William Lambe becomes a Clothworker
By the 1560s, Lambe had become a skilled businessman and acquired large swathes of property. In 1568, he became a member of the Clothworkers’ Guild and went on to become the guild’s master a year later.
Since it was founded in 1576 by William Lambe, a local benefactor, Sutton Valence School has been part of Sutton Valence village. Lambe was a member of the court of King Henry VIII, a chorister in the Chapel Royal and a Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers. He funded many social projects, including Lambe’s Conduit in London, which helped to remove sewage from the streets.
In Sutton Valence School, he wanted to provide free education for the boys of the village. Now a thriving co-educational independent school, the past has provided a rich history and tradition and a wealth of expertise that still inhabit so much of what we do today, especially the Christian values of love and community.
In the century that has followed, the School has gone from strength to strength; becoming co-educational in 1982, incorporating Underhill School, now Sutton Valence Preparatory School, in 1994 and opening our sister school HIKSVS in Tianjin, China in 2017.
Our near 450-year history has undoubtedly guided and moulded the School into what it is today. We pride ourselves on being forward-looking but firmly rooted in our traditions, retaining many of the customs that have been established over the centuries. As such, our reputation is built not just on the quality of our educational provision, but on the continuation of the legacy of our founder, William Lambe.