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Entry Requirements

Where we have vacancies, pupils are welcome to join us at any stage of the School, having successfully sat the appropriate entry tests.  The information below primarily pertains to entry to our First Form (Year 7), Third Form (Year 9) and Lower Sixth (Year 12). If you are interested in entry to the School in any other year, please contact the Admissions team directly. 


First Form Entry (11+)

2022 Entry Registration Deadline - Friday 5th November 2021
2022 Entry Junior Entrance Examination - Friday 19th November 2021 (SVPS applicants)
2022 Entry Junior Entrance Examination - Saturday 20th November 2021 (External applicants)

Pupils wishing to join our First Form (Year 7) will be required to take an online Junior Entrance Examination. These are held for all registered First Form applicants in November, prior to entry to the School the following September.

The Junior Entrance Examination is administered online using the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board) Common Pre-Test. Further details are available here.There is no specific preparation required for this test, but a familiarisation test is available here. In addition to that, parents may wish to consider purchasing example tests published by the GL Assessment Group.

For September 2022 entry, Sutton Valence Preparatory School pupils who will take the test on Friday 19th November and then all other applicants will take the test on Saturday 20th November 2021. Pupils with exam concessions may be asked to sit the test on Tuesday 23rd November and, according to the final number of applicants, there may be a further sitting later in the Michaelmas Term. Special arrangements will be made for pupils who live outside the UK. The closing date for registration to sit the entrance test is Friday 5th November 2021.


Third Form Entry (13+)

2024 Entry Registration Deadline - Friday 22nd October 2021

The primary route of entry to our Third Form (Year 9) is via Deferred-Entry. As such, any pupils seeking entry to the School in Third Form 2024 or beyond are advised to apply for a place for Deferred Entry whilst in Year 6, or before. This route requires candidates to sit the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board) Common Pre-Test at their current preparatory school in the Michaelmas Term of Year 6. Special arrangements will be made for pupils who live outside the UK. In addition to the Common Pre-Test, all applicants must meet with the Headmaster before an offer of a Deferred Entry place is made. Further details are available here.

Pupils currently in Year 7 or 8 who wish to be considered for a place in our Third Form (Year 9) but have not taken the ISEB Pre-Test whilst in Year 6, should contact the Admissions Office for further details of entrance requirements. 

Please note that any pupils joining Sutton Valence School in the Third Form (Year 9) from preparatory schools are still expected to take the Common Entrance (or equivalent) examination in the Summer Term of their Year 8, currently scheduled to take place between Tuesday 7th June and Friday 10th June 2022. The results will be used for setting purposes only.


Lower Sixth Entry (16+)

Pupils wishing to join our Sixth Form are expected to achieve at least 32 points across six GCSE subjects. Applicants will also be assessed by the Headmaster, Senior Deputy Head or Academic Deputy Head.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol my child?
Please download our registration form, complete and send to the Admissions Office, Sutton Valence School, North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent ME17 3HL.

How much is the registration fee?
The registration fee is £100, payable by credit or debit card via the website to accompany the Registration Form or directly into the School’s bank account.

Does my child have to sit an entrance examination?
Information about entrance examinations for First Form (Year 7) and Third Form (Year 9) is detailed above. Those looking to join our Second Form, Fourth Form or Fifth Form inclusive will usually need to sit an entrance examination. Places for entry are offered primarily subject to academic ability, but special consideration will be given to children with siblings already in the School or joining concurrently as well as date of registration. Further information can be provided by the Admissions Office.

How do I apply for a Scholarship or Bursary?
Please refer to our separate Scholarship Applications and Bursary Applications pages.

Do you offer Learning Support?
Yes we do, provided we receive a copy of a report from an Educational Psychologist, or a similarly qualified assessor. We offer individual learning support lessons in Literacy, Numeracy and Study Skills, all at an additional charge. In some circumstances, general in-class support is offered, but not individual support in-class.

The majority of those receiving support have mild learning difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia).  They have to come out of a timetabled lesson to attend their support lessons, but this will not be from a core subject.

If your child receives any form of learning support, then please include this information on the Registration Form where requested. Informing us of any special needs will help your child as:
• We will then be able to liaise with their existing school on current learning support provision;
• We will be able to provide any necessary examination concessions where relevant.

Do you welcome overseas pupils?
Yes. We have a fully integrated international community, making up approximately eight per cent of the School roll. Overseas applicants should register in the usual way, as detailed above, and can take an entrance examination in their own country. Please enquire for specific details.

Do you provide extra English tuition for overseas pupils?
Yes. EAL lessons are available for all overseas pupils. There is a termly charge of £600 for these lessons. For younger pupils  EAL lessons are timetabled instead of a modern language.   Sometimes we insist that as a condition of entry pupils are to have extra, chargeable, EAL lessons, or attend a Language School prior to entry to Sutton Valence.

In addition to high quality EAL, which is taught by experts, we also offer conversational English, multi-media language support and a programme of cultural visits at weekends to enable our overseas pupils to gain a full understanding of British life.  We have recently established a tutorial support scheme especially aimed at pupils from other countries.  This complements the school’s already strong pastoral framework.

Non-native speakers in the Sixth Form will be prepared and entered for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam and the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) ESL (English as a Second Language) exam. For further information and to obtain the necessary application forms, please contact the Admissions Office.

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Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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