Valley Park School
Kent, United Kingdom
About Valley Park School
Thank you for your interest in joining our school. We are a high performing school with great ambition. Our outstanding Ofsted judgment in 2010 was the culmination of 6 years hard work by all colleagues to transform what had been a failing school into the school of choice in the Maidstone area. It is now the most oversubscribed school in Kent. I hope you will read the report and decide to proceed with your application.
Valley Park School is an 11-18 mixed high school. There are approximately 1,170 students on roll – 980 in Years 7-11 and 190 in the 6th form. The school is expanding and we project a final roll of 1,300 once the expansion is completed. Results have improved dramatically over the past 7 years from 31% 5 A*-C (17% including English and Maths) in 2004 to 98% 5 A*-C (60% including English and Maths) in 2012. It is the highest performing non-selective school in Maidstone and in terms of value added scores in the top 1% of schools nationally (11th in 2011).
- Academy Status from 1st April 2011
- Tablet or laptop for every teacher
- Subsidised private healthcare for all colleagues
- Outstanding learning environment
- E-learning laptop programme for students
- Multimedia projector and Interactive Whiteboard for every classroom
- Cover supervisors – this ensures minimal cover for staff
- Examination invigilators
- £3.4 million new building opening December 2013
Student behavior and attitudes to learning are outstanding (Ofsted 2010).The school has a small catchment area (a reflection of its ever increasing popularity) and in 2011 our ‘line’ was drawn at 1.2 miles from the school. The school operates within the Kent selective system but is consistently and increasingly over-subscribed.
We are completely committed to the professional development of all our staff and have held the Investors in People award for over 10 years. All new teachers and NQTs follow a comprehensive induction programme.
We have moved to a two year KS3 followed by a three year KS4 from September 2011 in response to the government White paper. This will allow the vast majority of students to study the English Baccalaureate whilst maintaining a flexible and diverse range of option choices. A revised options system will operate in Key Stage 4 over three years allowing students to follow one of four ‘pathways’ to GCSE and beyond within a highly developed curriculum plan. All students have the opportunity to study at least eight level 2 courses. ICT is compulsory at KS4.
Our current Year 12 students take four or five AS subjects or vocational courses. The 6th Form at the school has grown rapidly and will have approximately 200 students on role in September 2012. Students can study courses at either Valley Park or Invicta Grammar School across a curriculum common to both schools.
In 2012 98% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (60% including English and Mathematics). 6th Form results were the best in the school’s history. KS4 results are in the top 1% value added for all schools nationally.
Extra Curricular Activities
Our colleagues are dedicated and offer a wide range of extra activities. These include the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and visits abroad. Colleagues have the opportunity to take part in visits if they wish.
The sports teams compete against other schools locally and do consistently well in inter-school competitions. The school has a widespread reputation for excellence in the Performing Arts with two productions a year – one in the summer and one in February. Both productions play to sell out houses.
During the school lunch break activities are organised by both students and staff to enable students from all years to take part in a wide range of activities. Some of these are subject based but many are purely for interest and enjoyment. We encourage students to take part in both day and residential visits and believe these are essential to broaden students’ perspectives, not only for curriculum development, but also for their own cultural and personal development.
We are creating seeking outstanding colleagues to work in an outstanding school. I look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in due course.
Mr Vic Ashdown
Valley Park School received its second outstanding Ofsted report in April 2013, following a previous outstanding report from Ofsted in April 2010. Ofsted commented that our work is exemplary, and that leadership is highly effective. It is the school of choice in the Maidstone area and the most over-subscribed school in Kent. Student achievement, behaviour, teaching and learning and leadership are all outstanding. The school is in the top 1% of all schools nationally for value added, a position it has maintained over the previous 4 years. We have a 6th form of over 200 students and a new £3.4 million teaching block opens in March 2014.
‘An Outstanding Kent High School’-