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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

    Nov 2016
    On Saturday 19th November, ten 1st XV senior Rugby players swapped their playing kit for coaching tracksuits leading Rugby practise sessions for the SVS Under 14 and Under 15 squads.
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  • A Historical University Experience

    Nov 2016
    The Sixth Form historians had a taste of university life on Tuesday attending a Russia in Revolution Study Day at University College London. They had the privilege of hearing five distinguished historians discuss their latest research on the Bolshevik Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, some of whom had b...
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  • Hockey National Championship

    Nov 2016
    A squad of fifteen girls competed in the Investec National Schools' Championship East Round last Tuesday. In order to reach this round, the girls had come second, out of more than twenty schools, in the Kent regional tournament.
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  • Third Form CoPE and Leadership Day

    Nov 2016
    On Wednesday, the Third Form were involved in a CoPE and leadership day.  Leadership is not just one skill, but a set of skills that are developed over time.  These skills were investigated and developed during a busy day, that saw the pupils engage in many different activities.  Some of the activit...
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  • UKMT Senior Challenge Results

    Nov 2016
    Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a prestigious certificate in the Senior UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust). A special mention must go to Adam Carroll, who not only achieved a Gold but also qualified for the British Olympiad, where he will compete against the best...
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  • Shipwrecked en France

    Nov 2016
    Last Thursday, the First Form French groups joined Years 5 and 6 at the Prep School to watch a production of Shipwrecked en France. This bilingual play was performed by two actors: one French and one English. Tyler, an English boy, is separated from his parents on a beach in France.
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  • First place in SwimRelay 2016

    Nov 2016
    SwimRelay is a local charity fundraiser with the objective of swimming as many lengths as possible in thirty minutes. On Sunday 6th November, two teams represented Sutton Valence School, the SVS Senior Sharks and the SVS Minnows. Last year the Sharks won, with a total of 97 lengths, so the students ...
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  • SVS Media Hit Medway Media Conference

    Nov 2016
    The Media Studies department took all seventy A level Media Studies students to the Central Theatre, Chatham for the annual Medway Media Conference on Wednesday. The beautiful surroundings of the Victorian theatre provided the perfect backdrop to an engaging morning.
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  • National Open Art Awards

    Nov 2016
    We are delighted to report that First Former, Jemma Yusuf has received second place in the 2016 National Open Art Competitions.  Budding artists, aged 14 and under, were encouraged to submit paintings, drawings, prints, illustrations, photographs, wall-hung installations, digital art and moving imag...
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  • Sponsored Walk 2016

    Oct 2016
    On Tuesday, the School took to the countryside for the annual sponsored walk. More than 400 students, plus members of staff, families and dogs trekked along a five-mile route.
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  • Rock the Night Away

    Oct 2016
    We were all treated to a rousing array of musical prowess, last Friday in Groves Hall. Pupils and teachers from both Sutton Valence Prep and Senior Schools came together for a concert of Rock and Pop classics.
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  • Model United Nations

    Oct 2016
    This week, 100 students convened at Sutton Valence School for the United Westminster Schools Foundation’s Model United Nations.  Twenty delegates from Sutton Valence, Emanuel School, Grey Coats, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham and Westminster City School spent the day discussing and debating a range ...
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  • Evensong Service

    Oct 2016
    Boarders, parents and students were all invited to School Evensong in the Chapel last Sunday. A large and pleasing turnout made for a successful evening enjoyed by all.
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  • Under 13 Girls Hockey Tournament

    Oct 2016
    The county under 13, seven-a-side hockey tournament was held this week.  Ten of our girls set off to The King’s School, Canterbury to find themselves up against Blackheath High School in their first match.
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  • Engineers of the Future

    Oct 2016
    Last Thursday, 15 Third Form students, accompanied by Mr Westlake and Ms Morávek-Hurst, were lucky enough to be able to attend the Institute of Engineering and Technology ‘Engineers of the Future’ day in London. It was a day that promised fun activities based on Mathematics, Engineering and Computi...
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  • The Lower Sixth Embark on Gender Research

    Oct 2016
    ​Over the last few weeks in Psychology the Lower Sixth pupils have been working towards a point where they are able to do some observational research into the differences between the sexes and the way in which they communicat
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  • A Colossal Geography Lecture

    Oct 2016
    Naomi Moore, the much heralded Geographer who graced the School with her pedagogy for an all too brief chapter in her young life, returned in full glory to reveal a colossal amount on different wave breakers around the world.
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  • Junior Equestrian Team Compete at Arena Event

    Oct 2016
    On Saturday 8th October, Clayton Olson and I drove to Coombelands Equestrian Centre for an arena eventer's challenge.
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  • Kent Golf Success

    Oct 2016
    Members of the School’s Golf Team are to be congratulated on their selection for Kent at upcoming county tournaments.
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  • Sutton Valence in the top 2% of schools

    Oct 2016
    Following our A Level success, the School is celebrating being in the top 2% for adding academic value.
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  • Overseas students visit Leeds Castle

    Oct 2016
    On Monday, the Lower Sixth Form EAL students spent the morning at 'the world's loveliest castle'.
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  • Girls' U16 Kent County Hockey Tournament

    Oct 2016
    Last Thursday, the School sent a team to play in the Girls' Under 16 Kent County Hockey Tournament hosted at St Edmund's School Canterbury.
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  • French Exchange Trips

    Oct 2016
    French exchanges for current Third, Fourth and Sixth Form pupils will take place during the first week of the Easter Holiday next year (Wednesday 29th March – Wednesday 5th April).
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  • #iloveboarding

    Oct 2016
    In conjunction with the Boarding Schools Association campaign #iloveboarding, we asked one of our newest boarders to share his first impressions of boarding at Sutton Valence.
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  • Sutton Valence Dominates at CADSAAM

    Sep 2016
    Last weekend, two Sutton Valence Shooting teams travelled to Hythe, Kent to compete in the Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting (CADSAAM) competition.
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  • Second Form Historians build the House of Tudor

    Sep 2016
    ​In their recent Second Form History lessons with Mr Carr, the pupils have enjoyed engaging in an assignment which has involved creating a drawing depicting the Royal House of Tudor.
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  • World Languages Day

    Sep 2016
    The First Form celebrated World Languages Day in their Modern Foreign Languages lessons on Monday this week.
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  • Kent Cook Competition

    Sep 2016
    Last week, the Fourth Form Food GCSE group were lucky to have the organiser of the Kent Cook Competition, Lisa Craig, in to talk to them about the upcoming competition.
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  • Student Investor

    Sep 2016
    The Economics and Business Department is offering students the opportunity to participate in this year’s Student Investment Challenge.
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  • World-famous Cellist Visits the School

    Sep 2016
    Last Friday the most inspiring man and world-famous cellist, Mr Biswas, came to School to hold a masterclass with some of the Music Scholars. It was a memorable morning.
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  • BAE Work Experience

    Sep 2016
    BAE Systems (Operations), Rochester are offering the following dates for work experience for Fifth and Sixth Form students in 2017: weeks commencing 26th June, 17th July, 16th October and 7th November (for female students only).
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  • Thank you from Holdgate

    Sep 2016
    At the Holdgate Breakfast last Saturday, it was a pleasure to meet and talk to so many parents. The Refectory was buzzing with conversation whilst munching on bacon rolls and pan au chocolate.
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  • Gothic Day

    Sep 2016
    Upper Sixth English Literature students spent Tuesday sampling some of the many Gothic treasures that London has to offer.
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  • Shawshank Redemption Trip

    Sep 2016
    ​The Lower Sixth went to see the stage adaptation of the film Shawshank Redemption at the Marlowe Theatre last week
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  • Dungeness in Focus

    Sep 2016
    A group of 24 A Level Photography students travelled to Dungeness, to undertake a landscape-based photo-shoot as part of their ‘Passage of Time’ coursework project.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Sep 2016
    This week the Third Form spent Tuesday morning off-timetable attending a Growth Mindset and study skills workshop, as a first step towards encouraging pupils to take a positive approach to realising their potential and developing the tools to cope with public examinations.
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  • Rugby Congratulations!

    Sep 2016
    Well done to the following boys who have been selected for Kent County squads in their respective age groups.
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  • Everest Summiteer visits Sutton Valence Library

    Sep 2016
    Matt Dickinson, writer, film-maker and Everest summiteer appealed to our young people's sense of adventure on Wednesday, when he spoke engagingly to the First and Second Form pupils about his experiences as a mountaineer.
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  • Boarders' Dover Castle Trip

    Sep 2016
    The Sutton Valence boarders travelled through time to the magnificent Dover castle last weekend.
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  • A Good Start to the New School Year

    Sep 2016
    ​The Equestrian Team headed to Mayfield School for their first competition of the academic year.
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  • Eaglesfield Showjumping Competition

    Sep 2016
    Libby Cavell, Clayton Olson, Kathryn Douglas and I travelled up to Eaglesfield Equestrian Centre for a day of showjumping, last Sunday.
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  • Tuck for the Juniors

    Sep 2016
    This week, Sutton Valence’s Lower Sixth pupils have launched a tuck shop for the Juniors
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  • Training with Canterbury elite

    Sep 2016
    This summer, girls from throughout the School undertook a three-day hockey pre-season training in preparation for the term ahead.
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  • Training with the Harlequins

    Sep 2016
    In the unseasonal heat, the grounds at Sutton Valence were the venue for our pre-season rugby training with the Harlequins.
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  • Parents' Prayer Group

    Sep 2016
    The Parents' Prayer Group will meet for quiet reflection and prayer, as well as coffee and biscuits.
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  • Friends of Sutton Valence School

    Sep 2016
    The Friends of Sutton Valence School would love to welcome all new parents to the School.
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society

    Sep 2016
    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met last night for a captivating talk given by Camilla Carr.
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  • Junior Field Day

    Sep 2016
    Two days of fantastic weather in the Sussex countryside with 83 brand new cadets – what more could you ask for?
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  • From the Academic Deputy Head

    Sep 2016
    Earlier this week I spoke to our Fourth Form about how to cope with the challenges of the GCSE curriculum. I gave them some ideas about the many things they need to do to make these next two years as productive and successful as possible. Whilst my presentation was delivered to the Fourth Form – the...
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  • New Head of School

    Sep 2016
    Our new Head of School, Max Rossiter, welcomed the School and set the tone for the year in his first speech in Chapel.
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  • Careers

    Sep 2016
    USA College option, University Fair information and opportunities at BAE Systems.
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  • Ski Trip to Indian Head Resort in the USA

    Sep 2016
    We have limited places available on the 2017 School ski trip to the USA.
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  • A School Games Gold!

    Sep 2016
    Our congratulations to Sam Mostowfi (Fourth Form), who won a gold medal at the School Games.
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  • Historic Brunei Trip

    Aug 2016
    The Combined Cadet Force embarked on the trip of a lifetime this summer. On 13th July twenty-seven cadets and four members of School staff flew to Brunei, a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, to put their survival skills to the ultimate test.
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  • CampFest 2016

    Aug 2016
    George Abrehart has run another successful CampFest event in his back garden that has raised a tremendous amount of money for the Children in Need charity.
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  • A record breaker in our midst

    Aug 2016
    Recently Mr Keep, Head of Design and Technology, took part in a successful attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
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  • Last Week of the Summer Term

    Jul 2016
    During the last week of the Summer Term, we collapse the timetable and create opportunities for pupils to broaden their experiences away from School and put into practice things that they have learnt throughout the year.
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  • Summer Ball 2016

    Jul 2016
    The Upper Sixth and their parents were invited to the Summer Ball on a balmy evening in July. The students looked stunning (as did their very proud parents).
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  • Speech Day 2016

    Jul 2016
    Many thanks to everyone who attended Speech Day on Saturday.
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  • Headmaster's Speech

    Jul 2016
    I bet my visible excitement, radiance and swagger hint at the majestic, monumental, lustrous, Olympian and generous ode, to which I am about to subject you.
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  • Launch of New School in China

    Jul 2016
    Following the announcement of this exciting and historic project for the School earlier this week, we promised to provide some more details in newsletters periodically. Sutton Valence is collaborating with Hopeland International Kindergarten (HIK) group to found a new preparatory school which will o...
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  • Remembering the Battle of the Somme

    Jul 2016
    The Deputy Headmaster joined members of the CCF, parents and staff on the Headmaster's Lawn to commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme.
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  • Armed Forces Day

    Jul 2016
    ​Members of the CCF joined the Royal British Legion and members of the Village for Armed Forces Day.
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  • Brand New Gap Programmes for Fifth Formers

    Jun 2016
    As the School’s links around the world develop, I am writing to you to bring to your attention the fact that we have been approached by several schools who are keen to invite next year’s Fifth Form to participate in a variety of exchange and Gap programmes.
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  • Leavers' Service 2016

    Jun 2016
    As they prepare to say their final goodbyes at Sutton Valence, the Upper Sixth returned to School this week for a Leavers’ Service and Dinner.
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  • Corporate Finance Apprenticeship

    Jun 2016
    M&G Investments are looking for a school leaver in their corporate finance team in London.
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  • French Exchange

    Jun 2016
    The French exchange for current Second and Third Form pupils will take place during the first week of the Easter Holiday next year.
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  • Wilkie's Last Parade