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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

Official Documents

ICT Acceptable Use Agreement

Valley Park School believes that effective use of ICT is essential in enhancing learning across the curriculum. Excellent use of ICT allows students to:

  • Learn in a way that relates to their recreational culture.
  • Utilise the power of multimedia and interactivity to learn and motivate.
  • Gain access to a wide range of resources and research.
  • Communicate easily with teachers, students and people outside the school.
  • Present work in a professional manner.
  • Develop innovation and problem-solving skills.
  • Overcome some additional educational needs.

Electronic technologies present a range of potential dangers for students and staff. As a result, this policy has been written to ensure that ICT is used effectively whilst minimising risk.

VPS e-Learning Agreement

Students and staff are advised and expected to take personal responsibility for their own use of electronic technologies both in and out of school. Before using any ICT equipment all students are expected to complete the Acceptable User Agreement and return it to the school. By signing this agreement students agree to abide by its rules. Should any of these rules be broken or there be any other cause for concern the school will take appropriate action. Where necessary the police and/or other authorities will be informed. Students are fully supported in understanding how misuse of technology can become very serious as well as guided to establish safe and productive working practices.

Use of Agreement

  • Students are expected to treat ICT equipment carefully and not act in any way that might cause damage.
  • Students are to use equipment for work purposes only, as directed by the relevant member of staff.
  • Students are to report any faults or damage found to an IT technician or Form Tutor.
  • Students must abide by the additional rules set out in the iPad scheme  agreement.

Use of eMail & Internet

  • Students must not search for, or display, any material considered illegal or offensive.
  • Students must not transmit or download files without the teacher’s permission.
  • Students must not undertake any deliberate act with the intent of avoiding network security procedures.
  • Students may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system.
  • Students should immediately tell a teacher if they receive an offensive e-mail.
  • Students should not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
  • E-mail should only be used for work/educational purposes; it should not be used for personal e-mail.
  • E-mail sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised by a teacher before sending.
  • The forwarding of chain letters and the sending of offensive or inappropriate e-mail is not permitted.

Please note that students will be provided with guidance and support on the use of these technologies from their Computer Science teacher through regular e-safety lessons, as well as input on Focus Days.

Other e-Technologies

  • Video conferencing will only be used in lessons with the teacher’s permission.
  • Only files connected with student work will be stored on the network.

Monitoring

The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s information systems, including internet access, the interception of e-mail and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s information system may be taking place, or the system may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.

Home-School Partnership Agreement

As with any large organisation, it is really important that we know what to expect from one another, and that you know what to expect from us! We have included a copy in this booklet for your reference and a further copy will be sent home to you in September, for you to discuss with your child and sign.

The School will:

  • Provide clear guidance on expectations of students in terms of work and behaviour.
  • Communicate with parents and carers to outline the targets appropriate to their child and current levels of work and attainment.
  • Monitor attendance, punctuality and uniform and advise parents of any concerns.
  • Work with each student as an individual to ensure they reach their full potential.
  • Undertake all National Curriculum, Special Needs and all other statutory requirements.
  • Provide high-quality learning opportunities for students.

Parent & Carers will:

  • Be fully supportive of the ethos of the school.
  • Support the school wherever possible in its professional decision making regarding the educational provision for their child.
  • Ensure their child is punctual, attends regularly and wears the full school uniform correctly.
  • Inform the school immediately of any absence.
  • Attend parents’ evenings and consultation days to be advised of their child’s progress.
  • Encourage their child to respect all members of the school community and maintain a positive attitude towards their learning.
  • Support the school in implementing the rules of work and behaviour and any consequences which may be required as a result of breaching these rules including after school detentions.

Students will:

  • Work to their full potential at all times.
  • Follow the school’s expectations at all times observing all points within the Code of Conduct.
  • Respect their environment and other members of the school community.

Media Image Consent

We may take photographs and/or record audio visual files of the children at Valley Park, to showcase their talents and record events with which they are involved. 

We may use these images in our school’s prospectus or in other printed publications; we may share via our social media channels, or via our website.  

Videoconferencing recordings made be made from time to time for the purposes of monitoring or for working with other educational establishments. Additionally, a number of subjects use video footage as assessment evidence.

From time to time the school may be visited by the media who may take photographs or video footage. 

Students will often appear in these images which may be included in local or national newspapers, on online news sites, or on televised news programmes.

To comply with the GDPR of 1998, we need your permission before we can photograph or make any recordings of your child. The storage of any recordings or photographs will be in line with this legislation.

Data Protection