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26/10/20

Have you entered your pumpkin? Check out the last newsletter for details! https://t.co/rRQ72ep8Po

24/10/20

🎶 https://t.co/peUx5EOcpM

24/10/20

The Autumn break is here! Thank you to all members of our community for your support over the past term and we look forward to seeing everyone back, refreshed, next term. https://t.co/RbrklyRNot

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With children as young as 13 being treated for online gaming addiction and classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition, it’s something that needs to be discussed. 🎮 Find out the good, bad & ugly of online gaming in our latest blog >> https://t.co/zeMsKEiJz9 https://t.co/Ze746dFHsl

22/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Download the guide, become a legend⚔️ For this week's , our guide focuses on the extremely popular battle arena game 'League of Legends'. Learn about the potential risks for children & how to tackle them as a parent / carer >> https://t.co/QT5WhaYFTd https://t.co/6rxYcRzR7x

22/10/20

Are you considering joining us in September 2021? Here is a message for you from our Head Boy and Head Girl: https://t.co/VIDuzBtxBI

21/10/20

Are you hoping for your child to join us on a scholarship from September 2021? Don’t forget to complete the separate scholarship application form and return it to us by 2 November. More information here: https://t.co/A14Y7W4c9S https://t.co/seQIwUWvBc

20/10/20

Well done to the members of our Sixth Form who wrote to Mrs Hutchinson to highlight students’ wish for a water dispenser and to request some inspirational art work in the common room. What would you suggest? https://t.co/JfJ5X5QeQ6

20/10/20

This finishing touches are being added to our brand-new campus sports hall, aren’t we lucky? https://t.co/PXE8OtCvlJ

20/10/20

It’s katsu curry today in the canteen! Always a popular choice, and we are delighted to be hosting a celebratory meal for our Year 7s this week, to mark the end of their first term with us! https://t.co/RxAlja3ZgG

19/10/20

Book of the Week is back! https://t.co/sdv8qppmau

17/10/20

Mr Sargent is counting the ballot papers... who will be the year group Reps for Student Council? 🤔 https://t.co/rgr7SCMA1n

16/10/20

Did you see our Decaf team virtually receiving their award this evening? Catch up here... https://t.co/PcbbbZYRsm https://t.co/63RIKY4ddg

16/10/20

Congratulations to Mrs Prebble, Ms Lowe, Mr Eacott and the whole Decaf team this evening - a well-earned award for all your hard work https://t.co/A6v0mF3VtF

14/10/20

Retweeted From Miss Smith

First Interform today with the team. ⚽️🏐 Such a good turn out from the Year 8’s - a real community feel with lots of respect shown by all participants. A positive experience for them all! https://t.co/MayGuj0zXt

14/10/20

Yesterday was Ada Lovelace day. But who was she? https://t.co/M1dfDDyWEZ https://t.co/Pzg3NYCc0X

13/10/20

The new issue of our online safety newsletter is now available... https://t.co/8BtomF76hX

11/10/20

Great to hear it went well!

11/10/20

We are pleased to hear it went really well!

09/10/20

Coming soon... the prizes arrived today! 👏 https://t.co/Jdw4o2Earp

09/10/20

Year 12 Computer Science students took part in a Cyber Discovery Virtual Workshop this morning. https://t.co/FDGoM1iLrs https://t.co/9dZwMLpXg1

08/10/20

Thank you - we loved having you and learned so much!

08/10/20

Retweeted From FrancisKnight

What does genuine engagement look like? Our artist visited , Maidstone to run workshops with Art Scholars introducing the concept of public art. They created sculptures out of paper based on the history of Springfield Mill, a new development https://t.co/UTuYRB8o1E

08/10/20

Have a read about how our students are learning about Maths in real life - https://t.co/jzKGHUrqcU

07/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

A guide to get ‘hooked’ on 👀 This week’s is all about Persuasive Design. From addiction to notifications to limitless scrolling, our guide provides all the facts to help your kids be less glued to their devices!📱 Download > https://t.co/t0ZXb4MIAi https://t.co/NFx3q3Srkb

07/10/20

A new blog post by our Literacy Coordinator, Miss Thompson. https://t.co/nuX9IeqWzP https://t.co/aw8ToviNGl

05/10/20

Throwback to May when Mrs West showed off her for - another one coming up on 7 October... students check your email for how to take part! https://t.co/AQUysAx2mq

04/10/20

saw this and thought of you 💭 https://t.co/ycyyscKKZF

04/10/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child develops symptoms, here’s what you need to do. Only book a test if you develop symptoms. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. For more information visit: https://t.co/wIRNMYE87A https://t.co/lfIAi610O5

02/10/20

Here it is - the online version of our Open Days tour: https://t.co/cJ4LmD28aI. Thanks to everyone who has visited us over the last couple of days, but you needn’t miss out if you couldn’t make it! https://t.co/kZarDccJ6Z

02/10/20

Retweeted From Kent Youth County Council

We are looking for new members! Do you live or go to school in Kent? Are aged 11-18yrs? Enjoy a challenge and want to work on youth issues to benefit young people across Kent? If so, register your interest at https://t.co/6985FIYuYm https://t.co/ztq0lpYYBL

02/10/20

He is usually in Mrs Hutchinson’s chair... 💤

02/10/20

We have a small number of cancellations for this afternoon’s Open Event. If you’d like a last minute booking please call us on 01622 679421. https://t.co/hhDNlLmacE

02/10/20

If you didn’t manage to book for a tour on our Open Event days this week, we will be releasing all materials via our website very shortly. https://t.co/YpqZnlJFNG

02/10/20

We are getting ready for our second day of socially-distant open event tours today. Looking forward to meeting you if you’re coming and we are getting ready to release the tour online for anyone who couldn’t make it. https://t.co/PPLnCqJIdB

02/10/20

Hi, would you DM us with your availability in terms of time and a contact phone number? Thank you.

01/10/20

Are you joining us on Friday? Don’t forget the information below. If your camera doesn’t offer a QR code reader, it would be a good idea to download one 📲 https://t.co/0uDn9sau9j

01/10/20

Retweeted From Miss Smith

Students keep asking us when their club is running/ what day it is on and most of the time I have forgotten too... The department and I have created a board with all the clubs running from term 1 to make it easier to remember/ more visual for them ⚽️🎾🏀 https://t.co/Pu9INC5tQM

01/10/20

Visit https://t.co/2dea5g4uzK to pick your time!

01/10/20

Open evening by QR code tour is going well. Thank you to everyone who has joined us! https://t.co/gEbgwg6aOq

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”.