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Virtual Open Day

We are delighted that so many prospective families have registered to attend our second 'virtual' Open Day on Saturday 20th June. Although we would like to be able to welcome you to the site for a full Open Morning, we are confident this online version will provide a valuable insight into life at the School. 



Our Virtual Open Day will start at 12.30pm. As prospective families, each of you will have the benefit of individual meetings, which will be hosted by a member of staff and attended by a school prefect. The links to access each of these meetings have been emailed individually to you; if you have not received this link, please contact our Admissions Officer, Kathy Webster. The meetings are scheduled to last around an hour which we hope will allow you sufficient time to chat to the member of staff and prefect, ask any questions you may have and watch some pre-recorded videos (also available below). 


Technical Support

As a school, we have had to adapt to the use of video conferencing software like Zoom very quickly. Although we are confident the technology will work well in an Open Day setting, we always run the risk of technical issues. If you encounter any on the day, please email our Network Manager, Craig Worcester by email or on +44 (0)1622 845 260 for assistance.


Open Day Programme

Through the power of video conferencing, we hope to provide as much of what you would have experienced through our normal Open Morning programme, as possible. As such, please click on the links below to view the highlights of a typical Sutton Valence School Open Day.



School Literature and Information

Open Mornings often see you coming away with various informational booklets and forms so, for the Virtual Open Day, we have also created a virtual library for all of the information that we would normally provide. The SVS Document Library allows you to view and download all of the relevant forms for the admissions process. For ease, here are some of the most frequently requested:

Paper versions of the forms and booklets are still available, upon request. To do so, please contact Kathy Webster, Admissions Officer.



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enrol my child?

To start the enrolment process, please complete a Registration Form and return it to Kathy Webster, Admissions Officer, by email or by post to Sutton Valence School, North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent ME17 3HL.

How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee is £100, payable by credit or debit card via the payments section of the website.

Does my child have to sit an entrance exam?

All pupils joining our First to Fourth Form inclusive (Year 7 to Year 10) will need to sit an entrance examination.

All pupils registered to join our First Form (Year 7) will automatically be registered for our Junior Entrance Examination. Places offered are primarily subject to academic ability, but special consideration will be given to children with siblings already in the School or joining concurrently as well as date of registration.

How does your 13+ deferred entry scheme work?

Pupils wishing to join Sutton Valence School at 13+ (Third Form) should sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test at their prep school during the Michaelmas Term of Year 6. Around 10 – 15 deferred entry places will be offered to pupils for guaranteed entry to Third Form at Sutton Valence in 2023.

Pupils wishing to take this route to entry must register with Sutton Valence School indicating that they wish to sit the Common Pre-Test. The School will liaise with ISEB to register the candidates and obtain logins and passwords to enable them to complete the tests at their current prep school. All applicants must visit the School and meet the Headmaster before offers will be made for day, part, weekly or full boarding places as indicated on the Registration Form. If necessary, date of registration may be used as part of the decision process. For more information, please see here.

Where can I find details of your fees?

All of our fees, including additional costs are listed here.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships and Exhibitions are available to candidates entering at 11+, 13+ and 16+. All applicants will need to be available to come to the School on specific dates for assessment during the academic year prior to entry. Internal candidates cannot apply, but can be recommended by the respective Head of Department.

All candidates must be registered with the School before requesting a Scholarship Application Form from the School Office. The completed and signed Scholarship Application Form must then be returned to the Admissions Office. For more information, including scholarship application deadlines, please refer to our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Do you offer sibling discount?

A discount at the rate of 20 per cent of the tuition fees will be given for the third or youngest child from the same family when there are three or more children in the School, at the Senior or Preparatory site, at the same time.

Do you offer Learning Support?

Yes we do, provided we receive a copy of a report from an Educational Psychologist, or a similarly qualified assessor. We offer individual learning support lessons in Literacy, Numeracy and Study Skills, all at an additional charge. In some circumstances, general in-class support is offered, but not individual support in-class. The majority of those receiving support have mild learning difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia). They have to come out of a timetabled lesson to attend their support lessons, but this will not be from a core subject.

If your child receives any form of learning support, then please include this information on the Registration Form where requested. Informing us of any special needs will help your child as we will then be able to liaise with their existing school on current learning support provision and provide any necessary examination concessions where relevant. Failure to inform us of special needs provision, past or present could inhibit our ability to support your child's education.

Do you welcome overseas pupils?

Yes, we have a fully integrated international community, making up approximately nine per cent of the school roll.

Overseas applicants should register using the International Pupil Registration Form. Pupils can take our entrance examination in their own country, either at their existing school, the premises of one of our overseas agents or at the office of the nearest British Council.

Do you provide extra English tuition for overseas pupils?

Yes. EAL lessons are available for all overseas pupils. There is a termly charge of £600 for these lessons. For younger pupils  EAL lessons are timetabled instead of a modern language.   Sometimes we insist that as a condition of entry pupils are to have extra, chargeable, ESL lessons, or attend a Language School prior to entry to Sutton Valence.

In addition to high quality EAL, which is taught by experts, we also offer conversational English, multi-media language support and a programme of cultural visits at weekends to enable our overseas pupils to gain a full understanding of British life.  We have recently established a tutorial support scheme especially aimed at pupils from other countries.  This complements the school’s already strong pastoral framework.

Non-native speakers in the Sixth Form will be prepared and entered for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam and the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) ESL (English as a Second Language) exam.


Next Steps

We know that a virtual tour can only give you a taste of life at Sutton Valence School, but hopefully it will provide as much information as possible and answer any questions you may have about the School. If you would like additional information though, please contact Kathy Webster, Admissions Officer, to book video calls with relevant members of staff, including the Headmaster. Looking further ahead, once the School has reopened, we would then be delighted to welcome you for a full tour.


Key Contacts

Admissions Office

Mrs Kathy Webster - Admissions Officer - Contact Email

Virtual Open Day

Miss Pippa Goodridge - Marketing Officer - Contact Email
Will Radford - Alumni Relations and Development Manager - Contact Email 


Contact Us

Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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