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  • Theatregoers Trip “Five Guys Named Moe”

    Oct 2017
    Theatregoers Trip to the Marble Arch Theatre’s Production of “Five Guys Named Moe”.
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  • Boarders trip to Blenheim Palace

    Oct 2017
    On 15th October, the boarders visited the marvellous Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
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  • Kent Law Society Lecture

    Oct 2017
    On Thursday evening, a group of Sixth Formers visited the University of Kent, accompanied by Dr Grindlay and Miss Gray.
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  • National Schools' Equestrian Association Championships Qualification

    Oct 2017
    Jess De Lucy has qualified for the annual National Schools' Equestrian Association Championships in Bedfordshire this weekend.
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  • Making Your Mark in the Third Form

    Oct 2017
    The Third Form is a crucial year in any pupil's journey at Sutton Valence. It is the year in which they start the next phase of their education at senior school, whether having joined from a Prep School or graduated from the Juniors.
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  • Sponsored Walk

    Oct 2017
    Last Friday the School held the annual sponsored walk. This year it was in support of Demelza House who were outstanding in caring for Emily Evans, the daughter of an Old Suttonian.
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  • The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

    Oct 2017
    This term in English as an Additional Language First Form students have been studying about different festivals around the world. Two students have written a piece about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival:
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  • Skiing Success

    Oct 2017
    Tyler Weekes and Rory Baillie selected for ESSKIA Squads for 2018.
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  • General Wardlaw Leadership Lecture

    Oct 2017
    The School was privileged to have General Wardlaw deliver the inaugural Leadership Lecture to the Combined Cadet Force.
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  • Navy Field Day

    Oct 2017
    The Navy cadets started their field day with a trip around HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned ship in the naval fleet.
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  • Army Field Day

    Oct 2017
    Last Sunday, the cadets of the Army section boarded the bus to head off to 24 hours of field exercises at Pippingford Park in Sussex.
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  • First Informal Concert this year

    Oct 2017
    Groves' Hall became a jazz bar when Lizzy Drummond sang Misty by Errol Garner and when Daniel Booth played Self-Employment Blues on his saxophone.
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  • Sixth Form Careers Focus Day

    Oct 2017
    On Monday, the Sixth Form had a very important Careers Focus Day to prepare them for leaving School next June.
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  • Gothic Enrichment Day – London 2017

    Oct 2017
    On Tuesday, ten Upper Sixth English Literature pupils, accompanied by Dr Grindlay, Mrs Porter and Mr Davenport, enjoyed a fulfilling day of genre enrichment to aid their studies of the Gothic (the key genre in their linear course).
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  • Where in the world is your university?

    Oct 2017
    Sutton Valence School went global on Thursday, as we welcomed the Study Abroad Road show.
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  • Dressage News

    Oct 2017
    Last Saturday, Maisey Russell (First Form), Toby De Lucy (Year 6 at the Prep School), Jess De Lucy (Third Form) and I all travelled up to Felbridge for some dressage, or “stressage” as I like to call it!
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  • Cami's LA Film Success

    Oct 2017
    Excellent news for Cameron Lamont-Brown (Third Form) whose debut film Run Run as Fast as You Can won in the Best Drama category at the recent Los Angeles Film Awards.
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  • Online safety: awareness of ‘anonymous feedback’ apps

    Oct 2017
    Anonymous feedback apps allow users to leave unnamed or unattributed questions, answers or comments about other people.
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  • Swimming Success

    Oct 2017
    Congratulations to Isla Murphy (First Form) who attended a national swimming gala.
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  • Oxbridge Training Day

    Oct 2017
    Ellen Crombie, Francis Romano and I attended the ‘Oxbridge training day’ last week, which was held at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) London.
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  • Sports Injuries Prevention lecture

    Oct 2017
    Sports Award students attended the Baughan Theatre on Monday for a lecture on ‘Sports Injuries and Sports Injuries Prevention’ by Professor Bijayendra Singh.
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  • Model United Nations 2017

    Oct 2017
    This week, twenty Sutton Valence students visited Emanuel School in South London to become UN delegates for the 2017 United Westminster Schools Model United Nations. 
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  • Three string players join KCYO

    Sep 2017
    We are delighted that three of our Senior Strings have been selected to join the Kent County Youth Orchestra (KCYO).
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  • Kent Rugby Selections

    Sep 2017
    Congratulations to the following boys who have gained rugby representative honours.
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  • Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting September 2017

    Sep 2017
    While everyone else was enjoying exeat weekend, the shooting team with Mr Horley and Mr Westlake were staying at Pirbright Barracks for the CADSAAM meet for this area.
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  • England Schools Ski Championship

    Sep 2017
    On Sunday 17th September, the SVS ski team participated in their inaugural English schools Ski Championship Qualifying Round at Brentwood Ski Centre.
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  • Street Art Field Trip

    Sep 2017
    Last Friday the Upper and Lower Sixth artists had the pleasure of traveling up to London to experience a small part of the vibrant, modern, outlandish world of street art
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  • An Evening With Jane Austen

    Sep 2017
    2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and this week, the English Society met in the Baughan Theatre to celebrate her life.
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  • Equestrian News

    Sep 2017
    We have had a busy start to the School’s equestrian schedule this term.
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  • The new academic year - so far

    Sep 2017
    September is always an exciting time in the school year. For pupils it can mean new teachers and for some year groups, new subjects. It is also a time when we notice the quickly-filled space left by our Upper Sixth as they leave to start new lives at university, the work place or on a gap year.
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  • Boudica Review

    Sep 2017
    Boudica at Shakespeare's Globe provided a fresh contrast to traditional portrayals of the rise and fall of the warrior queen.
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  • Let’s Talk Teens Parenting Workshop - 14th October 2017

    Sep 2017
    We are hosting a 'Let’s Talk Teens' Parenting Workshop on Saturday 14th October, which will be run by Alicia Drummond.
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  • Australian Touring School

    Sep 2017
    On Wednesday and Thursday of this week SV Rugby and Netball 1st team squads hosted Australian touring school Townsville Grammar.
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  • Royal Air Force Visit

    Sep 2017
    The RAF presentation team paid a visit to the Juniors.
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  • Myths and mountains

    Sep 2017
    Mystical and magical mountains. Dragons, witches and spells. Four teenagers and a battle between good and evil.  All perfect ingredients for a fantasy novel for young people.
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  • Speeches that have moved the world

    Sep 2017
    The English and History departments collaborated this week to offer our Third Form pupils a lecture on Martin Luther King.
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  • CCF Junior Field Trip

    Sep 2017
    Junior Company went to Crowborough Camp for their CCF Induction Field Trip on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September.  Apart from a rainstorm during the introduction to drill,
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society thinks critically

    Sep 2017
    We are living in an age where the term fact has become a relative one.  In an age of fake news, how is it possible to know what to believe?
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  • Alicia Drummond: Building a culture of success

    Sep 2017
    During Thursday, Period 6, the Sixth Form was fortunate to listen to a talk on building a culture of success from Alicia Drummond.
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  • Marketing Officer (Maternity Cover)

    Sep 2017
    The School is currently advertising for a Marketing Officer (Maternity Cover).
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  • Online safety – App awareness

    Sep 2017
    With so many apps and games available, it is not easy for parents to keep abreast of what many of the popular ones involve and what risks their children are potentially exposed to.
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  • Boarders take on Canterbury

    Sep 2017
    Last weekend the boarders went to Canterbury.
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  • B is for Beresford

    Sep 2017
    I thought it right and apt, now that one whole week of term has been completed, to reflect a little on life at Beresford and how we have sought to make our new First Form boarders feel at home.
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  • My first days at Sutton Valence

    Sep 2017
    Before I came to England, everybody asked me many times a day "Are you excited?" And of course, I was! But I was also really scared. Scared of new surroundings, scared of new people, scared of new learning system...the thing is, I was excited about all those things at the same time! There was this m...
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  • A visit from Sir Clive Woodward OBE!

    Sep 2017
    Former England Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward OBE visited Sutton Valence last Friday, to meet with the Headmaster and Mr Howell, Director of Sport.
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  • U16 England Hockey success

    Sep 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Louis Ridge (Fifth Form) has been selected for the England Under 16 Hockey squad for 2017/2018.
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  • King's College Hospital donation

    Sep 2017
    Over the summer, Grace Wilson (Second Form) travelled up to King's College Hospital to present the charity with a cheque for £280, which she had raised at the start of 2016 whilst in Year 6 of the Prep School.
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  • HIKSVS opens its doors to pupils

    Sep 2017
    The start of this academic year sees a hugely significant landmark in the long history of Sutton Valence School. As many of you will be aware, we are immensely proud that, after well over two years’ hard work of planning, construction and recruitment, the HIK SVS International School, a co-education...
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  • New Head of School Speaks

    Sep 2017
    New Head of School, Faber Swaine, speaks for the first time at assembly:
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  • Bisley 2017

    Sep 2017
    In the first week of the holidays, Sixth Formers, Ben Murray (captain) and James Collins (vice-captain) led the School Shooting team at Bisley. Bisley is the home of the National Rifle Association and the occasion was the School’s National Shooting Championship. There were just over 100 schools taki...
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  • England Athletics Championships

    Sep 2017
    Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Fourth Former, Maisie Rixon travelled to the Bedford International Athletics Stadium to compete at the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 Championships.
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  • Pre-season sports start the term on a high

    Sep 2017
    Last week, boys and girls across all year groups had the opportunity to hit the ground running by attending pre-season training camps for both Rugby and Hockey.
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  • Rugby Tour 2017

    Jul 2017
    Over the last two weeks, 23 senior rugby players, along with Mr Howell, Mr Cope and Mr Dawling embarked on their highly-anticipated North American rugby tour. The group arrived back yesterday from what was a truly memorable experience for all involved.
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  • Simmonds School Shop

    Jul 2017
    Please find below the opening times for the Summer holidays.
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  • Against Breast Cancer – Bra Collection.

    Jul 2017
    Louise Schembri, School Nurse, has been collecting unwanted bras for Against Breast Cancer since the beginning of the year.
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  • Art Show 2017

    Jul 2017
    Sutton Valence School held its annual Art and Photography Exhibition on Friday and Saturday last week.
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  • First 100 in cricket!

    Jul 2017
    Last Wednesday Jonny Russell scored the first century of the season. In the U13A game against St Edmund's, Jonny scored a fine 109 and he will now be presented with a new bat by the Headmaster. I am pleased to say that the boys won the game comfortably, which makes it even more satisfying end to the...
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  • Charity Showjumping Event

    Jul 2017
    Sutton Valence School's inaugural Charity Showjumping event at Duckhurst Farm in Staplehurst welcomed 88 competitors from over 16 schools.
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  • Sports Day 2017

    Jul 2017
    Last Friday and Saturday our pupils competed in the final and, perhaps, most crucial sporting house event of the year, Sports Day. Students wearing their house colours ran, threw and jumped to the best of their ability to ensure valuable points for their respective houses.
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  • Speech Day 2017

    Jul 2017
    As grey skies turned to blue, Sutton Valence School opened its gates for Speech Day. This year there was a variety of events on offer to all our visitors.
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  • Leavers' Service and Dinner

    Jun 2017
    The Upper Sixth and their parents joined the teachers and staff for an evening of reflection and farewells. After their last Chapel Service as pupils, the Upper Sixth were presented with their Old Suttonian tie or scarf, marking their passage from one part of our community to another. 
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  • Cricket Season ends in success

    Jun 2017
    This Summer Term the 1st XI, 2nd XI, U15A/B and U14A/B teams have been involved in a small cricket league.
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  • Ceredigion Invaded!

    Jun 2017
    This year’s A Level Geographers invaded Ceredigion to collect or capture a vast array of data for their own individual investigations. Developing resilience in the face of the hottest heatwave in the region since ’76 was a stern challenge.
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  • Mulan

    Jun 2017
    Over the past week, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the First to Fourth Forms have been performing in the production of Mulan.
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  • Old Suttonians vs the School Cricket Match

    Jun 2017
    On a blistering summer’s day, a very youthful-looking Old Suttonian (OS) team took on a young 1st XI School team.
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  • Award winning careers service

    Jun 2017
    We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an  Education 2 Employment Gold award for our outstanding Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance provision.  
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  • Junior Rowing Championships

    Jun 2017

    Over the weekend it was great to see that Robert and Edward Humphris were competing at Peterborough Junior Championships, with both bringing back great results, totalling two gold medals and one bronze between them. Robert started the day in his coxed quad in the third set of heats. Robert, being...

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  • Safeguarding on courses and clubs in the holidays

    Jun 2017
    Safeguarding of children when in the care of youth bodies and organisations outside of schools has been highlighted in the news in recent months, with some high profile cases coming to light.
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  • Informal Concert

    Jun 2017
    The final informal concert of the year featured music of varied styles and included performances from across the year groups.
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  • Higher Education Morning

    Jun 2017
    On a very warm Saturday morning, parents and pupils of the Lower Sixth came together at 8.30am over coffee and croissants on the Chapel Lawn in readiness for the Higher Education information morning
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  • Bronze for Sam in Portugal

    Jun 2017
    Congratulations to Sam Mostowfi and team GB!
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  • A Farewell Recital

    Jun 2017
    Since he plans to change schools for Sixth Form, Jonathan Rowe was keen to give a short piano recital for staff and fellow pupils as a ‘goodbye’ to Sutton Valence School.
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  • Year 4 Enrichment Day

    Jun 2017
    Year 4 spent a very exciting and challenging day at the Senior School.
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  • English Schools Athletics Championships

    Jun 2017
    Maisie Rixon has qualified for the English Schools Athletics Championships, the pinnacle tournament for her age.
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  • Showjumpers compete in the heat

    Jun 2017
    Five members of the Equestrian team travelled up to Felbridge Show Ground last Sunday for a day of show jumping. Weather conditions were awful; temperatures reached over 30 degrees, so we were set for an extremely hot day
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  • Rose Ceremony

    Jun 2017
    The Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and recognises the unique bond between School and village.
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  • Goodbye Sam and Sebastian

    Jun 2017
    We said goodbye to two of our long-standing late prep pupils, Sam Gray and Sebastian Shaddick, as they went on study leave in preparation for their A Levels.
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  • Parents’ Prayer Group – New Look!

    Jun 2017
    In order to help as many parents as possible attend the parents’ prayer group, it has been decided to hold the meeting on Friday 16th June from 4pm to 4.30pm.
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  • ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes?

    Jun 2017
    Before the Half Term break, the Third Form Spanish groups attended ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes? by Onnati Productions, an immersive production performed by Spanish actors and aimed at language learners of their age and level.
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  • Richie Richardson Tournament

    Jun 2017
    Head Groundsman, Ian Avery and his team deserve huge thanks for making play possible for the Richie Richardson U11 six-a-side tournament on Wednesday.
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  • Charity Show Jumping Event

    Jun 2017
    On Sunday 2nd July Sutton Valence School will be hosting a charity show jumping event at Duckhurst Farm.
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  • School team win the Sergison

    Jun 2017
    Held in honour of Captain Sergison who was at the School from 1951 to 1974, the Sergison Trophy is an annual competition, held on the School .22 range. It is, usually, a four-way shoot between the School Shooting team and teams of parents, staff and Old Suttonians all competing.
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  • Rowing to success

    Jun 2017
    Over Half Term, Third Former, Robert Humphris and his Maidstone Invicta crew were selected to row in the National Schools Rowing Regatta competition held at the prestigious Olympic course at Dorney Lake.
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  • Golf Success

    May 2017
    This week, the School’s Golf team headed to Chart Hills Golf Club for their ISGA Regional Semi Final against The King’s School, Canterbury.
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  • Mark Benson Tournament

    May 2017
    On Wednesday, Sutton Valence held its annual Mark Benson U10 six-a-side tournament.
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  • A Fond Farewell

    May 2017
    The Upper Sixth signed off their last day of School with the traditional fancy dress competition and a competitive game of Bubble Football.
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  • Pentathlon success!

    May 2017
    On Wednesday Maisie Rixon and Josh O'Brien competed in the Kent, London and Middlesex schools combined events championships in Enfield.
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  • The Bloody Bake Off Comes to the English Department

    May 2017
    This week, Upper Sixth English students gave a whole new twist to the phrase ‘let them eat cake’.  They were invited to attend ‘The Bloody Bake-off’, a tea party where all had to bring cakes with a Gothic theme.
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  • A slice of British culture

    May 2017
    This week the Fourth Form have been learning about celebrations in their EAL lessons.  In order to have a greater understanding of birthday celebrations in the UK, we decided to make our own cakes, opting for the quintessential British butterfly cakes.
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  • Cricketers' Victory

    May 2017
    On Saturday 20th May, Sutton Valence’s 1st XI hosted St Lawrence College, Ramsgate for their sixth game of the season.
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  • County golf success

    May 2017
    Last Sunday, Third Former Harvey Sladden played for the Kent Golf team in the second of the season’s Under 14 Triangular matches between Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
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  • Golf News

    May 2017
    Yesterday, the Under 15 Golf team travelled to Wildernesse Golf Club in Sevenoaks.
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  • Junior Athletics team success

    May 2017
    The School is celebrating more athletic success as the boys in our Junior Athletics team visited Sevenoaks School to compete across a range of disciplines.
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  • Confirmation Service

    May 2017
    On Sunday 7th May we were pleased to welcome the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, to the School Chapel where he confirmed five members of the School community into the Christian faith.
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  • Boys win the Cup

    May 2017
    Last Friday, the School's Athletics team travelled to the Palmer Park Stadium, Reading, to compete in the annual United Westminster Schools Foundation Athletics meeting. Up against the other four schools in the Foundation, our athletes performed brilliantly across a range of events and disciplines.
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  • Summer Concert

    May 2017
    Following the Foundation Concert in London last week, last night the SVS Summer Concert took place at school. The first half began with the Strings playing Barber’s well-known Adagio for Strings, once again executed with poise and elegance. The Chapel Choir followed, performing the entirety of Vival...
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  • Becky Norris March and Shoot 2017

    May 2017
    The March and Shoot competition got off to a hesitant start with a few late replacements being needed in all sections due to injuries occurring in the days before. With all three sections with their full complement of five cadets, we were excited to begin the warm-up and get ready to start the compe...
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  • From the Deputy Headmaster - ANZAC Day

    May 2017
    Over the last 30 years, as the importance of ANZAC Day and the ANZAC tradition has grown.
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  • Penny Race

    May 2017
    The penny race is a fun charity event organised by Miss Clement-Walker that raises money for local charities.
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  • National U17 Cup Winners

    May 2017
    Congratulations to Dan Teare, Gareth Thomas and Guy Kennedy.
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  • Congratulations

    May 2017
    Congratulations to Brandon Jackson (Fourth Form).
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  • High-flying trip

    May 2017
    Four Beresford boarders, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Davenport, drove down to Headcorn Aerodrome last weekend.
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  • Kent Schools Ski Championships

    May 2017
    The day started early for the first ever SVS Ski team competition. We were on the road at 7am for the short trip to Brentwood for the Kent School Ski Championships.
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  • NCO Leavers' Dinner

    May 2017
    On Wednesday this week, the CCF gathered for its annual NCO Leaver’s Dinner.
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  • SVS CCF Biennial Inspection

    May 2017
    On Wednesday, the CCF had its Biennial Inspection.
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  • Sutton Valence opens the Foundation Concert

    May 2017
    The Foundation Concert was held last night in the historic St John’s, Smith Square, famous for its stunning English baroque architecture and musical significance.
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  • Head of Corps

    May 2017
    CWO Edward Simmonds has been the Head of Corps for the last year.
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  • SVS Prep School Maths Competition

    May 2017
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our own Maths Competition this week.
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  • GCSE and GCE Examinations 2017

    May 2017
    Green final examination timetables have been distributed to students this week via their tutors, and an additional copy will be posted home.
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  • Girls' Tennis

    May 2017
    Despite the inclement weather, the girls have had a promising start to the term with some impressive wins.
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  • Drug Awareness talk by Nicholas Hickmott

    May 2017
    We look forward to welcoming Nicholas Hickmott to School on Thursday 18th May.
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  • Grandparents' Day

    May 2017
    Despite the threat of rain, this week's Grandparents' Day was one of the most popular in recent history, with more than 130 grandparents visiting the School.
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  • Golfers triumph in three-way challenge

    May 2017
    This week, our Golf team played in a triangular U18 match at Addington Golf Club against the national finalists and county champions from Surrey and Kent, Whitgift and Eltham College. Sutton Valence showed its golfing strength, winning five out of the six matches.
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  • Success in the Kent Schools Golf Association County Singles Competition

    May 2017
    The Golf team shone at the end of April in the Kent Schools Singles Tournament at Bearsted Golf Course.
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  • International politician and OS shares his memories of the School

    May 2017
    The School welcomed back Old Suttonian Jan Hamáček last Friday, who had not returned to the School since he left 21 years ago. Since leaving Sutton Valence, Jan has carved out a successful political career in his native Czech Republic where he currently serves as Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies ...
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  • Power of Words

    Apr 2017
    The great–great–great–granddaughter of Charles Dickens visited the Junior Kingdon Society on 25th April. Lucinda Hawksley, a published author and lecturer, addressed us about her beloved ancestor and his life story. 
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  • Human Geography Field Day

    Apr 2017
    A fascinating topic, first brought forward by Mr Samson, was to consider which of two urban regeneration schemes was more successful: Whitefriars in Canterbury or Fremlin Walk in Maidstone.
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  • Chapel Choir Dinner

    Apr 2017
    On Friday, the Chapel Choir, seventy members strong stretching from First Form to Upper Sixth, met for our yearly meal. This year, the choir have toured Amsterdam, where we performed a large repertoire, as well as singing our usual carol services. We are currently learning Vivaldi’s Gloria in prepar...
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  • Onnati Productions: Le Café

    Apr 2017
    Last Friday, the Third Form French groups were lucky enough to watch a production of Le Café: a play entirely in French, and devised by Onnati Productions for pupils at their stage of language learning.
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  • Un séjour à Senlis

    Apr 2017
    During the first week of the Easter Holiday, four pupils from the Fourth and Lower Sixth Forms crossed the channel to spend a week with host families in Senlis – a small town close to Paris. After an unanticipated detour via Lille, we were greeted by the pupils’ exchange partners from Lycée St Vince...
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  • Rowing results

    Apr 2017
    This weekend saw some fantastic Rowing results from Edward Humphris (First Form) and his brother, Robert Humphris (Third Form).
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  • England call-up for Old Suttonian

    Apr 2017
    Congratulations to Old Suttonian, Nathan Earle, who has been called up to England Rugby Union's 31-man squad to face Argentina later this summer.
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  • Foundation Concert

    Apr 2017
    The Headmaster and Director of Music are delighted to invite you to the Foundation Concert at St John's Smith Square.
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  • Equestrian Success

    Apr 2017
    Congratulations to the members of the Equestrian team who have had a busy and successful Easter holiday, returning to School with many rosettes and individual triumphs in both dressage and showjumping.
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  • New Head of School Speech

    Apr 2017
    Sam Gray, the new Head of School spoke at Headmaster's Assembly this morning.
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  • Sixth Form Ball

    Apr 2017
    At the end of last term, the everyday Refectory was transformed into a breathtaking setting for the annual Sixth Form charity ball.
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  • Mulan

    Apr 2017
    Rehearsals for the Junior Production of Mulan are well underway and it is shaping up to be a very exciting production.
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  • Vaulting to Success

    Apr 2017
    Sam Mostowfi has returned from the British Gymnastics Championships with a clutch of medals and accolades, including gold in the under 16 men’s vault.
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  • Baton Race 2017

    Apr 2017
    The shouts of encouragement rang out across the School site as the eager runners competed in this year’s Baton Race.
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  • Easter treat at Beresford

    Apr 2017
    The last night of term at a busy Beresford saw the annual Easter egg hunt take place in the lovely grounds of the boarding house.  The pupils managed to track down each (very well hidden!) plastic egg and thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate within them. 
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  • Careers Convention 2017

    Mar 2017
    Students had a busy morning on Saturday 25th March when 50 employers, parents, Old Suttonians, universities, colleges and training providers gathered together for Sutton Valence School’s 2017 Careers Convention.
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  • Well done Maisie!

    Mar 2017
    Congratulations to Maisie Rixon who competed in three events this weekend at the Kent County Indoor Athletics Championships.
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  • Rosslyn Park Rugby Sevens

    Mar 2017
    This week three of our teams competed valiantly in the National Seven-a-side Rugby tournament in south-west London.
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  • Dance Show

    Mar 2017
    This year's dance show, held on Wednesday of this week, was a huge success raising over £500 for the charity CLIC Sergeant (supporting children with cancer).
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  • Kingdon discovers juggling!

    Mar 2017
    Spring made a much-welcomed appearance during week nine of the Lent Term, which took on a very Maths-based theme. Not only did National Pi Day come around on the 14th, but the Fourth and Fifth Form Academic Scholars were also treated to an eye-opening talk by Colin Wright at the Intermediate Kingdon...
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  • UKMT Regional Team Challenge

    Mar 2017
    On Tuesday 21st March, Tarik Abed, Alex Duckett, Charlotte Farrell and Jonny Russell took part in the highly contested UKMT team challenge.
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  • Five Star Catering

    Mar 2017
    At 9.30 on Monday morning, an Environmental Health Inspector from Maidstone Borough Council arrived at Reception to conduct an unannounced inspection of the catering department.
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  • Grandparents' Day

    Mar 2017
    We are delighted to inform you that the Senior School is holding its annual Grandparents’ Day this year on Thursday 4th May.
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  • The Gothic comes to life

    Mar 2017
    Following the very successful celebration evening of Shakespeare’s life back in November 2016, the English Society met again this week but turned their attention away from the ‘whole community’ (so warmly embraced at the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death evening) to the smaller community that...
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  • ESU Churchill Public Speaking South East Final

    Mar 2017
    Last Thursday, our senior public speaking team made up of Ellen Crombie, Francis Romano and Lara Savage travelled to the ESU Headquarters in London to represent the Tunbridge Wells district in the ESU Churchill public speaking South East regional final. 
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  • Duke of Westminster Award

    Mar 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Sixth Former, Tom Millington was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster Award. Hundreds of candidates from around the UK were nominated and the application and Tom's own presentation took him to the penultimate stage of the competition.
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  • Athletics Success

    Mar 2017
    Last Saturday, a Third Form athlete, Joshua O’Brien, represented Kent at The ESAA National Cross Country Championships at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich.
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  • Musical Musings

    Mar 2017
    Tuesday evening saw this term’s second Informal Concert take place in Groves Hall.
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  • From The Assistant Head

    Mar 2017
    ‘But does it really matter, Sir?’  A common response from some teenagers when asked to smarten their uniform and the obvious answer to their question is ‘yes, it does’.
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  • Dressage Competition

    Mar 2017
    Last Saturday, Jess de Lucy and I travelled to Oldencraig, a lovely equestrian venue, to take part in some serious dressage.
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  • Careers Opportunities

    Mar 2017
    BMO Global Asset Management - Investment2020 Trainee
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  • Big Cat Sanctuary

    Mar 2017
    We live on a busy crowded planet and have pushed many other species to the brink of extinction. There are many fabulous, iconic species that are finding it increasingly difficult to survive in the wild; they desperately need our help.
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  • Experience Beresford

    Mar 2017
    Two First Form girls spent Saturday and Sunday morning with us in the House, in order to get an idea of what the lovely boarding community that is Beresford has to offer. 
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  • Messing around with boats

    Mar 2017
    Last week, the Royal Navy section of the CCF purchased a remote controlled destroyer and aircraft carrier. The Fifth and Lower Sixth Form cadets were tasked with using them in the pool to create an activity for the Third Form cadets to learn buoyage.
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  • Joint Concert

    Mar 2017
    Tuesday evening saw the Prep School’s Bates Hall play host to the (now biennial) Joint Concert; a celebration of musical talent from both the Senior School and the Preparatory School.
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  • Senior team celebrate success at ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition

    Mar 2017
    The Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition took place at the Cornwallis Academy last Saturday.
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  • Eye-opening film for Sixth Formers

    Mar 2017
    The Media and RS departments took a group of our A Level students on a trip to The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, last Thursday, to see the film 'Denial', about the trial of the Holocaust denier David Irving.
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  • 1st VII Rugby team play at Reigate Charity sevens

    Mar 2017
    The 1st VII rugby squad embarked on the prestigious, but muddy, Reigate Grammar Charity Sevens on Sunday knowing that the quality of opposition as always would be extremely high.
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  • Rowing to victory

    Mar 2017
    Last weekend Robert and Edward Humphris represented Maidstone invicta Rowing Club in Maidstone Small Boats Head.
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  • Beresford boarders' outing

    Mar 2017
    ​​​​​​​The afternoon of Sunday 5th March saw Mr and Mrs Davenport, Sophie and the three full-time Beresford boarders spend a few hours at lovely Sissinghurst Castle
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  • Immersive experience for Upper Sixth

    Mar 2017
    The Upper Sixth Drama students went to London to partake in an immersive theatre workshop with company Punchdrunk, to learn different techniques actors use to enhance audience experience through this kind of theatre.
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  • Under 10 Prep School Rugby

    Mar 2017
    Sutton Valence hosted the annual Under 10 Prep School Rugby festival last Friday. 
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  • Foundations for Thinking Deeply

    Mar 2017
    A group of Lower Sixth Academic Scholars were recently given the opportunity to venture up to London to attend the Academy Conference ‘Foundations for Thinking Deeply’ day. The
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  • The Phantom of the Opera

    Mar 2017
    A small group of students attended Her Majesties Theatre to watch one of the world best-known musicals; The Phantom of the Opera.
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  • Fabulous French Exchange

    Mar 2017
    Last week we welcomed five girls from Senlis for ten days as part of our exchange programme. During Easter five Fourth Form girls and some of our Lower Sixth will be returning the visit with their exchange partners. 
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  • Sutton Valence pupils love books - it's official!

    Mar 2017
    World Book Day was celebrated in style in the Library on Thursday 2nd March.
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  • Kent Under 16 Rugby Sevens at SVS

    Mar 2017
    The School hosted the Kent Under 16 seven-a-side Rugby tournament this week, comprising fifteen of the best Rugby playing schools in the county.
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  • Adding Value

    Mar 2017
    In recent years, there has been much talk in education circles about marginal gains – doing those little things that when added together can make a difference to a pupil’s performance.
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  • U13A triumph at Dulwich Prep Tournament

    Mar 2017
    The U13A boys hockey team made the short journey to Dulwich Prep for their annual mini tournament, which the School has won on several occasions. The boys started the day off fantastically, beating St Ronan's 3-0 with some great pass and move hockey.
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  • Thank You

    Feb 2017
    The Chalkdown Group Riding for the Disabled would like to say a huge thank you to Sutton Valence School for their amazing donation of £846.07 from monies raised on Mufti Day just before Christmas.
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  • England Schools Ski Squad Camp 2017

    Feb 2017
    Third Form pupil, Rory Baillie, has recently returned from a week-long training camp in Geilo, Norway with the England Schools Ski Squad.
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  • Sixth Form Research Stress

    Feb 2017
    As part of the Psychology A Level syllabus, students are required to have an understanding of what the stress response is and how it affects the body.
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  • Official Opening of Tamang Kharka School

    Feb 2017
    This Half Term, the Headmaster and I visited Nepal for the official opening of Tamang Kharka School in the Himalayas.  Our experience there is very difficult to put into words. 
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  • Exam Success

    Feb 2017
    Overseas students studying English as an Additional Language (EAL) are now able to study for the Cambridge English examinations.
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  • Sixth Form Forum this week

    Feb 2017
    This week’s Sixth Form Forum took place in the library, where the students were given a lecture on the Arab-Israeli conflict by Middle East Education, a charity aimed at giving students a better understanding of this important and complex issue.
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  • Qualifying for Kent

    Feb 2017
    The School's Equestrian Team travelled to Duckhurst Farm during Half Term for a showjumping event. It looked to be a very busy day with well over 40 competitors in each class.
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  • Leading Professor Speaks to Kingdon Society

    Feb 2017
    On Tuesday evening, the Senior Kingdon society was lucky enough to be visited by John Mansfield, who talked about genetic modification of plants, with specific reference to food crops.
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  • Scholar interviews Rob Henderson

    Feb 2017
    Third Form Scholar Callum Hanna recently interviewed ex-Irish rugby union player Rob Henderson, as part of research for a Scholars’ enrichment essay entitled ‘Should rugby be banned from schools?’.
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  • ICAEW Parents Evening

    Feb 2017
    As we are sure you are aware, there are now many different ways to become a chartered accountant, including a range of school leaver and graduate schemes with ICAEW authorised employers.
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  • Informal Concert

    Feb 2017
    Our informal concerts are there to allow pupils to perform in front of a small appreciative audience.
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  • 'Hedda Gabler'

    Feb 2017
    A number of the Fifth Form GCSE students are working on an adapted version of the script for their final performance.
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  • Upper Sixth Presentations

    Feb 2017
    The time of year has come when the Upper Sixth display their presenting expertise.
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  • Debating team news

    Feb 2017
    This week, our Sixth Form debating teams headed out to the Oxford Schools Debating South East Regional final, held at Sevenoaks School.
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  • Year 1 SVPS visit to Lambe's Library

    Feb 2017
    On Tuesday afternoon, Year 1 from the Prep School paid a visit to the Senior School.
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  • Valiant Hockey Players

    Feb 2017
    Following a hard fought, penalty shootout victory against Kent College on Monday night, the 1st XI Hockey team made their way to Tonbridge.
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  • National Ballroom Champions

    Feb 2017
    Huge congratulations to Max and Katie Harrison who competed at the Dance Promoters' Association's Central Open on Sunday.
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  • Swimming success!

    Feb 2017
    Our Swimming team has made an excellent start to the season.
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  • Chemistry revision goes digital

    Feb 2017
    As part of our development of students' revision strategies, the Chemistry department has introduced them to a piece of online software called Educake.
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  • From the Head of Boarding

    Feb 2017

    Boarding offers a great number of advantages, from the considerably easier access to subject specialists, to the use of the School facilities outside of normal hours.  However, considering whether or not to board, is often a very difficult decision and one that takes a great deal of thought ...

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  • Happy Chinese New Year 2017

    Feb 2017
    This year, it's the Year of the Rooster and to celebrate Mr Devine and his team laid on a special feast for the School.
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  • Debate team triumphs

    Feb 2017
    This week, the School's public speaking teams headed to the English Speaking Union (ESU) Churchill Public Speaking competition, hosted at Lingfield Notre Dame School.
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  • BAE Systems at Rochester: Engineering Taster Week

    Feb 2017
    BAE Systems at Rochester is offering the current Fourth, Fifth and Lower Sixth Form students the opportunity to participate in the annual BAE Systems Engineering Taster Week in 2017.
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  • Careers Convention

    Jan 2017
    We are still looking for participants for the Careers Convention on the morning of Saturday 25th March 2017.
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  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    Jan 2017
    Last Friday was Holocaust Memorial Day here in the UK.  Over six million Jews, as well as thousands of gypsies, Slavs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, disabled and others who opposed the Nazi regime, were murdered in the Holocaust. 
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  • Oxford University Language Competitions

    Jan 2017
    The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University is looking for budding linguists to take part in their French and Spanish competitions.
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  • School leaver opportunities at M & G Investments

    Jan 2017
    M&G Investments, a leading international asset managing company, offer a range of opportunities for school leavers, including apprenticeships for those predicted 240 UCAS points.
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  • I can and I am

    Jan 2017
    As a School we endeavour to place the emotional wellbeing of our pupils at the very core of our pastoral care.
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  • Netball Excellence

    Jan 2017
    It was a clean sweep for our senior girls against Claremont.
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  • Kent Mini Tournament Winners

    Jan 2017
    The U13 A and B hockey teams travelled over to Ashford Prep School for the Kent Mini tournament this week.
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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Jan 2017
    On Wednesday evening, a group of Fifth and Sixth Formers ventured out to the Haymarket Theatre to watch a Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
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  • Kent Schools Championships Success for new team

    Jan 2017
    The newly re-formed Sutton Valence Cross Country team competed at the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships and our Sutton Valence runners returned with an impressive set of results for their first competition.
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  • Research and review during the EPQ Day

    Jan 2017
    Some of the Lower Sixth took part in an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) day, last Friday, to learn more about doing the qualification and to decide if it might be a useful addition to our studies.
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  • Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

    Jan 2017
    Last Friday, a group of Chinese Sixth Form students were invited to do a short presentation about the Chinese New Year for the children in Pre-Prep. 
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  • New Head of School Speaks

    Jan 2017
    Our new Head of School, Molly Alexander, speaks at Headmaster's Assembly.
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  • Fifth Form Trip to the British Museum

    Jan 2017
    A small group of GCSE Art students visited the British Museum in London, to undertake personal research and drawing as part of their GCSE Art exam preparation.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Jan 2017
    This year we have changed our Third Form curriculum to give our pupils the best possible start to their GCSE courses and senior studies at Sutton Valence.
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  • Hypnotic afternoon

    Jan 2017
    ‘Hypnotism is not real’. According to the profoundly quirky Martin Taylor, the concept of hypnotism is a combination of suggestion, obedience and peer pressure.
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  • Going to America

    Jan 2017
    This week we celebrate another significant university success, with Ella Capaldi accepting a place at the University of Miami to study Marine Biology.
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  • Duckhurst Farm

    Jan 2017
    ​​​​​​​On a very foggy and cold Friday 30th December, Dodge and I travelled to Duckworth Farm for some show jumping.
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  • Headmaster's Lent Term letter

    Jan 2017
    The Headmaster shares his thoughts on the focus of this term.
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  • Old Suttonian v School Hockey Matches

    Jan 2017
    After a break last year, the traditional matches were resurrected this year as a series of indoor games. Some 60 Old Suttonians, players and spectators, returned to School to play against boys and girls senior hockey teams, captained by Jamie Drew and Georgie Ridge.
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  • James Shone Visit

    Jan 2017
    We look forward to welcoming back to School James Shone.
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  • School site update

    Jan 2017
    Intensive gritting, a gentle thaw this afternoon and the forecast snow not being as heavy as predicted means that we are now in a position to state that we intend to open as normal tomorrow morning.
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  • Pre-Season Senior Girls' Netball Training

    Jan 2017
    Some of the senior netball girls were put through their paces by Surrey Storm National Superleague player Georgia Lees before the start of term.
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  • Law Careers

    Jan 2017
    LawCareers.Net has all the latest legal apprenticeship vacancies from big city firms to smaller regional firms.
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  • Junior Leadership’s Christmas Market

    Dec 2016
    Operation Christmas Child will be £380 better off this year, thanks to the creativity and hard work of Junior Leadership.
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  • Diamond Challengers

    Dec 2016
    In support of the DofE’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Lara Savage and Paige Davidson (Fourth Form), took up the Diamond Challenge
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  • Carol Services 2016

    Dec 2016
    There is something uniquely special about the Sutton Valence School Christmas carol services; the candle-lit Chapel, the Chapel Choir moving beautifully between the serene and the soaring, and the simple joy of the whole School community coming together to celebrate this special time of year.
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  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Library........ 

    Dec 2016
    The winners of the Library Christmas Quiz were drawn yesterday.
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  • The Juniors' Christmas Party

    Dec 2016
    The Juniors thoroughly enjoyed their end of term movie and tea-party afternoon on Tuesday.
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  • Christmas Sparkle dinner and dance

    Dec 2016
    After months of preparations, the Friends of Sutton Valence School Christmas Sparkle dinner and dance took place last Saturday.
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  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland...

    Dec 2016
    The boarding community spent last Sunday in one of the most popular destinations for Christmas celebration in London's Winter Wonderland!
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  • Boarders' Christmas Dinner

    Dec 2016
    To put the boarders into a merry spirit, the boarding staff organised a special Christmas dinner.
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  • Christmas Quiz

    Dec 2016
    The final morning of the Michaelmas Term saw the traditional Christmas Quiz, as the entire Senior School congregated in the Refectory to test their trivia wits against one another in this tightly contested house competition.
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  • Les correspondants Français

    Dec 2016
    Our First and Second Form pupils were extremely pleased to receive letters from French students attending the College Anne-Marie Javouhey in Senlis and they have been busy writing a reply to their French penfriends.
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  • Riding Team at the Championships

    Dec 2016
    It was a horribly damp day when the team of Pescha Cordell, Clayton Olson and I travelled to Sands Farm for the 2016 Regional Grass Roots Championships at the end of November.
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  • Christmas Tree Raffle

    Dec 2016
    This year, as in previous years the Christmas tree in TC's is being raffled. 
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  • Tug-of-War

    Dec 2016
    The four houses put forward their strongest teams of eight, consisting of a boy and a girl from each of the Third to Upper Sixth Forms to battle it out for the Tug-of-War competition in the Sports Hall last Friday morning, cheered on by over 100 Junior pupils noisily supporting their respective hous...
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  • Chemical Christmas lights

    Dec 2016
    As we move towards the end of the term the Third Form are looking at developing their skills in chemical analysis. T
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  • Speeches that moved the world

    Dec 2016
    The English and History departments have collaborated this term to offer students complementary reflections on some of the twentieth century's most influential speeches.
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  • Junior Leadership brings you the Sutton Valence Christmas Market

    Dec 2016
    This year, Junior Leadership return with a festive treat - a Christmas Market held in the Refectory, following each of the Carol Services.
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  • Aussie rules in the kitchen

    Dec 2016
    The Sutton Valence gap students took over the School kitchen in the latest of the now-famed Kitchen Takeovers.
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  • Finance and Law Careers in Practice

    Dec 2016
    Prospects London Ambitions offers Fifth and Sixth Form students the unique opportunity to gain insights into career areas that are traditionally hard to access.
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  • The Magnificent Movember Seven

    Dec 2016
    Yet again, the Headmaster gave dispensation to a group of students to enable them to support Movember and raise money for MIND.
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  • Autumn Concert

    Dec 2016
    The Autumn Concert, in which pupils from all year groups performed, took place on Tuesday in the beautiful setting of the Chapel.
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  • Sports Photographs

    Dec 2016
    Sports photographs are now available for you to order, please click on the link below to view and make your order.
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  • From the Academic Deputy Head

    Dec 2016
    It has been quite a week for showcasing the many talents of the pupils in our School. Monday saw the excellent Shakespeare evening organised by the English department which involved pupils, teachers and governors.
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  • Congratulations to Calia

    Dec 2016
    Congratulations to Second Former, Calia Cordell, who competed last weekend in a National Cheerleading competition.
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  • Celebration of Shakespeare

    Dec 2016
    Earlier this week, staff, pupils, parents and governors gathered in the Baughan Theatre to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. The English department’s Evening with Shakespeare was a chance for the whole community to celebrate the Bard’s work with readings and performances w...
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  • Sam showcases GB Youth Sport

    Nov 2016
    Sam Mostowfi spent last Thursday night mingling with celebrities at the Park Lane Hilton for the SportsAid Ball. Various elite young athletes were invited to exhibit their sports and Sam demonstrated on the Pommel Horse.
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  • CCF Lance Corporal helps the Red Arrows make history

    Nov 2016
    Having heard that the Red Arrows were coming to his hometown Zhuhai, China, during Half Term, Hongrui (Henry) Zhang (Upper Sixth) successfully applied to be part of the support team.
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  • SVS Hockey players achievement

    Nov 2016
    Almost 100 young hockey players, aged from 12 to 14, from across Mid-Kent have attended the Kent Hockey Junior Development Centre this season competing for places to progress on to Kent County trials.
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  • Engineering Experience at Loughborough University

    Nov 2016
    This is an opportunity for Lower Sixth Formers to visit and stay overnight at one of the UK’s leading universities for Engineering.
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  • The Lego League

    Nov 2016
    When you say ICT, people often just think about word processing, surfing the internet or using an iPad.  ICT is more than that and uses skills from different subjects.
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  • Westminster Schools Foundation Art Exhibition

    Nov 2016
    The Westminster Schools Foundation held their annual Art Exhibition at Westminster City School in London this week. Art and Photography work from all five schools formed a vibrant, diverse exhibit, and, for the first time this year, a small collection of Prep School paintings were included in the sh...
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  • Rugby Leaders coach younger peers