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Pent Valley Technology College
Surrenden Road, CT19 4ED, UK Folkestone
+44 (0)1303 277161


Pent Valley Technology College is located in Folkestone, Kent and is a foundation, secondary modern, school specialising in technology. It takes both boys and girls aged 11-18.

Pent Valley is in its fifth year as a Technology College and is the first school in Folkestone to achieve this coveted Specialist School Status. Design & Technology, ICT, Mathematics and Science are our specialist subjects.

As a Technology College we aim to provide a service to the community as well as to our own students.


We have almost 1400 students on roll and cater for boys and girls in the age range 11-18 years. We aim to provide the best possible opportunities for all students to achieve the highest possible standards of which he or she is capable.

A full range of GCSE courses are available and students can and do gain excellent results at age 16. In 2007 we gained our best ever set of results with results At KS3 and GCSE placing the school in the top 25% nationally. There is a sixth form of 225 students and a wide range of AS, Advanced Level and AVCE courses on offer. The college also offers facilities for students who are disabled, visually impaired and those with learning difficulties including dyslexia. We are proud of our inclusive approach and the achievements of our students.

The college is developing rapidly. New buildings have been added and older ones refurbished to provide good classrooms, science labs, and outstanding computer facilities. This means that subjects are taught in well resourced suites of rooms, all of which have computer and multi-media projector facilities. Our Technology College Status has provided the funds for a learning resource centre which is open from 8.00am till 5.00pm allowing students to work beyond the school day.

Pent Valley has a new leisure facility including a Sports Hall, Gym/Dance Studio, Fitness Suite and Bistro which are for both student and community use. A wide range of sporting activities are available including opportunities to play in teams and represent the school in competitive events.

On the first floor of the leisure centre is our Specialist 6th Form provision and ‘The Voice’, a young people’s radio station.

The college places teaching and learning at the centre of its activities and aims to provide learning opportunities that are appropriate, enjoyable, challenging and which encourage best performance. We set individual targets for student achievement and have high expectations that pupils will meet these targets. We also recognise success in many different forms by providing a wide range of activities in which pupils are encouraged to participate.

Computer provision and Information and Communication Technology are at the heart of learning. The whole school network encompasses every subject area. There is access to the network from students’ homes and ICT facilities are available at the school beyond the school day. Every member of the sixth form is given their own laptop computer to enable them to access their work from anywhere at any time.

Video conferencing and e-mailing enable students to make contact with schools and businesses in Europe to enhance their language skills and build awareness of global cultures and ways of working. French and Spanish are taught in the school and there are opportunities for visits abroad and other educational exchanges.

There are drama productions and music concerts. Individual instrumental tuition is available. Exhibitions of Artwork and Photography are regularly on display in school and in the community. We are now the base for the Kent School of Music and Pent Valley students will have every opportunity to participate.


The aim of the school is to offer each student a broad, general education with an emphasis on technology and to develop individual skills and talents. This is to enable every student to have high aspirations and achieve the best of which he or she is capable. Students are provided with similar opportunities in all subject areas and all areas of experience. The curriculum needs and progress of individual students are reviewed regularly, taking into account examination and career requirements as well as individual differences.

The curriculum aims to equip students to leave school with:

  • A clear understanding of the world around them, of themselves and their position in the world
  • An awareness through personal experience of the richness of our language, and the intrinsic importance of Science, Technology, the Arts and the Humanities
  • A perception of the world from a moral and ethical viewpoint with a knowledge of the world’s major religions
  • A maximum development of the abilities and attitudes needed to live effective lives in a technological society
  • An improvement in their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modes recognizing the needs of their audience and including the use of information and communication technology
  • An understanding and experience of international links and the building of friendships between people of different cultures.

The Curriculum and Academic Organisation

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

The transfer from primary to secondary education is a major step in children's lives. At Secondary school they have a greater range of subjects for regular study and are taught by specialist subject teachers. Project based learning forms part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. It allows students the opportunity to study topics in cross curricula format and enabling students to study in larger blocks of time.

The national strategy for the Key Stage 3 aims to raise standards by strengthening teaching and learning across the curriculum for all 11-14 year olds. Literacy, numeracy and ICT are regarded as the important 'tools' necessary to access the curriculum.

To ease transition from Key Stage 2, there is a special Induction Programme starting in their last term at Primary School. Links are made as early as possible – staff and students from Pent Valley visit primary schools for a range of purposes and primary school students come to Pent Valley to use our facilities and staff expertise. Pent Valley is the largest secondary school in the area and in recognition of this we will be moving to a system based on mini-schools of approximately 240 students. This will enable us to guarantee that every individual student is known both personally and academically.

Subjects studied include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French and Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Education/citizenship
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Technology (including Design Technology and Information Technology)
  • Project Based Learning

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

In order to provide a broad and balanced education, all students will follow courses in line with the National Curriculum. This means they will all study Mathematics, English, the Sciences, Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education and Citizenship. Students choose other subjects and courses at the end of Key Stage 3, according to their ability and interest. All the courses taken lead to external qualifications which may be GCSE, BTEC, Applied GCSE or other vocational qualifications. A Key Stage 4 Courses Booklet is published during Year 9, outlining the curriculum on offer.

The Sixth Form

Pent Valley Sixth Form provides the opportunity for students to study a range of subjects at GCSE, A/S, A level and BTEC Nationals. Courses lead to Further and Higher Education at 18 or 19 and into the world of work. There are currently over 225 students studying a range of one and two-year courses - including a number who have joined Year 12 from other schools. Our flexible, individualised approach enables students to combine academic, applied and BTEC subjects to focus on areas of strength.

All sixth form students are given a laptop computer for personal use. The sixth form has its own facilities above the Leisure Centre. This provides students with a focal point where they register, have lessons and can access the wireless internet network on their laptop computers. Students have private study periods to facilitate individual research for projects and assignments. They have access to the school IT rooms as well as the school learning resource centre and careers library. All sixth form students are given a careers interview and guidance on higher education.

Key Skills qualifications and short courses such as First Aid and the Community Sports Leadership Award are also offered as part of a wider enrichment programme. All students take part in a community based service. The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme is also in operation.


The school provides as many varied experiences as possible for students. The range of activities and visits on offer is always being extended. Team sports are encouraged and matches arranged against other local schools for all age groups. Individual sporting talents are also encouraged. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme runs at bronze, silver and gold levels and many students achieve awards in this scheme.
In the 6th form students take part in the Young Enterprise scheme.
There are residential visits abroad and many subjects arrange visits to places of interest, which have relevance to the curriculum.


All pupils must wear uniform which is practical, sensible and easily obtainable in a range of shops. its purpose is to encourage a sense of belonging to our community at Pent Valley.

  • Plain black formal school trousers or skirts
  • Plain black V neck jumper (jumpers with PV motif are available from Peter Edwards the school outfitters) not sweatshirts or sports tops
  • white skirt (traditional style)
  • School tie (available from the school Student office)
  • Plain black or white socks
  • Appropriate school ocat: except demin, camouflage, leather jackets, track suit/sports tops
  • Craft apron

Boys PE Kit

  • White T-shirt with PV motif
  • White shorts and white socks
  • Training shoes
  • Boots for rugby and football
  • Shin pads are required for football and hockey
  • Gumshields are recommended for rugby and hockey
  • Black rugby shirt with motif
  • Long black socks
  • Towel for showers (optional)
  • Sweatshirt with PV motif (optional)

Girls PE Kit

  • Short black games shirt with PV motif (optional)
  • Black knicker shorts/black cycling shorts
  • White aertex shirt with PV motif
  • Training shoes, white socks
  • Boots for football
  • Long black socks
  • Shin pads are required for football and hockey
  • Gumshields are recommended for hockey
  • Towel for showers (optional)
  • Sweatshirt with PV motif (optional)

A suitable bag is needed to carry books. A separate bag should be used for PE kit.
All items of uniform and PE kit must be clearly labelled with pupil's name.

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