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Welcome to Valence



Valence School is a well established centre of excellence offering high quality learning opportunities and excellent social and health care to children and young people who have physical disabilities and complex medical needs.  The School has 100 places for both day and residential (54 places) students. It also has many outstanding specialist facilities.

The School is an EXCITING, INNOVATIVE and DYNAMIC place – we are proud of our specialist work in which students’ achievements, progress and development is at the heart of everything we do.

I am proud to lead a team of dedicated and highly skilled staff who are actively supported by a proactive and effective Governing Body.  The School works hard to have close and productive relationships with parents and carers and we are grateful for the support that they provide. 

Our ‘can do’ approach aims to give our children and young people the skills and understanding, together with the confidence and independence necessary for them to participate in and contribute to society in the way each chooses.    R.J Gooding OBE Headteacher



Latest News

Triumph Over Adversity Award for Jamie

Youngsters from across Kent were honoured at the 2014 Ward and Partners Children's Awards recently and Valence's Jamie Smith received his award in the triumph over adversity category for people aged 12-16. For photos and the full story click here

Celebrity Chef Presents Our Gold Award

Kirsty and Rachael received our Gold Award from Celebrity Chef Brian Turner at the Food For Life awards ceremony in London on 2 December.


Myles Wins Powerchair Football Acolade

Myles Miller won the Division 1 Players Player of the Season, an award which is decided by his peers in the division. The division contains many older and far more experienced players so his award is an indication of the quality of his play and effort throughout the season. If you would like to follow Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club take a look at their FaceBook Page


Myles being presented with his award by Adam McEvoy WFA Development Officer and SPFC Coach.

Football Fiesta - Family Fun

On 5 October at New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone there will be a FOOTBALL FIESTA for young people in KS4/5 with physical disabilities. This is a great opportunity for young people in Years 10 - 14 to come and play a variety of types of football; Ambulant Football, Powered Wheelchair Football and Pavilion Football. The Table Football and Wii League Football are open to the whole family.

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Momentum Magazine

Valence is running a series of pieces/adverts in this new magazine which specifically covers the area of sport for disabled people across the UK.

The magazine provides content on all areas and levels of sport for disabled people, from beginners all the way through to elite level Paralympians. With up to date topics and features including, upcoming events, health & fitness, coaching, how to get involved with sport and many more.

Issue 1 we are on Page 41

Issue 2 we are on Page 53

Enabling Independence

In a recent Newsletter Editorial our Headteacher wrote "Valence has a strapline - ENABLING INDEPENDENCE’ and I am determined that it will be the goal and indeed the measure against which we judge our success for every student. If we are anything we are a school that make the difference between dependence and independence - unlike what happens in so many schools we do not create dependency, we do not embrace reliance and we do not support artificial success........"


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