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03/08/20

If you’re joining our new Year 7 in September, it’s not too late to complete a Transition Workshop. Don’t forget to let us know how you get on! https://t.co/Rf2IIjDL6w

30/07/20

Retweeted From MTW NHS Recruitment and Apprenticeships

Aged 15-19 and in need of some careers guidance? are hosting a FREE VIRTUAL CAREERS FAIR this August! There will be exhibits by & ! Book here ⬇️ https://t.co/2FXfWkQyxf https://t.co/ugmrcfByFI

28/07/20

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) ON 0300 1234496. Mental health and emotional wellbeing services are open for children and young people. We are . https://t.co/PfeoNbMwBW https://t.co/l8iy5de1Sr

28/07/20

We are sorry to hear that. The link was in the last letter of term and the survey is now closed. However, if you email our Manager account we can send you the direct link via email.

24/07/20

Woody hopes you’re enjoying the summer break as much as he is... Thanks to everyone who has completed our end of term surveys, we will be using your responses to plan our future developments. https://t.co/PwZE66ugCs

23/07/20

Well done, Mia! What beautiful 🦋- drawn by hand and electronically. We hope you had fun with this https://t.co/aV8f0iTH2A

23/07/20

Miss Collins has been busy creating a display of Memory Boxes, based on an Art project from last term. What would you put in yours? https://t.co/MNINk01Pxj

22/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

🚨 Submissions for our virtual Open Mic close at midnight TONIGHT! 🚨 If you're a young musician looking to share your music with the world, visit our website now to submit your piece for our virtual festival: https://t.co/GN6Bz1JYGF https://t.co/8EaPJTEwkb

22/07/20

Don’t forget, our end of year survey for parents and carers closes tomorrow. Tell us how the year has been! https://t.co/lpXnENOcrW

21/07/20

Retweeted From Kent Music

Are you an intermediate DJ? Join Seb in our virtual masterclass on 30th July as he shows you how to create a mini-mix with 10 of your own tracks, and guides you through different DJ techniques! 🎚️🎧 There are only six places - claim your spot now here: https://t.co/QgrprDFGwU https://t.co/r14GVCcxsz

20/07/20

It sounds fabulous!

20/07/20

Inspired by our Live Lounge event last week? 🎵 🎶 🎵 Want some musical entertainment and challenge over the summer break? Why not join in Day and Night Virtual Festival? More details on this brilliant event at: https://t.co/DRqar0K4ps https://t.co/YbU4tZbBoG

18/07/20

Well done, Hannah. This looks absolutely delicious! 😋 https://t.co/jABW5hNAb5

18/07/20

Thank you! We’re very proud of the Virtual Choir - and this is beautiful!

17/07/20

Have a safe and happy summer everyone! https://t.co/LKgms09o5n

17/07/20

Retweeted From NHS England and NHS Improvement

Congratulations Sir ! It's a privilege to share this moment with you — and wonderful to see the recognition of your contribution to our country and . 🎖️ 💙 https://t.co/3XkiNu8pWJ

16/07/20

The Valley Park Virtual Choir have done it again! Here's their new video: https://t.co/mXaCZfZOcz - and if that isn't enough for you, tune in at 2pm when the VVP Live Lounge goes, well, live! https://t.co/vnaKbbcG4h https://t.co/3skjbCcz43

15/07/20

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

It's time! Meet ÑO at 2pm TODAY. She will share her environmental engineer career and the kind of work she’s involved in with the company’s carbon ambitions. TUNE IN HERE NOW: https://t.co/EjfdpNzakm https://t.co/H6mAWKYRW9

15/07/20

There's a new computer science workshop on our Year 6 transition page. It shows you how to make a simple computer program. Have a go! https://t.co/8GstEnLJAT

15/07/20

Calling all students! Our end of year survey launches today - you have until the end of the day Friday to feed back to us on how this year has gone. Check your inbox for the link! 📝 https://t.co/igoGaj5NVs

13/07/20

The final blog of the [academic] year... https://t.co/2BB8hEG4En https://t.co/ulHMxaQpi2

13/07/20

It’s Sixth Form Induction this week! https://t.co/ZCmLPEBux5

12/07/20

This is really beautiful! Well done!

12/07/20

- What are you waiting for? https://t.co/Pc7g23XU1s

12/07/20

Some fascinating speakers coming up... https://t.co/dtm5pplB1A

12/07/20

Mr Moore, you know what to do if you have any leftovers, don’t you? Cannot wait to see all our students’ creations 😋 🍰 https://t.co/7Dv75X7dk1

11/07/20

- With 2 days to go, it's time for the classic double take... https://t.co/lwbaYM6m8i

10/07/20

It’s Race Night at Virtual VP! Can you believe that 7K has Usain Bolt running for them? Find out your form’s performance at https://t.co/SDoKnx3aH2 - good luck! 🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/Tro0NOi2uP

10/07/20

- is Mr Fuller singing? https://t.co/fJhb0F8zqN

09/07/20

Retweeted From Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society's programme aims to change the way we think, act and talk about dementia, to make the world a dementia-friendly place for people affected by the condition. Visit https://t.co/LGXii0Oqxi to become a today! https://t.co/7Z5gvhZGdV

09/07/20

Good luck, Year 6!

09/07/20

Well done, Hannah, this looks just the thing for the end of long day! 👍 https://t.co/tB0fpoVQmA

09/07/20

- Mr Sargent is retaining his cool... https://t.co/d6peLlzLd9

08/07/20

5 days to go and Mr Smith is losing it... https://t.co/chmH8lWlhi

08/07/20

On Friday 10 July at 10am, the Prime Minister will be giving an address to all school leavers which will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. https://t.co/xI2XfgzFmF

08/07/20

Are you in Year 12 and applying to become a prefect? We are looking forward to reading your application... 🤞 https://t.co/w0AwOWpdeH

07/07/20

Thank you! 😊 This was such a lovely project!

07/07/20

Back in the Easter break, Keyworker Hub children worked with Ms Collins to create forget-me-not mementoes of this unique time. Now they have been turned into a commemorative display - how beautiful these ceramics look! https://t.co/Ull0wy7PG5

07/07/20

Ooooh, delicious! Well done Tiarna, this looks so good! https://t.co/3sCZb66dSD

07/07/20

...and we hope you like it... https://t.co/eQ1bUoQOuC

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've been running 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. 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 Whatley, Head of Lower School. It’s his job to make sure the Lower School runs smoothly and, in the coming months, that our new students are made to feel welcome and settled as quickly as possible.

Mr Whatley 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 with Mr Whatley, 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.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us artwork for the Transition Project so far. You can see three of them in the header at the top of this page. Send us examples of the work you’re proud of, too!

The password for the padlet is: VIAT2020!SeptWelcome

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 Fuller - Deputy Headteacher

DFHello, I am Mr Fuller, Deputy Headteacher and a Computer Scientist!  

I can’t wait to welcome you into our school community in September, seeing our newest students in your smart new uniform.  Part of my job is to make sure you have a broad curriculum, with a timetable of lots of different subjects you can learn, but also to work with Mrs Hutchinson to make sure that your overall school experience is one to remember!

You will find my office in the main corridor behind Reception. Make sure you come and find me to tell me how you are getting on in your new school. The only downside to my office is that my neighbour is Mrs Hutchinson, which makes it very difficult to sneak a biscuit without getting caught… 

I look forward to starting your Valley Park journey with you in September! 

Mr Whatley – Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School

AWWelcome everyone! I’m Mr Whatley – Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School. 

A big part of my job is to help you to settle in when you first arrive at Valley Park – I work with your Head of Year and the Pastoral Care Team to support you and to challenge you to do your best.  I'll be speaking with you quite regularly when you join us, and throughout the year, to make sure that things go smoothly. 

Around my pastoral responsibilities, I'm a Science teacher (Physics is my favourite), and the highlight of last year 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 know how many of you are Crystal Palace fans. Lots I would imagine.

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 - Assistant Headteacher

DSHello, I’m Mr Sargent!  Like Mr Whatley, I am Assistant Headteacher.

However, I have responsibility for Upper School. Therefore, you’ll see more of me as you move up through our year groups. 

I’m also Valley Park’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) which means I’m responsible for making sure everybody is safe and sound, and my subject is English.

I’m very much looking forward to meeting you all and working with you over the years.  I have just organised leavers’ hoodies for our Year 11s who are departing this year.  I wonder how you will design yours when the time comes?

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.