Holdgate takes its name from a previous Headmaster of the School (W W Holdgate, 1910 -1932).  The House was founded to accommodate junior boarding at a time when the School was all boys. 

In 1992, Holdgate House merged with Bennett House and the name was lost until it was restored in 2000 in its present format of a senior mixed house of 50 pupils academically and as a ‘competition’ House linked with Westminster.

Our House colour is green and as a consequence our mascot is a green alligator called ‘Holdgator’.  He has brought us much luck since the House system started.  We have won the Baughan Cup twice as overall winners of the House Competitions, which requires pupils to draw on a wide range of skills in music, sport, debating and general knowledge. 

In Holdgate there are five tutors, each with a group of approximately 11 pupils in their care, ranging from Third Form to Sixth Form. Assisting them are two Heads of House; one male, one female.


Miss Radford

Miss Radford has taught at Sutton Valence School since 2015. Miss Radford grew up in Devon, where all her family still live and she regularly visits today. She then moved away to study Zoology at Swansea University, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Aside from her passion for Biology, Miss Radford also enjoys running and has recently taken over as Head of Equestrian at Sutton Valence School.


Mr Howell

Mr Howell joined us as Head of Rugby in April 2014 and became Director of Sport in September 2016.  Mr Howell was a Welsh junior international Rugby player before playing professionally for Worcester Warriors.  He worked for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), becoming a Police Sergeant in the Riot Squad (Territorial Support Group) and captained the MPS 1st XV Rugby team for several seasons becoming a British Police Rugby International. Mr Howell coaches on the Saracens Rugby Academy pathway and is a Level 3 England Rugby Coach.  

Mr Adrian Penfold 
Mr Penfold joined the School in 2008 and is Head of the Religious Studies Department. Philosophy and Ethics is his specialism garnering much satisfaction from a well-formulated and articulated argument; a vital life skill. Mr Penfold is involved in a wide range of School activities.

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