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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

Staying safe in school

Changing schools is a big move and, although it’s a time of uncertainty and, possibly, worry, we want you to feel safe and to know where to go for help if you, or your child, are worried.  

We take our in loco parentis responsibility very seriously at Valley Park and want you to feel confident that our safeguarding and welfare measures are robust.

Here is our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

This is regularly reviewed and updated as required.

We have an effective Safeguarding Team, coordinated by Mr Sargent as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL); our Heads of Year have also undergone enhanced safeguarding training, and all colleagues at Valley Park update their safeguarding knowledge regularly. Whenever there is a change to the Safeguarding Team, the policy will be updated so you have an up to date list of contacts.

If you are ever in the situation where you need to raise a safeguarding concern, the contact details for the safeguarding team are as follows:


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):

Mr D Sargent, Senior Assistant Headteacher


Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads (DDSL): 

Ms K Walton, Deputy Headteacher

Mr R Blyth, Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mr L Atkins, Assistant Headteacher

Mr M Kilner, Assistant Headteacher

Mrs K Bayman, Assistant Headteacher


Our contact information is here, however we have provided the details below for your convenience. We have included some helpful areas of our website, too, which you may find useful both now and in the future.

Valley Park School
Huntsman Lane
Maidstone
Kent ME14 5DT

Phone: 01622 679421  

Please use this email address to contact us. It's monitored daily and emails are redirected from this central point to the relevant colleague(s) who can answer the query and/or act on the information you have supplied. This allows us to manage email traffic for any colleague who may be away from school at the time of your email. 

We will always endeavour to respond to communications as soon as we are able, but we do ask parents to understand that volumes of email traffic are high, so we do have to prioritise those that need an urgent response.

You can read our current policies here.

As mentioned in Mrs Gunn's welcome message, you can find a News page – use it to find out what we've been up to! You can also find information about Free School Mealstravel passes, our governance arrangements… In short, we hope it tells you everything you need to know but, if not, let us know!

Our Reception is staffed between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, when the switchboard is operational, too.  Please do contact us in advance either by phone or the central email address (see above) if you would like to make an appointment; the vast majority of colleagues at Valley Park have timetabled teaching commitments, which means they may not be able to see you if you just drop in, so making an appointment will save you an unnecessary trip.

We have a very active Valley Park School Twitter feed, a new Instagram feed, and we also have an official Valley Park School Facebook page. Please do follow us!

What should I do if my child is ill?

If your child is unwell, or is unable to attend school for another appropriate reason, please contact us via the dedicated attendance channels.  If your child is ill for a number of days, please call us on the morning of each day of absence.

Phone: 01622 656162

E-mail: attendance@valleypark.viat.org.uk

As part of our rigorous safeguarding measures, we will contact you if we are expecting your child to be in school but they do not arrive.

Your child will need to bring a written absence note into school, stating the reason for absence, when they return to school. There are absence slips provided in your child’s planner, which can be detached from the planner and used for this purpose if you wish.

How will I find out if the school is closed?

We recognise that some students have to travel in order to reach school, and therefore we always endeavour to make decisions about school closure as early in the morning as we can.

When adverse weather is forecast, keep an eye on our social media channels and on the home page of our website, where the closure information will be published. We will also contact you electronically, using our GroupCall email-messaging system.