Events in 2020

This year has already seen a number of social and sporting events for the Old Suttonian and School community.  Many of these are annual events, so please use the information below as guidance ahead of our 2020 programme. It has been encouraging to have such a range of Old Suttonians represented at the various events and we hope this continues to grow year-on-year. For information about upcoming events in 2020, please refer to our Upcoming Events page, or for past events, please refer to our 2019 Events page.



Saturday 29th February 2020

Sutton Valence School


At the end of February, we were delighted to welcome back nine recent leavers as part of our biennial 'Next Steps' careers talk for the current Sixth Form. The Old Suttonians, who left the School between 2015 and 2018, took part in the talk in the Baughan Theatre, chaired by the Headmaster.

The event opened with the panel being asked the topical question of whether university still represented good value, inspired by a recent article in The Guardian claiming that one in five graduates lose money across their lifetime by going to university. The consensus what that it was, given the life skills and experience gained. Other topics for debate included the advantage of placement years and gap years, as well as non-university routes, including direct-to-work schemes and apprenticeships.

Our thanks go to Michael Adebiyi (2015 M), Lydia Davies (2015 H), Bethany Webb (2015 F), Adam Dawkins (2016 H), Vendula Hoppe (2016 S), Tom Lennard (2016 H), Annabelle Blake (2017 C), Edward Simmonds (2017 M) and Harriet Aburn (2018 L) for giving up their time to take part.



Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Royal Air Force Club,W1J 7PY


This reunion lunch at the Royal Air Force Club takes place on the first Tuesday in March each year and continues to be a popular and well-supported event in the Old Suttonian calendar. Organised by Ian Kay (1941 M), we were delighted that the Headmaster was able to attend the event this year and meet the assembled group of 1940s and 1950s leavers. After lunch, as well as an update on the School and an insight into the future development plans, the group was entertained by a fascinating talk from the SVS Foundation Archivist, David Pickard (Staff 1977-2001, 2009-2015) on the links between the School and London, with particular focus on our founder, William Lambe.

The lunch provides an excellent opportunity for Old Suttonians to reconnect and reminisce with one another, regaling stories of the School as they once knew it. With the 450th anniversary fast approaching, events like this provide an invaluable opportunity for us, as a community, to celebrate our rich history with those who have played an important part in it. The next 'Venerables' Reunion Lunch will take place on 2nd March 2021.



Saturday 7th March 2020

Sutton Valence School


Having lost out to the 1st VII last year, the OS Netball team was keen to regain the Worsfold Cup and brought a strong team, with players ranging from 2012 to 2018 leavers. The game was as competitive as ever with the score tied at 22-22 at half time. The OS began to find their passing range in the third quarter though and finished with an impressive 48-36 victory.

We were delighted to have Naomi Worsfold (SVPS Staff 1983-2010), who had originally donated the cup in 1995, on hand to present the trophy to the OS Captain, Lydia Davies (2015 H). It proved all the more meaningful as she had taught Lydia, along with three other members of the OS team whilst they were at SVPS in the mid-2000s.

Our thanks go to everyone who came along to watch the game, but especially to the OS team - Emelia Bonny (2018 H), Aimee Burnham (2011 H), Charlotte Crouch (2014 L), Hannah Davies (2015 H), Lydia Davies (2015 H), Emily Finch (2017 L) and Elena Sagrott (2013 F). If you would like to take part in next year's fixture, please contact Lydia Davies (2015 H) or the Development Office.


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