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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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  • Memorial to an Old Suttonian

    Jan 2018
    On Wednesday afternoon, the School unveiled a new tree planted in honour of Dr Mark Sands (1990 F) who tragically died, aged 43, in December 2015.
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  • One small step…

    Jan 2018
    ‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it’ Robert Swan OBE Matthew Webb suggested to staff and pupils in his Head of School speech that it was up to their generation to tackle some of the world’s problems.
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  • U13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament

    Jan 2018
    On Wednesday afternoon, Sutton Valence School hosted the Under 13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament. With the sport rapidly growing, this was a chance for our girls to compete against six other schools.
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  • Debating Team Through to Regional Final

    Jan 2018
    The second round of the ESU Mace Debating competition took place on Monday evening.
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  • HIKSVS Open Morning

    Jan 2018
    This week HIKSVS welcomed over 60 parents to two Open Mornings. Parents were treated to lesson observations, a tour of the campus and an opportunity to meet the current students. 
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  • Under 19 Third in the World

    Jan 2018
    Earlier last week, Maxwell Harrison  (Upper Sixth) and Katie Harrison (Lower Sixth) represented Great Britain in the United Kingdom Open Championships.
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  • County Cross Country Success

    Jan 2018
    The Kent Schools Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday 20th January at Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover.
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  • 'Let’s Talk Teens' Parenting Workshop – 10th March 2018

    Jan 2018
    Following Alicia Drummond’s successful Parenting Workshop in October, we look forward to welcoming her back on Saturday 10th March, from 9am to 1pm in Groves Hall.
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  • 'Chicago' 2018

    Jan 2018
    What a week it’s been in the Baughan Theatre! From Tuesday to Friday sold out audiences have witnessed the cast stepping out on stage for the Senior Production of ‘Chicago'.
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  • Thomas Costin VPC

    Jan 2018
    Congratulations to Thomas Costin (Upper Sixth) who has been promoted to the rank of inspector in the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC).
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  • James Shone Visit - Saturday 3rd March

    Jan 2018
    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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  • Mr Richard Green HIKSVS Headmaster

    Jan 2018
    The Board of Governors of HIKSVS is delighted to announce that Mr Richard Green has been appointed as Headmaster.
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  • Nepal 2017

    Jan 2018
    In December 2017, a group of 31 pupils and four members of staff ventured to the wild, unknown country of Nepal. There we experienced trekking, wonderful views and a completely different culture.
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  • Matthew Webb Head of School

    Jan 2018
    New Head of School, Matthew Webb, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good morning School and welcome to 2018.  I hope you all had a memorable Christmas break.
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  • Ski Success in Italy!

    Jan 2018
    At the recent Artemis Anglo Scottish Cup and British Ski Academy Championships in Crevacol, Italy, Max Laughland (Third Form) performed exceptionally well winning two out of his four races whilst also coming second in another.
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  • 1st XV Rugby Finish The Term in Style

    Dec 2017
    On Wednesday, our 1st XV Rugby team played the Emanuel School 1st XV in the annual ‘Abbott Cup’ match.
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  • STEM Learning Certificate Awarded

    Dec 2017
    We are very proud that STEM Learning has awarded a certificate to Sutton Valence School in recognition of our commitment to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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  • Sam Mostowfi Success

    Dec 2017
    Sam Mostowfi (Fifth Form) recently represented Great Britain in the Under 18 Junior National Gymnastics Team in Czech Republic for the Olympic Hopes competition.
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  • Christmas in Sutton

    Dec 2017
    In Sutton, the girls boarding house, Christmas started off on 1st December with the arrival of the Christmas tree; we were all eager to begin decorating it!
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  • Christmas Circuits

    Dec 2017
    Monday was ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ for the Juniors and in keeping with the Christmas theme, 1N were investigating circuits and linking the idea to Christmas lights. 
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  • Navy Cadet Receives Flying Scholarship

    Dec 2017
    Richard Sawyer, Second in Command of the CCF Navy Section, has recently been awarded a Navy flying scholarship. 
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  • Junior Leadership brings you a Christmas Market

    Dec 2017
    This year, Junior Leadership returns with a festive treat - a Christmas Market held in the Refectory, following each of the Carol Services.
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  • Supporting all members of our community’s mental health

    Dec 2017
    Over the course of the past 18 months, my colleagues and I have been working on developing a Mental Health Strategy and Policy.
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  • Mes Chers Voisins

    Dec 2017
    The Onatti Theatre Company returned to Sutton Valence last Tuesday, with another fantastic interactive play for the Third Form. ‘Mes Chers Voisins’ (My Dear Neighbours) is a fun play that follows the lives of five teenagers who live on the same street.
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  • Charity Concert for Nepal

    Dec 2017
    Next Wednesday, 30 pupils and four staff will be leaving Sutton Valence to travel to Nepal. Whilst there, they will be returning to Major Prem’s village, Aspakdi, Bhanumati and his old school - Buchha Khani High School. 
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  • Sixth Form Christmas Tree Raffle

    Dec 2017
    We are the Sixth Form Christmas Tree Committee who volunteered to decorate the tree in TCs and, through a raffle of the tree, raise money for our chosen charity. 
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  • Sixth Form Russian History

    Dec 2017
    The 24th November the Sixth Form historians embarked on a study day in London. They heard from four leading historians and the most up to date research on aspects of Russian history.
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  • Equestrian Update

    Dec 2017
    The School's Equestrian team had an exceptionally successful weekend at the NSEA Championships Plate competition at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe.
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  • The Nepal Benefit Concert

    Dec 2017
    This Tuesday evening, a charity Music Concert will be held in Groves Hall in aid of the Buchha Khanni School in Nepal. The Nepalese school will host our students as part of their upcoming trip to Nepal.
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  • Movember Moustaches

    Dec 2017
    This November saw seven Upper Sixth boys take part in Movember, with the Headmasters permission, enabling them raise money for MIND.
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  • Equestrian Update

    Dec 2017
    On Saturday 18th November, two members of the equestrian team travelled to Petley Wood Equestrian Centre for an afternoon of showjumping.
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  • Sports Psychology Lecture

    Nov 2017
    On Thursday our Sport Scholars and Exhibitionists had a Sport Psychology given by one of the UK's leading performance consultants, Andy Barton.
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  • Junior Public Speaking Team Success

    Nov 2017
    The Rotary Club Youth Speaks public speaking competition was held on Wednesday evening at Towers School.  Making up the team were Scarlett Washington, Struben Savage and Helen Chambers.
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  • Michaelmas Concert 2017

    Nov 2017
    At the start of the concert it was a pleasure to announce the news regarding Lara Bowles and it was fitting that she began the concert performing Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto.
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  • Lara Bowles Guildhall School

    Nov 2017
    The Music department is delighted to announce that violist, Lara Bowles, has been awarded a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
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  • Talk by SSAFA

    Nov 2017
    On Tuesday 28th the School was fortunate to have Paul Hughes from SSAFA come in to talk to the CCF about the charity and the work that they do.
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  • Tate Modern Fourth Form

    Nov 2017
    Last Friday, our Fourth Form Art groups went on a research trip to visit Tate Modern's exhibition on Amedeo Modigliani.
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  • Kent Hockey (JAC) Tier One Trials

    Nov 2017
    Last week hockey players from Sutton Valence School who attend the Kent Junior development centre (JDC) U12-U16 level, were invited to trials for the Kent Junior Academy Centre (JAC) Tier 1.
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  • Lily Halpin Takes to Paris

    Nov 2017
    Over the weekend Disneyland Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary with the help of the Razzamataz Theatre School.
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  • Bebras Challenge

    Nov 2017
    At the beginning of this term, three pupils from the Third Form took part in a national computational thinking challenge.
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  • LAMDA Showcase 2017

    Nov 2017
    The LAMDA showcase has once again revealed that there is a huge amount of dramatic talent at Sutton Valence. 
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  • Putting Life Into Perspective

    Nov 2017
    During Monday Chapel, Geography teacher, Seth Waterworth, gave a very moving talk about how he overcame events in his life and why pupils should seize every opportunity they can at Sutton Valence School.  
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  • Debating News

    Nov 2017
    The English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace Debating competition took place at Simon Langton School for Boys on Monday evening.
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  • Divento Financial Talk

    Nov 2017
    On Wednesday, we were extremely fortunate to have Robert Russell, Managing Director of Divento Financial Ltd, come in to School to give a presentation on working in the financial sector to Upper Sixth Formers and Miss Pritchard’s CISI group.
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  • November Informal Concert

    Nov 2017
    Tuesday evening saw the second Informal Concert of the academic year held in Groves Hall. The hour-long concert was enjoyed by a large audience, with pupils of all ages excelling in performance.
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  • Mr Abed’s Kingdon Society

    Nov 2017
    Mr Abed came in to speak to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd form Academic Scholars about his job as a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.
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  • New Zealand Exchange

    Nov 2017
    For ​​those​​ that ​​don’t ​​know, ​​New ​​Zealand ​​is ​​a small​​ country ​​at ​​the ​​bottom​​ of ​​the ​​world ​​with ​​a population​​ of ​​just​​ over​ four ​​million.​​​​
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  • Drama in French

    Nov 2017
    This week, we took the First Form French group to the Preparatory School to see a bilingual play called Le Château.
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  • Naval Challenge

    Nov 2017
    This week the Third Form Naval cadets were set an engineering challenge.
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  • Apprenticeship v University

    Nov 2017
    Deciding what to do after you finish your A Levels is a big decision. Do you enter the world of work with an apprenticeship or continue your studies at university?
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  • Remembrance Services 2017

    Nov 2017
    This weekend saw Remembrance services across the UK and the world.  A time when we come together to remember all who have died in wars and conflicts. 
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  • Senior Kingdon Society

    Nov 2017
    The first Senior Kingdon Society meeting of this academic year offered the Sixth form Academic Scholars the chance to gain some striking insight into some of the world’s most deadly diseases.
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  • Animal Tales

    Nov 2017
    During October the Library had an animal theme to its book displays.
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  • Sutton Valence Young Historian Wins Great Debate

    Nov 2017
    Eight of Kent’s brightest and most articulate young historians met head-to-head on Tuesday this week to debate the motion ‘Was the 1918 extension of the franchise the most significant moment in British democratic history?’
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  • Online Safety Update

    Nov 2017
    Our Digital Schools membership gives you free access to Parent Zone’s brand new Parent Lounge.
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  • Message from Mrs Rose: Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Nov 2017
    It continues to be a huge challenge to the teenagers of today to recognise the potentially dark side of the internet.
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  • SVS shortlisted for TES Independent School Award

    Nov 2017
    Sutton Valence School has been shortlisted in the Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year category of the TES Independent School Awards 2018.
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  • Modern Foreign Languages Department – 2018 Trips

    Nov 2017
    The languages department is delighted to be able to offer three fantastic opportunities for pupils from all Forms to put their language skills to good use and experience the culture of Spain and France. 
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  • Galloping Success

    Nov 2017
    On Wednesday 25th October, Kathryn Douglas (Lower Sixth) and I went to Duckhurst Show Centre near Staplehurst, to represent the School in show jumping for the Regional Points League.
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  • Cross Country Success

    Nov 2017
    James Crombie (Fourth Form) represented the School in the Charterhouse School Cross Country competition on the last Saturday of the Half Term holiday. 
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  • Violin Masterclass

    Nov 2017
    Professor Nicholas Miller (Royal Academy of Music) visited the School for his regular autumn masterclass, at the end of Half Term.
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  • CCF Over Half Term

    Nov 2017
    It has been a busy time for the CCF during Half Term with many cadets going on courses. 
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  • We Will Rock You

    Nov 2017
    On Thursday 19th October, the joint Rock Concert, took place in the Bates Hall at the Preparatory School.
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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.