Whilst the concept of a Junior house consisting of both First and Second Forms was only created in 2010, the pastoral care of these year groups has been an integral part of our school since 1576. Our belief in, and passion for, these years are central to all that we do and the Junior team feel privileged to have the opportunity to shape and influence the lives of our youngest pupils.
There are six tutor groups, each with approximately 16 pupils from the First and Second Forms and all pupils are also affiliated to one of the four senior houses for house competitions. The ability to develop leadership, broaden friendships and create a diverse community with these mixed tutor groups allows us to create a friendly, vibrant and supportive environment in which the Junior pupils can find their feet and lay the key foundations needed during their first two years at Sutton Valence School. There is close monitoring of academic performance and the physical and emotional wellbeing of all pupils, a varied and specific PSHE programme to help shape their values and moral compass, opportunities for charity work and entrepreneurship during the yearly Enterprise Month, as well as opportunities for leadership as a Form Captain or school committee representative and social events such as the Second Form Formal Dinner that hone etiquette and social skills. The Junior Curriculum provides a rich and varied academic programme, which is symptomatic of the way in which in we cater to the specific demands of your youngest cohort. Life in the Juniors is busy, full of opportunity and challenge – we want our pupils to be safe, happy and successful and prepared for the challenges that lay ahead in the Third Form.
The wealth of pastoral experience within the Junior pastoral team and the ability of all tutors to draw on their wider involvement in school life, enable us to offer the highest level of pastoral care for the children in our care.
Head of Juniors: Mr Bob Carr
The ex-Housemaster of Westminster (1997 – 2011) provides a nobleman's touch to pastoral care. Having worked with preparatory schools for a number of years, Mr Carr is able to steer his charges through transition into Senior School. He has high expectations of the pupils in his care and looks forward to seeing them all becoming successful in their own way.
Assistant Head of Juniors: Mrs Sally Rose
Mrs Rose has been a Junior tutor for six years, having joined Sutton Valence in 2009. She has a wealth of pastoral experience from her days working in various preparatory schools such Bodiam Manor and she also took on the role of Child Protection Co-ordinator. Her whole-school involvement is also strengthened by her involvement in the games department as a coach for all major girls’ team sports, including swimming being an area of expertise, and as a teacher of English to the First to Third Forms.