Somewhere in our education we need to learn focus, commitment, effort and self-discipline if we are to achieve and frequently this happens beyond the classroom.
Outside of the classroom, our enrichment journey, allows pupils to learn these skills and strengthen their educational experience. It is a journey with an outstanding range of sporting, artistic, cultural and social activities and opportunities that produce happy, well-rounded and engaged young adults.
This is where self-esteem and confidence can be fostered. By exploring a range of challenges, our pupils’ strengths are furthered and recognised, enabling everyone to try different things and discover their niche in a highly-supportive environment.
The importance of responsibility and teamwork are emphasised from the earliest days in Nursery to the Upper Sixth. Many opportunities exist within the broad areas of sports and the creative arts. These are further supplemented by clubs and activities which aim to develop other skills, such as creative writing, chess, cookery, general knowledge and public speaking. An extensive programme of School visits and School visitors is in place for each and every year group and supplements the learning through a wider variety of approaches, sites and personalities. For our Prep children, regular themed days at the Senior School are a valuable part of the co-curricular programme. Tapping into the expertise and facilities of the senior site is a valuable resource for all. These include Drama, Art, Science, Design Technology and specialist sports-coaching days.
Sport is at the very heart of our enrichment journey. The minimum expectation is of healthy exercise every week; the maximum could be much more, leading to selection for our many teams across the whole range of sports and from there to regional, national and international recognition. But whether your aim is to win Olympic Gold, to enjoy and learn the value of being part of a team, or simply to try something new, Sutton Valence offers excellent coaching and facilities, inspirational role models within both the School and the wider Old Suttonian community, and some of the most beautiful countryside in England in which to play.
The Arts are a major part of our School life, socially and spiritually. Termly music performances of our orchestras, bands and choirs showcase the high standard achieved by our talented students. There are myriad opportunities for participation in Music with over twenty ensemble groups across both sites. Our Drama has an excellent reputation with many productions every year, providing plenty of opportunities for pupils to perform, dance, design and direct. From as young as Year 2 in the Prep School, LAMDA examinations build confidence and develop the skill of public speaking.
The activities programme presents a range of clubs and pursuits to cater for all tastes and interests and students commit to their preferred option on a termly basis, allowing pupils to find their niche and pursue diverse interests.
CCF and DofE
The Combined Cadet Force, seeks to develop a pupil's personal confidence, motivation, teamwork and leadership skills, with opportunities for adventurous training at home and abroad. The Prep School children also benefit from the CCF using the resources of the Senior School’s CCF for leadership and teamwork challenges.
For those not in the CCF, Community Service with placements in the locality, the Young Enterprise Scheme, the student voice magazine BIG and Kit Car Club form our Wednesday afternoon programme for the older pupils.
The School adopts a structured approach to understanding of nature and outdoor life starts in our Pre-Prep department. We are part of the UK Forest School Initiative and outdoor days and the shared use of the resources of the Senior School, help develop an awareness of our environment, build skills and personal responsibility in all its forms.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme starts in the Third Form with all completing their Bronze Award. Silver and Gold level awards require a more pro-active approach from the individual and an increased commitment to realise the goals, but we encourage and support all to continue and are proud of how many go on to achieve these top accolades.
Residential visits and tours will take place throughout a pupil’s time at Sutton Valence. These are based on the adventurous, sporting, cultural and creative, CCF, fun and exchanges.
Many take different journeys beyond the classroom through their enrichment involvement, but all hopefully learn, enjoy themselves and become confident, competent and tolerant members of the Sutton Valence and global communities.