Unmistakably Maplesden

Activities Week will take place from 15th – 19th July 2019. All students in years 7, 8 and 9 will be involved, and our booklet gives parents and students an outline and overview of each activity.

Activities Week Booklet 2019

In line with the School Admissions Code, the Maplesden Noakes School is formally consulting with admissions authorities, diocesan boards, parent groups, and parents/guardians of children aged between 2 and 18 who live in the area. They are being asked about proposed admission arrangements for the 2020/21 school year.  The proposed Admission Policy is available to view here.

The school must consult for a period of no less than 6 weeks.  Consultation will be between 15th November and 27th December 2018. If you wish to give feedback you will need to contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Heidi Lishman at Lishman.h@maplesden.kent.sch.uk or in writing to the following address:

The Maplesden Noakes School
Buckland Road
Kent   ME16 0TJ

By the closing date of 27th December 2018

If you wish to request a paper copy of the proposed admissions policy for September 2020 please contact the school.

We have been celebrating the success of our Year 11 students, who left behind the security of their classrooms to dip their toes in the world of employment for one week in July.

As always, our ongoing support from our parents this year proved invaluable, placing our students into roles with a vast range of employers, such as; Howletts Wild Animal Trust, Laguna Motorcycles, Kent & East Sussex Railways and The Hazlitt Theatre.

Each student completed a diary reflecting on their skills throughout their placement and at the end of the week gained an Employer Reference, which they can use when applying for sixth form, college applications and for that elusive Saturday job!

All students were awarded with certificates of achievement in recognition of their resilience, initiative and communication skills throughout their placement.  Five of our students were offered placements over summer and Saturday jobs with Home Media Ltd, Euphoria Beauty, Pippa’s Tearooms, Maidstone Bowls Club and Barnardo’s Retail Shop, with even more being told to return anytime when they have finished education.

Many of our students went that extra mile which made it extra difficult for us to decide on a winner.

Heidi Devonshire-Jenner who was placed at MarketForce UK in Canary Wharf and Jensen Grice-Lush who was placed at ASP Motors were awarded our Runner Up Awards, each receiving a £30 Amazon voucher.

Our 2018 Work Experience Winner went to Holly Irving whose placement was at Ben Siggins Estate Agents.  Holly received a £50 Amazon voucher, sponsored by MidKent College.

Ben Siggins Estate Agents commented:

“It has been very refreshing to see such a young, driven and well-mannered young woman who was a pleasure to invest time and energy in.”


Along with;

“I wish all the adults shared her work ethic and enthusiasm.”

Holly even shot her own social media video for Ben Siggins Estate Agents on You Tube, selling a house that had just come on the market in Allington.

Many Congratulations to Holly, along with our runners up, Heidi and Jensen, Maplesden Noakes School are very proud to have you as our students.

If you’re interested in a teaching career and would like to experience life in a secondary school setting, then sign up for our taster days.

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Monday 28th January 2019


On the day, you will be given the opportunity to observe lessons, meet our students, chat to our current trainee teachers and gain real experience of what it is like to train and teach at Maplesden Noakes.

For further details, please contact:

Moira Watts
The Maplesden Noakes School
Buckland Road, Maidstone
Kent ME16 0TJ
Phone: 01622 656279
Email: Watts.M@maplesden.kent.sch.uk

To view more information online – click here to view the Medway Valley Training Partnership website.


We have received a lovely email form Camps International which we have been given permission to publish below.  We are hugely proud of our staff and students and look forward to the next expedition to Borneo in 2020 – a reminder that the parent presentation for this for years 10, 11 & 12 is on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 6.00pm in the main hall.

Dear Mr Owen,

We just wanted to say thank you for your support and to tell you about the impact your school has made in Malawi this summer.

Now that all of our summer teams have arrived home, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some feedback on what Mrs Pope, Mrs Wilkinson and students achieved in Malawi.

What a blast!  Through the sheer sweat (and sometimes) tears, your students have made a huge and lasting positive impact on the lives of many rural communities. They have hand mixed cement, plastered, painted and helped improve facilities for the local students, as well as being involved in wildlife and environmental projects on their walking safari.

Interacting with the local children was a massive highlight for The Maplesden Noakes School students. Whether it be playing volleyball or football, sitting quietly, plaiting hair, singing songs or holding very animated ‘hand’ conversations, very special time was spent with the local youngsters. This time allowed students to learn about the value of our own language and how it can improve the lives and future employment opportunities for others.

Being pushed to your limits and forced out of your comfort zone is not something we usually enjoy, but your students did both of these!  They slept on mattresses on bare boards, washed in cold water, shared their living spaces with mosquito’s, bugs, spiders and survived.  They have eaten enough stew and chapatis to last them a lifetime and still came back for more.  They then embarked on trekking up Mount Mulanje, which saw them being pushed even further to their limits, but once again, they faced each day with determination and good spirits and took on every challenge given to them. We are so proud of them.

Living in or close to the local communities has enabled your students to really appreciate how tough daily life can be, but at the same time, how resilient and strong the human spirit is in order to overcome the adversities that life throws at us.  We hope they have learnt many lessons from this and will carry them in their hearts, to pull out, dust down and use whenever they may need them in the future.

Hopefully by now you will have received your personalised school canvas; a gift from us to say thank you and to acknowledge the achievements of your team.

From the deepest core of everything Camps International stand for, we would sincerely like to thank you, The Maplesden Noakes School, Mrs Pope, Mrs Wilkinson and your students for their incredible hard work, dedication, joyous spirits and a whole bunch of great laughs and mind-blowing memories.

Camps International Group