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  • Whodunnit?

    Nov 2018
    Over the course of this week, the Third Form have been trying to solve the brutal ‘Murder of Mr Sansom’. Surprisingly, a number of our staff are suspects for this crime.
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  • Junior Leadership £5 Challenge

    Nov 2018
    This term in Junior Leadership, Churchill group have been working towards the £5 Challenge. They were tasked with raising money for charity from just five pounds.
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  • DofE Practice Expedition

    Nov 2018
    The Third Form bravely embarked on a perilous two-day practice expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh award, at the end of last Half Term. We were in groups of roughly eight, each one of us nervous and carrying heavy backpacks, and we were dropped off about a five hours walk away from the School and...
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  • GB Youth Sailing Selection

    Nov 2018
    Congratulations to Edward Smith, who has been selected for the GB Youth Sailing Team.
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  • England Ski Team

    Nov 2018
    Congratulations to Tyler Weekes (Fourth Form) and Rory Baillie (Fifth Form) who have been selected to join the England Schools Ski Squad for this season.
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Nov 2018
    Two hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley published her Gothic novel Frankenstein. In the novel, Frankenstein’s monster comes to life on ‘a dreary night in November’. So it was only fitting that the Sutton Valence English Society met last Tuesday, on a dreary night in November, to celebrate Mary ...
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  • Help a Christmas Child

    Nov 2018
    The First Form will be participating in the charity project Operation Christmas Child once again this year, which is part of the community aspect of Junior Leadership.
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  • Spanish Study Visit to Córdoba

    Nov 2018
    Twelve Spanish students from the Fourth, Fifth and Upper Sixth Forms embarked on the journey to the south-west of Spain in Córdoba, over Half Term, to spend six days with native host families.
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  • Autumn Joint Concert

    Oct 2018
    Last night’s Autumn Concert was the second collaboration between the schools showcasing music from popular music genres.  It is a great pleasure for us to give so many of our musicians the chance to perform and exciting to see how students joined together to perform.
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  • Thorpe Park Trip

    Oct 2018
    The boarders embarked on a much-awaited Thorpe Park trip last Sunday, eagerly waking up at 8 o´clock, only to find the most abysmal weather. However, this was not going to tarnish the determination for the boys to go on every ride possible,
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  • Cooking improves our English

    Oct 2018
    We have been studying about food this week in ESL, so Miss Manning decided to show us how to make a traditional British cake, a Victoria sandwich.
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  • Wise Children

    Oct 2018
    The Theatregoers trip to 'Wise Children' (based on the novel by Angela Carter) was an immersive experience, with a carnivalesque atmosphere yet such dark undercurrents.
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  • A Sunny Sponsored Walk

    Oct 2018
    Pupils have been stepping out for charity on their annual sponsored walk.
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  • From the Academic Deputy Head

    Oct 2018
    As another holiday approaches, we all wonder how the longest Half Term we will have all year has managed to disappear with such speed. So much is achieved in the Michaelmas Term.
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  • A Gothic adventure…​​​​​​​

    Oct 2018

    200 years on from the birth of the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ‘seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ combined with a ‘dreary day of October’ to set up the Upper Sixth A Level English Literature cohort perfectly on their fog-ridden journe...

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  • Bodiam Castle trip

    Oct 2018
    During Monday's Field Day, Miss Manning and Mr Hammersley took a group of overseas students on a trip to discover a little bit of British culture and its rich history.
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  • Taking the helm

    Oct 2018
    I had been looking forward to this weekend for weeks and sure enough, the experience did not disappoint.
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  • Model United Nations 2018

    Oct 2018
    Eighteen Sutton Valence students participated in the United Westminster Schools’ annual Model United Nations, this week, at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.
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  • Upper Sixth Field Day

    Oct 2018
    The Upper Sixth had a jam-packed itinerary on Monday, with a focus on higher education and careers. Their day included workshops from Sussex University on UCAS personal statements and one-to-one interview practice with our HR professional Mrs Van Leeuwen.
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  • Second Form Ultimate STEM Challenge

    Oct 2018
    Today, we launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge in an assembly with the Second Form. This is a national competition run by the BP Educational Service, challenging UK students aged 11-14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life ...
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  • James Campbell visits the Library

    Oct 2018
    The First and Second Forms had a very different start to their day on Wednesday. As they headed to the Library they were met by James Campbell, storyteller, writer and comedian.
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  • An artist's approach to London

    Oct 2018
    A combined group of Lower and Upper Sixth artists from SVS travelled to London to take part in a drawing workshop with the artist and educator Paul Brandford.
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  • Equestrian report

    Oct 2018
    Oliver Barr and Ella Barr both competed at the Felbridge Show Jumping competition last weekend. Ella had an unlucky run-out in the first class at a rather tight, daring turn, but then went on to jump a double clear in the 60cm class.
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  • The long arm of the law

    Oct 2018
    Last Tuesday, the First to Third Form scholars and exhibitioners were greeted by the long arm of the law. A magistrate, Nigel Cox, visited us and talked about how the magistrates’ court deals out justice.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Sep 2018
    This week the Third Form spent Thursday morning off-timetable attending a Growth Mindset and study skills workshop, as a first step towards encouraging pupils to take a positive approach to realising their potential and developing the tools to cope with public examinations.
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  • Suttonian is appointed Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet

    Sep 2018
    Each year, Lord-Lieutenant, Lord De L’Isle appoints young people to serve as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.
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  • A Winter's Tale

    Sep 2018
    Theatregoers travelled up to the Globe Theatre this Tuesday, to see the appropriately timed, because of the chilly temperature, A Winter’s Tale.
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  • Sixth Form CV writing

    Sep 2018
    The Sixth Form have had the opportunity this week to learn how to compile a CV in readiness for part-time work, full-time employment, holiday jobs and gap years.
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  • Grass Roots Show Jumping Qualifier

    Sep 2018
    Maisey Russell and Ella Barr went to Sands Farm last Saturday for the Grass Roots Show Jumping Qualifier.
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  • James Shone Visit - Friday 5th October

    Sep 2018
    As a School, we endeavour to place the emotional wellbeing of our pupils at the very core of our pastoral care.  Consequently, we are delighted to welcome James Shone back to spend two days in School speaking to the pupils, my colleagues and you, the parents.
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  • School Golf Day

    Sep 2018
    Last Friday, the School had the pleasure of hosting its annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club.
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  • Boarding outing to Dover Castle

    Sep 2018
    As part of their annual programme of trips and activities, weekend boarders travelled down to Dover Castle last weekend.
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  • Senior Kingdon Society Brexit lecture

    Sep 2018
    Last Wednesday, the Senior Kingdon society had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr Oliver Daddow, a politics lecturer from Nottingham University and an Old Suttonian.
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  • Equestrianism

    Sep 2018
    Toby and Jessica De Lucy went to the NSEA Jumping With Style qualifier at Petley Wood last Saturday.
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  • Holiday Enrichment Projects for Scholars and Exhibitioners

    Sep 2018
    Over the summer, scholars and exhibitioners in the Second to Fourth Forms were set a challenge. They had to do at least one thing that is not officially on the school curriculum. 
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  • Boarders talk

    Sep 2018
    Three of our new boarders share their experiences of settling into their new home, Sutton House.
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  • Equestrian Team Qualify for Championships

    Sep 2018
    On Saturday 8th September, four members of the equestrian team competed in a show jumping championship qualifier at Petley Wood.
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  • The Great International Bake Off

    Sep 2018
    On the first Saturday of the new school year, Sutton girls competed in the Great International Bake Off!
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  • Sutton Valence School awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard

    Sep 2018
    We are delighted to announce that the School has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard. This standard is only awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after sch...
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  • New breaktime café

    Sep 2018
    Over the summer break, we have been working on some changes to the way we provide break time snacks. 
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  • New Head of School

    Sep 2018
    New Head of School, Lars Eastman encourages all students to be confident in their individuality in his start of term speech.
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  • HIKSVS First Anniversary Celebration

    Sep 2018
    HIKSVS held a grand ceremony, on 26th August, celebrating its first anniversary. Almost 300 parents were invited to join the celebration. We reviewed the progress and achievements of the last year together and warmly welcomed nearly 100 new pupils and their parents to join the HIKSVS family.
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  • Boys Rugby and Girls Hockey camp success

    Sep 2018
    Last week saw the Harlequins Rugby Camp return for its fourth year and the SportWays Girls Hockey camp ran for the first time at SVS.
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  • The National Schools Shooting Championship

    Sep 2018
    This year the competition was a week later than normal, being the second week of the holidays. Another alteration was our accommodation, instead of staying at Bisley itself, the team stayed at Brunswick Barracks. This allowed us to mix more with other teams and also have a cooked breakfast at 6:30am...
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  • GCSE Results 2018

    Aug 2018
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating 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...
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  • A Level Results 2018

    Aug 2018
    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.
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  • Leavers' Chapel Service and Dinner

    Jun 2018
    To mark the rite of passage from pupil to Old Suttonian, the Upper Sixth and their parents joined staff in the Chapel for their last and most poignant service.
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  • Harlequins Camp taster session

    Jun 2018
    On Thursday our Fourth Form boys took part in rugby training run by the Harlequins Rugby coaching team.
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  • The Squashed Tomato Challenge

    Jun 2018
    On Thursday, Year 5 came to the Senior School from SVPS for a fun day of experimenting and engineering.
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  • Tennis Success

    Jun 2018
    Last Wednesday, the U13 Girls' Tennis team travelled to the Kent Schools Division Two finals, the girls qualified after winning their midweek league.
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  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

    Jun 2018
    What a superb week it has been for our casts of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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  • Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition 2018

    Jun 2018
    Congratulations to Francis Romano (Lower Sixth Form) who has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition.  
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  • Informal Music Concert

    Jun 2018
    On 20th of June 2018 the Music Department held the last informal concert of the Summer term in Groves Hall.
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  • SVS Equestrian Team at Felbridge

    Jun 2018
    On Sunday 17th June, the equestrian team travelled to Felbridge for the NSEA Show Jumping and Dressage Championships qualifier.
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  • Medsoc has a visit from OS Katie McKeating

    Jun 2018
    On Thursday we held our last Medsoc meeting for this term and we were very fortunate to have Katie McKeating join us.
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  • OS Village Day

    Jun 2018
    To follow up Saturday’s 1993 Old Suttonian event, we then welcomed another group of OS on Monday for a day of historical content relating to Sutton Valence village.
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  • Annual Rose Ceremony

    Jun 2018
    The School community made its way down to Sutton Valence's village green for the annual Rose Ceremony on Tuesday.
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  • HE Morning

    Jun 2018
    On Saturday morning, parents and pupils of the Lower Sixth came together over coffee and croissants in the Refectory in readiness for the Higher Education information morning.
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  • SVS Staff v Stoats CC

    Jun 2018
    Last Friday, a SVS staff representative side took on the Stoats CC on Upper in a hotly-contested 20/20 fixture.
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  • First 100

    Jun 2018
    Rishi Roy Mukherjee (Upper Sixth) scored the first hundred of the season in the 1ST XI fixture against The Judd School last Saturday.
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  • SVS Student Membership at the Ridge Golf Club

    Jun 2018
    In conjunction with the owners of the Ridge Golf Club, the School would like to offer a reduced annual junior membership.
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  • Science at HIKSVS

    Jun 2018
    it's been a busy and exciting time in the Science department this year.
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  • Kent Schools Athletics Championships

    Jun 2018
    On Saturday five of our young athletes travelled to the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford to compete against the best in the county.
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  • Hickstead Report

    Jun 2018
    On Saturday 26th May, four members of the equestrian team travelled to the prestigious Hickstead grounds to compete in the mixed height team championships.
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  • Star Reader

    Jun 2018
    The pupil who has borrowed and read the most books from the library this year is Struben Savage in Second Form.
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  • The Sergison trophy

    Jun 2018
    The Sergison trophy, named after a previous SSI, is shot on the first weekend of the May Half Term holiday. It is a competition between four teams: staff, pupils, Old Suttonians and the School shooting team.
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  • Richie Richardson U11 Six-a-Side Tournament

    Jun 2018
    On Wednesday this week ten teams took part in the U11 six-a-side tournament.
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  • Junior French Trip

    Jun 2018
    On Friday 25th May the 19 pupils going on the French trip arrived in the Quad ready to experience one of the best School trips they would ever go on.
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  • Well done Daisy!

    Jun 2018
    Over the Half Term holiday, Daisy Hills (Fourth Form) competed at her second British Eventing BE90 this season at Borde Hill Horse Trials in Sussex.
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  • Charity Day at HIKSVS

    May 2018
    Last week saw two of the four School journeys (Leadership and Community) emphasised and celebrated.
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  • Leavers' Day

    May 2018
    This morning, the School said goodbye to the Upper Sixth as the pupils head off on study leave.
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  • Nepalese Evening

    May 2018
    On Saturday evening, approximately 80 of us gathered to raise money to build two community centres in Nepal, in Aspakdi and Tamang Kharka. 
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  • Mark Benson U10 Six-a-Side Tournament

    May 2018
    This year seven teams entered the U10 Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament held on Upper. As always, the ground looked wonderful and despite the wind and slightly chilly conditions, at least there was no rain around.
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  • The Bloody Bake Off

    May 2018
    This week, Upper Sixth English students marked the end of their A Level course with the now-annual ‘Bloody Bake-off’ tea party.
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  • CREST Gold Award Success

    May 2018
    Sam Millan-Norman (Lower Sixth) was awarded a gold level CREST award this morning for his project on investigating capacitors.
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  • Car Show 2018

    May 2018
    Following the success of previous events in 2014 and 2016, the School hosted its biennial Car Show last Sunday.
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  • Salad Bar Makeover

    May 2018
    During the run up to Mental Health Week (the week it snowed), the catering staff were asked to see if they could devise a menu that promoted mental and emotional wellbeing.
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  • March and Shoot 2018

    May 2018
    On Wednesday the CCF took part in its annual March and Shoot competition for the Becky Norris Trophy.
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  • House Music at HIKSVS

    May 2018
    HIKSVS has been rocked and soothed by music these last two weeks as the early eliminator rounds of the House Music Competition have taken place.
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  • Bond Theme Singing Soirée 2018

    May 2018
    Last Friday, Groves Hall housed the annual singing soirée, but this year with a glamorous twist in the form of a Bond theme.
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  • United Westminster Schools Athletics Success

    May 2018
    The annual United Westminster Schools (UWS) Athletics event took place last Friday at the Millennium Stadium in Battersea.
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  • Grandparents' Day 2018

    May 2018
    As a key part of the extended Sutton Valence School community, our grandparents continue to be valued for the support they offer both their families and the School.
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  • Twelfth Night experience at The Globe

    May 2018
    Last night, the English A Level students saw this riotous, topsy-turvy play at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A shout-out must go to both Georgia Best and Mrs Westlake who wore wonderfully bright yellow socks as a tribute to Malvolio.
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  • Drama Visit to Hairspray

    May 2018
    Drama students from First Form to Upper Sixth visit Canterbury to watch Hairspray, The Musical this week.
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  • Cope Cup Tennis Tournament 2018

    May 2018
    Last Friday saw the first of what we hope to be an annual Tennis tournament between staff, pupils and parents. Part of what makes Sutton Valence such a special place is the sense of community
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  • Nathan Earle call-up for England Rugby Summer Tour to South Africa

    May 2018
    Old Suttonian and current Saracens Rugby player Nathan Earle (2011 G) has been included in a 34-man England Rugby squad for the tour of South Africa in June.
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  • School’s Car Show 2018

    May 2018
    We look forward to welcoming parents, pupils and their families to the School’s Car Show on Sunday 13th May on Upper. In what is now the third such event, the day promises a selection of classic cars as well as the ever-competitive 1st XI versus Old Suttonians’ Cricket fixture.
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  • Junior Kingdon Society Reporters

    May 2018
    The Junior Academic Scholars were given an exciting and interactive talk last week from John Young, a local journalist, about what it is like to be a news reporter.
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  • NSEA National County Championships

    May 2018
    The Sutton Valence School Equestrian team travelled to Bury Farm Equestrian Centre for the Annual NSEA National County Championships to compete individually in dressage and show jumping and also as a team in show jumping.
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  • HIKSVS Visit Tianjin Water Park

    May 2018
    The whole of HIKSVS visited Tianjin Water Park recently to observe the changing of seasons.
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  • Senior Sports Dinner

    May 2018
    On Thursday over 140 players, parents and coaches gathered in the Refectory to celebrate this year's major sports teams in Hockey, Netball and Rugby.
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  • Summer Music Concert 2018

    May 2018
    The end of year Music Concert featured all the major ensembles of the School.
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  • Additional funding for Higher Education

    May 2018
    In the Library on Thursday, we held a talk for parents and students regarding the assessment for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) in Higher Education.
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  • World Book Day at HIKSVS

    May 2018
    World Book Day proved an action-packed day for pupils and staff alike. Each year group participated in exciting activities based on texts tailored to their specific ages and interests.
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  • Daisy Hills British Eventing Success

    May 2018
    Congratulations to Daisy Hills (Fourth Form) who competed at the British Eventing BE90 one-day equestrian event at Chilham Castle last Saturday.
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  • Prep School Mathematics Challenge 2018

    May 2018
    The annual Prep School Mathematics Challenge took place last Thursday evening. The Mathematics department hosted 14 different preparatory schools from across Kent.
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  • La Casa Encantada

    May 2018
    Third Form Spanish groups were lucky to have to the opportunity to watch a Spanish play, 'La Casa Encantada', performed by Spanish actors but devised especially for pupils at the start of their GCSE Spanish course.
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  • 11Bde Target Rifle Champions 2018

    May 2018
    Congratulations to the shooting team who won the 11Bde Target Rifle Champions 2018 on Sunday.
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  • Lower Sixth visit to the UCAS Higher Education Exhibition

    May 2018
    We kick-started the 2019 university application process by taking the Lower Sixth to the UCAS Higher Education Exhibition this week.
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  • Men's Hockey Masters Championship Winners

    Apr 2018
    Congratulations to the Senior School's Head of Mathematics, Gary Wellings, who last weekend captained Holcombe Hockey Club in the Men's Masters Championship final at the University of Birmingham.
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  • Sixth Form English Trip – Hamlet at The Globe

    Apr 2018
    A group of Sixth Form English students were fortunate enough to be able to see a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at The Globe Theatre, this week.
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  • National Essay Competition Success

    Apr 2018
    Congratulations to Francis Romano (Lower Sixth) who has been awarded the Runner-up Prize in the Corpus Hoskyn Prize for Theology, a national essay competition for Year 12 students held by Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.
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  • ANZAC Day 2018

    Apr 2018
    On Wednesday this week, the School, courtesy of its close links with Westminster Abbey, organised the third ANZAC Day event for gap students working at schools in the UK.
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  • Wagrain Ski Trip 2018

    Apr 2018
    During the Easter break, 39 pupils made their way to Wagrain to spend a week in the Austrian Alps.  Wagrain is in the larger resort of Ski Amade, named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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  • New Girls Cricketer joins SVS

    Apr 2018
    Jessie Gale (First Form), who is currently a part of the Kent girls' cricket development programme pathway, joined SVS this term.
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  • OS Visits Westminster House

    Apr 2018
    Last Saturday afternoon, Mr Phillip Hoad popped into Westminster.
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  • Sports round-up

    Apr 2018
    Tennis - the Senior girls have had a great start to the term.
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  • Flight Club

    Apr 2018
    This Thursday, Flight Club had its first launch.
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  • Equestrian at Codham Park

    Apr 2018
    Jess De Lucy (Third Form) and Toby De Lucy (Year 6) travelled to Codham Park, earlier this month, to compete in the Jumping With Style qualifier class.
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  • Easter Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

    Apr 2018
    Our silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition was certainly an experience I will never forget. In just three days we managed to experience all the Lake District had to offer, both the positives and negatives.
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  • More Than Castles in the Air

    Apr 2018
    The Lent Term brought the English First Form class face to face with the legendary monsters from ‘Beowulf’ and ‘Frankenstein’ as we explored English through the ages.
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  • Macbeth Week for Fourth Form

    Apr 2018
    This week has been Macbeth week for our Fourth Form, and we have had plenty of opportunity to learn more about Shakespeare’s brilliant exploration of murder, ambition and revenge.
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  • Kingdon Society - Critical Thinking

    Apr 2018
    The final Senior Kingdon Society of the academic year introduced the Academic Scholars and Exhibitioners to the intriguing topic of critical thinking.
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  • New Head of Corps Appointed

    Apr 2018
    As the current Upper Sixth hand over their CCF duties to officers in the Lower Sixth, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Fergus Fowle (Lower Sixth) to the rank of RSM and the position of Head of Corps.
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  • Russia Trip 2018

    Apr 2018
    In St Petersburg, it is not unusual for temperatures to plummet to -17 degrees in winter. It would seem that diplomatic relations between the West and Russia have plummeted to a similar temperature over recent weeks and there were some concerns about this trip going ahead.
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  • Sutton Valence Athletics Vests

    Apr 2018
    I would like to take this opportunity to inform parents and guardians that SV Athletics Vests are now on sale in the School Shop.
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  • Eliza Lewis, Head of School

    Apr 2018
    New Head of School, Eliza Lewis, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good Morning School, I hope you had a restful but productive Easter break, and are ready for the challenges of the Summer Term.
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  • NCO Dinner 2018

    Mar 2018
    Every year the officers of the CCF thank the NCOs for their service and dine them out with a formal dinner.
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  • Rosslyn Park Rugby Sevens

    Mar 2018
    This week the 1st VII, U16 VII and U14 VII have been in action at the Rosslyn Park National Rugby Sevens competition.
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  • U13 Netball team reach county semi-finals

    Mar 2018
    The U13 Netball team travelled to Rainham Girls School for the annual county tournament.
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  • Sutton Valence U16 Netball Tournament

    Mar 2018
    In the bright sunshine on Wednesday 14th March, we hosted our U16 Netball Tournament. 
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  • World Book Day 2018

    Mar 2018
    We had a wizard day in the Library for the rescheduled World Book Day, with Harry Potter books as our theme and the opportunity to take part in a team quiz. 
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  • Swimming Gala vs Bethany School

    Mar 2018
    On Tuesday 20th March, Sutton Valence School hosted the last swimming gala of the season against Bethany School.
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  • Sutton House Enjoy Legally Blonde 

    Mar 2018
    The girls from Sutton House went to see Legally Blonde at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, after School on Tuesday.
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  • Great Gatsby Sixth Form Ball

    Mar 2018
    The Great Gatsby Ball took place on 17th March to raise money for the Red Cross Foundation. Laura Horley and James Smith, with help from Mrs Porter and others, took on the challenge of organising one of the main events for the Sixth Form.
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  • English Society Gothic Evening

    Mar 2018
    On Tuesday 20th March the English Literature A Level cohort met in the Headmaster’s House for the latest instalment in our English Society events that have been running each term now since 2016.
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  • Sixth Form Learn to Waltz

    Mar 2018
    On Wednesday afternoon, the Sixth Form were treated to an excellent exhibition of ballroom dancing, by Maxwell Harrison (Upper Sixth) and Katie Harrison (Lower Sixth).
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  • Senior Netball Success

    Mar 2018
    On Friday 16th March leavers from the 1st VII Girls' Netball team played against the 1st XV Rugby leavers Netball team.
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  • Head of English as an Additional Language Visits HIKSVS

    Mar 2018
    This week HIKSVS welcomed Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL), Julie Manning. She introduced the Cambridge University English Language Scheme to both a group of parents and the academic staff.
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  • National Apprenticeship Show 2018

    Mar 2018
    Some of the Sixth Form visited the National Apprenticeship Show at Detling Showground on Tuesday. This is a new event which the organisers hope to build upon over the next few years as the range of apprenticeship opportunities grows.
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  • Senior School Grandparents’ Day Wednesday 9th May

    Mar 2018
    The Senior Senior School Grandparents’ Day will take place on the Wednesday 9th May. The day will start at 10.30am with tea or coffee in the Refectory.
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  • Third Form Shooting Experience

    Mar 2018
    On Wednesday 14th March, the Third Form went on an exciting field trip to a shooting range in Hythe. Our day consisted of six fun activities in different groups.
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  • U15 Peter Firminger Hockey Tournament

    Mar 2018
    The U15 A team went to the Peter Firminger tournament yesterday. Our first match was against Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School. An early goal set us on the front foot and brilliant through balls from Callum Hanna gave our strikers Joe Lenehan and Bishesh Bhandhri the opportunity to score one and ...
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  • An Evening of Nepalese Culture

    Mar 2018
    Over the past five years, the School’s connections with Nepal have continued to develop, notably through the successful fundraising campaign to reconstruct the Tamang Karkha School, which had been devastated by the April 2015 earthquake.
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  • The Rubbish Shakespeare Company

    Mar 2018
    This week, The Rubbish Shakespeare Company brought their vision and energy to Sutton Valence and treated the Second Form to a performance of The Tempest.
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  • Biscuit Dunking Brings CREST Award Success

    Mar 2018
    In December, during a Second Form Mathematics lesson, Mr Cope dipped his biscuit into his coffee and groaned with dismay as half of it was left in the mug.
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  • Swimming Gala

    Mar 2018
    Sutton Valence School Swimming team took part in a gala against King’s Rochester, Cobham Hall and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical Schoo this weekl.
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  • Virtual Reality Talk

    Mar 2018
    On Tuesday 13th March, all GCSE and A level ICT students attended a talk on Virtual Reality given by Mrs Liz Beckmann. 
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  • Queen Elizabeth Barnet Sevens Rugby Competition

    Mar 2018
    Last Sunday, the Under 14 VII and Under 16 VII squads travelled to the Queen Elizabeth School in Barnet to play in the prestigious QE Barnet seven-a-side rugby competition. 
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  • U13 Cup Hockey Success

    Mar 2018
    On Monday, the U13 boys’ Hockey team participated in the John Maylam Cup held at Polo Farm Canterbury.
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  • Message from the Academic Deputy Head

    Mar 2018
    In The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami says, ‘Each possesses his own thoughts, each treads his own path.’ 
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  • Sam Mostowfi Competes at the Gymnastics British Championships

    Mar 2018
    Last weekend, Sam Mostowfi (Fifth Form) competed in the 2018 Gymnastics British Championships in Liverpool.
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  • Economics Lecture Day

    Mar 2018
    Lower Sixth Economics students travelled to Tonbridge School to participate in a series of lectures presented by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) last week.
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  • Enrichment Day for Lower Sixth Scholars

    Mar 2018
    Last week, a group of Sixth Form Scholars went to London for a series of enrichment lectures run by Academy Conferences, held in Bloomsbury Baptist church.
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  • The Lady Taverners U15 Girls' Indoor Cricket Tournament

    Mar 2018
    The U15A girls Cricket team have had a fantastic two days this week. On Monday 5th March, we had our Kent Cricket Cluster qualifying matches. To start, we played Kent College, Canterbury.
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  • SV Junior Netball team excel at Benenden Netball tournament

    Mar 2018
    On Wednesday 7th March, the Sutton Valence U13C Netball team entered the annual Benenden C Team Festival.
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  • HIKSVS Visit to Sutton Valence School

    Mar 2018
    On Monday and Tuesday this week, 12 pupils and their parents from our sister school, HIKSVS in Tianjin, China, spent time visiting Sutton Valence and really getting a feel for what life at this fantastic School is all about.
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  • Swimming Gala at Cobham Hall

    Mar 2018
    On Tuesday this week, Cobham Hall hosted a swimming gala for girls. In the past, Cobham Hall have always beaten us, so the SVS team was keen to make their mark.
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  • Big Cat Sanctuary Sixth Form Visit

    Mar 2018
    As part of the Sutton Valence School enrichment program the Upper Sixth and the AS Photography group had an amazing opportunity to visit the Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden this week.
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  • School Car Show 13th May 2018

    Mar 2018
    The biennial School Car Show is returning this summer. The second show, held in 2016, proved even more popular than the first and provided a variety of cars, motorcycles and tractors. These ranged in age from a 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 down to a 1908 Riley 12-18 Two Seat V Twin.
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  • Sports Science Testing at Canterbury University

    Mar 2018
    Our A Level Physical Education students had access to state-of-the-art Sports Science laboratories at Canterbury Christchurch University to experience how elite athletes measure and assess sporting performance.
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  • NSEA County Championship Qualifiers

    Mar 2018
    During the half term break in February, Sutton Valence School showjumping team went to Duckhurst with the hopes of attaining a spot for the NSEA County Championships to be held at Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire.
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  • Kent Hockey Selection 

    Mar 2018
    As Hockey itself continues to grow, the task of getting into a county team becomes bigger.
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  • Beresford visit The Cat Sanctuary

    Mar 2018
    Last Sunday, Mario, Moon and Nina, plus Mr and Mrs Wesselink headed off to The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden.
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  • 'Is it Worth it' Talk 

    Feb 2018
    On Monday, the Third Form were treated to the ‘Is it worth it?’ presentation from Amelix Youth Projects.
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  • SportWays’ Girls’ Hockey camp at SV Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st August 2018

    Feb 2018
    I am delighted to inform you that we have teamed up with SportWays’ who are a world renowned provider of Hockey camps, to provide our girls with an outstanding pre-season Hockey training experience leading into the Michaelmas Term.
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  • Harlequins Rugby pre-season camp Tuesday 28th August – Friday 31st August 2018

    Feb 2018
    I am delighted that the Harlequins Summer pre-season Rugby camp will be returning to Sutton Valence for its fourth year this August.
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  • Runners up in ESU Public Speaking Competition

    Feb 2018
    Lara Savage, Tom Gray and Noah Swaine (Fifth Form students) came second in the prestigious ESU Churchill public speaking competition.
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  • Sixth Form Forum - Preparing for university

    Feb 2018
    Most of the university offers are now in, student finance is open for registration, so what next?
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  • South Africa Sports Tour 2018

    Feb 2018
    This Half Term, 35 Fifth and Sixth Form pupils headed to South Africa to test their Cricket, Tennis and Netball prowess.
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society

    Feb 2018
    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met recently to hear a fascinating talk from Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Erika Nurmsoo.  Dr Nurmsoo, from the University of Kent, specialises in children’s cognitive and social development. 
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  • Duckhurst Junior Showjumping Qualifier

    Feb 2018
    On Tuesday during Half Term, Toby De Lucy (Year 6) and I, Maisey Russell (First Form), went to Duckhurst for the Grass Roots qualifiers.
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  • English Ski Championships Success

    Feb 2018
    Congratulations to Max Laughland (Third Form) who competed over Half Term in the English Ski Championships in Bormio.
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  • Mental Health Week

    Feb 2018
    As the School continues to respond to the challenges that the pace of modern life poses to our mental health, we will be holding a Mental Health Awareness Week at School from Monday 26th February through to Saturday 3rd March.
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  • Swimming Gala vs Ashford School

    Feb 2018
    On Tuesday, Sutton Valence School hosted the second gala of the season against Ashford School, who are a very strong swimming school.
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  • Chinese New Year Celebration

    Feb 2018
    Today, the Chinese community at Sutton Valence School celebrated Chinese New Year by cooking a variety of traditional festive dishes for the rest of the boarders with the support of the catering team.
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  • Junior Pancake Race 2018

    Feb 2018
    On Thursday 8th February, the Juniors participated in the annual pancake race in the Sports Hall.
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  • Sixth Form prepares for life beyond School

    Feb 2018
    This Half Term, the Upper Sixth have had a series of seminars on life skills in preparation for living away from home for the first time.
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  • Online Safety

    Feb 2018
    In order for the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott to fully understand the scale of cyberbullying in our county and to lobby for real change, he requires more robust local data than is currently available.
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  • Chinese New Year at HIKSVS

    Feb 2018
    This week at HIKSVS, pupils have celebrated the Chinese New Year – the year of the dog. Classrooms, corridors and drama studios are awash with the red and gold that signifies a New Year in the lunar calendar.
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  • HIKSVS Signs Historic Partnership Agreement

    Feb 2018
    During her recent trip, Prime Minister, Theresa May announced new education links between China and the United Kingdom.
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  • Responding to Mock Examinations

    Feb 2018
    For pupils in the Upper Sixth and Fifth Forms, this week has been one of important mock examinations for the A Level and GCSE examinations ahead of the summer.
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  • Swimming Gala vs King's Rochester 

    Feb 2018
    Sutton Valence School swimming team has made an excellent start to the season.
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  • Kent Equestrian Qualifier

    Feb 2018
    On Saturday 27th January, a dressage team of Maisey Russell, Emma Horgan (both First Form) and I travelled to Petley Wood Equestrian Centre for the Team and Individual County Dressage Qualifier for the NSEA Championships. 
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  • Boarders' in the Tower of London

    Jan 2018
    Last weekend boarders from Sutton Valence School visited London and the Tower of London.
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