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22/04/21

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! https://t.co/H8jOmT5D5q

19/04/21

The first blog of the new term... https://t.co/rjeDSovd7i https://t.co/XASqauLk7R

14/04/21

Retweeted From Valley Park School

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! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

07/04/21

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! https://t.co/j8VRquzMbG

06/04/21

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. https://t.co/QpgoZL5Znf

06/04/21

Retweeted From VIAT

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: https://t.co/Duw2yziCvx https://t.co/oPoVPZtOIi

02/04/21

Retweeted From NHS

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.

02/04/21

Wishing our community a safe and happy break. Thank you for all your support this past term 😊 https://t.co/lgPUooZ7m0

31/03/21

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: https://t.co/P46YUYUIfI https://t.co/Zt1A7MOIOd

31/03/21

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. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

29/03/21

The weekly blog post from our headteacher is here... https://t.co/TdregVI57Y https://t.co/wBKl0kweE9

25/03/21

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

25/03/21

A new blog post: A Poem For Our Time: https://t.co/0ZLgeEMuJi https://t.co/EZto7EIjJK

24/03/21

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! https://t.co/0foyfIJTSG

24/03/21

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. https://t.co/g76q1S5OkZ

22/03/21

The Music department has organised a Spring Concert this Thursday at 4pm, live on YouTube: https://t.co/71rIHeTYii https://t.co/XdETI3UwIo

20/03/21

It’s Census day tomorrow - students do you know why, and the part you play? https://t.co/PykN3cTMo8

18/03/21

Thank you !

18/03/21

Don’t forget to donate your £2 for tomorrow’s non-uniform day! https://t.co/qTeSW4xJtD

15/03/21

A positive list from our headteacher this morning... https://t.co/BCwd9l6dly

15/03/21

Our new virtual choir project is in aid of Comic Relief, and is a cover of the ELO classic, "Mr Blue Sky" https://t.co/uTbok4fZIk - so like, share, and donate! https://t.co/KBsWJGlwN5 https://t.co/GN30yZUqoo

12/03/21

Rest-assured, no-one is leaving us, but it would be a great time for someone new join us at our wonderful school! https://t.co/g2qTpsq6v0

11/03/21

This is brilliant! Well done, Topaz class - we can’t wait to see you in the virtual flash mob! https://t.co/AavhZL0r6x

10/03/21

How wonderful to see! Well done Amethyst, we can’t wait to see you in the flash mob! https://t.co/mtlO2cfzYs

10/03/21

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! https://t.co/ACtTAolAwP

08/03/21

Have we become masters at expecting the unexpected? https://t.co/wyGWUWqaMT https://t.co/H0xIZVgBvl

08/03/21

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.”

08/03/21

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

08/03/21

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.

05/03/21

We love the message conveyed here in this video from . We cannot wait to have our whole community together again, we’ve missed you! https://t.co/JKFp1VEGeN

05/03/21

What can double the chance of a child becoming good at reading? https://t.co/jrqWmmDakA https://t.co/0CUhniQ2Pt

05/03/21

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. https://t.co/7qyXCBkCAk https://t.co/iE25cs2VGE

05/03/21

Phew! Fortunately Teams is working as usual 😊 https://t.co/1vEHDmmBLW

05/03/21

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.

04/03/21

And we’re off! Join our auction on our YouTube channel right now! Good luck everyone... 🖼 https://t.co/Wg0jtLDhRU

04/03/21

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! https://t.co/QNQ1ClxZHP https://t.co/me22jcEiP7

04/03/21

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 https://t.co/4NgngzYqTF https://t.co/dBNEoBzevb

04/03/21

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: https://t.co/ILFkXSrs65 https://t.co/CpFKoPQnnj

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.

To give you a taste of what you could achieve in your time at Valley Park, here is our virtual choir’s performance of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.