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  • Medication at School

    Feb 2019
    Could we please remind parents that pupils should not be carrying any medication around School unless this has been agreed with the nurses.  Several times this term un-named medication has been found around the site and we are aware that some pupils have been sharing their medication with others, bo...
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  • Academy Conferences Day

    Feb 2019

    Last Friday, a group of Lower Sixth Scholars and Exhibitioners attended the Academy Conferences Masterclass in London, accompanied by Dr Grindlay and Mr Jones.  It proved to be an exciting and informative day out.  After an early train into London, we arrived at the location, Bloomsbury...

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  • Swimming Gala Success

    Jan 2019
    On Thursday 24th January, we hosted our first full team swimming gala against King’s Rochester. 34 swimmers took part in a mixture of individual and relay events.
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  • Body Worlds

    Jan 2019

    On Friday 25th January, both the Lower Sixth PE and Biology A Level students went to London to experience an exhibition like no other, famously named Body Worlds. It is the original exhibition of real human bodies. It is designed primarily for trainee anatomists and surgeons. All exhibits have be...

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  • NSEA County Championships Dressage Qualifier

    Jan 2019
    aisy Hills, Toby and Jess de Lucy qualified for the County Dressage Championships with an amazing team win in the Prelim. 
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  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    Jan 2019
    To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Third Form has been studying aspects of this challenging period of recent history in Religious Studies and History.  Their studies culminated in participating in a webcast that involved a worldwide audience to hear Harry Spiro, a Holocaust survivor give his testim...
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  • Super Start to the Netball Season

    Jan 2019
    The Netball season began with the girls being put through their paces by an army fitness instructor out on the muddy fields for pre-season training, this was great for team bonding.
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  • Punchdrunk Immersive Theatre Experience

    Jan 2019
    It was an early start for many of us that foggy Monday morning, we all got on the bus with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, not quite knowing what was to come
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  • Three SVS players represent Saracens Academy

    Jan 2019
    Nathan Bispham, Brandon Jackson and Harvey Beaton played for Saracens Under 18‘s Rugby team on Saturday away against Exeter. The team won 47-7. No other school had three representatives in the squad which is an excellent achievement for the Sutton Valence.
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  • Kent Cross Country Championships

    Jan 2019
    Last Saturday, the following pupils ran at the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships at the Duke of York Royal Military School in Dover. All runners qualified after representing the School at the Maidstone Schools District Championships in November.
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  • Theatre Trip

    Jan 2019
    On Saturday, a group of boarders travelled to Canterbury to see an exciting production of Kinky Boots in the Marlowe Theatre. We had been waiting with anticipation since November when we ordered the tickets.
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  • Starting Off on the Right Foot

    Jan 2019
    This term the Third Form have started their GCSE courses across all subjects and it is at this point they must ensure that key pillars in their approach to schoolwork are in place.
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  • GCE/GCSE Examination Timetable

    Jan 2019
    The main examination timetable is now available for parents to view on the Parent Portal.
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  • Leadership Lecture for the CCF

    Jan 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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  • Fifth Form experience to Kolkata – July 2019

    Jan 2019
    Places are still open for Fifth Form pupils to take part in a ‘mini Gap’ experience to the Mathieson Music School (MMS) in Kolkata in the first two weeks of July, working as volunteers in this charitable school for orphans.
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  • Winning Swim!

    Jan 2019
    On 15th January, the Junior Swimming Team joined with the Prep School to take part in their first gala against Dulwich Prep Cranbrook.
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  • Cambridge place for Magnus

    Jan 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

    Jan 2019
    The boarders visited Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 13th January.
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  • Senior Cross Country

    Jan 2019
    On Saturday 12th January Tom Gray (Lower Sixth), James Crombie (Fifth Form) and Josh O’Brien (Fifth Form) took place in the Knole Park 10km run in Sevenoaks.
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  • Fencing Fun

    Jan 2019
    On Friday 14th December, I travelled to Millfield School to take part in the Cadet Winton fencing competition. Each region enters a team of 24 fencers, made up of eight from each weapon (Foil, Epee and Sabre), split equally between girls and boys.  I was selected to be part of the South East girl’s ...
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  • From the Head of School

    Jan 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

    Jan 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

    Jan 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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  • Swim Relay Trophies

    Jan 2019
    The Maidstone Riverside Rotary have confirmed Sutton Valence has won two trophies in the annual Swim Relay,
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  • Staff raffle in aid of Alzheimer’s UK

    Jan 2019
    As has become tradition, a staff raffle was held on the last day of term. This year was better than ever and we raised an amazing £437 for Alzheimer’s UK. 
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  • Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst

    Jan 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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  • Junior Leadership Craft Stall

    Dec 2018
    This year, the Junior Leadership Christmas craft stall proved more popular than ever; raising a fantastic amount for Samaritan’s Purse and their Operation Christmas Child project.
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  • Fifth Form revision over the Christmas Holidays

    Dec 2018
    Further to my letter from 26th November that outlines key dates and suggested support strategies as they approach the Christmas Holidays, the Fifth Form have been provided with further materials to help them prepare for their Mock Examinations that start on 28th January 2019.
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  • Juniors' Christmas Festivities

    Dec 2018
    The Juniors have had a very jolly end of term which they have enjoyed hugely. On Friday 7th December, sixty of them had a party which was brilliantly organised by Ellen Crombie, Olivia Smith, Alistair Gooding and supported by many other School Prefects.
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  • Carol Services

    Dec 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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  • Exams for our International Students

    Dec 2018
    It has been a busy end of the term for many of our overseas students.  Last Saturday, eight Upper Sixth Formers traveled to Canterbury to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.  Gaining a high level on the IELTS examination is a requirement for overseas students w...
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  • Blue Stockings

    Dec 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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  • Christmas in the Library

    Dec 2018
    We have run three competitions over the last few weeks in the run-up to Christmas.
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  • 1st XV and Under 15A teams finish term in style!

    Dec 2018
    Congratulations to the 1st XV and Under 15A rugby teams who beat King's School, Canterbury 28-3 and 10-0 respectively last weekend. This caps a fine term for both teams who have finished the term unbeaten in all block fixtures.
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  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

    Dec 2018
    Congratulations to Old Suttonians, Cameron Knight (2017 M) and Owen Rixon (2017 F), who attended St James Palace on Tuesday 4th December, where they met Prince Edward and were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh gold certificates. 
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Dec 2018
    In the darker days of winter, when spirits are low, it is all too easy to lose sight of the simple things that can make everyone feel better.  The hidden quality of shared laughter and the heartfelt emotion of kindness to others, can generate a sense of inner peace and comfort for us all.
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  • Christmas at the Castle

    Dec 2018
    The boarders went to the Leeds Castle Christmas market on the last Sunday before the Christmas break. It was a wonderful time, because there were so many nice little stalls and a lovely fairground.
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition

    Dec 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

    Dec 2018
    On Thursday, the 1st XV travelled to Emanuel School to play in the annual ‘classic clash’.
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  • Christmas Market

    Dec 2018
    This year Junior Leadership return with another festive treat - a Christmas Market held in the Refectory, following each of the Carol Services.
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  • National Young Scientist of the Year Finalist

    Dec 2018
    We are delighted to announce that Diana Virgovicova, Lower Sixth Form, has qualified as a finalist for this year’s Big Bang Competition. Her project, titled ‘Solving river pollution with the discovery and testing of a new photocatalyst g-C3N4’, was assessed by a panel of judges working in the fields...
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  • STEM Silver CREST Award

    Dec 2018
    Thomas Saltmarsh, Upper Sixth Form, has been awarded a CREST Award at silver level for his work on the design of direct current (DC) motors.
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  • Mike Tindall Visits Sutton Valence

    Nov 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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  • French Play

    Nov 2018
    On Thursday it was French theatre day for our First Form French pupils.  For the third year running, we were treated to a very lively and amusing performance by two actors: one French-speaking and one English. Ticket pour l’espace tells the story of Jack who won first prize; a trip on a French space...
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  • Swim Relay Winners

    Nov 2018
    Pupils and staff took the plunge last weekend in a charity swimming event. The challenge involved teams of six swimming as many lengths as possible in 30 minutes.
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  • Equestrian Report

    Nov 2018
    The Equestrian Team has had a busy and successful few weeks, taking part in the NSEA Plate Championships and the Grass Roots Show.
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  • Computer Science in Action

    Nov 2018
    This week, our Sixth Form ICT students joined approximately 1,000 students from across the country, to attend a Computer Science in Action study day in London. 
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  • Electronic Billing

    Nov 2018
    In line with our environmental sustainability objectives, we aim to reduce our environmental impact and to increase efficiency and communication by aiming to discontinue our hard copy fee invoicing practices. Receiving your fee invoice by email is:
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  • HIKSVS represent British Education at international exposition

    Nov 2018
    The first-ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) was hosted in Shanghai, in early November 2018, under President Xi’s vision of building an open world economy. HIK Education Group and Partners were proud to represent the very best of British education at the British National Pavilion.
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  • Signalling Success

    Nov 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

    Nov 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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  • GB Triathlon Squad

    Nov 2018
    Having made his triathlon debut at Leeds Castle on 25th June 2018, Matthew Latham (teacher of PE and Games and Old Suttonian) has exceeded expectations by qualifying for a Great Britain age-group team (25-29). He will be competing in the 2019 Weert ETU standard distance triathlon European championsh...
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  • Building Futures – an alternative route to university

    Nov 2018
    To give students an alternative to the university route, the Upper Sixth had an excellent opportunity on Wednesday afternoon to attend a presentation from Berkeley, one of the market leaders in the property development industry and an award winning FTSE 100 company.
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  • Library Competition

    Nov 2018
    As a consequence of the visit to School by James Campbell, author and children’s comedian, the Library ran a short story competition for the First and Second Forms, beginning: A funny thing happened to me ….
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  • Climbing the Walls

    Nov 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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  • Cross Country Success

    Nov 2018
    Last Friday, 12 pupils from across a variety of age groups competed at the Maidstone District Cross Country Championships.
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  • Mystery solved

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

    Nov 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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  • Help a Christmas Child

    Nov 2018

    During their Junior Leadership sessions, the First Form have been busy wrapping and filling their shoeboxes for the project Operation Christmas Child, which is ran by Samaritan’s Purse. Some students have managed to fill two shoeboxes. Pupils have been incredibly generous and have enjoyed t...

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  • Russia and Europe: What Next?

    Nov 2018
    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met on Tuesday night to hear a fascinating talk by John Pilkington.  John read Geography at Cambridge, and is now a travel writer and photographer.  He has published several books about his travels, and has broadcast adventure travel documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
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  • Middle East Seminar

    Nov 2018
    This Wednesday a group of the Upper Sixth had the pleasure of listening to a seminar by MEEDU (Middle East Education). The two speakers succinctly explained the Israeli occupation of Palestine and put it within its historical context.
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  • Experimental Animation

    Nov 2018
    On Monday afternoon, the Art Scholars and Exhibitioners attended a workshop in Gulland Hall with the animator and artist Tom Barnett.
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  • Science Live!

    Nov 2018

    A group of 16 keen A Level physicists headed up to London on Wednesday to hear a series of Physics talks, all with the aim of showing that the future of science is more than just equations and examination questions. Piccadilly Theatre was packed full of A Level students from across the count...

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  • Foundation Concert

    Nov 2018
    Our musicians took part in a concert in London, commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War 1. The Senior Strings performed 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus' composed by Vaughan Williams.
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  • English Remembers

    Nov 2018
    In English we have commemorated the Armistice in different ways throughout the week, several classes have studied Binyon’s 'For the Fallen' to help contextualise “they shall not grow old as we grow old…", which many heard for the first time as they participated more fully in the School’s act of Reme...
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  • Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph

    Nov 2018
    In the year of the centenary of the end of the First World War.
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  • Equestrian News

    Nov 2018

    NSEA Championships at Keysoe – Half Term

    During the first weekend of Half Term, both dressage and show jumping teams competed for the first time at the prestigious National Schools Championships, held at Keysoe Equestrian College.

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  • Juniors First World War

    Nov 2018
    Last week the Junior Curriculum changed in order for all classes to cover something related to the First World War or the Armistice. ​​​​​​​
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  • Historical Association Debate

    Nov 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?

    Nov 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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  • Junior Leadership £5 Challenge

    Nov 2018
    This term in Junior Leadership, Churchill group have been working towards the £5 Challenge. They were tasked with raising money for charity from just five pounds.
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  • DofE Practice Expedition

    Nov 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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  • GB Youth Sailing Selection

    Nov 2018
    Congratulations to Edward Smith, who has been selected for the GB Youth Sailing Team.
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  • England Ski Team

    Nov 2018
    Congratulations to Tyler Weekes (Fourth Form) and Rory Baillie (Fifth Form) who have been selected to join the England Schools Ski Squad for this season.
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Nov 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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  • Help a Christmas Child

    Nov 2018
    The First Form will be participating in the charity project Operation Christmas Child once again this year, which is part of the community aspect of Junior Leadership.
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  • Spanish Study Visit to Córdoba

    Nov 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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  • Autumn Joint Concert

    Oct 2018
    Last night’s Autumn Concert was the second collaboration between the schools showcasing music from popular music genres.  It is a great pleasure for us to give so many of our musicians the chance to perform and exciting to see how students joined together to perform.
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  • Thorpe Park Trip

    Oct 2018
    The boarders embarked on a much-awaited Thorpe Park trip last Sunday, eagerly waking up at 8 o´clock, only to find the most abysmal weather. However, this was not going to tarnish the determination for the boys to go on every ride possible,
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  • Cooking improves our English

    Oct 2018
    We have been studying about food this week in ESL, so Miss Manning decided to show us how to make a traditional British cake, a Victoria sandwich.
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  • Wise Children

    Oct 2018
    The Theatregoers trip to 'Wise Children' (based on the novel by Angela Carter) was an immersive experience, with a carnivalesque atmosphere yet such dark undercurrents.
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  • A Sunny Sponsored Walk

    Oct 2018
    Pupils have been stepping out for charity on their annual sponsored walk.
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  • From the Academic Deputy Head

    Oct 2018
    As another holiday approaches, we all wonder how the longest Half Term we will have all year has managed to disappear with such speed. So much is achieved in the Michaelmas Term.
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  • A Gothic adventure…​​​​​​​

    Oct 2018

    200 years on from the birth of the monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ‘seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ combined with a ‘dreary day of October’ to set up the Upper Sixth A Level English Literature cohort perfectly on their fog-ridden journe...

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  • Bodiam Castle trip

    Oct 2018
    During Monday's Field Day, Miss Manning and Mr Hammersley took a group of overseas students on a trip to discover a little bit of British culture and its rich history.
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  • Taking the helm

    Oct 2018
    I had been looking forward to this weekend for weeks and sure enough, the experience did not disappoint.
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  • Model United Nations 2018

    Oct 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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  • Upper Sixth Field Day

    Oct 2018
    The Upper Sixth had a jam-packed itinerary on Monday, with a focus on higher education and careers. Their day included workshops from Sussex University on UCAS personal statements and one-to-one interview practice with our HR professional Mrs Van Leeuwen.
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  • Second Form Ultimate STEM Challenge

    Oct 2018
    Today, we launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge in an assembly with the Second Form. This is a national competition run by the BP Educational Service, challenging UK students aged 11-14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life ...
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  • James Campbell visits the Library

    Oct 2018
    The First and Second Forms had a very different start to their day on Wednesday. As they headed to the Library they were met by James Campbell, storyteller, writer and comedian.
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  • An artist's approach to London

    Oct 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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  • Equestrian report

    Oct 2018
    Oliver Barr and Ella Barr both competed at the Felbridge Show Jumping competition last weekend. Ella had an unlucky run-out in the first class at a rather tight, daring turn, but then went on to jump a double clear in the 60cm class.
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  • The long arm of the law

    Oct 2018
    Last Tuesday, the First to Third Form scholars and exhibitioners were greeted by the long arm of the law. A magistrate, Nigel Cox, visited us and talked about how the magistrates’ court deals out justice.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Sep 2018
    This week the Third Form spent Thursday morning off-timetable attending a Growth Mindset and study skills workshop, as a first step towards encouraging pupils to take a positive approach to realising their potential and developing the tools to cope with public examinations.
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  • Suttonian is appointed Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet

    Sep 2018
    Each year, Lord-Lieutenant, Lord De L’Isle appoints young people to serve as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.
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  • A Winter's Tale

    Sep 2018
    Theatregoers travelled up to the Globe Theatre this Tuesday, to see the appropriately timed, because of the chilly temperature, A Winter’s Tale.
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  • Sixth Form CV writing

    Sep 2018
    The Sixth Form have had the opportunity this week to learn how to compile a CV in readiness for part-time work, full-time employment, holiday jobs and gap years.
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  • Grass Roots Show Jumping Qualifier

    Sep 2018
    Maisey Russell and Ella Barr went to Sands Farm last Saturday for the Grass Roots Show Jumping Qualifier.
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  • James Shone Visit - Friday 5th October

    Sep 2018
    As a School, we endeavour to place the emotional wellbeing of our pupils at the very core of our pastoral care.  Consequently, we are delighted to welcome James Shone back to spend two days in School speaking to the pupils, my colleagues and you, the parents.
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  • School Golf Day

    Sep 2018
    Last Friday, the School had the pleasure of hosting its annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club.
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  • Boarding outing to Dover Castle

    Sep 2018
    As part of their annual programme of trips and activities, weekend boarders travelled down to Dover Castle last weekend.
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  • Senior Kingdon Society Brexit lecture

    Sep 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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  • Equestrianism

    Sep 2018
    Toby and Jessica De Lucy went to the NSEA Jumping With Style qualifier at Petley Wood last Saturday.
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  • Holiday Enrichment Projects for Scholars and Exhibitioners

    Sep 2018
    Over the summer, scholars and exhibitioners in the Second to Fourth Forms were set a challenge. They had to do at least one thing that is not officially on the school curriculum. 
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  • Boarders talk

    Sep 2018
    Three of our new boarders share their experiences of settling into their new home, Sutton House.
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  • Equestrian Team Qualify for Championships

    Sep 2018
    On Saturday 8th September, four members of the equestrian team competed in a show jumping championship qualifier at Petley Wood.
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  • The Great International Bake Off

    Sep 2018
    On the first Saturday of the new school year, Sutton girls competed in the Great International Bake Off!
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  • Sutton Valence School awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard

    Sep 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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  • New breaktime café

    Sep 2018
    Over the summer break, we have been working on some changes to the way we provide break time snacks. 
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  • New Head of School

    Sep 2018
    New Head of School, Lars Eastman encourages all students to be confident in their individuality in his start of term speech.
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  • HIKSVS First Anniversary Celebration

    Sep 2018
    HIKSVS held a grand ceremony, on 26th August, celebrating its first anniversary. Almost 300 parents were invited to join the celebration. We reviewed the progress and achievements of the last year together and warmly welcomed nearly 100 new pupils and their parents to join the HIKSVS family.
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  • Boys Rugby and Girls Hockey camp success

    Sep 2018
    Last week saw the Harlequins Rugby Camp return for its fourth year and the SportWays Girls Hockey camp ran for the first time at SVS.
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