Senior School Newsletter

  • Equestrian Championships

    Nov 2019
    On the weekend of the 19th October, five members of the Equestrian team travelled to the NSEA National Championships at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire.
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    Equestrian Championships
  • County Cricket Representative Honours

    Nov 2019
    We are delighted with the news that several Sutton Valence girls and boys have received County Cricket selection.
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    County Cricket Representative Honours
  • Fourth Form Visit Tate Modern

    Nov 2019
    On 7th November, the Fourth Form artists went on a research trip to the Tate Modern and the Southbank in London.
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    Fourth Form Visit Tate Modern
  • Lower Sixth Participate in Meningitis Study

    Nov 2019
    Our school is one of 26 schools involved in the Meningitis B ‘Be on the Team’ study, looking at fighting Meningitis B in teenagers.
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    Lower Sixth Participate in Meningitis Study
  • Westminster Abbey Anniversary Service

    Oct 2019
    On Tuesday of this week, 27 pupils, the Headmaster and two members of staff had the honour of attending a service to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the re-building of Westminster Abbey. 
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    Westminster Abbey Anniversary Service
  • Hockey Performance Centre Selection

    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to two members of our Fourth Form on their places at this season's U15 South England Hockey Performance Centre. 
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    Hockey Performance Centre Selection
  • Top Placings for A Level Results

    Oct 2019
    This year’s excellent A Level results placed the School in a very high position in comparison to other similar schools. 
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    Top Placings for A Level Results
  • The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk

    Oct 2019
    This year the Sutton girls wanted to raise money for charity, so Head of House, Paige Davidson and Deputy Head of House, Anisha Thapa Magar, decided to enter some charity walks and runs.  The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk was our first, last Saturday night, 12th October. 
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    The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk 2019
  • Cadets Take to the Skies

    Oct 2019
    On 7th October the RAF Cadets travelled by coach to RAF Wittering, where we were staying for one night before our amazing flying experience.  The following day, we were going to be flying a Grob Tutor aeroplane which is the training plane used by RAF pilots.
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  • Informal Concert Delights

    Oct 2019
    On 10th October, the Music department held its first Informal Concert for this academic year. These concerts allow pupils to play in front of a small supportive audience. They are able to perform pieces which are ‘work in progress’, revealing to them what needs to be revised with extra practice, hel...
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  • Upper Sixth UCAS Event

    Oct 2019
    On Monday, the Upper Sixth Form had a very useful Careers Focus Day to prepare them for leaving school next June, either for university, an apprenticeship or direct employment.  Mrs Carter began the morning with a presentation on interview skills and preparation.
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  • Cold War Code Breakers

    Oct 2019
    The Cold War came to Kent on Monday as two groups battled taxing puzzles to discover the codes to stop the imminent nuclear attack. 
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  • First Form Visit to Reculver

    Oct 2019
    On Monday, 45 First Form students travelled to Reculver, on the north coast of Kent, to conduct field studies.
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  • Jacob Selected For Pumas A Squad

    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to Jacob Pearton who has been selected for the 2019/20 Prep Schools’ Pumas Under 12 ‘A’ Squad, following trials at Worth School on Sunday 6th October. 
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  • Saracens Schools Partnership Programme

    Oct 2019
    Saracens are pleased to add Sutton Valence School to the Saracens family.
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    Saracens Schools Partnership Programme
  • Upper Sixth English Trip to Canterbury

    Oct 2019
    A group of Upper Sixth Form English pupils spent the afternoon of September 24th in Canterbury, enriching their study of Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale and Gothic fiction. 
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    Upper Sixth English Trip to Canterbury
  • Fangtastic Theatre Trip

    Oct 2019
    On 9th October, the theatregoers went to their first production of the year, Northern Ballet's Dracula.  
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  • Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations Competition

    Oct 2019
    Early on Thursday morning this week, a group of 20 pupils embarked on a long journey to Queen Anne’s School, Caversham to compete in the Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations competition.
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    Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations Competition
  • Nepalese-British Army Night

    Oct 2019
    Last Friday, a group of Sutton Valence boarders was fortunate to travel to the Nepalese-British Army base, Invicta Garrison for an evening of culture and some fantastic performances as the soldiers prepared for their upcoming festival.
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  • InvestIN Career Experiences 

    Oct 2019

    We are very pleased to announce that Sutton Valence School has now become a partner school with InvestIN. This London-based company offers immersive career experiences for students aged 15 to 18 through a range of one-day programmes and summer internships in investment banking, law, medicine, eng...

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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    Oct 2019
    We were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber back to Sutton Valence School last night to deliver the inaugural Kingdon Society Lecture on ‘Adventures in Space’.
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    Dr Suzie Imber Visits
  • Street Art Trip

    Oct 2019
    On Wednesday 2nd October, a group of Sixth Form Art and Photography students and staff travelled by coach to Old Street, London.
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    Street Art Trip
  • U14A County Tournament Winners

    Oct 2019
    Yesterday the U14As travelled to Sevenoaks to compete in the Tier 2 County tournament. 
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    U14A County Tournament Winners
  • Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate of Meritorious Service

    Oct 2019

    The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, recently held his annual awards ceremony for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air. The Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service may be awarded to any serving Reservist or A...

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    Lord-Lieutenants’ Certificate of Meritorious Service
  • Sandhurst STEM Fair

    Oct 2019
    Members of the Fourth Form enjoyed a fantastic day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last Friday, visiting their annual STEM Fair.
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    Sandhurst STEM Fair
  • Climate Change Protest

    Sep 2019

    On Friday 20th September, the Juniors took part in a national Climate Change Protest. They got together in the Chapel and sang their hearts out to a climate change-focused version of We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel. As you are aware, the government does not take into accoun...

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  • U19s through to County Finals

    Sep 2019
    On 26th September, eight Upper Sixth girls travelled to Rainham to play in the annual U19 County Netball Tournament.
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    U19s through to County Finals
  • CADSAAM Shooting

    Sep 2019
    On Friday 20th September, the Shooting team, made up of: Thomas Arthur (Fifth Form), Dylan Cole (Fifth Form), Isabelle Eyers (Upper Sixth Form and captain) and  Callum Davis (Fourth Form), were asked to go to the 11th CADSAAM shooting meet
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    CADSAAM Shooting
  • Leeds Castle Run

    Sep 2019
    We arrived at Leeds Castle with the sun coming out to cheer us on. Feeling excited but also a little nervous we set off down the scenic path to be signed in.
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    Leeds Castle Run
  • Sponsored Walk

    Sep 2019
    Last Friday, the School took advantage of the beautiful Indian Summer weather to take part in the annual sponsored walk.
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    Sponsored Walk
  • SVS Foundation Golf Day

    Sep 2019

    Last Friday, we were delighted to host our annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club. With the launch of the SVS Foundation, the event was rebranded this year to reflect the wider community it serves. Despite the new name, the golf was of the traditional high standard with some excellent rounds th...

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  • England Rugby Academy Success

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth) who is in the Saracens Rugby Academy, and has been selected for the second year to become and England Academy Player.
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  • New Chess Club

    Sep 2019

    This week saw the launch of the SVS Chess club. Lower School pupils came along to the Mathematics block to pit their skills against one another, in this wonderful game of strategy and concentration. Run by Mr Wellings and the Sixth formers, Sebastiaan Lijesen and Ellie Fraser, there were som...

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  • Capturing Dungeness 

    Sep 2019
    A group of ten A Level Photography students travelled to Dungeness, to undertake a landscape-based photo-shoot as part of their coursework project. The weather was beautiful, bringing clear skies and stunning views, a stark contrast to the many discarded, crumbling fishing shacks and boat wrecks tha...
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    Capturing Dungeness 
  • Prefects' Reunion

    Sep 2019
    This week, to celebrate his tenth year at Sutton Valence School, the Headmaster and Dr Grindlay hosted past prefects from across his time at the School to a reunion dinner in London. In total, 24 past prefects joined them for this anniversary event at Fino's restaurant in Mayfair.
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    Prefects Reunion
  • Sutton House Reunion

    Sep 2019
    On Sunday, we were delighted to welcome back Old Suttonians and former staff who attended a reunion at Sutton House to celebrate girls' boarding at the School. The group included SVS leavers spanning from 1991 through to 2016, as well as two former Sutton housemasters.
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    Sutton Girls Reunion
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month

    Sep 2019
    As September is Blood Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Palmer gave a presentation to the Sixth Form during their assembly, encouraging SVS students to consider joining the stem cell register.
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  • Ski Season Starts

    Sep 2019
    Last Sunday, teams from Sutton Valence took part in the ESSkiA South East Qualifier, the grass-roots ski racing event for schools, which leads to selection for the British Schools Championships.
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  • Confident Parenting in a World of Screens

    Sep 2019
    Care for the Family is a national charity that is dedicated to promoting strong family life; they are regularly contacted by parents who are worried about their children’s use of digital devices.
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  • Third Form CCF Field Day

    Sep 2019
    With their new uniforms and boots, the Third Form assembled at Crowborough Army Training Camp for an introductory two days into life as a cadet.
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    Third Form CCF Field Day
  • Biscuit Challenge

    Sep 2019
    The Second Form pondered the question, "When the nation is having a morning cuppa, what is the best biscuit?"
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    Biscuit Challenge
  • Head of School Speech

    Sep 2019
    Our second Head of School for this term, Max Savage shares his thoughts on the commencement of the year.
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  • County Tennis Tournament

    Sep 2019
    The Kent County Closed is an annual tennis tournament held at the Bromley Tennis Centre during the last week of August in which Sixth Former Jame Gotke, took part in
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  • Boarders’ Trip to Canterbury

    Sep 2019
    On Sunday, 23 boarders went on a trip to Canterbury.  Mrs Manning and Mr Henderson each took a minibus, and, as we arrived, the clouds lifted and we enjoyed lovely weather. We went shopping in small groups and explored many of Canterbury's interesting shops.  Wherever we went in the city, we could s...
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    Boarders’ Trip to Canterbury
  • NSEA Petley Wood

    Sep 2019
    The Sutton Valence Equestrian team attended their first show of the academic year last weekend at the NSEA Petley Wood show jumping qualifier.
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  • Netball success for Lulu

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to Lulu Pankhurst (Fourth Form), who has been selected for the next stage of the U17 London Pulse Netball High Performance Hub trials.
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    Netball success for Lulu
  • Head of School Speech

    Sep 2019
    New Head of School, Lara Savage encourages the School at the first assembly.
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  • Futures Cup

    Sep 2019
    Over the summer holidays, Louis Ridge and Alexandra Sacker participated in the annual Futures Cup hockey tournament.
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  • Kent County Youth Orchestra welcomes SVS Students

    Sep 2019
    The Music department is delighted to report that seven of our string players (Elizabeth Drummond, Bethan Pepler, Jack Price, Joseph Gillett, Alexander Tolhurst, Felix Connell and Charlotte Holmes) were invited to play with Kent County Youth Orchestra this summer
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    Kent Youth County Orchestra welcomes SVS Students
  • Pre-Season Sports Camps

    Sep 2019
    Last week saw Girls Hockey and Boys Rugby camps across all age groups being held at SVS. Some more senior pupils also attended tournaments and fixtures designed to prepare players for the Michaelmas Term’s sport
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  • Gold DofE Expeditions

    Sep 2019
    On Saturday 3rd August, 15 intrepid Lower Sixth adventurers set off to the Lake District for the Gold DofE expedition. After eight hours, including two refreshment stops, we arrived at Dale Bottom campsite. Looking at the weather forecast in previous days I was not hopeful of a dry week and as soon ...
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    Gold DofE Expedition
  • GCSE Results

    Aug 2019
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating a superb set of GCSE results. With over 40% of all results achieved graded 9 to 7, this year’s performance represents one of the strongest in the last ten years.
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  • A Level Results 2019

    Aug 2019
    Once again, Sutton Valence School is delighted to announce another year-on-year increase in A* to B grades. In 2019, 60% of all grades achieved by students are A* to B - a very impressive increase of 8% over last year’s already excellent results.
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  • Sports Day 2019

    Jul 2019
    Last Friday saw pupils, parents and staff embark on our fantastic all-weather track in the blazing June sunshine.
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    Sports Day 2019
  • OS Success

    Jun 2019
    We have recently heard about some university successes from four Old Suttonians.
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  • A Taste of British Boarding School Life

    Jun 2019
    At Sutton Valence School, we welcome students from all over the world including China, Spain, Austria, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.
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  • The School that Rocked

    Jun 2019
    So once again another whirlwind production week has come and gone at Sutton Valence…
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  • Critical Thinking comes to Sutton Valence

    Jun 2019
    Does your pet think about you when you are at work?  Do you have to have been unhappy to feel happy? And if a robot waiter brings you a drink, should you say thank you?
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  • STEM Day at the Senior School

    Jun 2019
    The Senior School welcomed Year 5 from SVPS for their annual STEM Day this week
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  • Junior Kangaroo Results

    Jun 2019

    Out of more than 5,000 participants nationally, all of the three SVS students who attempted the Junior Kangaroo 2019 paper achieved a Merit level certificate.

    The Junior Kangaroo is a follow-up round of the Junior Maths Challenge (JMC) run by UKMT. It is a one-hour multiple-choice ...

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  • Rose Ceremony

    Jun 2019
    The Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and marks the payment of the rent for the village green to the School.
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  • Record breaking CREST

    Jun 2019
    This year the School has seen the most CREST awards in recent memory. There has been 35 Discovery Level, 15 Bronze Level, four Silver Level and one Gold Level Award and four further Bronze awards still waiting to be assessed. 
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  • Chapel Choir Dinner

    Jun 2019

    On 21st June, the Chapel Choir held its annual dinner to celebrate all of its successful events and concerts. The Chapel Choir is one of the biggest groups in the School, contributing weekly to School life, from concerts to anthems in Chapel. This dinner is to recognise not ju...

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  • March and Shoot

    Jun 2019
    On Wednesday, the CCF took part in its annual March and Shoot competition for the Becky Norris Trophy. 
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  • Sam Mostowfi Update

    Jun 2019
    Sam Mostowfi continues to compete in gymnastics at the highest level. This week Sam travelled to Lilleshall to the GB camp in preparation for the Junior World Championships the following week.
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  • Girls' Cricket Masterclass

    Jun 2019
    On Saturday 15th June, Sutton Valence School held a coaching masterclass for the junior and intermediate girls.
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  • Bronze D of E Expeditions

    Jun 2019
    After the thunderstorms and unseasonable weather at the beginning of this week, the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition set out prepared for whatever the weather did. However, the gods decided to smile upon us and we had two days of great walking weather.
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  • A Gothic Tour

    Jun 2019
    Lower Sixth English A Level students recently spent a day on a literary tour of London. The morning’s activities were focused on their study of Gothic literature.
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  • Induction Days

    Jun 2019
    On Tuesday and Friday, Sutton Valence opened its doors to the newest members of the community. 
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  • Armed Forces Day

    Jun 2019
    On Saturday, the CCF was invited to attend an event remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings and supporting Armed Forces Day organised by Sutton Valence and District Branch Royal British Legion.
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  • A Century for Kent Cricket

    Jun 2019
    On Saturday 8th June, the U13 Kent County Girls’ played the U13 Essex Girls at Brompton Barracks Cricket Ground.  After a difficult start where Kent lost three quick wickets, Jessie Gale (Second Form) took to the crease. She was running really well, putting pressure on the fielders and generating ba...
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  • Landgraaf Ski Racing

    Jun 2019
    On 25th and 26th May, Max Laughland (Fourth Form) competed at the Snowsport England Indoor BASS Races at Snow World in Landgraaf.
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  • Valencia Trip

    Jun 2019
    At the unforgiving hour of 2am, 30 half-awake pupils and teachers drove off, into the morning, ready to start their adventure: Valencia 2019.
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  • Equestrian Report

    Jun 2019
    On Sunday 2nd June, the Dressage team (Maisey Russell, Jess de Lucy and Daisy Hills) took part in a championship qualifier.
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  • Running Rings around King's

    Jun 2019
    On Thursday, we hosted our annual Athletics meet against the King's School, Canterbury for Third and Fourth Form boys and girls. The afternoon was a success, with our girls scoring a total of 114 points compared to King’s score of 144 and our boy’s scoring 164 points, with King’s scoring 112.
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  • CCF Biennial Inspection

    Jun 2019
    Every two years the CCF is inspected by the Ministry of Defence to check that we are delivering the training as required and following the rules and regulations laid down by the respective services.
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  • Richie Richardson Competition

    Jun 2019
    On Wednesday this week, ten teams took part in the U11 six-a-side tournament.
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  • BBC Interview with the Head of Girls Cricket

    Jun 2019
    Our own Head of Girls Cricket, Hannah Jelfs has been a part of the Kent Women’s Cricket County Championship winning team this summer.
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  • Menin Gate Visit

    Jun 2019
    Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to visit some of the WW1 cemeteries in Ypres, Belgium.  I went with a vague mindset on what it was truly about until, when I got there, it became a reality. 
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  • U13 Rugby Sevens

    Jun 2019
    Congratulations to Sam Knighton who was part of the winning Ashford team at the Kent Sevens Championships. 
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  • HIKSVS Art Festival 2019

    Jun 2019
    Art is one of the most direct activities for us to observe the world closely. It helps students discover beauty, look for beauty and gain the ability to feel beauty in life. This month is the HIKSVS Art exhibition. Pupils with a passion for Art have been invited to display their personal work at sch...
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  • A Fond Farewell

    May 2019
    A gloriously sunny day welcomed the Upper Sixth leavers to their final morning at School
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  • Penguin Race

    May 2019
    The Junior pupils competed in an hour-long house swimming competition.  Historically the Penguin Race was swum in the old outdoor pool, giving rise to its name. This year the pupils enjoyed the benefits of our indoor pool a far-cry from its historic (chilly) beginnings.
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