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  • A Fond Farewell

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

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

    May 2019
    On Thursday 23rd May, Onatti Productions returned to SVS to perform a French play ‘La Salle des Enigmes’.
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  • Conservation at Camber Sands

    May 2019
    On Wednesday 22nd May, the Lower Sixth Biologists travelled to Camber Sands on a field trip. The aim of the trip was to complete a series of investigations as part of their assessed practical course in the 4.2 Biodiversity module.
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  • Badminton Event

    May 2019
    Having qualified back in September last year and achieving a further qualification in a regional final, I competed in this year’s elite Badminton Grassroots Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 Championship.
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  • County Cricket on Upper

    May 2019
    This summer, the School’s main cricket ground (Upper) is being used again for various County and District age group fixtures. Last Sunday, a trial match took place to select the best boys in the South East of the Country (Kent, Surrey, Essex and Sussex) to represent the Bunbury’s South East team.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize

    May 2019
    Samuel Millan-Norman in the Upper Sixth, received a Headmaster’s Copy Prize for his fascinating EPQ project.
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  • Club Hockey Finals

    May 2019
    Oliver Laird, Louis Ridge, Max Savage and Finn Swaine competed for Marden Russets U18s in the National Tier 3 Finals at Reading this week and had a convincing 5-0 win against a Reading B home team. 
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  • The Cat Conundrum

    May 2019
    “When I play with my cat who knows if I am not more a pastime to her than she is to me?”
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  • Gothic Bake-Off

    May 2019
    The English department resembled a rather gruesome children’s tea party this week, as A Level students marked the end of their studies with the 2019 Bloody Bake-off.  All were invited to bake a cake with a Gothic theme, and the results were truly ghastly.
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  • First Form CREST Awards

    May 2019
    Ten of our Junior scientists have achieved their Bronze level CREST awards this week.
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  • Senior Sports Dinner

    May 2019
    Last Friday, saw a celebration of Senior Sport across the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.
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  • French Exchange

    May 2019
    On Thursday 28 March, our group arrived in Senlis, France where we first met our exchange partners.
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  • Higher Education Morning

    May 2019
    On Saturday morning, parents and pupils of the Lower Sixth came together over coffee and pastries in the Baughan Theatre foyer in readiness for the Higher Education information morning.
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  • UWGCF Athletics

    May 2019
    Last Friday, SVS hosted the 50th anniversary UWGCF Athletics event on our all-weather track. The five Foundation schools attended along with governors, headmasters, parents and our special guest, Steve Brown, who captained the GB Wheelchair Rugby team at the 2012 London Paralympics and is now a TV p...
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  • Summer Music Concert

    May 2019
    On Wednesday night, the Summer Concert took place at All Saints' Church in Maidstone. The beautiful surroundings added a sense of reverence to the evening’s proceedings.
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  • Girls Hockey Pre-Season Training

    May 2019
    I would like to take this opportunity to give you information about scheduled pre-season Hockey training for girls from First to Sixth Form.
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  • Saracens Rugby Pre-Season Training

    May 2019
    I am delighted to announce that we are hosting a Saracens Rugby pre-season camp at Sutton Valence School at the end of August in preparation for the Michaelmas Term’s rugby. A residential and non-residential camp will run side-by-side with further details on each camp below.
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  • OS Golf Day

    May 2019
    Last Friday, Old Suttonians, staff and the wider School community came together for the fifth annual Old Suttonians’ Golf Day.
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  • Sergison Trophy

    May 2019
    On Saturday, the annual competition for the Sergison Trophy took place on the School’s .22 range
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  • Grandparents' Day

    May 2019
    Despite some spring showers, this week's Grandparents' Day was the largest we have ever hosted, with more than 140 grandparents, parents and extended family members visiting the School.
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  • CREST Success

    May 2019
    We are delighted to announce further success for our students in the BSA CREST Awards scheme.
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  • Prep School Maths Competition

    May 2019
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our Maths Competition this week.
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  • Charity begins at SV….

    May 2019
    At the end of last term, the students were given a thought-provoking opportunity to be charitable.
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  • MCC Cricket Match

    May 2019
    On Thursday, the 1st XI cricket team entertained the MCC captained by old boy, Ben Leale-Green.
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  • New Head of School

    Apr 2019
    Ellen Crombie, the new Head of School speaks at assembly.
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  • Hockey and Rugby Representations

    Apr 2019
    Over the course of the Lent and Michaelmas Term’s an impressive number of pupils gained selection into county, regional and international squads across the sports of Hockey and Rugby.
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  • New Head of Corps

    Apr 2019
    Each year we see a new group of NCOs take over the leadership of the CCF at Sutton Valence School.  We thank the outgoing NCOs for their service and commitment and wish them well in their exams.
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  • Chemistry Olympiad

    Apr 2019
    The Chemistry Olympiad is the leading Chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK.
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  • NSEA Championships at Bury Farm

    Apr 2019
    Over the Easter weekend, the Sutton Valence Equestrian team,
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  • Ski Trip 2019

    Apr 2019
    During the Easter Holiday, 40 pupils travelled to the popular ski resort of Sauze D’Oulx in the Italian Milky Way. We were lucky to have lovely sunshine and good snow conditions throughout the week, resulting in an excellent week of skiing for all those who were involved.
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  • HIKSVS opens a new Refectory

    Apr 2019
    HIKSVS have opened their new refectory.
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  • Cricket for Girls Camp

    Apr 2019
    During the Easter Holidays, Sutton Valence held a Cricket for Girls camp run by Lydia Greenway (an ex-England player). In the morning the U10 and U11s trained and during the afternoon U12 to U14s took their turn. 
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  • Edward's Sailing Selection

    Apr 2019
    Edward Smith has been selected to take part in the Eric Twiname Championships, which is a premier national, invitation-only racing event held at Rutland Water in two weeks.
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  • Saracens Academy Residential Camp

    Apr 2019
    During the Easter Holidays, 65 of the best Under 15 rugby players from Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire attended a two-night residential camp at SVS.
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  • Baton Race 2019

    Mar 2019
    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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  • NCO Dinner

    Mar 2019
    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 Sevens

    Mar 2019
    This week has seen our Rugby Sevens teams play in the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park. All teams performed exceptionally well against some really large powerful rugby schools. To see our teams compete at such a level is a credit to our boys.
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  • The Big Cat Sanctuary

    Mar 2019
    On 27th March, the Upper Sixth was taken to The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden.
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  • Ambitious Artists

    Mar 2019
    We have recently heard from three Old Suttonians who left last summer to pursue Art foundation courses.
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  • Bronze Crest Awards for Juniors

    Mar 2019
    Members of the Second Form have been investigating coins in order to develop a method to spot fake coins
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  • Spring Ball 2019

    Mar 2019
    The 2019 Spring Ball was themed around the idea of black tie with a hint of gangster.
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  • Pop-Up Dressage

    Mar 2019

    The Sutton Valence Equestrian team have achieved some fantastic results in the NSEA Pop-Up Dressage competition this year. This is carried out over four months and every month each rider records a dressage test and sends it to the NSEA to be scored. From this, a league table is produced and ...

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  • Beresford Easter Egg Hunt

    Mar 2019
    The annual Beresford Easter Egg Hunt took place during this last week of the Lent Term.
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  • Congratulations to our Aspiring Doctors

    Mar 2019
    We are delighted to report that three of our Upper Sixth students who are applying to Medical School this year have been outstandingly successful in gaining nine offers of places between them with one more still to reply.
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  • English Schools' Cross Country

    Mar 2019
    The English Schools' Cross Country took place on 16th March 2019 in Temple Newsham Park in Leeds.
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  • OS v 1st VII Netball

    Mar 2019
    On 10th March the 1st VII Netball team took on the Old Suttonians (OS).
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  • UK Water Prize Winner

    Mar 2019
    The Big Bang competition is one of the best science competitions in the UK and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to be part of it.
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  • Swim-pressive End to Season

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the Sutton Valence School Swimming Team participated in its final swimming gala of the season. This was an away fixture at Bethany School, with Maidstone Grammar School also taking part.
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  • U12 County Tournament

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to our U12 Netball team who are now officially one of the top ten teams in Kent.
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  • Henry Builds a Cathedral

    Mar 2019
    The season of Extended Project Qualification completion is upon many of the Upper Sixth who are currently putting the finishing touches to their EPQ products. From essays to lectures, websites and other artefacts, the range of EPQ products on offer this year is rich. One particularly unusual EPQ pro...
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  • Rugby Sevens

    Mar 2019
    On Sunday 10th March, the 1st VII and Under 16 VII played at the Worth U18 seven-a-side rugby competition and the Queen Elizabeth Barnet seven-a-side rugby competition respectively.
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  • El Viejo Saloon

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 18th March, the Third Form Spanish classes were lucky enough to watch a Spanish play from Onatti productions.
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  • Intermediate Kingdon

    Mar 2019

    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met recently to hear an interesting talk given by the Maidstone Magistrate, Nigel Cox. Mr Cox talked to us about what it is like to be a magistrate and to work in a courtroom. It was almost mesmerising to see how much information that a magistrate must understand,...

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  • John Maylam Cup

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 11th March, the U13s travelled to Canterbury Hockey Club to participate in the annual John Maylam Cup.
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  • Swimming Victory over Benenden

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 11th March, seven of our girls took part in a swimming gala at Benenden School.
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  • A Hoot of a Science Lesson

    Mar 2019
    The First Form had a super time in Science this week, dissecting owl pellets to discover what creatures the owls had eaten.
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  • Army Update

    Mar 2019
    As part of the training that we offer the Army section of the CCF, we have been taking the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Form to Mereworth Woods to develop their leadership and fieldcraft skills
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  • Pancake Race

    Mar 2019
    Last Thursday, all of the Juniors took to the Sports Hall to contest the highly anticipated Pancake Race.
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  • Public Speaking Competition

    Mar 2019
    Sutton Valence School has always had a lively tradition of public speaking and, last Thursday, saw the inaugural SVS Prep Schools Public Speaking Competition held in our beautiful Library.
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  • Advisory Council Visit

    Mar 2019
    At the start of the Chinese New Year, HIKSVS welcomed the annual supervision visit from the SVS Advisory Council (Miss Corkran, Mrs Davies, Mr Grindlay and Mrs Swaine).
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  • South East Fencing Champion

    Mar 2019
    On Saturday 9th March, I went to Whitgift School to compete in the U18 South East championships
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  • Careers Convention

    Mar 2019
    An important part of the School’s careers provision is the biennial Careers Convention.
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  • Prestigious Art Award

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to James Allen, our Art Technician, who has made it to the final of a prestigious art award, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.
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  • Double Win at Netball Tournament

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to the 1st VII and 2nd VII Netball teams who achieved one draw and fourteen wins between them at the U18 King’s Netball Tournament on Thursday.
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  • U15 Rugby team win Kent Sevens Tournament

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the Sutton Valence U15 Sevens Rugby team won the Kent U15 seven-a-side tournament played at Gravesend Grammar School. The tournament consisted of the top 20 teams in Kent and the boys showed a huge amount of spirit and endeavour to beat some excellent teams on their way to winning the m...
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  • Frank Mason Tournament

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the Boys 1st XI participated in the prestigious Frank Mason tournament. They drew a difficult group that saw them facing Kent College, Langley Park, Sir Roger Manwood and Chatham Grammar.
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  • Lady Taverners Final

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 4th March, Sutton Valence School travelled to Sevenoaks School for the U13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament Final. The girls were prepared for a good fight against the other finalists having won their cluster a few weeks ago. There were a few changes to the team, but the girl...
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  • World Book Day

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the First and Second Forms celebrated World Book Day by having a visit from local children’s author Philippa Joyner. 
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  • 1st VII Rugby team reach dizzy heights

    Mar 2019
    On Sunday the 1st VII Rugby team reached the main competition knockout stages for the first time at the prestigious Reigate Grammar Charity U18 seven-a-side competition.
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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    Mar 2019
    On Monday, we were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to speak to the Fourth Form as part of our STEM programme.
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  • Football Fun

    Mar 2019
    Friday afternoon saw a number of students from both St. Margaret’s and Westminster take to the Sports Hall pitch in a five-a-side football tournament that also included a staff team.
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  • Silver at National Finals

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the U14 Girls team travelled to Lee Valley Olympic Hockey Park to compete in the Tier 2 National Finals. They were faced with three round-robin games over the course of the day.
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  • Underhill Trophy

    Mar 2019
    On Wednesday, the U13 Boys Hockey team travelled to Dulwich Prep for the annual Underhill Trophy.
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  • Mental Health Week 2019

    Mar 2019
    This year, our Mental Health Week has focused on the theme of 'We Can, We Are'. As a community, sometimes we forget that our greatest asset is an appreciation of each other.
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  • Mental Health Week at Beresford

    Mar 2019

    As the School community turned its attention, quite rightly, to the issues surrounding mental health and raising awareness of it during this last week, we at Beresford have attempted to do our bit to help our young boarders. Being in loco parentis comes with important responsibiliti...

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  • Swimming Team Success

    Mar 2019
    This week, the SVS Swimming team has taken part in two away galas against some strong competition.
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  • Inter-House Netball Tournament

    Feb 2019
    More than 60 girls took to the netball court in the glorious sunshine on Saturday to compete in the Inter-House Netball Tournament.
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  • Cross Country Championships Selection

    Feb 2019
    Ellen Crombie (Upper Sixth) and James Crombie (Fifth Form) have been selected to represent Kent Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships
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  • A Sunny Sunday Walk

    Feb 2019
    On Sunday, the Sutton House boarders woke up to a surprisingly sunny morning and our first instinct was to make the most of it.
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  • Swimming the Channel

    Feb 2019
    This year Junior Holdgate decided to break from the standard of charity doughtnut sales and take on a physical challenge together to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK.
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  • Cookery Masterclass

    Feb 2019
    Every week, on Wednesday afternoon in St Margaret’s Kitchen, Catering Manager, John Devine has been treating a group of Upper Sixth to a cookery masterclass, in order to prepare them for life without the delicious SVS lunches.
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  • Trial of Early Departure for Junior Pupils – Friday 1st March

    Feb 2019
    We continue to explore ways to resolve the difficulties that many of you encounter at the end of the School day.
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  • Silver CREST Award

    Feb 2019
    Ellie Fraser, Lower Sixth Form, has achieved her Silver level CREST Award. Ellie has investigated and designed the optimum pizza delivery box.
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  • National Number Day

    Feb 2019
    To celebrate National Number Day, some First and Fourth Form students from SVS visited the Prep School to work with Year 4 on a practical mathematics problem.
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  • Local Cricket Winners

    Feb 2019
    Before Half Term, Sutton Valence School travelled to Homewood School in Tenterden for the Under 13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament. This was a chance for our girls to compete against the other schools from around Kent and Sutton Valence put out a very strong team.
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  • Apprenticeship Fair

    Feb 2019
    Sixth Formers who are interested in alternatives to university visited the Apprenticeship Fair at Maidstone Leisure Centre to see the opportunities available to them both locally and nationally.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Feb 2019
    Much as I respect the idea behind Safer Internet Day, which aims to highlight the dangers surrounding the World Wide Web, I am a little confused as to why; A) we think we need a Safer Internet Day and B) what will happen for the other 364 days when presumably we do not  worry about the combination o...
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  • Medication at School

    Feb 2019
    Could we please remind parents that pupils should not be carrying any medication around School unless this has been agreed with the nurses.  Several times this term un-named medication has been found around the site and we are aware that some pupils have been sharing their medication with others, bo...
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  • Academy Conferences Day

    Feb 2019

    Last Friday, a group of Lower Sixth Scholars and Exhibitioners attended the Academy Conferences Masterclass in London, accompanied by Dr Grindlay and Mr Jones.  It proved to be an exciting and informative day out.  After an early train into London, we arrived at the location, Bloomsbury...

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  • Swimming Gala Success

    Jan 2019
    On Thursday 24th January, we hosted our first full team swimming gala against King’s Rochester. 34 swimmers took part in a mixture of individual and relay events.
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  • Body Worlds

    Jan 2019

    On Friday 25th January, both the Lower Sixth PE and Biology A Level students went to London to experience an exhibition like no other, famously named Body Worlds. It is the original exhibition of real human bodies. It is designed primarily for trainee anatomists and surgeons. All exhibits have be...

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  • NSEA County Championships Dressage Qualifier

    Jan 2019
    aisy Hills, Toby and Jess de Lucy qualified for the County Dressage Championships with an amazing team win in the Prelim. 
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  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    Jan 2019
    To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Third Form has been studying aspects of this challenging period of recent history in Religious Studies and History.  Their studies culminated in participating in a webcast that involved a worldwide audience to hear Harry Spiro, a Holocaust survivor give his testim...
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  • Super Start to the Netball Season

    Jan 2019
    The Netball season began with the girls being put through their paces by an army fitness instructor out on the muddy fields for pre-season training, this was great for team bonding.
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  • Punchdrunk Immersive Theatre Experience

    Jan 2019
    It was an early start for many of us that foggy Monday morning, we all got on the bus