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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

Our Curriculum

We are very proud of our broad, balanced curriculum offer at Valley Park, which is made up of our students’ timetabled lessons, their co-curricular activities and our Personal Development curriculum. Our E-Learning Scheme ensures that students have access to iPads throughout the school day and beyond, enabling them to take advantage of innovative practices, including for assessment, and online resources.

The curriculum at Valley Park is designed to serve the needs of our students and is reflective of our intent to provide a fully comprehensive range of opportunities for a fully comprehensive intake. We have to meet nationally-agreed criteria regarding which subjects are taught, but we supplement this with our range of co-curricular opportunities.

The school has five lessons per day and works on a two-week timetable. The principal subjects of study for your child will be:

English, Mathematics, Science, Art & Design, Computer Science, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, World Views (Ethics), French, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.

All subjects assess on a regular basis, and yearly examinations are held.  Parents are invited each year to a Parent Consultation Evening to discuss their child’s progress with each subject teacher. Three grade sheets are produced each year to keep parents informed of progress. The grade sheets are published on the Parent Portal, and you will be sent details about how to access this in September.

  • Our students follow a two-year Key Stage 3 in Years 7 and 8 and choose their Key Stage 4 optional subjects towards the end of Year 8.
  • In Key Stage 4 all students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science (a double award GCSE). There will be the chance to choose other options (including French) from a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, some of which they may not have studied before...
  • In the Sixth Form students choose a range of academic and vocational subjects from a wide selection on offer at Valley Park School and Invicta Grammar School.

Students are encouraged to study beyond the formal curriculum through our Curriculum Enrichment programmes which aims to stretch and challenge those who have demonstrated a particular interest or aptitude in a certain curriculum area.  

Our Personal Development programme is delivered through assemblies and form time activities, plus a series of six Focus Days that are at the core of our students’ experience and deliver a wide range of topics including Religious Education, citizenship, health education, careers guidance and the exploration of healthy lifestyles. 

These days sometimes involve visiting speakers delivering presentations and workshops, and some students even run our popular Decaf (dementia café) for members of the wider community on these days.  

There are plenty of opportunities on offer!

What time are lessons?

  • Assembly/Registration - 8:40am-9:00am
  • Lesson 1 - 9:00am-10:00am
  • Lesson 2 - 10:00am-11:00am
  • Morning Break - 11:00am-11:20am
  • Lesson 3 - 11:20am-12:20pm
  • Lesson 4 - 12:20pm-1:20pm
  • Lunch (including optional clubs) - 1:20pm-2:00pm
  • Lesson 5 - 2:05pm-3:05pm
  • Co-Curricular Activities - 3:05pm-5:00pm

Co-curricular activities

Learning doesn’t stop at 3.05pm when lessons end and, although some schools call their clubs and societies “extra-curricular” provision, we believe that these activities go hand-in-hand with academic subjects, so we prefer the term “co-curricular.”

Our students gain many wider skills through our programme of co-curricular activities; Valley Park is a thriving and vibrant creative environment where all students are actively encouraged to participate, whether they have joined us via the scholarship programme or not.  Our Student Bulletin will be e-mailed to your child every Friday, giving details of what is happening in school the following week, including details of after school activities and their location.  We would encourage any new student to try at least two co-curricular clubs – more if preferred! – as they are a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

Students have the opportunity to develop their creativity through the performing and visual arts at Valley Park, both within curriculum time and through our wide range of co-curricular activities. We encourage our students to be creative and “think outside the box” – just like the unusual canvas used by TK from Frittenden Primary School in this page's header (see top).

We value our students’ creativity and, as such, any visitor to the school will experience it as a part of our décor. We have an enviable reputation for the performing arts and we would encourage any of our students to get involved if they wish – even if they would be more comfortable backstage rather than on-stage!

Our musicians host a range of different styles of musical events throughout the year, with Jingle Bell Rock at Christmas time, our atmospheric carol service in All Saints Church, Maidstone, and V in the Park, our summer music festival held on the field. We hope we have something for everyone.

Here is our Clubs Page.

Perhaps if you think something is missing, you would let us know, and we shall see what we can do.

Music Lessons

Instrumental music lessons at Valley Park are provided by a visiting team of private teachers. We can offer singing lessons, piano and keyboard, drums, guitar and all the orchestral instruments; parents are invoiced directly by the music teacher.

If you are interested in pursuing music lessons for your child, please complete and return our application form, available here

We know that parents can sometimes be concerned that music lessons can affect their child’s normal lessons, however our two-week timetable at Valley Park means that the impact of instrumental lessons is therefore lessened.

Here is our virtual choir’s latest performance of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.