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08/04/20

We’ve had a fantastic piece of creative writing from Henry! Well done!

03/04/20

Well done to Briony for her brilliant Computer Science Weekly Challenge work! We think it's brilliant!

01/04/20

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We're so pleased to be able to help our local by providing some of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them to use, including gloves, goggles, masks & paper suits. They're doing an amazing job and we're thrilled to support them in any way, however small! https://t.co/rFe0dLi8Bc

30/03/20

Hi there, you should get a confirmation email soon. Thank you for sending back the acceptance!

30/03/20

Don't miss Headteacher, Mrs Beales' weekly blog - find it on our website! https://t.co/bxpdMsHwYX

23/03/20

Don't miss Headteacher Mrs Beale's weekly blogs. You can find them on our website - https://t.co/bxpdMsHwYX

16/03/20

It's the last day you can accept an offer of a place at SST Maidstone for your child. Please return your form with proof of address as soon as possible today! If you don't wish to accept the place, please return the form to decline the offer so we can offer it to another student. https://t.co/Gqcl4npVfY

09/03/20

We have published a list of frequently asked questions following our drop-in session for those who have been offered a place at SST Maidstone - you can find it on our website Admissions page: https://t.co/nHKai6pdIY https://t.co/e3Zhf17HVe

09/03/20

It was lovely meeting with our new students and parents on Friday afternoon. Sharing your enthusiasm and excitement was an excellent way to end the week for all of us at SST Maidstone!

02/03/20

Our fantastic new signage is now in place! The excitement is growing every day as we get closer to September... https://t.co/oZZI6RN4dk

28/02/20

We have just received our new school's formal Funding Agreement, signed by the Secretary of State for Education - we can't wait for September!

17/02/20

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Do you have experience in website content and social media? Come and join our team in this exciting term-time role! https://t.co/BviP2p3Z2c

17/02/20

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Would you like to join our friendly team? We are looking for an IT Manager - you can find all the details here... https://t.co/NVtRnXZ34b

17/02/20

Well done to Briony who is working hard and taking on each of our SST challenges each week! Some amazing work! You can take part in our weekly challenges too, just visit our website! https://t.co/3zrncVjeO8

10/02/20

The BBC listed 7 female scientists who do not feature in the national curriculum https://t.co/qCtRuTBj78. We'd add Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford professor of mathematics who died in 2017 aged 40. She's the only woman to win a Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics

27/01/20

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Would you like to join our brilliant team? We are currently looking for an Admissions Officer - you can find all the details, and apply, here: https://t.co/iUFWXAoPiV https://t.co/1NtLVRY5kr

20/01/20

One of our Local School Board Governors, Dr Andrew Riedl, made a visit to , our partner school, while on a business trip this week. He wanted to learn more about the school itself and also the partnership between us - what a fantastic way to do it! https://t.co/WxMvkBDq0x

20/01/20

Well done to Rohan and Andrejs who are currently leading in the SST weekly challenges! Don't forget to look at the website every week to get a flavour of what lessons and learning will be like at our fantastic new school! https://t.co/IwVko9DtFQ https://t.co/bISLs3OYDm

09/12/19

Our new Weekly Challenge is ready to go! It's English this week, so get your thinking caps on and we look forward to reading your entries! https://t.co/IwVko9DtFQ https://t.co/ja8L6wawjn

05/12/19

You've still got a few days to take part in this week's challenge - don't miss it! We love looking at your entries and, don't forget, you could win a prize! Find the SST Weekly Challenge here: https://t.co/IwVko9DtFQ https://t.co/RDrbaDjKtT

26/11/19

Thank you so much for the entries already received for our Weekly Challenge, which was launched yesterday! Keep them coming for your chance to win a prize! https://t.co/IwVko9DtFQ

25/11/19

We have launched a new Weekly Challenge for students to take part in. If you enter every week and answer correctly, you could even win a prize! See the first one here - https://t.co/IwVko9DtFQ https://t.co/fdQpPtCfHt

22/11/19

You can now watch the latest BAM construction footage of our School of Science and Technology Maidstone. We think it's looking amazing! https://t.co/c3pWD7N3f6 https://t.co/3c6zxyfAXA

19/11/19

We are thrilled with these amazing ceramic towers, created during our recent open days by prospective students. What a brilliant job everyone did! They will proudly displayed in our brand new school building when it opens next year! https://t.co/XLjOWYv9HZ

14/11/19

Can’t wait to see the entries!

05/11/19

If you applied for a place at SST Maidstone, you should've now received an email with details of an assessment date. If you haven't received this, please check your spam folder in the first instance. If you need any help, please contact us: admissions.viat.org.uk https://t.co/G3oVi4vbsg

23/10/19

Hi, office hours are a little different because it’s half term. If your enquiry is urgent please phone us directly during working hours on 01622 675762. Many thanks!

21/10/19

We have now launched our Section 10 consultation in relation to opening our new school. Please tell us your views by completing this short online survey - https://t.co/LfUVomGFpQ https://t.co/tt9mhh6mb8

18/10/19

Thanks so much to everyone who attended our open events over the last week. We were delighted to welcome children and their parents to experience what our exciting new school has to offer. We are very much looking forward to receiving applications for September 2020! https://t.co/wPKbP12GPE

12/10/19

Another great open event for our brand new school! Thank you to all the students and parents who have battled the weather to come and see the exciting opportunities we have to offer. https://t.co/jTFOpofkzF

12/10/19

Some of our prospective students enjoying a science lesson as part of our open event this morning! https://t.co/1wmSGPbdd4

12/10/19

Our first open event of the day is well underway. We’ve welcomed around 200 prospective students and their parents to hear and experience what our brilliant new school will have to offer!

18/09/19

Don't miss the Valley Park School Scholarship Information Evening on 2 October from 6pm-7pm! Book your place now! https://t.co/XO4pcIgICA

10/09/19

We are currently looking for Governors to sit on the Local School Board for our brand new school. Would you like to join us and help make a real difference? https://t.co/dWxXc5WS4J https://t.co/Of8wONHVPz

08/08/19

Does your child have a flair for science and technology, and are they starting secondary school in September 2020? You can see all the admissions information for the brand new School of Science and Technology Maidstone, and apply, here - https://t.co/ERqwISvRYT https://t.co/KEoksX4RJ1

08/08/19

Don't forget to book a place for your child (starting Year 6 in September) at the SST Maidstone open event on 12 October 2019 (two sessions: 9am-12.30pm & 1pm-4.30pm). These sessions will show students what our fantastic new school has to offer! Book here: https://t.co/gHY2ekVZc9 https://t.co/mB9X7GxlWa

01/08/19

Do you have a child with a flair for science and technology, starting secondary school in September 2020? You can see the admissions information for the brand new School of Science and Technology Maidstone, and apply, here - https://t.co/ERqwISvRYT https://t.co/v7XzjRuMR5

24/07/19

SST Maidstone will be holding an open event on 12 October 2019 (two sessions: 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-4.30pm), for all students entering Year 6 in September. We hope these sessions will show students what our fantastic new school has to offer. Book here: https://t.co/gHY2ekVZc9 https://t.co/kgfaOvGMec

23/07/19

Look at the amazing progress on the build of our new school! https://t.co/w47QBKrtci

16/07/19

Are you passionate about education? Would you like to make a difference as a governor? Don't forget it's our Trust's Governance Open Event on Monday 22 July 2019, 5pm to 7pm, at Invicta Grammar School. To book your place, please contact Ruth Hinckley via r.hinckley.org.uk https://t.co/QmPVHko9eP

Data Protection Privacy Notice

PRIVACY NOTICE for Valley Invicta Academies Trust

(Valley Park School, School of Science and Technology Maidstone, Invicta Grammar School, The Lenham School, Valley Invicta Primary School at Aylesford, Valley Invicta Primary School at Holborough Chase, Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Lakes, Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill)

1. Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998

We, Valley Invicta Academies Trust, are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school, Kent County Council and the Learning Records Service.

2. How we use your personal information

We hold this personal data and use it to:

  • Support your teaching and learning;
  • Monitor and report on your progress;
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care;
  • Support you decide what to do after you leave school;
  • Assess how well your school is doing.

This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs and relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number (ULN) by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to our Local Authority (LA) and the Department for Education.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to the Department for Education (DfE) and, in turn, this will be available for the use of the LA.

Once you are aged 13 or over, we are required by law to pass on certain information to providers of youth support services in your area. This is the local authority support service for young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide both your and your parent’s/s’ name(s) and address, and any further information relevant to the support services’ role. However, if you are over 16, you (or your parent(s)) can ask that no information beyond names, address and your date of birth be passed to the support service. This right transfers to you on your 16th birthday.

3. Supporting you plan your future

3.1 How we share additional data collected in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 with Kent County Council

The information detailed below that Valley Invicta Academies Trust collects from you during Year 10, Year 11, 12 and 13 may be shared with other organisations in order to provide you career and other guidance and for administrative, statistical and research purposes relating to education and training.

3.2 Information we have to pass on by law

We are required by law to pass some of your information to Kent County Council (KCC) as part of the Intended Destination, September Guarantee and Annual Activity processes.  This is to assist KCC to fulfil its legal obligation under the Education and Skills Act 2008 and the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to assist, encourage and enable young people aged 13-19 (and young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25) to participate in education or training. KCC are then required to share this information with the Department of Education.

We share the following information about you:

  • What you are intending to do after Year 11 in terms of education, training or employment (your Intended Destination);
  • Which post-16 provider made you an offer of a place on a course at the end of Year 11 or Year 12 if you stayed at this school after Year 11(referred to as the September Guarantee);
  • What your destination is after you leave Year 11 or Year 12 or Year 13, if we are aware of this (as part of the Annual Activity Survey).  This could include sixth form at this school.

3.3 Information KCC may share with us once you have left school

Kent County Council has a legal responsibility to track all young people up to the age of 19 (and young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25).   The purpose of collecting this information is to assist the planning of education and training for young people and the support services they require.  Some of this information is then shared with the Department of Education who use the information to plan at a national level.

Kent County Council will, if you allow, inform us (name of school) of your current activity once you have left the school.  This is in relation to education, training, employment with the training you may be undertaking and whether you are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). 

The purpose of this is to:

Enable us to offer support should you become NEET;

Check that the education we provide is enabling students to make a positive progression once they leave the school;

Help plan support and education for future students.

3.4 Information that may be shared with other schools and colleges

Some of the information we collect from you during Year 10 and 11 and as part of the Intended Destination, September Guarantee and Annual Activity processes may also be shared with EFA funded post-16 providers (hereafter referred to as ‘post-16 providers’) who deliver in Kent.

These providers are listed on www.kentchoices4u.com. 

These providers could offer you a progression route and support your transition into post-16 education, training or employment with training.

To support your transition to post-16 education and to support planning for future learners we, or KCC, may also need to share further information on you directly with post-16 providers after you have enrolled, this includes:

  • Whether you are NEET and may need support finding an education/training/employment opportunity;
  • Your activity after leaving a FE College after Year 12 or 13;
  • Your attendance record at school;
  • Whether you have been excluded from school;

If you have any special educational needs;

  • Whether you are looked after/or a care leaver;
  • Whether you are a carer;
  • Whether English is an additional language for you;
  • Whether you are a traveller;
  • Whether you receive free school meals;
  • Whether you are currently supervised by the Youth Offending Team.

4. You have a choice about what information is shared after you turn 16.

You can ask that:

  • No information beyond name, address and data of birth be shared with KCC in regard to the provision of Local Authorities support services for young people;
  • No information about your current activities once you have left school be shared with us;
  • No information to be shared with post 16 providers in the future, once you have enrolled at another provider.

To do this please contact: 

manager@valleypark.viat.org.uk

or

or

To let them know which information you do not want to be shared. Alternatively, you could contact the:

5. How we keep your information safe

Both Valley Invicta Academies Trust and KCC keep information about you on computer systems and also sometimes on paper. We hold your education records securely and retain them from your date of birth until you reach the age of 25, after which they are safely destroyed.

There are strict controls on who can see your information. We will not share your data if you have advised us that you do not want it shared unless it is the only way we can make sure you stay safe and healthy or we are legally required to do so.

6. Need to know more about how we process your information?

If you need more information about how Valley Invicta Academies Trust uses your information or to see a copy of your information, please contact clerk@viat.org.uk.

If you would like to get a copy of the information about you that KCC shares with the Department for Education or post-16 providers or how they use your information, please contact:

Information Resilience & Transparency Team

Room 2.71
Sessions House
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1XQ
dataprotection@kent.gov.uk

You can also visit the KCC website if you need more information about how they use and store your information.

KCC Website

7. Need more information about young peoples’ services?

For more information about young peoples’ services, please go to:

Directgov or

The KCC Website