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  • Duke of Edinburgh Update

    Sep 2020
    Due to the difficulties we are faced with due to Covid-19, the DofE has made some temporary changes for the completion of awards.
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  • Dressage Competition

    Sep 2020
    The Sutton Valence School Dressage Team had an incredibly successful day at the Petley Wood Competition on Saturday 19th September.
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  • Intra-School Fixtures

    Sep 2020
    Last weekend, we began our first round of Intra-School fixtures for Girls' Hockey and Boys' Cricket.
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  • Sutton Valence Music Society

    Sep 2020
    This term, Sutton Valence Music Society is hosting two online concerts for the start of its 2020/21 season. 
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  • SVS eBook Library

    Sep 2020
    We are very excited that pupils can now browse and borrow eBooks from the SVS eBook library.
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  • New CCF Heads of Section

    Sep 2020
    The CCF develops leadership skills and this is exemplified by the cadets who take on responsibility as Heads of Section and Head of Corps. 
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    New CCF Heads of Section
  • New School Portal

    Sep 2020
    We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new SVS Parent Portal at the Senior School.
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    New School Portal
  • Swimming Success for Evie

    Sep 2020
    Over the summer holidays, we received the fantastic news that Evie Smith (Second Form) has been selected for the Swim England National Development Programme.
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    Swimming Success for Evie
  • Incredible Talent

    Sep 2020
    We are delighted to welcome Grace Scrivens to our Sixth Form this year.
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  • Head of School Speech - Joe Dale (Upper Sixth)

    Sep 2020
    Last week we announced that Daisy Hills and Joe Dale (both Upper Sixth) are sharing the Head of School role. During the Headmaster's Assembly this week, Joe delivered his speech.
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    Head of School Speech - Joseph Dale (Upper Sixth)
  • Looking after our Bees

    Sep 2020
    At the end of Summer Term, First Form pupils were studying the importance of bees and other pollinating insects in their Science lessons. 
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    Looking after our Bees
  • Refectory Delights

    Sep 2020
    The Refectory is usually the one place where the school community comes together, to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.
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    Refectory Delights
  • Equestrian Excellence

    Sep 2020
    Our Equestrian team has made a fantastic start to the new academic year.
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    Equestrian Excellence
  • Tom's Fight

    Sep 2020
    Back in June, we were shocked to hear that news that one of our recent leavers, Thomas Lazarides (2018 C), had been involved in a life-changing accident.
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    Toms Fight
  • Head of School Speech - Daisy Hills (Upper Sixth)

    Sep 2020
    We are delighted to announce that this term, Daisy Hills and Joseph Dale (both Upper Sixth) are sharing the Head of School role.
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    Head of School speech - Daisy Hills (Upper Sixth)
  • New Job Role - Miss Oliver

    Jul 2020
    Miss Oliver has agreed to become our Environment and Sustainability Co-ordinator to develop and instigate our sustainability strategy, as Sutton Valence School moves to be more environmentally-friendly.
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    New Job Role - Miss Oliver
  • Junior's Drama Audio Production

    Jul 2020
    Rainbow’s Ending is a modern fable which tells the story of a world in the grip of two giants whose insatiable appetites are driving it, apparently inevitably, to utter devastation.
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    Juniors Drama Audio Production
  • Junior Science Bee Project

    Jun 2020
    The Juniors have been studying the life of bees. It has been fascinating to think about the different types of bees and the different jobs they do.
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  • New Job Role - Mrs Porter

    Jun 2020
    Following on from last week's announcement of our New Head of Sixth Form, Mr Ellmers, we would like to inform you of the new role that Mrs Porter will be taking on in September. 
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    New Job Role - Mrs Porter
  • Leavers' Service 2020

    Jun 2020
    On Wednesday this week, we were delighted to host a virtual Leavers’ Service for our departing Upper Sixth students as they bid farewell to the School.
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    Leavers Service 2020
  • New Head of Sixth Form

    Jun 2020
    We are delighted to announce that we have a new Head of Sixth Form, Mr Ellmers.
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    New Head of Sixth Form
  • Equestrian Excellence

    Jun 2020
    This term, Daisy Hills (Lower Sixth) and Maisey Russell (Third Form) represented Sutton Valence School in the NSEA Spring Pop-Up Dressage competition.
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    Equestrian Excellence
  • MFL Bake Challenge

    Jun 2020
    We bring you two more delicious recipes, both French and Spanish-inspired. Have you ever made Churros or Les Madeleines?
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  • Next Steps Course

    Jun 2020
    We are excited to announce that we are launching a new online course, starting in September.
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    Next Steps Course
  • Upper Sixth Sports Leaders

    Jun 2020
    This year, the Sports Department completed the third Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership and we are pleased to announce all 20 who started the two year course in 2018 have successfully passed.
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    Upper Sixth Sports Leaders
  • Inter-School Exercise Fixture vs St Lawrence College

    May 2020
    Last Saturday 93 First to Fourth Form pupils participated in an Inter-School Exercise Fixture against St Lawrence College that saw participants having to run, walk or cycle for 30 minutes and cover as much distance as possible.
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    Inter-School Exercise Fixture vs St Lawrence College
  • Break a World Record!

    May 2020
    Mascalls Academy has been selected as an Art World Records Ambassador, and they would like to invite us to be part of breaking the world record for the largest online art lesson!
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    Break a World Record!
  • NHS Volunteer

    May 2020
    Our own Hannah Walters, who is a vital part of our Catering team, has been volunteering for the NHS and Royal voluntary service.
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    NHS Volunteer
  • The Show Must Go On!

    May 2020
    In a challenging time for all industries, where all facets of life have had had to adapt quickly, Drama is no different.
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    The Show Must Go On!
  • La Cuisine Française / La Comida Española 

    May 2020
    Every fortnight the MFL department will be posting two different recipes for you to try out; one from France and one from Spain.  
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    La Cuisine Française / La Comida Española 
  • Familiar Cover Star

    May 2020
    Some of you may have seen the cover of Radio Times this week.
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    Familiar Cover Star
  • Community 2.6 Fundraiser

    May 2020
    As a School, and a community, we are raising money for the Pahar Trust in Nepal. 
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    Community 2.6 Fundraiser
  • Theatre Productions at Home

    May 2020
    Mr Fewson, Head of Drama, has collated a fantastic list of theatre productions, recommended for home viewing. You can find the recommendations below. 
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  • Anzac Day 2020

    May 2020
    With various members of staff originating from Australia and New Zealand, it is usually tradition to celebrate Anzac Day.
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  • Saracens Rugby Interview

    May 2020
    Charles Galligan (Lower Sixth) recorded an interview with his sister, Rosie Galligan (Saracens and England Rugby player) that he played for his peers during their A Level PE lesson this week.
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  • Geography Easter Competition

    May 2020
    Miss Sagrott and Mr Downs were so impressed with the results of their Easter Junior Geography Competition.
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  • Copy Prize Award

    May 2020
    Mr Grindlay had the pleasure of awarding three copy prizes today.
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  • Dancing for Donations

    May 2020
    We were delighted to hear that Lily Halpin (Fourth Form) decided to raise money for the Blackthorn Trust by dancing for two hours and six minutes non-stop.
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    Dancing for Donations
  • Chapel Choir Online

    Apr 2020
    At a time when we are all doing our part to stay isolated, it can often be the new quirky ways of performing old tasks that can seem the most challenging; a Chapel Choir rehearsal being one of them.
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    Chapel Choir Online
  • Visor Victory

    Apr 2020
    Fergus Fowle (2019 H), has been charitably continuing with the production of the much-needed visors for the frontline staff across the country. 
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    Visor Victory
  • SVS e-Library

    Apr 2020
    Pupils are now able to borrow eBooks from the new eBook library.
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  • Parents' Evening - Summer Term 2020

    Apr 2020
    Our Parents' Evening this term will be held 'virtually'.
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  • Summer Term Prefects 2020

    Apr 2020
    Mr Grindlay had the pleasure of announcing our new Summer Term prefects during his Headmaster's assembly.
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  • Happy Easter 2020

    Apr 2020
    A very happy Easter to you all.
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  • Gardening Giveaway

    Apr 2020
    Due to the recent circumstances, our gardening team have supplies that are surplus to requirements. 
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  • 100 Day Project

    Apr 2020
    The 100 Day Project is a creative initiative that people all over the world participate in every year.
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    100 Day Project
  • Golf Chipping at Home

    Apr 2020
    Mr Davey has been missing the Golf course so he decided to set up his own golf chipping mat.
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  • Maundy Thursday and Good Friday 2020

    Apr 2020
    An open letter from our Chaplain to you, on this Maundy Thursday.
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  • Fortunate Foxes

    Apr 2020
    Four of our Third Form pupils started a project before Easter, in which they collected any old duvets, bedding and towels to donate to a wildlife charity.
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    Fortunate Foxes
  • Visor Project Update - 9th April 2020

    Apr 2020
    We are so pleased to announce how successful our visor project has been over the last few weeks.
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    Visor Project Update 9th April 2020
  • Easter Message 2020

    Apr 2020
    Easter Message from our Chaplain.
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    Easter Message 2020
  • MASTERPLAN 450 Update

    Apr 2020
    As we are sure you can imagine, our MASTERPLAN 450 Project has been halted due to the current situation.
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    MASTERPLAN 450 Update
  • HIKSVS Update

    Apr 2020
    As we all know, our sister school HIKSVS is based in TianJin, China.
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    HIKSVS Update
  • Project Visor

    Apr 2020
    Whilst the past week has been one of confusion and uncertainty, the sense of community, solidarity and selflessness we have felt, seen and been a part of, has truly been staggering.
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    Project Visor
  • House Hockey

    Mar 2020
    After a week of bad news and being told all the things that we cannot do, the Hockey staff at SVS put their heads together and came up with a plan so that the Juniors could still compete in a House Hockey tournament.
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  • Cabaret Charm

    Mar 2020
    On the 11th of March, a group of Upper Sixth students visited the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch Cabaret.
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  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

    Mar 2020
    The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) marketplace presentation was held today and what a fantastic event it turned out to be.
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    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Design a Bookmark Competition

    Mar 2020
    Today we announced the winners of the Library competitions held on World Book Day.
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    Design a Bookmark Competition
  • Strings Masterclass

    Mar 2020
    Last Friday, we were delighted to welcome Nicholas Miller FRAM, who is a Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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    Strings Masterclass
  • 3rd VII Netball

    Mar 2020
    On Thursday, our 3rd VII Netball team battled it out amongst eight other schools in the King's Rochester Tournament.
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    3rd VII Netball
  • Fantastic Football

    Mar 2020
    On Thursday afternoon, the Senior Boys’ 1st XI Football team faced Battle Abbey School in their final fixture of a very successful term for the side.
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    Fantastic Football
  • Summer CCF Courses

    Mar 2020
    There are various courses that the CCF are offering over the Summer holidays.
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    Summer CCF Courses
  • Worsfold Cup Game 2020

    Mar 2020
    On the 7th March, the 1st VII netball team welcomed the Old Suttonians in their annual battle for the Worsfold Cup.
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    Worsfold Cup Game 2020
  • Informal Concert - March 2020

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, the Music department held its fourth informal concert.
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    Informal Concert - March 2020
  • SVS and SVPS Aquathon 2020

    Mar 2020
    Yesterday, our pupils from Year 3 up to Second Form took part in the Aquathon Challenge in aid of Sports Relief.
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    SVS and SVPS Aquathon 2020
  • Public Speaking Competition 2020

    Mar 2020
    Last Thursday, Miss Manning and Mr Carr hosted the Prep School Public Speaking event, held annually in the SVS Library.
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    Public Speaking Competition 2020
  • National Vase Competition Finalists!

    Mar 2020
    Congratulations to our 1st XV squad, who are NatWest Under 18 National Vase Finalists. Twickenham here we come!
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    National Vase Competition Finalists!
  • Swimming Gala - 3rd March

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, Sutton Valence’s Swimming team travelled to Rochester for a gala against Cobham Hall, St Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School and the hosts, King’s Rochester.
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  • OS Reunion 2020

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, the Headmaster headed up to London to meet a group of 20 Old Suttonians who left the School in the 1940s or 1950s.
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  • Swimming Victory

    Mar 2020
    Over the weekend, Evie Smith (First Form) swam in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Finals, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, representing South East England.
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    Swimming Victory
  • Rugby Coaching Success

    Mar 2020
    Last weekend, Mr Dawling was part of the coaching team for the England U17s North squad at the England U17s camp.
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    Rugby Coaching Success
  • French Play - Les Garçons

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, our Second and Third Form pupils were treated to a wonderful performance of a French play “Les Garçons”.
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    French Play - Les Garçons
  • Oxford Schools Debate

    Mar 2020
    On Tuesday, Juliet De Banzie and William Chambers (both Lower Sixth), accompanied by Mr Ellmers, travelled to Dulwich College in London to participate in the Oxford Schools Debate.
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    Oxford Schools Debate
  • Mental Health Week, 2020

    Mar 2020
    This week has been dedicated to our Mental Health Campaign.
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    Mental Health Week, 2020
  • World Book Day 2020

    Mar 2020
    The Library celebrated World Book Day with lots of competitions and prizes.
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    World Book Day 2020
  • Rugby and Hockey Selection

    Mar 2020
    Our Director of Sport, Mr Howell, is delighted to announce the list of pupils who have been selected for the respective Hockey and Rugby Selection squads for this academic year. 
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  • Next Steps Careers Event

    Mar 2020
    Last Saturday, we were delighted to welcome back nine recent leavers as part of our biennial 'Next Steps' careers talk for the current Sixth Form.
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    Next Steps Careers Event
  • Valentine's Day 2020

    Feb 2020
    On the 14th of February, better known as Valentine’s Day, Sutton Valence School was showered with roses.
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    Valentines Day 2020
  • Hockey Tournament Triumph!

    Feb 2020
    Congratulations to our U13A Hockey team for winning the seven-a-side tournament held at Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook on Wednesday.
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    Hockey Tournament Triumph!
  • Bronze CREST Awards

    Feb 2020
    This week we launched our Bronze CREST Award project with a selection of First Form pupils.
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    Bronze CREST Awards
  • South Africa Cricket Tour

    Feb 2020
    During the Half Term holiday, the Senior Cricket squad travelled to Cape Town, South Africa.
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    South Africa Cricket Tour
  • Mental Health Week 2020

    Feb 2020
    Next week, Sutton Valence School presents Mental Health Week.
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    Mental Health Week 2020
  • U13 Netball Tournament Winners

    Feb 2020
    Well done to the U13 Netball Team who were crowned champions of the U13 Wellesley House Netball Tournament.
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    U13 Netball Tournament Winners
  • Message from the Head - 14th Feb 2020

    Feb 2020
    This half term, the whole School focus has been on the learning powers of tenacity and bravery.
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  • Build a Pizza Night!

    Feb 2020
    On Thursday night, our boarders were treated to one of their favourite evening meals – a build your own pizza feast!
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