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Results and Destinations

“Our most important responsibility is to unlock every pupil’s academic potential”

In a year when the new linear A Level format has introduced greater breadth and depth to examination content, we are pleased to announce an increase in A* to C grades of 4.5% over last year’s already excellent results. In 2018, 84% of grades achieved by students at the School are A* to C.

With an overall pass rate in excess of 98%, a quarter of this year’s cohort achieved two or more A* to A grades. 

On average, our students will gain results at A Level that out-perform their predicted grade on entry to the School by 0.5 of a grade.  

This year students at Sutton Valence School once again celebrated a superb set of GCSE results. Almost one-fifth of the year group achieved seven or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 7, with an outstanding 10% of all grades at 9, the highest possible level. This is an exceptional performance against the national figure of only 4% of entries graded 9.

Pupils, parents and staff are delighted with the 26% increase in the top two grades against last year’s already excellent results. In total, 21% of GCSE results achieved this year at Sutton Valence are graded 9 or 8.


GCE A Level


Overall pass rate



% A* - C Grades


% A* - B Grades


% A* - A Grades


Grammar Stream A*-B


% of candidates with two or more A* and A grades


Number of Upper Sixth candidates



Overall pass rate



% 9 - 4 Grades


% 9 - 6 Grades


% 9 - 7 Grades


% 9 Grades 10%

Seven or more 9-7


Number of Fifth Form candidates



Value Added

On average, our students will gain results at A Level that out-perform their predicted grade on entry to the School by 0.5 of a grade.  As measured by Durham University Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, which has a thirty year history of computing these statistics.  

Our flexible curriculum gives students in the early years the opportunity to experience a broad range of academic subjects. This helps them to make informed choices when they come to make decisions about GCSE courses.  Class sizes are small, with an overall student:staff ratio of 9:1, which enables our students to benefit from the close guidance and individual attention of their teachers.

University Destinations

Out of a cohort of 99 pupils, 71 Sutton Valence pupils gained places at university this year.  Fifty-two successfully achieved their first choice and eight their second choice. Twenty-three of our pupils have accepted places at universities such as Bristol, Exeter, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, King’s College, York and Cardiff, all of which are Russell Group universities. Pupils also gained places at the prestigious St Andrews University and Loughborough remains a popular choice with our pupils. One pupil successfully gained a place at The Guildhall School of Music to study the viola and three pupils have chosen to study abroad this year in Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Four pupils have been successful in being selected for apprenticeships and training schemes such as veterinary nursing, property and the police. Seventeen pupils have opted for a gap year, some travelling abroad, some undertaking a ski season and some gaining relevant work experience before applying to university next year. The choice of university courses has been as varied as ever, including Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Aerospace Engineering, Business Management, Hotel Management, Criminology, Tourism Management, Economics and Politics, English, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Security Management, Sport and Exercise Science, History, Marine Biology, Zoology, Early Childhood Studies, Agriculture, Geography, Real Estate, Media, America Studies, Illustration and Air Transport with Pilot Training.

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