the message conveyed here in this video from . We cannot wait to have our whole community together again, we’ve missed you!


What can double the chance of a child becoming good at reading?


If you have been inspired by this week’s activities you can download your own career action planner to help get you start planning your future.


Phew! Fortunately Teams is working as usual 😊


We have some IT network issues this morning and it will likely affect our live lessons, unfortunately. Our IT Team is working hard to fix the problem and we will let our families know what the impact is shortly. Apologies.


And we’re off! Join our auction on our YouTube channel right now! Good luck everyone... 🖼


has teamed up with to create an interactive What’s your story? activity booklet. It’s been designed to help primary school children discover more about careers in publishing but perfect for Y7 too. We love it!


programmes are happening this summer! Sign your teen up today to learn new skills, gain confidence, stay away from home and make a real difference this summer! Places are limited so don’t miss out. Visit


According to our Art Auction page there's only 8hrs 49mins 50secs, no wait, 8hrs 49mins 20secs, no wait... let's just say we're excited! What's more, professional artists Jack Durling and Mr Doodle have donated pieces - Have a look at our auction page:

Who are we and what are we like?

Like any new beginnings, it’s always worrying when you don’t know what your ‘new school’ is going to be like – that’s why we run our Transition Project so you can send us examples of your masterpieces – in that way, we can learn a little about you, and you can get to know one another a bit more, too. 

At the top of this page, you can see examples from our current Year 7 students - did any of them come from your primary school?  Maybe we will be using your illustrations in our welcome booklet for next year's Year 7s....

What about our staff, though, what are they like?

Unfortunately, we can’t introduce you to everyone, because you would then be reading this for hours! However, we know it’s helpful to know who some of the most important people will be, so we have outlined some information for you below. 

For any Year 7 student, the pastoral team provides a vital support network, particularly in the early days, when secondary school is so different to primary school. For example, most Year 6 pupils experience school days that are centred around ‘their’ teacher and ‘their’ classroom, whereas at Valley Park, our students move around the school between lessons, so they can avail themselves of specialist equipment, laboratories and workshops.  

The pastoral team is the group of people which helps all this run smoothly, and they're led by Mr Sargent, Senior Assistant Headteacher. It’s his job to make sure the pastoral side of school life runs smoothly and, in the coming months, that our new students are made to feel welcome and settled as quickly as possible.

Mr Sargent is ably supported by the Head of Year 7 and Student Support Manager, who are the first port of call for any students or parents who have questions or concerns.  Whilst the school has been closed, we have taken advantage of being able to give our pastoral spaces a complete overhaul, which means that our new Year 7 students will be the very first to experience our brand-new Student Hub in all its glory – we hope you will like it – and we're even working on a garden that will be a quiet space away from the hubbub of school life, for those students who prefer to have a bit of calm reflection time.

Every morning, your child will meet with their form group and their form tutor. They will either have an assembly with their Head of Year or they will be engaged in tutor time activities. These activities will have a particular theme and they form part of our enrichment and Personal Development curriculum. There will be opportunities to become involved in our Student Voice, or with competitions, or just to meet new people and get to know them, which is so important when moving schools.

Your child’s form tutor will guide them through such new experiences as understanding their new timetable, knowing how to use their Homework Planner, finding their way around school and making new friends. They will also explain where to find our Health and Welfare Manager, and important matters, like what to do if your child feels unwell during the school day.

There are a few colleagues that your child might see around school more frequently than others, because they oversee the running of the whole school and will probably pop into lessons, especially in your child’s early days at the school. You might also see them if you drop your child to school. We thought it would be helpful to share some information about the Senior Team, so that you know who we are. Below you will find their welcome messages to you as you join our community.


Mrs Hutchinson - Headteacher

MHHello, I’m Mrs Hutchinson and I'm very proud to be Valley Park’s Headteacher. 

I'm surrounded by a fantastic team of people, all of whom help to make Valley Park the wonderful school that it is. Some of my colleagues have also introduced themselves below, so you can start to feel like you know some of us already - we can’t wait to meet you.

Besides being responsible for the smooth-running of the school, I am actually a Maths teacher so, although my office is directly behind Reception, you might also find me in the Maths Department teaching a lesson. Alternatively, I may visit your lessons, or your assemblies, or tutor times - don’t forget to tell me how Year 7 is going, as I’m always looking for good news stories that I can share with our local community.

I am sure that, when you eventually leave us to start the next exciting chapter in your life, you will have learned so much - but I am very curious about what we might have learned from you along the way, too. Welcome to Valley Park - we are delighted that you have joined us.  

Mr Whatley – Deputy Headteacher

AWWelcome everyone! I’m Mr Whatley – Deputy Headteacher. 

A big part of my job is to help Mrs Hutchinson to make Valley Park an amazing school and one where you will be happy and successful. I’ve been at Valley Park for seven years now and really enjoy working here.  As well as my leadership responsibilities , I'm a Science teacher (Physics is my favourite), and the highlight of the last transition day we held in school, for me, was when I surprised Mrs Hutchinson by setting light to a big handful of bubbles that were in her hands – all in the name of Science, of course!

I'm keen to get to know more about you and to find out how many of you are interested in science too.

Dr Ekins - Head of Foundation Learning

AEHello!  I’m Dr Ekins. I am Head of the Foundation Learning Department.

I work with all staff in the school to support any special educational needs and extra help that students might need. My team and I will work closely with you to see how you are settling in and will identify any particular strategies that we need to put in place to help you to learn effectively and to enjoy your time at Valley Park as much as possible.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Mr Sargent - Senior Assistant Headteacher


Hello, I’m Mr Sargent!  I’m a Senior Assistant Headteacher here at Valley Park and I ensure  that we have the staff and procedures in place to best support you, our students. You’ll see a lot of me as you move throughout the school, so be sure to say “hello” and let me know how you are getting on.

I also support the student council in ensuring that the voice of the student is well-heard throughout our community. Could you be our next year 7 councillor? Would you like to share the ideas generated by you and your peers to contribute to the betterment of the school? If so, get involved in the student election at the start of the year to embark on your campaign journey in the student council!

I’m also Valley Park’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) which means I’m responsible for making sure everybody is safe and sound while we go about our lives in the Valley Park Community. Therefore, if your worried about anyone in our community, make sure you speak to me or one of the pastoral team to share these worries.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting you all and working with you over the years.

Mr Blyth – Assistant Headteacher

RBHello, I’m Mr Blyth – I'm an Assistant Headteacher. 

I'm responsible for the Personal Development curriculum at Valley Park, so my job is to help you understand the world in which you live, to make sure you know how to stay safe and to help you become responsible members of society.  

I'm also a Music teacher, so you will see me playing in the school shows and in concerts, as well as conducting the choirs. I'm based in the Arts Centre and am looking forward to getting to know you all next year.  

I wonder what you will be doing in our annual carol service at Christmas?

Mr Duncan - Assistant Headteacher

MDHello, I’m Mr Duncan and I am Assistant Headteacher.  

I teach History and Politics, and am also involved in overseeing Science, French, Geography and Computer Science. My office is in the Annexe building (in case you need to ask for directions!), and I teach nearby.  

I look forward to getting to know you all...  you’ll fit in brilliantly at Valley Park!  

If you see me out and about then do say hello; I’m always easy to distract with talk of cats or Manchester United!

Mrs Fuller - Assistant Headteacher

KFHello, I am Mrs Fuller, Assistant Headteacher.

I oversee English and Mathematics, and you'll find my office on the ground floor of the Taylor Building, where Mathematics and English are taught. I'm also an English teacher, so I cannot wait to read your stories because you're going to become published authors this year!

Miss Lowe - Assistant Headteacher

GLHello I’m Miss Lowe, Assistant Headteacher.

I’m responsible for many subjects in the school however I’m most passionate about Art!  I’m looking forward to seeing how creative you are – but also to seeing all the wonderful pieces of work that you have possibly created during the summer break.  You will always find me around the school involved in some sort of Art project! 

I’m also responsible for the scholarship programme and I know from interviewing many of you that we have lots of talent that I’m excited about experiencing.  I hope you are all looking forward to starting your journey with us, as much as I am about meeting you all and getting to know you. You will find my office under the stairs in B block (a bit like Harry Potter!).

Mr Sargent - Building, Estate and Contracts Manager

PSHello, I’m Mr Sargent (senior) and I'm responsible for the school buildings and the school grounds.

I ensure that not only are the buildings and grounds safe, but that they're also well maintained. I’m sure you’ll see me around the school, so please make sure you speak to me if you need anything.

Valley Park is a fantastic school to be part of, either as a member of staff or a student – I'm sure you will enjoy your time here with us.