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Results and Destinations

“Our most important responsibility is to unlock every pupil’s academic potential”

Once again, Sutton Valence School celebrated year-on-year increase in A* to B grades. In 2019, 60% of all grades achieved by students were A* to B - a very impressive increase of 8% over last year’s already excellent results.

The growth in number of top grades achieved was particularly notable. 2019 sees an almost three-fold increase in the much-coveted A* grade, with 20% of pupils achieving three or more A* to A grades.

A record-breaking 100% of our students who completed the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A* to A grades. Recognised by universities as providing students with essential skills, the EPQ is a self-motivated project that requires detailed planning and independent research and aids students to stand out in the UCAS application process.

In 2019, Fifth Form students were delighted by 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. The percentage of coveted grades 8 and 9 achieved by pupils at the School has increased again this year – 2019 sees 22% of our GCSE grades awarded at the very highest level.

One-fifth of the 82 pupils in the year group each achieved over 80% 9 to 7 grades across a wide range of subjects and five individuals achieved a superb clean sweep at these top grades. At a time when the media regularly reports how girls outperform boys at GCSE, Sutton Valence has bucked the trend with our boys achieving particularly good results this year.

GCE A Level 


Overall pass rate



% A* - C Grades


% A* - B Grades


% A* - A Grades


% of candidates with three or more A* and A grades


Number of Upper Sixth candidates



Overall pass rate



% 9 - 4 Grades


% 9 - 6 Grades


% 9 - 7 Grades


% 9 Grades 10%

Number of Fifth Form candidates



Value Added

On average, our students will gain results at A Level that out-perform their predicted grade on entry to the School by 0.5 of a grade.  As measured by Durham University Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, which has a thirty year history of computing these statistics.  

Our flexible curriculum gives students in the early years the opportunity to experience a broad range of academic subjects. This helps them to make informed choices when they come to make decisions about GCSE courses.  Class sizes are small, with an overall student:staff ratio of 9:1, which enables our students to benefit from the close guidance and individual attention of their teachers.


University Destinations (2019)

Out of a cohort of 75 pupils, 64 Sutton Valence pupils gained places at university this year.  Fourty-four successfully achieved their first choice and seven their second choice. Twenty-eight of our pupils have accepted places at universities such as Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Imperial, Manchester, Southampton, UCL, Warwick and York, all of which are Russell Group universities. Pupils also gained places at the prestigious St Andrews University. Three pupils successfully gained places to study Medicine and two students are pursuing careers in the Navy

The choice of university courses has been as varied as ever, including Aeronautical, Electronic and Marine Engineering, Equine Studies, Business Management, Finance, Criminology, History of Art, Geography, International Development, Law, Neuroscience and Medicine, English, Nursing, Real Estate, Photography, Broadcasting, Maths and Physics.

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