Sutton House

Sutton House is the senior girls’ boarding house, providing accommodation for approximately 41 students aged 13 - 18.

Sutton Valence School girls boarding in Sutton House enjoy the beautiful heart of Kent amid their down timeWhen girls were first admitted to the School in 1983, they were boarded in Valence House, a distinctive half-timbered cottage in the village’s main road, Broad Street. Just three years later, the girls moved to Sutton, which till then had been the School’s Sanatorium. At this stage, there was room for about 16 girls, but by 1991 the house had been extended to become the building we see today.
With stunning views over the Weald of Kent from the girls’ lounge, garden and other common areas, the house sits below the main teaching and boarding block, yet is only a couple of minutes’ walk from all School facilities.
Sutton House is a warm and welcoming community which offers a safe and structured environment for our girls to work, play and live in. The house benefits from a multi-cultural aspect, having an important international element of girls from Spain, Germany, Eastern Europe and China, who contribute to our diversity. Pastorally and academically students are tutored in the house, but for House Competitions we are attached to Clothworkers’, which has both boys and girls.


Housemistress, Mrs de Castro joined Sutton Valence School in 2012 as Head of French, and from September 2016 she became Head of Modern Foreign Languages. She grew up in Kent, but studied at Manchester University and taught in a school there for several years before moving back. She has considerable experience of tutoring Sixth Form students and helping them prepare their UCAS applications. She has lived and worked in France and Spain and is well aware of the challenges facing pupils from overseas coming to live in a completely new environment with a different language. 

There are several other members of staff who contribute enormously to the smooth running of the house. The house tutor team will take it in turns to be on duty in the house each evening, so that parents have access to each of them during the week. The tutor’s role is both academic and pastoral and boarders are encouraged to share any concerns or worries that they might have with the tutor team; they are there to help.

Mrs Kitchen joined Sutton Valence in January 1994 as a part-time teacher of Mathematics. As the School expanded, the teaching load increased and she became full-time. Over the last twenty years she has been a tutor in a girls’ day house, the Examinations Officer, Head of Year in the Sixth Form and Head of the Mathematics Department. Since September 2015, she has been the Timetabling Manager. She has three children who attended the School and so has extensive experience in dealing with teenagers at Sutton Valence. She was a tutor in Sutton House for many years and now carries out weekend duties. She also takes an active role in the RAF section of the CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Miss Manning joined Sutton Valence School in September 2011 as a Learning Support teacher and a tutor in Lambe’s House. In September 2016, she became Head of English as an Additional Language, responsible for teaching English to the overseas students. Having taught English in Japan for approximately eight years, she has first-hand experience of living in another country and culture shock. She is also involved in the co-curricular side of School life and has taught Junior Girls’ Games since 2011. She is also in charge of Girls’ Running Club and has participated in numerous charity fun runs. She is also in charge of Public Speaking and Debating.

Miss Schofield is joining Sutton Valence School this year and will be teaching Art and Photography. Until recently, she has been working as a designer for a fashion brand in London after graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2014. She is thrilled to be joining the School and delighted to be taking on the role as a Form Tutor in Sutton House. Having been at a boarding school herself, she is well aware of the challenges boarders face and she is looking forward to working with the girls in the House. She is a keen runner and cyclist and is excited about moving from London to Sutton Valence and having the chance to explore much of the beautiful Kent countryside.

Matron, Emma Agu Benson is responsible for the pastoral and medical welfare of the girls. Having three teenage children, she has a wealth of experience dealing with young adults and brings a particular warmth and consideration to her care of the girls.


Last, but not least there is a team of house prefects led by the Head of House and her deputy. These girls are chosen for their caring nature, their sense of responsibility and commitment to School and life in the house. They are invaluable in helping students to settle in, get over any homesickness and organise them into teams for light duties around the house.

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Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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