On Tuesday, the Headmaster headed up to London to meet a group of 20 Old Suttonians who left the School in the 1940s or 1950s. The 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.
With leaving years ranging from 1941 to 1959, the various age groups each provided their own fond memories of their time at Sutton Valence. After lunch, the Headmaster provided an update on the School and an insight into the future development plans, which will be taking place over the next few years. This was followed by a further talk from the SVS Foundation Archivist, David Pickard (Staff 1977-2001, 2009-2015), who delivered a presentation on the links between the School and London, with particular focus on our founder, William Lambe.
The assembled party enjoyed a fantastic lunch, which provided the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with one another, regaling stories of the School as they once knew it. With the 450th anniversary fast approaching in 2026, 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.
Over the next couple of years, our regular programme of reunions will expand to engage as many Old Suttonians as possible, both in the UK and overseas. In addition, through the SVS Foundation, we hope to provide opportunities for the current generation of pupils and parents to foster additional links with the Old Suttonian community as we celebrate our past together.