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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

Covid-19

UCAS: Covid Impact Statement
Due to Covid19, Valley Park School was closed to all sixth form students from 18th March 2020 with teaching being via distance learning only until July 17 2020. Our distance learning strategy for sixth form provided students with varied online content for each subject. This is in contrast to the eight to ten hours per fortnight of contact teaching time usually timetabled. No formal assessments in controlled conditions were able to take place during this time. 
From Monday 7 September 2020, all sixth formers returned to Valley Park School where teachers took a blended learning approach alongside a recovery curriculum. Any isolated students continued to access content from home using a variety of online learning platforms whilst the remaining students returned to their normal timetabled lessons.

Covid-19

Owing to the unprecedented national situation, safeguarding of course remains the school’s priority.

During this time, the following adjustments of usual practice are in place:

Our usual systems of safeguarding are in place and, in fact, we have taken advantage of the lockdown to ensure that all Heads of Year now have enhanced safeguarding training to the level required by Designated Safeguarding Leads.  Weekly DSL team meetings continue and we continue to engage with all external agencies as required.  All concerns are logged electronically via the My Concern platform and are monitored closely.

While online lessons have been the normal for students during lockdown and beyond, the Online Safety Policy and the Acceptable Use Agreement previously signed by parents and students are paramount.  Through our usual systems of safeguarding we continue to investigate and react to incidences of inappropriate online behaviour, and we remain in contact with external agencies as necessary.  Our weekly letters to parents regularly contain E-Safety updates, and we have also launched an online E-Safety Newsletter.

Our planning for September 2020 onwards takes into account the needs (both pastoral and academic) of students and staff, as well as the possibility of further national disruption as winter flu season arrives.

The full Trust risk assessment document can be viewed on the VIAT website.  

The school has adapted its cleaning routines to ensure that regular cleaning takes place, including that of toilet facilities and frequently-touched surfaces.  Consideration has been given to:

  • Marking and observing 2 metre intervals in communal areas (e.g. corridors and toilets);
  • Staggering of student arrival and departure times;
  • Capacity of classrooms and their proximity to WC facilities; 
  • Regular cleaning routines, particularly but not exclusively of frequently-used surfaces;
  • Availability of toilet facilities, and regular cleaning of these;
  • Location of hand sanitiser and/or hand washing stations;
  • Implementation of student year group ‘bubbles’ and minimising interaction between ‘bubbles’;
  • Members of the school community wearing face coverings;
  • Parents/carers/other visitors attending the school site by appointment only.

According to the government guidance, students and staff who are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or who have had a positive Covid-19 test result must not attend school. Where this is the case they must stay at home and self-isolate.  Individuals who have a member of their household who is displaying Covid-19 symptoms or who has had a positive Covid-19 test result must not attend school. Where this is the case individuals must stay at home and self-isolate. 

Similarly, as you would expect, any member of staff who is displaying Covid-19 symptoms or who has had a positive test result, or who has a household member in isolation with symptoms must also not attend school, and they will also self-isolate.  In addition, anyone who has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to stay at home and self-isolate must not attend school. Part of our contingency-planning process is to consider a back-up staffing rota to cover possible staff illness.

  • A number of school trips have had to be cancelled owing to the pandemic and we are working to obtain refunds for parents as swiftly as we can – we will write to you if you are affected and will explain how the refund will be made. 
  • This page will be updated as national guidance, and therefore school practice, change. 
  • If you have any further queries, please contact us.

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