Kent, United Kingdom
About Valence School
We are proud to share with you the excellent work we do with children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs. Our school is unique within the maintained sector in the whole of southern England. We cater for students aged 4 to 19 and have both day and boarding places. We have a large site with high quality teaching, social care and health care facilities. A staff team of over 250 people provides specialist teaching, social care, therapies and nursing care to an exceptionally high standard.
Our overall aim is to enable every child and young person to achieve meaningful independence. Students flourish in a supportive but challenging environment, making good educational progress and achieving a range of accreditation as they get older. There is excellent support to enable students to achieve functional communication, mobility and skills for daily living.
We are a Foundation Special School and are part of the Kent SEN Trust, a cooperative trust of ten schools working together to improve outcomes for all the children and young people attending the schools. In 2008 Valence became a specialist Sports College and this status plays a significant role in raising students’ achievements and their participation in high quality physical education and sport.
The School works proactively with parents and external professionals to provide holistic support for every child and young person. It is also developing high quality outreach support services to local schools and more widely for children and young people in Kent who have physical disabilities who are attending mainstream schools.
The School always places children and young people at the centre of all decisions it takes and it has a relentless focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for every student.
Maintaining Specialist Sports college status here at Valence has had a very positive impact on the School and the achievements of our students. Through the power of sport we are inspired and motivated to providing High Quality PE through a broad and balanced adapted and modified curriculum for all students as well as developing an appropriate, competitive and challenging sporting programme at all levels both within school against other schools and in the community. We currently hold Gold Partner status with the Youth Sport Trust in recognition of our commitment to raising achievement in PE and Sports and creating opportunities for all pupils to succeed.
Additionally as a Project Ability School supporting other schools across Kent with Inclusive Physical Education we are able to further develop and enrich the lives of all our pupils and the community through sport.
The school excels in Power-chair football, Boccia, Swimming and Indoor Rowing
PE and sport observed was solidly good with much of it being judged outstanding. This strength of the School was recognised by the wider impact that PE and sport has in the School. The report says that ‘extensive opportunities to participate in a wide range of sporting and competitive events promote exceptionally well pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ Local, regional and national competitions all form part of what students are involved in and they achieve an exceptionally high standard.- Ofsted 2014