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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

Uniform and equipment

We have two uniform suppliers, both of whom will be able to advise as to appropriate school attire for Valley Park.

At the time of producing this page, both companies are able to supply via mail-order, but keep an eye on their websites for updates as social distancing regulations change.  In cases of any dispute regarding the suitability of uniform, the Headteacher’s decision is final.

Please ensure that all items of uniform, equipment and PE Kit are clearly and securely labelled with your child’s name. When mislaid items are found in school, they are always checked for students’ names, and returned to the rightful owner when they can be identified.  Unnamed items are displayed as lost property at the end of each term, and students who have lost items are able to check our stocks of lost property at break times.

Key Uniform Items

  • Valley Park green blazer
  • Valley Park school skirt - to be worn with plain black tights
  • Valley Park school trousers - to be worn with plain black socks
  • Valley Park clip-on school tie
  • Valley Park black V neck school jumper (optional)
  • Plain white school shirt (incorporating a top button)
  • Low-heeled black traditional school shoes with no adornments. (Trainers, trainer-style, ballet and pump-style shoes are not permitted, as our site is large and the typical school day involves quite a lot of walking!)
  • Belts must be black, narrow and of a traditional style
  • Coats should be of a dark colour (e.g. dark green, black, dark grey or navy)

Our students represent our school community whilst wearing their uniform, from the time they leave home in the morning, to the point when they arrive back home in the evening. What does it mean, therefore, to wear our Valley Park uniform with pride?

  • Top button fastened at all times.
  • Shirt tucked in at all times.
  • No jewellery except one small plain stud in the lobe of each ear.  (No other piercings are allowed.)
  • Blazers to be worn at all times unless a teacher allows removal in the classroom.
  • Avoiding over-filling blazer pockets. 
  • A smart business-environment appropriate hair style. Hair must not be worn as a fashion statement. Cropped or shaved or “tram-line” styles are not acceptable.
  • Make up is not allowed unless it is discreet.
  • As with the rule for make-up, only natural and very discreet colour nail polish is permitted and false nails are not allowed.

Valley Park School PE Kit

  • Valley Park shorts or skort
  • Valley Park polo shirt
  • Plain black football socks
  • White sport socks
  • Football boots
  • Trainers
  • Shin Pads
  • Gum shield
  • Dark-coloured, sealable, PE bag to contain all kit including trainers (e.g. drawstring)
  • Optional extras are the Valley Park track bottoms/Valley Park leggings and Valley Park track top.

PE Kit Policy

  • Students must bring full Valley Park PE Kit to all lessons.
  • If students fail to bring Valley Park PE kit to lessons, they will be required to wear spare kit from the PE department. If they refuse to wear this, they will receive a 30 minute detention, which will be written in their planner. If the student refuses to wear kit on a second occasion, they will be required to attend a one-hour detention. If the problem persists, parents/carers will be notified by letter and, if necessary, they will be asked to attend a meeting with the Head of PE.
  • If a student is injured or unable to participate due to illness, they must still bring full Valley Park PE kit to the lesson with a signed note from their parent/carer requesting to be excused from the lesson.
  • Students must also attend extra-curricular PE sports clubs in full Valley Park PE kit.
  • Please note metal studs of any kind will not be permitted.

School Bags and Scarves

An appropriate, dark-coloured, waterproof and sealable bag should be purchased for the protection of all school items. Since students carry items of a reasonable weight in the bag, drawstring bags, fashion bags, carrier bags and handbags are not appropriate. Our preferred style of bag is a satchel or a rucksack. Logos must not be prominent. As a guide, your child’s school bag should be large enough to contain an A4 ring-binder fully and students who transport Art work to and from school should ensure that they have a carry-portfolio (your child’s Art teacher will be able to advise).

During the colder months, if your child chooses to wear a scarf to and from school, it should be appropriate for school. Coats and scarves should not be worn inside our school buildings.

School Equipment

Your child will be provided with writing paper, exercise books, text books and other materials that are needed for lessons. In addition, they should equip themselves with a pencil case containing: 

  • Pens, pencils and colouring pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Mathematical equipment (pair of compasses, protractor)
  • Scientific Calculator
  • iPad, iPad Charger (see E-Learning Scheme)
  • Earphones for use with the iPad