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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

Pupil Premium

Valley Park School Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium is a government grant given to schools to help them support those children that are the most disadvantaged, with a focus on raising attainment.  

In the 2020-21 financial year, all schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £955 for secondary-aged pupils

Schools will receive £2,345 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2020 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
  • adoption;
  • a special guardianship order;
  • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more;
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care).

For pupils who attract the £2,345 rate, the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the funding.

In addition to this funding, schools are allocated funding to support the children whose parents are Service Personnel.

Pupil premium strategy statement       

School overview

Metric

Data

School name

Valley Park School

Pupils in school

1673

Proportion of disadvantaged pupils

14.11%

Pupil premium allocation this academic year

£189,315.00

Academic year or years covered by statement

2020-20201

Publish date

1st December 2020

Review date

15th September 2020

Statement authorised by

Margaret Hutchinson

Pupil premium lead

Daniel Sargent

Governor lead

Nick Baster

 

Disadvantaged pupil performance overview for last academic year

Progress 8

-0.47

Ebacc entry 

70%

Attainment 8

37

Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and maths

3%

 

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils

Aim

Target

Target date 

Progress 8

Progress towards 0.

Long term goal is for PP students P8 score to match non-PP students’ P8 score.

September 2021

Attainment 8

51 (national average for PP students).

September 2021

Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and maths

10% (national average for PP students).

 September 2021

Ebacc entry

15% (national average for PP students).

September 2021

 

Teaching priorities for current academic year

Measure

Activity

Priority 1

Retention and professional development of quality English and Maths teachers including within Foundation Learning Department.

Priority 2

Embed via form tutors and teachers our Accelerated Reader programme and our “Drop Everything and Read” initiative.  As part of a coordinated approach, we have utilised some of our Literacy and Numeracy catch up funding to support the purchase of Accelerated Reader.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Attendance rates for PP students is lower than non-PP students.

Behaviour for learnings of some PP students presents a barrier to academic progress (see wider strategies, below).. 

Projected spending 

£75,000

 

Targeted academic support for current academic year

Measure

Activity

Priority 1

Numeracy and literacy pre-starters, led by the school’s PP Leaders, to support PP students in addressing academic weaknesses. 

Priority 2

Staff training coordinated by the school’s PP Leaders, regarding high quality feedback. Improving parental engagement through increased contact and dialogue, with the Pastoral Team, coordinated by the school’s PP Leaders.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

PP student attendance.  (See wider strategies, below).

 

Projected spending

£50,000

 

Wider strategies for current academic year

Measure

Activity

Priority 1

Supporting students in developing positive behaviour for learning through the pastoral year teams and catch-up mentors.

Priority 2

Promote improvement in attendance amongst PP students through improving parent/school relations and ensuring equality of appearance and opportunity.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Student/parent perceptions of school and education.

Relationships between students, parents, and school staff. 

Purchasing of uniform and school equipment. 

Projected spending

£65,000

 

Monitoring and implementation

Area

Challenge

Mitigating action

Teaching

Ensuring CPD opportunities allow staff to recognise the important contextual information impacting our students.

Use of CPD evenings and inset days. Organised planning of CPD events.  Regular review of impact by school PP Leads.

Targeted support

Ensuring that that mentors have enough time to meaningfully lead literacy and numeracy support groups. Engaging with external coaching provision for PP Leads throughout academic year 2020-21.

Pupil Premium Leaders are each part of either the Maths or English department so can implement and support in the agreed interventions. Mentorship of new leadership of PP.

Wider strategies

Better engaging all families in education; particularly those that have struggled to engage historically. 

Working with the pastoral teams, the FLD department, the curriculum departments and the LA.

 

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes

Aim

Outcome

Action/Learning Points

PP students’ Progress 8 to be at or above zero

Not achieved; PP strategy has historically closely focused on the outgoing year 11 PP cohort.

PP strategy to commence from Year 7, focusing on the enabling effect of high quality reading skills.

Improved rates of progress in English and Mathematics

Not achieved; in part due to the national school closures in March.

Reporting and accountability structures to reference progress of PP students and all virtual lessons to now be delivered live via Teams.

Reduced number of exclusions for PP students

Achieve, but the national lockdown was a mitigating circumstance.

Will continue to monitor closely.