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  • Westminster Abbey Anniversary Service

    18 October 2019
    On Tuesday of this week, 27 pupils, the Headmaster and two members of staff had the honour of attending a service to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the re-building of Westminster Abbey. 
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  • Hockey Performance Centre Selection

    18 October 2019
    Congratulations to two members of our Fourth Form on their places at this season's U15 South England Hockey Performance Centre. 
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  • Top Placings for A Level Results

    18 October 2019
    This year’s excellent A Level results placed the School in a very high position in comparison to other similar schools. 
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  • The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk

    17 October 2019
    This year the Sutton girls wanted to raise money for charity, so Head of House, Paige Davidson and Deputy Head of House, Anisha Thapa Magar, decided to enter some charity walks and runs.  The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk was our first, last Saturday night, 12th October. 
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  • Cadets Take to the Skies

    17 October 2019
    On 7th October the RAF Cadets travelled by coach to RAF Wittering, where we were staying for one night before our amazing flying experience.  The following day, we were going to be flying a Grob Tutor aeroplane which is the training plane used by RAF pilots.
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  • Informal Concert Delights

    16 October 2019
    On 10th October, the Music department held its first Informal Concert for this academic year. These concerts allow pupils to play in front of a small supportive audience. They are able to perform pieces which are ‘work in progress’, revealing to them what needs to be revised with extra practice, hel...
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  • Upper Sixth UCAS Event

    11 October 2019
    On Monday, the Upper Sixth Form had a very useful Careers Focus Day to prepare them for leaving school next June, either for university, an apprenticeship or direct employment.  Mrs Carter began the morning with a presentation on interview skills and preparation.
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  • Cold War Code Breakers

    11 October 2019
    The Cold War came to Kent on Monday as two groups battled taxing puzzles to discover the codes to stop the imminent nuclear attack. 
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  • Jacob Selected For Pumas A Squad

    11 October 2019
    Congratulations to Jacob Pearton who has been selected for the 2019/20 Prep Schools’ Pumas Under 12 ‘A’ Squad, following trials at Worth School on Sunday 6th October. 
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  • Saracens Schools Partnership Programme

    11 October 2019
    Saracens are pleased to add Sutton Valence School to the Saracens family.
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  • Upper Sixth English Trip to Canterbury

    11 October 2019
    A group of Upper Sixth Form English pupils spent the afternoon of September 24th in Canterbury, enriching their study of Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale and Gothic fiction. 
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  • Fangtastic Theatre Trip

    11 October 2019
    On 9th October, the theatregoers went to their first production of the year, Northern Ballet's Dracula.  
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  • Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations Competition

    11 October 2019
    Early on Thursday morning this week, a group of 20 pupils embarked on a long journey to Queen Anne’s School, Caversham to compete in the Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations competition.
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  • Nepalese-British Army Night

    11 October 2019
    Last Friday, a group of Sutton Valence boarders was fortunate to travel to the Nepalese-British Army base, Invicta Garrison for an evening of culture and some fantastic performances as the soldiers prepared for their upcoming festival.
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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    04 October 2019
    We were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber back to Sutton Valence School last night to deliver the inaugural Kingdon Society Lecture on ‘Adventures in Space’.
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  • Street Art Trip

    04 October 2019
    On Wednesday 2nd October, a group of Sixth Form Art and Photography students and staff travelled by coach to Old Street, London.
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  • U14A County Tournament Winners

    04 October 2019
    Yesterday the U14As travelled to Sevenoaks to compete in the Tier 2 County tournament. 
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  • Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate of Meritorious Service

    03 October 2019
    The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, recently held his annual awards ceremony for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air. The Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service may be awarded to any serving Reservist or Adult V...
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  • Sandhurst STEM Fair

    03 October 2019
    Members of the Fourth Form enjoyed a fantastic day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last Friday, visiting their annual STEM Fair.
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  • Climate Change Protest

    27 September 2019
    On Friday 20th September, the Juniors took part in a national Climate Change Protest. They got together in the Chapel and sang their hearts out to a climate change-focused version of We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel. As you are aware, the government does not take into account the voic...
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  • U19s through to County Finals

    27 September 2019
    On 26th September, eight Upper Sixth girls travelled to Rainham to play in the annual U19 County Netball Tournament.
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  • CADSAAM Shooting

    27 September 2019
    On Friday 20th September, the Shooting team, made up of: Thomas Arthur (Fifth Form), Dylan Cole (Fifth Form), Isabelle Eyers (Upper Sixth Form and captain) and  Callum Davis (Fourth Form), were asked to go to the 11th CADSAAM shooting meet
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  • Leeds Castle Run

    27 September 2019
    We arrived at Leeds Castle with the sun coming out to cheer us on. Feeling excited but also a little nervous we set off down the scenic path to be signed in.
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  • Sponsored Walk

    27 September 2019
    Last Friday, the School took advantage of the beautiful Indian Summer weather to take part in the annual sponsored walk.
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  • SVS Foundation Golf Day

    26 September 2019
    Last Friday, we were delighted to host our annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club. With the launch of the SVS Foundation, the event was rebranded this year to reflect the wider community it serves. Despite the new name, the golf was of the traditional high standard with some excellent rounds thr...
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  • England Rugby Academy Success

    26 September 2019
    Congratulations to Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth) who is in the Saracens Rugby Academy, and has been selected for the second year to become and England Academy Player.
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  • Capturing Dungeness 

    20 September 2019
    A group of ten A Level Photography students travelled to Dungeness, to undertake a landscape-based photo-shoot as part of their coursework project. The weather was beautiful, bringing clear skies and stunning views, a stark contrast to the many discarded, crumbling fishing shacks and boat wrecks tha...
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  • Prefects' Reunion

    20 September 2019
    This week, to celebrate his tenth year at Sutton Valence School, the Headmaster and Dr Grindlay hosted past prefects from across his time at the School to a reunion dinner in London. In total, 24 past prefects joined them for this anniversary event at Fino's restaurant in Mayfair.
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  • Sutton House Reunion

    20 September 2019
    On Sunday, we were delighted to welcome back Old Suttonians and former staff who attended a reunion at Sutton House to celebrate girls' boarding at the School. The group included SVS leavers spanning from 1991 through to 2016, as well as two former Sutton housemasters.
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  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month

    20 September 2019
    As September is Blood Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Palmer gave a presentation to the Sixth Form during their assembly, encouraging SVS students to consider joining the stem cell register.
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  • Ski Season Starts

    20 September 2019
    Last Sunday, teams from Sutton Valence took part in the ESSkiA South East Qualifier, the grass-roots ski racing event for schools, which leads to selection for the British Schools Championships.
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  • Third Form CCF Field Day

    13 September 2019
    With their new uniforms and boots, the Third Form assembled at Crowborough Army Training Camp for an introductory two days into life as a cadet.
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  • Biscuit Challenge

    13 September 2019
    The Second Form pondered the question, "When the nation is having a morning cuppa, what is the best biscuit?"
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  • Head of School Speech

    13 September 2019
    Our second Head of School for this term, Max Savage shares his thoughts on the commencement of the year.
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  • County Tennis Tournament

    13 September 2019
    The Kent County Closed is an annual tennis tournament held at the Bromley Tennis Centre during the last week of August in which Sixth Former Jame Gotke, took part in
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  • Boarders’ Trip to Canterbury

    13 September 2019
    On Sunday, 23 boarders went on a trip to Canterbury.  Mrs Manning and Mr Henderson each took a minibus, and, as we arrived, the clouds lifted and we enjoyed lovely weather. We went shopping in small groups and explored many of Canterbury's interesting shops.  Wherever we went in the city, we could s...
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  • NSEA Petley Wood

    13 September 2019
    The Sutton Valence Equestrian team attended their first show of the academic year last weekend at the NSEA Petley Wood show jumping qualifier.
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  • Netball success for Lulu

    13 September 2019
    Congratulations to Lulu Pankhurst (Fourth Form), who has been selected for the next stage of the U17 London Pulse Netball High Performance Hub trials.
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  • Head of School Speech

    06 September 2019
    New Head of School, Lara Savage encourages the School at the first assembly.
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  • Futures Cup

    06 September 2019
    Over the summer holidays, Louis Ridge and Alexandra Sacker participated in the annual Futures Cup hockey tournament.
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  • Kent County Youth Orchestra welcomes SVS Students

    05 September 2019
    The Music department is delighted to report that seven of our string players (Elizabeth Drummond, Bethan Pepler, Jack Price, Joseph Gillett, Alexander Tolhurst, Felix Connell and Charlotte Holmes) were invited to play with Kent County Youth Orchestra this summer
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  • Pre-Season Sports Camps

    05 September 2019
    Last week saw Girls Hockey and Boys Rugby camps across all age groups being held at SVS. Some more senior pupils also attended tournaments and fixtures designed to prepare players for the Michaelmas Term’s sport
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  • Gold DofE Expeditions

    05 September 2019
    On Saturday 3rd August, 15 intrepid Lower Sixth adventurers set off to the Lake District for the Gold DofE expedition. After eight hours, including two refreshment stops, we arrived at Dale Bottom campsite. Looking at the weather forecast in previous days I was not hopeful of a dry week and as soon ...
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  • GCSE Results

    22 August 2019
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating a superb set of GCSE results. With over 40% of all results achieved graded 9 to 7, this year’s performance represents one of the strongest in the last ten years.
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  • A Level Results 2019

    15 August 2019
    Once again, Sutton Valence School is delighted to announce another year-on-year increase in A* to B grades. In 2019, 60% of all grades achieved by students are A* to B - a very impressive increase of 8% over last year’s already excellent results.
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  • Sports Day 2019

    03 July 2019
    Last Friday saw pupils, parents and staff embark on our fantastic all-weather track in the blazing June sunshine.
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  • OS Success

    28 June 2019
    We have recently heard about some university successes from four Old Suttonians.
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  • A Taste of British Boarding School Life

    28 June 2019
    At Sutton Valence School, we welcome students from all over the world including China, Spain, Austria, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.
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  • The School that Rocked

    28 June 2019
    So once again another whirlwind production week has come and gone at Sutton Valence…
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  • Critical Thinking comes to Sutton Valence

    28 June 2019
    Does your pet think about you when you are at work?  Do you have to have been unhappy to feel happy? And if a robot waiter brings you a drink, should you say thank you?
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  • STEM Day at the Senior School

    27 June 2019
    The Senior School welcomed Year 5 from SVPS for their annual STEM Day this week
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  • Junior Kangaroo Results

    27 June 2019
    Out of more than 5,000 participants nationally, all of the three SVS students who attempted the Junior Kangaroo 2019 paper achieved a Merit level certificate. The Junior Kangaroo is a follow-up round of the Junior Maths Challenge (JMC) run by UKMT. It is a one-hour multiple-choice paper, with 25...
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  • Rose Ceremony

    27 June 2019
    The Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and marks the payment of the rent for the village green to the School.
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  • Record breaking CREST

    27 June 2019
    This year the School has seen the most CREST awards in recent memory. There has been 35 Discovery Level, 15 Bronze Level, four Silver Level and one Gold Level Award and four further Bronze awards still waiting to be assessed. 
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  • Chapel Choir Dinner

    27 June 2019
    On 21st June, the Chapel Choir held its annual dinner to celebrate all of its successful events and concerts. The Chapel Choir is one of the biggest groups in the School, contributing weekly to School life, from concerts to anthems in Chapel. This dinner is to recognise not just the events, but th...
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  • March and Shoot

    27 June 2019
    On Wednesday, the CCF took part in its annual March and Shoot competition for the Becky Norris Trophy. 
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  • Girls' Cricket Masterclass

    21 June 2019
    On Saturday 15th June, Sutton Valence School held a coaching masterclass for the junior and intermediate girls.
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  • Bronze D of E Expeditions

    21 June 2019
    After the thunderstorms and unseasonable weather at the beginning of this week, the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition set out prepared for whatever the weather did. However, the gods decided to smile upon us and we had two days of great walking weather.
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  • A Gothic Tour

    20 June 2019
    Lower Sixth English A Level students recently spent a day on a literary tour of London. The morning’s activities were focused on their study of Gothic literature.
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  • Induction Days

    20 June 2019
    On Tuesday and Friday, Sutton Valence opened its doors to the newest members of the community. 
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  • Armed Forces Day

    20 June 2019
    On Saturday, the CCF was invited to attend an event remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings and supporting Armed Forces Day organised by Sutton Valence and District Branch Royal British Legion.
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  • A Century for Kent Cricket

    14 June 2019
    On Saturday 8th June, the U13 Kent County Girls’ played the U13 Essex Girls at Brompton Barracks Cricket Ground.  After a difficult start where Kent lost three quick wickets, Jessie Gale (Second Form) took to the crease. She was running really well, putting pressure on the fielders and generating ba...
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  • Landgraaf Ski Racing

    13 June 2019
    On 25th and 26th May, Max Laughland (Fourth Form) competed at the Snowsport England Indoor BASS Races at Snow World in Landgraaf.
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  • Valencia Trip

    12 June 2019
    At the unforgiving hour of 2am, 30 half-awake pupils and teachers drove off, into the morning, ready to start their adventure: Valencia 2019.
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  • Running Rings around King's

    07 June 2019
    On Thursday, we hosted our annual Athletics meet against the King's School, Canterbury for Third and Fourth Form boys and girls. The afternoon was a success, with our girls scoring a total of 114 points compared to King’s score of 144 and our boy’s scoring 164 points, with King’s scoring 112.
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  • CCF Biennial Inspection

    07 June 2019
    Every two years the CCF is inspected by the Ministry of Defence to check that we are delivering the training as required and following the rules and regulations laid down by the respective services.
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  • Richie Richardson Competition

    06 June 2019
    On Wednesday this week, ten teams took part in the U11 six-a-side tournament.
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  • BBC Interview with the Head of Girls Cricket

    06 June 2019
    Our own Head of Girls Cricket, Hannah Jelfs has been a part of the Kent Women’s Cricket County Championship winning team this summer.
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  • Menin Gate Visit

    06 June 2019
    Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to visit some of the WW1 cemeteries in Ypres, Belgium.  I went with a vague mindset on what it was truly about until, when I got there, it became a reality. 
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  • A Fond Farewell

    24 May 2019
    A gloriously sunny day welcomed the Upper Sixth leavers to their final morning at School
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  • Penguin Race

    24 May 2019
    The Junior pupils competed in an hour-long house swimming competition.  Historically the Penguin Race was swum in the old outdoor pool, giving rise to its name. This year the pupils enjoyed the benefits of our indoor pool a far-cry from its historic (chilly) beginnings.
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  • La Salle des Enigmes

    24 May 2019
    On Thursday 23rd May, Onatti Productions returned to SVS to perform a French play ‘La Salle des Enigmes’.
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  • Conservation at Camber Sands

    23 May 2019
    On Wednesday 22nd May, the Lower Sixth Biologists travelled to Camber Sands on a field trip. The aim of the trip was to complete a series of investigations as part of their assessed practical course in the 4.2 Biodiversity module.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize

    17 May 2019
    Samuel Millan-Norman in the Upper Sixth, received a Headmaster’s Copy Prize for his fascinating EPQ project.
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  • Club Hockey Finals

    16 May 2019
    Oliver Laird, Louis Ridge, Max Savage and Finn Swaine competed for Marden Russets U18s in the National Tier 3 Finals at Reading this week and had a convincing 5-0 win against a Reading B home team. 
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  • The Cat Conundrum

    16 May 2019
    “When I play with my cat who knows if I am not more a pastime to her than she is to me?”
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  • First Form CREST Awards

    15 May 2019
    Ten of our Junior scientists have achieved their Bronze level CREST awards this week.
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  • UWGCF Athletics

    15 May 2019
    Last Friday, SVS hosted the 50th anniversary UWGCF Athletics event on our all-weather track. The five Foundation schools attended along with governors, headmasters, parents and our special guest, Steve Brown, who captained the GB Wheelchair Rugby team at the 2012 London Paralympics and is now a TV p...
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  • Summer Music Concert

    10 May 2019
    On Wednesday night, the Summer Concert took place at All Saints' Church in Maidstone. The beautiful surroundings added a sense of reverence to the evening’s proceedings.
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  • Girls Hockey Pre-Season Training

    10 May 2019
    I would like to take this opportunity to give you information about scheduled pre-season Hockey training for girls from First to Sixth Form.
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  • OS Golf Day

    10 May 2019
    Last Friday, Old Suttonians, staff and the wider School community came together for the fifth annual Old Suttonians’ Golf Day.
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  • Sergison Trophy

    10 May 2019
    On Saturday, the annual competition for the Sergison Trophy took place on the School’s .22 range
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  • Grandparents' Day

    10 May 2019
    Despite some spring showers, this week's Grandparents' Day was the largest we have ever hosted, with more than 140 grandparents, parents and extended family members visiting the School.
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  • Prep School Maths Competition

    03 May 2019
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our Maths Competition this week.
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  • Charity begins at SV….

    03 May 2019
    At the end of last term, the students were given a thought-provoking opportunity to be charitable.
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  • MCC Cricket Match

    03 May 2019
    On Thursday, the 1st XI cricket team entertained the MCC captained by old boy, Ben Leale-Green.
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  • Hockey and Rugby Representations

    25 April 2019
    Over the course of the Lent and Michaelmas Term’s an impressive number of pupils gained selection into county, regional and international squads across the sports of Hockey and Rugby.
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  • New Head of Corps

    25 April 2019
    Each year we see a new group of NCOs take over the leadership of the CCF at Sutton Valence School.  We thank the outgoing NCOs for their service and commitment and wish them well in their exams.
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  • Chemistry Olympiad

    25 April 2019
    The Chemistry Olympiad is the leading Chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK.
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  • Ski Trip 2019

    24 April 2019
    During the Easter Holiday, 40 pupils travelled to the popular ski resort of Sauze D’Oulx in the Italian Milky Way. We were lucky to have lovely sunshine and good snow conditions throughout the week, resulting in an excellent week of skiing for all those who were involved.
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  • Baton Race 2019

    29 March 2019
    The shouts of encouragement rang out across the School site as the eager runners competed in this year’s Baton Race.
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  • NCO Dinner

    29 March 2019
    Every year the officers of the CCF thank the NCOs for their service and dine them out with a formal dinner.
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  • Ambitious Artists

    27 March 2019
    We have recently heard from three Old Suttonians who left last summer to pursue Art foundation courses.
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  • Bronze Crest Awards for Juniors

    27 March 2019
    Members of the Second Form have been investigating coins in order to develop a method to spot fake coins
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  • Congratulations to our Aspiring Doctors

    22 March 2019
    We are delighted to report that three of our Upper Sixth students who are applying to Medical School this year have been outstandingly successful in gaining nine offers of places between them with one more still to reply.
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  • OS v 1st VII Netball

    22 March 2019
    On 10th March the 1st VII Netball team took on the Old Suttonians (OS).
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  • UK Water Prize Winner

    22 March 2019
    The Big Bang competition is one of the best science competitions in the UK and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to be part of it.
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  • Swim-pressive End to Season

    22 March 2019
    On Tuesday, the Sutton Valence School Swimming Team participated in its final swimming gala of the season. This was an away fixture at Bethany School, with Maidstone Grammar School also taking part.
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  • Henry Builds a Cathedral

    22 March 2019
    The season of Extended Project Qualification completion is upon many of the Upper Sixth who are currently putting the finishing touches to their EPQ products. From essays to lectures, websites and other artefacts, the range of EPQ products on offer this year is rich. One particularly unusual EPQ pro...
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  • Army Update

    15 March 2019
    As part of the training that we offer the Army section of the CCF, we have been taking the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Form to Mereworth Woods to develop their leadership and fieldcraft skills
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  • Double Win at Netball Tournament

    08 March 2019
    Congratulations to the 1st VII and 2nd VII Netball teams who achieved one draw and fourteen wins between them at the U18 King’s Netball Tournament on Thursday.
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  • Lady Taverners Final

    08 March 2019
    On Monday 4th March, Sutton Valence School travelled to Sevenoaks School for the U13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament Final. The girls were prepared for a good fight against the other finalists having won their cluster a few weeks ago. There were a few changes to the team, but the girl...
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  • World Book Day

    07 March 2019
    On Thursday, the First and Second Forms celebrated World Book Day by having a visit from local children’s author Philippa Joyner. 
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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    04 March 2019
    On Monday, we were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to speak to the Fourth Form as part of our STEM programme.
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  • Swimming Team Success

    01 March 2019
    This week, the SVS Swimming team has taken part in two away galas against some strong competition.
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  • A Sunny Sunday Walk

    26 February 2019
    On Sunday, the Sutton House boarders woke up to a surprisingly sunny morning and our first instinct was to make the most of it.
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  • Leadership Lecture for the CCF

    18 January 2019
    On Wednesday, the CCF hosted its second leadership lecture. We were very pleased to have the company of Brigadier Ridge CBE, the Chief of Joint Force Operations. The Brigadier was met by an honour guard led by Cadet RSM Fowle and lunch with the Headmaster.
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  • Cambridge place for Magnus

    16 January 2019
    Magnus Linn has received an offer from Queens' College, Cambridge to read Music. Competition for places at Oxbridge is fiercer than ever, with roughly five applicants per place nationally and all typically having straight A*/A profiles.
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  • Hampton Court Trip

    16 January 2019
    The boarders visited Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 13th January.
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  • From the Head of School

    11 January 2019
    Good afternoon School, Today you may be happy to know that I will not be reporting on any of the first eleven’s hockey results or updating you on any of the team’s injuries, even if I did find myself gravitating towards, ‘Last week the first eleven played…’ as my opening line.
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  • Gold CREST Award

    11 January 2019
    Diana Virgovicova has achieved a Gold CREST Award, the highest level awarded by the British Science Association for a student’s achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
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  • Sam Mostowfi wins Gold

    11 January 2019
    This September, Sam Mostowfi was part of the Great Britain Team that won gold in Germany at the Cottbus Cup. In November, they competed in France, where the boys claimed the silver medal for the team and Sam won the individual all-round bronze medal. 
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  • Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst

    03 January 2019
    As Contingent Commander, I have been privileged to witness many special moments in the CCF – the cadets parading on Remembrance Sunday, the NCO leaver’s dinner with the heads of section giving speeches, receiving national shooting prizes, cadets who are scared of heights abseiling and the first time...
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  • Carol Services

    13 December 2018
    Once again the School community came together in the early evening chill on Sunday and Tuesday to celebrate Christmas in song and scripture. 
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  • Blue Stockings

    13 December 2018
    The performances of Blue Stockings turned out to be hugely successful despite the short period of time we had to produce it.
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition

    06 December 2018
    The Westminster Schools Foundation held their annual art exhibition at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary gallery in Chelsea this week.
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  • Abbott's Cup Win

    06 December 2018
    On Thursday, the 1st XV travelled to Emanuel School to play in the annual ‘classic clash’.
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  • Mike Tindall Visits Sutton Valence

    30 November 2018
    Sutton Valence School recently welcomed Mike Tindall MBE, former rugby international and England captain, as part of a coaching session for students. Pupils took part in their regular training and Mike joined a number of teams to put them through their paces.
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  • Signalling Success

    22 November 2018
    We were fortunate to have two soldiers from 36 Engineers run a signals course for our Fourth Form Army cadets, this week.  Communication is important in the military with both HF and VHF radios used to relay information from the battlefield back to HQ. 
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  • Regional Title for Under 14 Girls

    22 November 2018
    Yesterday the Under 14s travelled to Redbridge Sports Centre to compete in the East Schools Tier 2 Finals Day. They had previously qualified by finishing runners-up in the county round and then winning the east semi-finals day, remaining unbeaten through the tournament.
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  • Climbing the Walls

    21 November 2018
    Imagine feeling unstoppable. Having the skills, drive and resilience to overcome obstacles and achieve anything you want to. Imagine knowing what it would take to perform to your maximum day in, day out, and believing you could do it. Imagine being able to assess and accept the risks of failure and ...
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  • Mystery solved

    19 November 2018
    The Third Form are all working a forensic project- 'Who killed Mr Sansom?
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  • From the Deputy Head

    16 November 2018
    This year the School’s annual Remembrance Service had a particular poignancy as we marked the centenary of the Armistice with the unveiling of a chapel bell. We remembered those members of the School community who made the ultimate sacrifice as the bell sounded for the first time, once for each fall...
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  • Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph

    12 November 2018
    In the year of the centenary of the end of the First World War.
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  • Historical Association Debate

    12 November 2018
    The Historical Association debate is not for the faint-hearted. Participants must research their topic, write a convincing speech and be prepared to be grilled by fellows of the Historical Association and their panel of expert historians. 
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  • Whodunnit?

    09 November 2018
    Over the course of this week, the Third Form have been trying to solve the brutal ‘Murder of Mr Sansom’. Surprisingly, a number of our staff are suspects for this crime.
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  • DofE Practice Expedition

    09 November 2018
    The Third Form bravely embarked on a perilous two-day practice expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh award, at the end of last Half Term. We were in groups of roughly eight, each one of us nervous and carrying heavy backpacks, and we were dropped off about a five hours walk away from the School and...
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    08 November 2018
    Two hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley published her Gothic novel Frankenstein. In the novel, Frankenstein’s monster comes to life on ‘a dreary night in November’. So it was only fitting that the Sutton Valence English Society met last Tuesday, on a dreary night in November, to celebrate Mary ...
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  • Spanish Study Visit to Córdoba

    07 November 2018
    Twelve Spanish students from the Fourth, Fifth and Upper Sixth Forms embarked on the journey to the south-west of Spain in Córdoba, over Half Term, to spend six days with native host families.
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  • Model United Nations 2018

    10 October 2018
    Eighteen Sutton Valence students participated in the United Westminster Schools’ annual Model United Nations, this week, at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.
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  • An artist's approach to London

    04 October 2018
    A combined group of Lower and Upper Sixth artists from SVS travelled to London to take part in a drawing workshop with the artist and educator Paul Brandford.
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  • Suttonian is appointed Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet

    28 September 2018
    Each year, Lord-Lieutenant, Lord De L’Isle appoints young people to serve as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.
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  • England Rugby Academy success

    21 September 2018
    Two senior rugby players join the England Academy.
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  • Senior Kingdon Society Brexit lecture

    21 September 2018
    Last Wednesday, the Senior Kingdon society had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr Oliver Daddow, a politics lecturer from Nottingham University and an Old Suttonian.
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  • Sutton Valence School awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard

    06 September 2018
    We are delighted to announce that the School has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard. This standard is only awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after sch...
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  • GCSE Results 2018

    23 August 2018
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating a superb set of GCSE results. Almost one-fifth of the year group achieved seven or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 7, with an outstanding 10% of all grades at 9, the highest possible level. This is an exceptional performance against the national...
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  • Junior Drama Production

    16 August 2018
    At the start of a hectic penultimate week of term at the Senior School, our junior drama students took to the stage for three performances of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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  • County and above Sport representation

    30 June 2018
    This academic year a total of 57 students have obtained county honours or above across 13 different sports.
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  • The Squashed Tomato Challenge

    29 June 2018
    On Thursday, Year 5 came to the Senior School from SVPS for a fun day of experimenting and engineering.
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  • Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition 2018

    26 June 2018
    Congratulations to Francis Romano (Lower Sixth Form) who has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition.  
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  • Informal Music Concert

    22 June 2018
    On 20th of June 2018 the Music Department held the last informal concert of the Summer term in Groves Hall.
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  • UCAS Clearing

    14 June 2018
    If you don’t get the A Level grades to secure your university choice, clearing is the UCAS system which enables you to see which university courses still have places remaining so you can apply for them.
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  • Leavers' Day

    25 May 2018
    This morning, the School said goodbye to the Upper Sixth as the pupils head off on study leave.
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  • United Westminster Schools Athletics Success

    14 May 2018
    The annual United Westminster Schools (UWS) Athletics event took place last Friday at the Millennium Stadium in Battersea.
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  • Twelfth Night experience at The Globe

    11 May 2018
    Last night, the English A Level students saw this riotous, topsy-turvy play at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A shout-out must go to both Georgia Best and Mrs Westlake who wore wonderfully bright yellow socks as a tribute to Malvolio.
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  • Daisy Hills British Eventing Success

    02 May 2018
    Congratulations to Daisy Hills (Fourth Form) who competed at the British Eventing BE90 one-day equestrian event at Chilham Castle last Saturday.
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  • Eliza Lewis, Head of School

    16 April 2018
    New Head of School, Eliza Lewis, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good Morning School, I hope you had a restful but productive Easter break, and are ready for the challenges of the Summer Term.
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  • Swimming Gala vs Bethany School

    22 March 2018
    On Tuesday 20th March, Sutton Valence School hosted the last swimming gala of the season against Bethany School.
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  • Sixth Form Learn to Waltz

    22 March 2018
    On Wednesday afternoon, the Sixth Form were treated to an excellent exhibition of ballroom dancing, by Maxwell Harrison (Upper Sixth) and Katie Harrison (Lower Sixth).
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  • Head of English as an Additional Language Visits HIKSVS

    22 March 2018
    This week HIKSVS welcomed Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL), Julie Manning. She introduced the Cambridge University English Language Scheme to both a group of parents and the academic staff.
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  • Biscuit Dunking Brings CREST Award Success

    16 March 2018
    In December, during a Second Form Mathematics lesson, Mr Cope dipped his biscuit into his coffee and groaned with dismay as half of it was left in the mug.
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  • HIKSVS Visit to Sutton Valence School

    08 March 2018
    On Monday and Tuesday this week, 12 pupils and their parents from our sister school, HIKSVS in Tianjin, China, spent time visiting Sutton Valence and really getting a feel for what life at this fantastic School is all about.
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  • Thomas Costin VPC

    19 January 2018
    Congratulations to Thomas Costin (Upper Sixth) who has been promoted to the rank of inspector in the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC).
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  • Matthew Webb Head of School

    10 January 2018
    New Head of School, Matthew Webb, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good morning School and welcome to 2018.  I hope you all had a memorable Christmas break.
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  • 1st XV Rugby Finish The Term in Style

    13 December 2017
    On Wednesday, our 1st XV Rugby team played the Emanuel School 1st XV in the annual ‘Abbott Cup’ match.
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  • Equestrian Update

    05 December 2017
    The School's Equestrian team had an exceptionally successful weekend at the NSEA Championships Plate competition at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe.
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  • SVS shortlisted for TES Independent School Award

    09 November 2017
    Sutton Valence School has been shortlisted in the Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year category of the TES Independent School Awards 2018.
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  • Kent Law Society Lecture

    20 October 2017
    On Thursday evening, a group of Sixth Formers visited the University of Kent, accompanied by Dr Grindlay and Miss Gray.
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  • General Wardlaw Leadership Lecture

    19 October 2017
    The School was privileged to have General Wardlaw deliver the inaugural Leadership Lecture to the Combined Cadet Force.
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  • Gothic Enrichment Day – London 2017

    12 October 2017
    On Tuesday, ten Upper Sixth English Literature pupils, accompanied by Dr Grindlay, Mrs Porter and Mr Davenport, enjoyed a fulfilling day of genre enrichment to aid their studies of the Gothic (the key genre in their linear course).
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  • Three string players join KCYO

    29 September 2017
    We are delighted that three of our Senior Strings have been selected to join the Kent County Youth Orchestra (KCYO).
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society thinks critically

    15 September 2017
    We are living in an age where the term fact has become a relative one.  In an age of fake news, how is it possible to know what to believe?
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  • Boarders take on Canterbury

    14 September 2017
    Last weekend the boarders went to Canterbury.
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  • My first days at Sutton Valence

    11 September 2017
    Before I came to England, everybody asked me many times a day "Are you excited?" And of course, I was! But I was also really scared. Scared of new surroundings, scared of new people, scared of new learning system...the thing is, I was excited about all those things at the same time! There was this m...
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  • U16 England Hockey success

    08 September 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Louis Ridge (Fifth Form) has been selected for the England Under 16 Hockey squad for 2017/2018.
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  • King's College Hospital donation

    08 September 2017
    Over the summer, Grace Wilson (Second Form) travelled up to King's College Hospital to present the charity with a cheque for £280, which she had raised at the start of 2016 whilst in Year 6 of the Prep School.
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  • HIKSVS opens its doors to pupils

    08 September 2017
    The start of this academic year sees a hugely significant landmark in the long history of Sutton Valence School. As many of you will be aware, we are immensely proud that, after well over two years’ hard work of planning, construction and recruitment, the HIK SVS International School, a co-education...
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  • New Head of School Speaks

    08 September 2017
    New Head of School, Faber Swaine, speaks for the first time at assembly:
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  • Bisley 2017

    06 September 2017
    In the first week of the holidays, Sixth Formers, Ben Murray (captain) and James Collins (vice-captain) led the School Shooting team at Bisley. Bisley is the home of the National Rifle Association and the occasion was the School’s National Shooting Championship. There were just over 100 schools taki...
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  • Pre-season sports start the term on a high

    01 September 2017
    Last week, boys and girls across all year groups had the opportunity to hit the ground running by attending pre-season training camps for both Rugby and Hockey.
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  • Sutton Valence School Pupils Achieve Best-Ever GCSE Results

    24 August 2017
    Fifth Form students are in high spirits as the School celebrates its best ever GCSE results, including a 70% increase in the top A* grades.
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  • A Level Results

    17 August 2017
    Against the background of more rigorous linear A levels, Sutton Valence School is delighted that 14.2% of this year’s results were the coveted A* grade, up from 13.2% last year.
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  • Rugby Tour 2017

    19 July 2017
    Over the last two weeks, 23 senior rugby players, along with Mr Howell, Mr Cope and Mr Dawling embarked on their highly-anticipated North American rugby tour. The group arrived back yesterday from what was a truly memorable experience for all involved.
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  • Charity Showjumping Event

    04 July 2017
    Sutton Valence School's inaugural Charity Showjumping event at Duckhurst Farm in Staplehurst welcomed 88 competitors from over 16 schools.
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  • Sports Day 2017

    04 July 2017
    Last Friday and Saturday our pupils competed in the final and, perhaps, most crucial sporting house event of the year, Sports Day. Students wearing their house colours ran, threw and jumped to the best of their ability to ensure valuable points for their respective houses.
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  • Speech Day 2017

    03 July 2017
    As grey skies turned to blue, Sutton Valence School opened its gates for Speech Day. This year there was a variety of events on offer to all our visitors.
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  • Informal Concert

    21 June 2017
    The final informal concert of the year featured music of varied styles and included performances from across the year groups.
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  • Higher Education Morning

    21 June 2017
    On a very warm Saturday morning, parents and pupils of the Lower Sixth came together at 8.30am over coffee and croissants on the Chapel Lawn in readiness for the Higher Education information morning
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  • Bronze for Sam in Portugal

    21 June 2017
    Congratulations to Sam Mostowfi and team GB!
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  • Year 4 Enrichment Day

    19 June 2017
    Year 4 spent a very exciting and challenging day at the Senior School.
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  • Rose Ceremony

    19 June 2017
    The Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and recognises the unique bond between School and village.
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  • Goodbye Sam and Sebastian

    14 June 2017
    We said goodbye to two of our long-standing late prep pupils, Sam Gray and Sebastian Shaddick, as they went on study leave in preparation for their A Levels.
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  • ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes?

    08 June 2017
    Before the Half Term break, the Third Form Spanish groups attended ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes? by Onnati Productions, an immersive production performed by Spanish actors and aimed at language learners of their age and level.
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  • School team win the Sergison

    06 June 2017
    Held in honour of Captain Sergison who was at the School from 1951 to 1974, the Sergison Trophy is an annual competition, held on the School .22 range. It is, usually, a four-way shoot between the School Shooting team and teams of parents, staff and Old Suttonians all competing.
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  • Rowing to success

    05 June 2017
    Over Half Term, Third Former, Robert Humphris and his Maidstone Invicta crew were selected to row in the National Schools Rowing Regatta competition held at the prestigious Olympic course at Dorney Lake.
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  • Pentathlon success!

    25 May 2017
    On Wednesday Maisie Rixon and Josh O'Brien competed in the Kent, London and Middlesex schools combined events championships in Enfield.
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  • Cricketers' Victory

    24 May 2017
    On Saturday 20th May, Sutton Valence’s 1st XI hosted St Lawrence College, Ramsgate for their sixth game of the season.
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  • County golf success

    24 May 2017
    Last Sunday, Third Former Harvey Sladden played for the Kent Golf team in the second of the season’s Under 14 Triangular matches between Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
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  • Boys win the Cup

    18 May 2017
    Last Friday, the School's Athletics team travelled to the Palmer Park Stadium, Reading, to compete in the annual United Westminster Schools Foundation Athletics meeting. Up against the other four schools in the Foundation, our athletes performed brilliantly across a range of events and disciplines.
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  • Becky Norris March and Shoot 2017

    12 May 2017
    The March and Shoot competition got off to a hesitant start with a few late replacements being needed in all sections due to injuries occurring in the days before. With all three sections with their full complement of five cadets, we were excited to begin the warm-up and get ready to start the compe...
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  • Kent Schools Ski Championships

    09 May 2017
    The day started early for the first ever SVS Ski team competition. We were on the road at 7am for the short trip to Brentwood for the Kent School Ski Championships.
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  • Sutton Valence opens the Foundation Concert

    05 May 2017
    The Foundation Concert was held last night in the historic St John’s, Smith Square, famous for its stunning English baroque architecture and musical significance.
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  • SVS Prep School Maths Competition

    05 May 2017
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our own Maths Competition this week.
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  • Golfers triumph in three-way challenge

    04 May 2017
    This week, our Golf team played in a triangular U18 match at Addington Golf Club against the national finalists and county champions from Surrey and Kent, Whitgift and Eltham College. Sutton Valence showed its golfing strength, winning five out of the six matches.
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  • Success in the Kent Schools Golf Association County Singles Competition

    04 May 2017
    The Golf team shone at the end of April in the Kent Schools Singles Tournament at Bearsted Golf Course.
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  • International politician and OS shares his memories of the School

    04 May 2017
    The School welcomed back Old Suttonian Jan Hamáček last Friday, who had not returned to the School since he left 21 years ago. Since leaving Sutton Valence, Jan has carved out a successful political career in his native Czech Republic where he currently serves as Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies ...
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  • Power of Words

    28 April 2017
    The great–great–great–granddaughter of Charles Dickens visited the Junior Kingdon Society on 25th April. Lucinda Hawksley, a published author and lecturer, addressed us about her beloved ancestor and his life story. 
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  • Human Geography Field Day

    27 April 2017
    A fascinating topic, first brought forward by Mr Samson, was to consider which of two urban regeneration schemes was more successful: Whitefriars in Canterbury or Fremlin Walk in Maidstone.
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  • Chapel Choir Dinner

    27 April 2017
    On Friday, the Chapel Choir, seventy members strong stretching from First Form to Upper Sixth, met for our yearly meal. This year, the choir have toured Amsterdam, where we performed a large repertoire, as well as singing our usual carol services. We are currently learning Vivaldi’s Gloria in prepar...
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  • Onnati Productions: Le Café

    27 April 2017
    Last Friday, the Third Form French groups were lucky enough to watch a production of Le Café: a play entirely in French, and devised by Onnati Productions for pupils at their stage of language learning.
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  • Un séjour à Senlis

    27 April 2017
    During the first week of the Easter Holiday, four pupils from the Fourth and Lower Sixth Forms crossed the channel to spend a week with host families in Senlis – a small town close to Paris. After an unanticipated detour via Lille, we were greeted by the pupils’ exchange partners from Lycée St Vince...
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  • Rowing results

    27 April 2017
    This weekend saw some fantastic Rowing results from Edward Humphris (First Form) and his brother, Robert Humphris (Third Form).
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  • England call-up for Old Suttonian

    27 April 2017