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  • Field Day 2021

    Oct 2021
    This week has seen a number of year groups embark on various field day activities.
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  • Karl Hopwood Online Safety Talk

    Oct 2021
    On Wednesday, we welcomed Karl Hopwood to the School, who is an online safety expert.
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  • CREST Awards 2021

    Oct 2021
    We are incredibly proud to announce that Ben Knighton, Alexander Tolhurst (both Upper Sixth) and Thomas Dolan (Lower Sixth) have been awarded a CREST award this term of outstanding project work Science.
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    CREST Awards 2021
  • Hockey Tournament - September 2021

    Oct 2021
    Our U14A Girls' Hockey team travelled to Kent College Canterbury on Thursday to participate in the first Hockey tournament of the season.
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    Hockey Tournament September 2021
  • Kingdon Society lecture - Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE

    Oct 2021
    The first Kingdon Society lecture of the academic year occurred on Wednesday evening in the Chapel with an impressive turnout.
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    Kingdon Society lecture - Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE
  • Headmaster's Headlines - 8th October 2021

    Oct 2021
    In assembly today, following a moment of reflection on the challenging last couple of days.
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    Headmasters Headlines - 8th October 2021
  • Shooting Success

    Oct 2021
    Callum Davis (Lower Sixth) has recently been selected to compete for the Kent 25-yard prone junior shooting team.
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  • Photography Trip

    Oct 2021
    Last Friday, our Fourth Form GCSE Photography students headed to Gillingham Riverside Park and Rochester Castle.
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  • COVID-19 Update

    Oct 2021
    As we approach half term, we thought it would be useful to share with you how we are responding to the latest Covid related challenges.
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  • Farewell Noodle

    Oct 2021
    This week Neru Baral, one of our long-standing catering staff, returns to Nepal to spend time with her family.
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    Farewell Noodle
  • 'Jungle Wallah to International Businessman'

    Sep 2021
    The School is delighted to have been included within the pages of 'Jungle Wallah to International Businessman', a recently published memoir by Old Suttonian John MacNaughtan (1962 L).
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    Jungle Wallah to International Businessman
  • Headmaster's Headlines - 1st October 2021

    Sep 2021
    On Thursday morning I did a thorough walk through the whole campus with colleagues in the Admissions department to ensure that we are looking at our best ahead of the Open Day.
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    Headmasters Headlines - 1st October 2021
  • Al Fresco 'Romeo and Juliet'

    Sep 2021
    On Wednesday, the Fourth Form was treated to a live performance of Romeo and Juliet, acted out by the Three Inch Fools touring theatre company.
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    Al Fresco Romeo and Juliet
  • ‘Twelfth Night’ at Shakespeare’s Globe

    Sep 2021
    After the disappointment of last year's cancelled trips, the Upper Sixth English A Level classes were thrilled to be London-bound last Tuesday evening.
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    ‘Twelfth Night’ at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Hockey Success

    Sep 2021
    This summer, Samuel Laird (Fifth Form) represented the South East Hockey U15 team, known as the Saxon Tigers at the event, where they came second overall
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    Hockey Success
  • CCF Field Day 2021

    Sep 2021
    Last Thursday, the whole of the Third Form went on a Field Day as part of CCF. Cadet Otis Meneses-Bautista kindly reported on the trip.
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    CCF Field Day 2021
  • MedSoc Lunch

    Sep 2021
    A group of self-selecting students, from keen First Form pupils to members of the Upper Sixth hoping to be accepted into medical school by this time next year, gathered in the Library for the first MedSoc Lunch event.
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    MedSoc Lunch
  • Lord-Lieutenant Award

    Sep 2021
    Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant, currently The Lady Colgrain, appoints young people to serve as the Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets. They are drawn from all cadet forces in Kent.  
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    Lord Lieutenant Award
  • Lifetime Achiever Award

    Sep 2021
    Our congratulations go to Desmond High (1973 F), who has been awarded a Lifetime Achiever Award at the Grassroots Cricket Awards.
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    Lifetime Achiever Award
  • Headmaster's Headlines - 24th September 2021

    Sep 2021
    We have made it to Exeat weekend!
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    Headmasters Headlines - 24th September 2021
  • Sepsis Research FEAT

    Sep 2021
    Last Friday, Abi Dawson, our new Governor and former parent, spoke in the Headmaster’s Assembly about Sepsis Research FEAT.
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    Sepsis Research FEAT
  • National Showjumping Competition

    Sep 2021
    On Sunday 25th July, at the David Broome Event Centre in Wales, Alfie Miles competed in a national showjumping competition.
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    National Showjumping Competition
  • Head of School Speech - Eliza Semmens (Upper Sixth)

    Sep 2021
    Eliza Semmens (Upper Sixth) delivered her Head of School speech during the Headmaster's Assembly today.
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    Head of School Speech - Eliza Semmens (Upper Sixth)
  • CCF Shooting News

    Sep 2021
    On the 11th September, the SVS Shooting team headed off to the Pirbright Ranges in Guildford for the Regional Cadet Bisley Championships.
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  • Eco Society

    Sep 2021
    There is more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than at any time in human history.
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  • The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    Sep 2021
    Our talented Art Technician, Mr Allen, has had one of his pieces selected to be shown in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 22nd September to 2nd January 2022. 
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    The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Headmaster's Headlines - 17th September 2021

    Sep 2021
    We have had a super week here at SVS. The summer holidays already seem a long time ago and it is great that we are into our routines of both learning in the classrooms/labs and in our creative and sporting activities. 
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    Headmasters Headlines - 17th September 2021
  • Head's Lines - 17th September 2021

    Sep 2021
    With the beginning of a new School year, we return to the beginning of our cycle of Learning Powers, with a focus on independence and initiative.
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    Heads Lines - 17th September 2021
  • Issy's Journey 2021

    Sep 2021
    Olivia (Fifth Form), William (Third Form) and the Chadwick family completed a walking challenge called 'Issy's Journey 2021', to raise money for the Hedgehog Ward in Pembury Hospital.
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    Issys Journey 2021
  • Head of School Speech - Tyler Weekes (Upper Sixth)

    Sep 2021
    Tyler Weekes (Upper Sixth) delivered his Head of School speech during the Headmaster's Assembly today (Friday).
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    Head of School Speech - Tyler Weekes (Upper Sixth)
  • Guard of Honour - 2021

    Sep 2021
    This week, the CCF were proud to take Mr Thomas’s first CCF Parade, welcoming him as our Head of CCF.
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    Guard of Honour - 2021
  • Swimming Summer Success

    Sep 2021
    Huge congratulations to Edward Gaston (Upper Sixth) and Evie Smith (Third Form), who both took part in the Southeast Region Festival of Swimming over the summer.
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  • James Shone Visit 2021

    Sep 2021
    Special guest, and friend of the School, James Shone has been delivering a powerful message to our students over the last few days.
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    James Shone Visit 2021
  • Heads of School - Michaelmas Term 2021

    Sep 2021
    We are delighted to announce that Eliza Semmens and Tyler Weekes have been selected to be our Heads of School this term.
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    Heads of School - Michaelmas Term 2021
  • Cambridge English Success

    Sep 2021
    Despite almost all examinations being cancelled in the summer, the Cambridge English international examinations were able to go ahead.
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    Cambridge English Success
  • Silver DofE Achievements

    Sep 2021
    After completing Silver practice expeditions during June, two groups of Fifth Form pupils went on to complete their Silver qualifying expedition during the first week of the summer holiday.
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    Silver DofE Achievements
  • Inter-County Show Jumping and Inter-County Dressage Championships

    Sep 2021
    On the 23rd August, the SVS Equestrian team travelled to Hickstead to compete in the Inter-County Show Jumping and Inter-County Dressage Championships.
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    Inter-County Show Jumping and Inter-County Dressage Championships.
  • Communal Walk 2021

    Sep 2021
    Today (Friday) the whole School set off on the annual Communal Walk. This year, we are supporting the Chadwick family’s fundraising activities in aid of the Hedgehog Ward at Pembury Hospital. 
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    Communal Walk 2021
  • Headmaster's Headlines - 10th September 2021

    Sep 2021
    It has been wonderful to see everybody in school this week for what has been a very busy and productive start to the term.
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    Headmasters Headlines - 10th September 2021
  • GCSE Results 2021

    Aug 2021
    Sutton Valence School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSE and other qualifications this summer.
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    GCSE Results 2021
  • A Level Results 2021

    Aug 2021
    Sutton Valence School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their A Levels and other qualifications this summer.
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    A Level Results 2021
  • Big Cat Sanctuary Design Challenge

    Jul 2021
    The Design and Technology department is challenging the First, Second and Third Forms this summer to design a new enclosure for one of the small cats at the Big Cat Sanctuary.
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    Big Cat Sanctuary Design Challenge
  • Prize and Award Winners

    Jul 2021
    The Summer Term Prize and Award Winners.
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  • United Westminter and Grey Coat Foundations Athletics Winners

    Jul 2021
    Due to the current circumstances, this year’s annual United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation Athletics competition took place virtually.
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    United Westminter and Grey Coat Foundations Athletics Winners
  • England Rugby U18 Development Camp

    Jul 2021
    Congratulations to Nathan Michelow (Lower Sixth) who has been invited to attend the England Rugby U18 Development Camp at the end of this month.
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    England Rugby U18 Development Camp
  • LWOST Trip to the Big Cat Sanctuary

    Jul 2021
    This week, a group of Fourth Form Design and Technology students were able to gain an understanding of the different cats and the different enrichment activities that take place at The Big Cat Sanctuary.
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    LWOST Trip to the Big Cat Sanctuary
  • Flambeau Tour

    Jul 2021
    Flambeau has grown rapidly since its inception in 1975 and is one of the leading plastic manufacturers in the UK, specialising in plastic manufacturing processes using blow moulding, injection moulding and complete bespoke plastic moulding solutions.
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  • Cricket Celebrations

    Jul 2021
    Thursday saw two Cricket teams participating in Cricket tournaments.
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  • The Dale Cup 2021

    Jul 2021
    At the end of last week, the most anticipated football tournament of the Summer got underway.
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    The Dale Cup 2021
  • DofE First Aid Training

    Jul 2021
    It is not only the pupils that need to undergo refresher first aid training, as our staff are also required to update their knowledge and skills.
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    DofE First Aid Training
  • Geography Trip - Reculver

    Jul 2021
    On Tuesday, the Lower Sixth Geography students battled the wet weather conditions like true geographers during their trip to Reculver.
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    Geography Trip - Reculver
  • Target 4 Green

    Jul 2021
    Last Thursday, our First, Second and Fourth Form pupils were excited to welcome Peter Milne from Target 4 Green to the School to hear his talk on climate change.
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    Target 4 Green
  • Camber Sands Field Trip

    Jul 2021
    Last Friday, our Lower Sixth Biology students had a wonderful field trip to Camber Sands, to measure the biodiversity of the different habitats located there.
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    Camber Sands Field Trip
  • Junior STEM Day

    Jul 2021
    It was wonderful to host the Junior STEM day on Thursday this week.
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    Junior STEM Day
  • Tea Dunking

    Jul 2021
    In true British fashion, our First and Second Form Mathematicians used tea to solve some of their problems! Their mission: to create a biscuit that can endure the tea-dunking test.
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    Tea Dunking
  • CCF Third Form Range Day

    Jul 2021
    On Wednesday, our Third Form CCF students went to Hythe Ranges.
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    CCF Third Form Range Day
  • Poetry Sharing 

    Jul 2021
    On a wet Tuesday afternoon, some of our First Form students and residents at Sutton Valence Care Home shared another session of virtual poetry reading.
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    Poetry Sharing 
  • Sports Leaders 2021

    Jul 2021
    We are delighted to announce that all 20 students who completed their Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership successfully passed.
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    Sports Leaders 2021
  • Equestrian Selection for England

    Jul 2021
    This week has been a fantastic week for Alfie Miles (Fourth Form), who has been selected to represent England in Equestrianism.
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    Equestrian Selection for England
  • Super Salads

    Jun 2021
    Perhaps we underestimated quite how important a self-serve salad counter is to our corporate wellbeing! 
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  • Sixth Form Induction Day

    Jun 2021
    Earlier this week, we were delighted to welcome our new students who will be joining the Sixth Form in September.
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  • 1st VII Rugby Success

    Jun 2021
    On Wednesday, the 1st VII Rugby squad took to the pitches for the first time this academic year to play in a friendly sevens tournament hosted at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School.
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    1st VII Rugby Success
  • Summer Sports Camps 2021

    Jun 2021
    We are delighted to be hosting both a Girls' Hockey and a Boys' Rugby camp, run by Saracens, this summer.
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    Summer Sports Camps 2021
  • Choir Celebrations

    Jun 2021
    Congratulations to Florence Powell (Second Form) who has gained a place in the prestigious Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir.
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    Choir Celebrations
  • CCF Guard of Honour 2021

    Jun 2021
    This week, the CCF were proud to take Mr Grindlay’s final CCF Parade. 
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    CCF Guard of Honour 2021
  • Queen's Birthday Honours List

    Jun 2021
    A few weeks ago, we posted a story about the success of Old Suttonian, Ian Jones (1992 M) and his business, Hill House Farm.
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    Queens Birthday Honours List
  • Record Breakers

    Jun 2021
    On Friday, we welcomed Sevenoaks School for an Athletics meet, featuring our First and Second Form students.
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    Record Breakers
  • Kent Cricket Hardball Competition

    Jun 2021
    On Monday 14th June,  Miss Jelfs and the Girls' U15 Cricket team travelled to Mote Cricket Club to compete in the Kent Cricket Hardball Competition.
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    Kent Cricket Hardball Competition
  • CREST Projects 2021

    Jun 2021
    It has been fantastic to see a number of our Fifth Form students return to School, for two afternoons each week, to undertake a Silver CREST project.
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    CREST Projects 2021
  • Violin Masterclass 2021

    Jun 2021
    Our Music department had the pleasure of finally being able to host an on-site Violin Masterclass, inviting Professor Miller back into the School to work with several of our advanced violinists.
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    Violin Masterclass 2021
  • First and Second Form Induction Day 2021

    Jun 2021
    On Monday, we held our virtual Induction Day for the new First and Second Form students joining us in September.
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    First and Second Form Induction Day 2021
  • Richie Richardson U11 Cricket Tournament

    Jun 2021
    On Wednesday 9th June, we hosted the annual Richie Richardson Boys' Cricket U11 tournament on Upper.
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    Richie Richardson U11 Cricket Tournament
  • Silver DofE Expedition 2021

    Jun 2021
    This week, 29 Fifth Form students completed their Silver expedition practice.
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    Silver DofE Expedition 2021
  • Blind Veterans Night Walk

    Jun 2021
    On Friday 28th May, as the rest of the school was getting ready to start their half term, a hardy group of teachers, parents, students, ex-students and an Italian Spinone were setting off on their night walk. 
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    Blind Veterans Night Walk
  • Bronze DofE Awards 2021

    Jun 2021
    Our Third Form students have been working on completing the various sections of their Bronze DofE Award, despite the challenging times. 
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    Bronze DofE Awards 2021
  • Cricket News - 28th May 2021

    May 2021
    We have had a fantastic week of Cricket, including three tournaments. 
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  • Spots and Stripes Day 2021

    May 2021
    The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden created a Spots and Stripes Day, to raise awareness for big cats.
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    Spots and Stripes Day 2021
  • Graced with Talent

    May 2021
    We are delighted to announce that Grace Scrivens (Lower Sixth) made her debut for the 1st XI Cricket team last Saturday against The Judd in a Twenty/20 match.
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    Exceptional Cricket - Grace Scrivens
  • Sailing Win

    May 2021
    Following on from his first Sailing race last week, Edward Smith (Third Form) took part in the KSSA Topper Race at The King's School, Canterbury on Saturday.
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    Sailing Win
  • International Cooking Club

    May 2021
    This term, a small group of Fifth Form students escaped the stress of revising for their RCAs by attending International Cooking Club in their activity slot each Thursday.
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    International Cooking Club
  • CCF Shooting Day

    May 2021
    On Sunday, our Shooting team embarked on its first outing of the year at Hythe Ranges.
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    CCF Shooting Day
  • Relationships and Boundaries Art Competition

    May 2021
    Our Art department was blown away by the entries for the 'Relationships and Boundaries' Art and Photography competition they held.
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    Relationships and Boundaries Art Competition
  • Consent and the Law

    May 2021
    On Wednesday, we welcomed Eleanor Laws QC and Tom Rawstorne to the School to give a talk to the Sixth Form about consent and the Law.
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    Consent and the Law
  • First and Last Hockey Game of the Year!

    May 2021
    On Friday 7th May, our first and last Hockey games of this academic year were played at the School against Cranbrook School, who brought both their senior Boys and Girls teams for a match each.
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    First and Last Hockey Game of the Year!
  • Ginetta Junior Championship 2021

    May 2021
    Last weekend, Joshua Miller (Fourth Form) had a fantastic opening race in the 2021 Ginetta Junior Championship, placing second on the track.
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    Ginetta Junior Championship 2021
  • CCF Army Skiing

    May 2021
    This Wednesday, the Fourth Form CCF Army students completed their beginner's course in Skiing at the Chatham Snowsports Centre.
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    CCF Army Skiing
  • Saracens Game - Saturday 8th May 2021

    May 2021
    On Saturday, following on from a great win last week, the Saracens U18s played against London Irish U18s in two fixtures.
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    Saracens Game - Saturday 8th May 2021
  • The Big Cat Sanctuary Fundraising 2021

    May 2021
    On Thursday, we had a visit from Tanith Brown who works at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden.
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  • Girls' Cricket U10 Tournament

    May 2021
    On Wednesday, we were delighted to host our first Girls’ U10 Cricket tournament.
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    U10 Cricket Tournament
  • Speech Day 2021

    May 2021
    The Chair of Governors and the Headmaster warmly invite parents and family members to the Senior School's Speech Day on Saturday 10th July 2021.
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    Speech Day 2021
  • CCF Army - Lower Sixth Cadet Session

    May 2021
    This week, the Lower Sixth CCF Army cadets took advantage of the sunny weather and taught the Third Form Army cadets how to move with and without a rifle, as part of their fieldcraft training.
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    CCF Army - Lower Sixth Cadet Session
  • U16 Saracens Selection

    May 2021
    Congratulations to Alfie Jarrett, Alec Martin, Oliver Murch, Fynn Page and Ethan Wynne (all Fifth Form) who have been selected for the Saracens Kent U16 Rugby Player Development Group.
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    U16 Saracens Selection
  • CCF Navy - Windsurfing

    May 2021
    It was great to finally get the CCF Navy cadets back on the water.
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    CCF Navy - Windsurfing
  • Ski Selection

    May 2021
    We are delighted to announce that Maximilian Laughland (Lower Sixth) has been selected for the 2021/2022 GB Alpine FIS Squad. He will represent Great Britain on the international race circuit for the 2021/2022 season.
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    Ski Selection
  • KSSA Regatta

    May 2021
    We were delighted to hear that Edward Smith (Third Form) took part in the KSSA Regatta on Saturday, the first serious event he’s been able to attend since early 2020, due to the pandemic.
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    KSSA Regatta
  • Copy Prize Winner - Ben Knighton (Lower Sixth)

    May 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Ben Knighton (Lower Sixth) has been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize.
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    Copy Prize Winner - Ben Knighton (Lower Sixth)
  • Saracens Success

    May 2021
    On Saturday, the Saracens U18s Junior Academy enjoyed its first game of the year against Northampton Saints’ Academy at the Saracens' home ground, the StoneX Stadium.
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    Saracens Success
  • Head of School speech - Isabel Bruce-Lockhart (Lower Sixth)

    May 2021
    During this week's assembly, we heard Isabel Bruce-Lockhart (Lower Sixth), recite her Head of School speech to the School. You can also read her speech below.
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    Head of School speech - Isabel Bruce-Lockhart (Lower Sixth)
  • Higher Education Morning - April 2021

    Apr 2021
    On Saturday 24th April, our Lower Sixth parents were invited to attend our annual Higher Education morning, held virtually this year.
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  • Quality Mark - Primary Award

    Apr 2021
    We are delighted to announce that Sutton Valence Prep School has been awarded a Quality Mark for our English and Mathematics provision throughout the School.
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    Quality Mark - Primary Award
  • SVS Sports Fixtures - Summer Term 2021

    Apr 2021
    After a fantastic weekend of summer sport last Saturday, this is a reminder that there are no fixtures this weekend, due to the Exeat Bank Holiday weekend.
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    SVS Sports Fixtures - Summer Term 2021
  • England Rugby EAP Contract

    Apr 2021
    Congratulations to Tyler Weekes (Lower Sixth) who has received an England Rugby Academy Player contract after some impressive play within the Saracens Academy.
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    England Rugby EAP Contract
  • COVID Testing at Home

    Apr 2021
    This afternoon, all students were given a new supply of home testing kits to continue self-testing at home.
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    COVID Testing at Home
  • Friends of SVS - Gin Request

    Apr 2021
    As we start to build up to this summer's Leavers' Ball, the Friends of SVS would like some help with a charitable, gin-themed idea for the event.
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    Friends of SVS - Gin Request
  • Duke of Edinburgh Tribute

    Apr 2021
    Following on from His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, we wanted to share our own tribute to him.
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    Duke of Edinburgh Tribute
  • Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub

    Apr 2021
    As you will know, we recently introduced the Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub to our school community. On Monday, we shall be extending this provision to include the Wellbeing Hub for pupils.
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    Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub
  • Inter-School Summer Sport Notice

    Apr 2021
    We are delighted that inter-school sport returns this Saturday.
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    Inter-School Summer Sport Notice
  • Summer Term Prefects 2021

    Apr 2021
    Mr Grindlay had the pleasure of announcing our new Summer Term prefects' during his Headmaster's Assembly just before the Easter break.
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    Summer Term Prefects 2021
  • MASTERPLAN 450 Update - April 2021

    Apr 2021
    The School has been busy over the Easter holidays as we restart the boarding house redevelopment project as part of our MASTERPLAN 450 project.
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    MASTERPLAN 450 Update - April 2021
  • Head of School Speech - Jonny Russell (Lower Sixth)

    Apr 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly at the end of Lent Term, we were delighted to hear that our new Heads of School were Jonny Russell and Isabel Bruce-Lockhart (both Lower Sixth).
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    Head of School Speech - Jonny Russell (Lower Sixth)
  • Poetry Recital

    Mar 2021
    Several of our First Form English students took part in an end of term Zoom call with residents of Sutton Valence Care Home, to share poetry readings and Easter wishes.
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    Poetry Retical
  • National Citizenship Service

    Mar 2021
    For many years, some of our Fifth Form students have benefited from participating in the National Citizenship Service summer programme.
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    National Citizenship Service
  • RAF Olympics

    Mar 2021
    This week, the Third Form RAF cadets competed in the RAF Olympics. 
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    RAF Olympics
  • US and Global Universities Webinar

    Mar 2021
    Have you got academic strength? Intellectual curiosity? Leadership?
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    US and Global Universities Webinar
  • CCF Senior NCOs

    Mar 2021
    Tradition is important in the CCF and the pace stick is the symbol of the Senior Cadet. 
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    CCF Senior NCOs
  • Website Competition Winner

    Mar 2021
    We are pleased to announce the winner of the SVS Foundation Connect prize draw.
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    Website Competition Winner
  • Exciting Computing Project

    Mar 2021
    Our Second Form students have an exciting Computing project coming up in the Summer Term. 
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    Exciting Computing Project
  • RAF Museum Green Aviation Challenge Winner

    Mar 2021
    Grace Manning-Greene (Second Form) entered the RAF Museum Green Aviation Challenge, in which she had to come up with and present an idea that could help the Royal Air Force be more environmentally friendly.
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    RAF Museum Green Aviation Challenge Winner
  • Holiday Reading

    Mar 2021
    Don’t forget to make use of the SVS eBook and audio library over the holidays. You can access our eLibrary anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.
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    Holiday Reading
  • Leavers' Netball 2021

    Mar 2021
    Yesterday, our Upper Sixth took to the Netball court for the annual Boys vs Girls Netball match.
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    Leavers Netball 2021
  • Intra-School Fixtures - 19th March 2021

    Mar 2021
    Last Saturday afternoon saw another round of intra-school sports fixtures with students participating in fixtures across Football, Hockey, Netball and Touch Rugby.
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    Intra-School Fixtures - 19th March 2021
  • Blue Gown Winners - Lent Term 2021

    Mar 2021
    We were delighted to see how many students had received their Blue Gown this term.
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  • End of Term Announcement

    Mar 2021
    Please see information pertaining to the School holidays and next term.
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  • International Affairs Forum

    Mar 2021
    Summer Beames (Lower Sixth), who is one of our Academic Scholars, took part in an International Affairs Forum earlier this week. She reflects on the experience below.
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    International Affairs Forum
  • Third Form Shooting

    Mar 2021
    The reopening of School has brought a welcome return to our co-curricular activities. 
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  • Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub for Pupils

    Mar 2021
    We are now pleased to inform you that Teen Tips has extended their Wellbeing Hub to pupils.
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    Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub for Pupils
  • Young Doctor Programme

    Mar 2021
    Holly Clark and Simona Jovanovic both Lower Sixth) participated in the Young Doctor Programme by InvestIN, which provided them with a fascinating insight into the medical profession.
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    Young Doctor Programme
  • Intra-school sport returns to SVS

    Mar 2021
    On Saturday afternoon, our intra-school sport recommenced with nearly 190 pupils participating in Football, Hockey, Netball and Touch Rugby fixtures.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Sophia Parkin

    Mar 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Sophia Parkin (First Form) has been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for her impressive and mature essay on King John.
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    Headmasters Copy Prize - Sophia Parkin
  • COVID Home Testing

    Mar 2021
    We have now concluded our COVID testing on-site.
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    COVID Home Testing
  • British Science Week 2021

    Mar 2021
    This week, we celebrated British Science Week at SVPS.
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    British Science Week 2021
  • Sixth Form Symposium 2021

    Mar 2021
    "It is not often you get the offer of free coffee with a side of existentialism, but when you do, you take it."
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    Sixth Form Symposium 2021
  • Codebreakers

    Mar 2021
    For centuries, organisations and governments have needed to send information secretly.
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    Codebreakers
  • Lower Sixth InvestIN Webinar – ‘Your Future’

    Mar 2021
    On Monday morning, our Lower Sixth students participated in an InvestIN Education webinar, designed to explore their future career options.
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  • English Competition - Design a Book Cover

    Mar 2021
    Before Half Term, our English department set out a competition for our students to design an original cover for a book they have read recently or that they are particularly fond of.
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    English Competition - Design a Book Cover
  • Translator Meeting

    Mar 2021
    Last Monday, our Fourth Form MFL students met with interpreter and translator, Rob Hunt.
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    Translator Meeting
  • Leavers' Ball 2021

    Mar 2021
    We announced our Leavers' Ball last week and we had a wonderful response from our community. 
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    Leavers Ball 2021
  • English Competition

    Mar 2021
    Our English department ran a competition for our First Form students, following the Bishop’s Stortford literature competition in relation to a book The Girl who became a Tree by Joseph Coelho, in which they had to bring one of the characters to life.
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  • Virtual Exercise Fixture vs King’s Rochester

    Mar 2021
    Last Saturday saw us take on King’s Rochester in a whole school Virtual Exercise Fixture.
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  • COVID Testing

    Mar 2021
    In preparing for a return to School next week, we understand that the students may be a little apprehensive about having to take their first COVID test.
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  • CCF Navy Promotion

    Mar 2021
    It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the promotion of several Royal Navy Cadets, who have transferred from Able Cadet to One Star and one promotion from One Star to Two Star. 
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  • Lockdown Reflections

    Feb 2021
    Our Fourth Form Photography students were given a two-week assignment called 'Reflections’.
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  • Japanese Club

    Feb 2021
    Created in the first lockdown, our Japanese Club students are immersing themselves in Japanese culture.
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  • Headmaster Copy Prize - 26th February 2021

    Feb 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that eight students were awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for their outstanding academic work. Five students were also commended for their excellent work.
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  • OS News - Letter

    Feb 2021
    Recently, we received the sad news of the death of Old Suttonian Norman Collings (1940 W). In reporting his death, his widow, Susan, sent us through a scan of a letter he had sent to his mother shortly before he concluded his time at the School.
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  • Environmental Project

    Feb 2021
    Our Second Form students undertook a project to apply for a Blue Peter green badge.
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  • Festival of Literature

    Feb 2021
    Bishop’s Stortford College has hosted a literature festival for a number of years and, undaunted by the lockdown this year, they proceeded with a festival that was entirely online.
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  • Volcano Project

    Feb 2021
    During their Geography classes, our Second Form students have been learning about the theory of plate tectonics and the formation of volcanoes.
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  • Saracens Rugby Interview - 5th February 2021

    Feb 2021
    Last Friday, the Senior Rugby squad had a question and answer session with Saracens Rugby player Charlie Watson.
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  • Virtual Sporting Fixture - 6th February 2021

    Feb 2021
    On Saturday, SVS took part in a Virtual Exercise Fixture against Ashford School and St Lawrence College.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Elliot Gooding

    Feb 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Elliot Gooding (Upper Sixth) has been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for his incredible portrait, named 'The Marching Bandsman'.
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  • Headmaster Announcement

    Feb 2021
    Mrs Gillian Swaine, Chair of the Governors at Sutton Valence School, is delighted to announce that the Governing Body has appointed Mr James Thomas as the new Headmaster of the School, effective as of September 2021.
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  • MFL Recommendations - February 2021

    Feb 2021
    To encourage our community to explore TV shows and books in other languages, the MFL department has shared their current recommendations on shows and books they are currently devouring. 
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  • SV I-Fit Reminder

    Feb 2021
    Mr Howell wanted to remind pupils and parents of the flexibility within the SV I-Fit programme.
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  • Holocaust Memorial 2021

    Feb 2021
    As mentioned in the 22nd January newsletter, this year we have made the viewing of the Holocaust Memorial optional.
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  • Skin Cancer Study

    Jan 2021
    Congratulations to Old Suttonian Peter Bannister (2013 H), who has co-authored a study focused on the worrying increase in skin cancer cases in the UK.
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  • Preparing for National Apprenticeships Week

    Jan 2021
    Here at SVS, we do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach when preparing our students for their future.
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  • Blue Peter Green Badge

    Jan 2021
    This week, our Second Form Science students have started their Blue Peter Green badge project.
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  • Be on the Team: Teenagers against Meningitis study

    Jan 2021
    For the last two years, members of the Sutton Valence Sixth Form have taken part in the 'Be on the TEAM: Teenagers Against Meningitis' research study.
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  • Drawing Workshop

    Jan 2021
    Last weekend, the Art department set up a virtual Urban Landscape Drawing workshop with artist Jeanette Barnes.
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  • Wellbeing Hub

    Jan 2021
    We are delighted to inform you that we have joined the Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub.
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  • COVID Testing Centre

    Jan 2021
    Following the Government announcement that schools will be involved in mass testing of pupils and staff, we have been busy transforming the Sports Hall into a testing centre.
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  • MFL Recommendations

    Jan 2021
    The MFL department is making the most of lockdown to catch up on some of their favourite French and Spanish TV series and read the books they didn’t get around to reading during the last lockdown.
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  • Holocaust Survivor Talk

    Jan 2021
    During a normal School term, we participate in the live webcast on Holocaust memorial day, taking place on 26th January. 
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  • Head of School Speech

    Jan 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, Cameron Lamont-Brown (Upper Sixth) delivered her excellent speech to the School.
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  • Junior Leadership Cookbook 2021

    Jan 2021
    The Juniors were tasked with the challenge of serving their family by cooking for them, as part of Junior Leadership.
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  • Zoomposium - Can faith and doubt co-exist?

    Jan 2021
    The Sixth Form Symposium restarted on Wednesday lunchtime, this time in its lockdown incarnation: ‘Zoomposium’.
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  • Geography AS Level Results

    Jan 2021
    Last spring, amid the slew of cancelled examinations, our Geography A Level students were faced with the challenge of their examinations being postponed to the Michaelmas Half Term.
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  • England Academy Players

    Jan 2021
    Congratulations to Jenson McInulty and Nathan Michelow (both Lower Sixth) who have been awarded England Rugby Academy Player (EAP) contracts.
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  • Sixth Form Updates - January 2021

    Jan 2021
    In ordinary times, our Sixth Form students would begin our post-18 preparation programme, which supports them in the planning for the various options available after the Sixth Form.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Brent Varrall

    Jan 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Brent Varrall (Fourth Form) was awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for his outstanding portrait photography assignment.
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  • Head of School Speech

    Jan 2021
    As we announced last week, Patrick Mullen (Upper Sixth) is one of our Heads of School this term.
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  • Junior Leadership Tutorials 2021

    Jan 2021
    January is often the month where people attempt to develop a new skill; this is now more than ever pertinent during our current lockdown.
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  • Strava Cycling and Running Clubs

    Jan 2021
    Mr Howell has launched both an SV I-Fit Cycling and Running Club on Strava, which is a wonderful way to stay fit whilst being part of a community group.
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  • CCF - Royal Navy Courses 2021

    Jan 2021
    The Royal Navy has released the camps and courses dates for 2021, usually run during Easter and summer.
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  • E-Book and Audiobook Library

    Jan 2021
    We love our new e-book and audiobook library!
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition Winners

    Jan 2021
    As a member of The United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation, our School was one of five participating in the annual Art Exhibition, intended to celebrate and engage the artistic talents of all students.
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  • CCF Army Promotion 2020

    Jan 2021
    Having completed the first term in the CCF Army section as part of the GCSE option choices, there was an opportunity to promote ten Fourth Form cadets as the first step in their progress towards becoming an NCO.
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  • SV I-Fit Lent Term programme

    Jan 2021
    The Sports department has created the Sutton Valence Interactive Fitness (SV I-Fit) programme for our students.
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  • Blue Gown and Blue Badge Awards - Michaelmas Term 2020

    Jan 2021
    At the end of the Michaelmas Term, we were delighted to see how many students had received Blue Gown and Blue Badge awards.
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  • Virtual Journeys - Lent Term 2021

    Jan 2021
    As a result of the Government’s decision to close all schools in England, we have successfully started our Lent Term online.
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  • Bentley Photographic Quick Pics

    Dec 2020
    Bentley Photographic has now released Quick Pics which is now available to all parents.
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  • Christmas Tree Fundraising

    Dec 2020
    Are you looking for a Christmas tree? Our Sixth Form students are giving all members of our community the opportunity to win the Christmas tree that is in the Sixth Form cafe at the end of term, whilst supporting a cause that is close to all of our hearts. 
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - 4th December 2020

    Dec 2020
    We are delighted to announce that Summer Beames (Lower Sixth) and Josef Ibrahim (Fourth Form) have both been awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize, for outstanding academic work, during this week's assembly. 
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  • Poetry Together

    Dec 2020
    On Friday, our English department held a Poetry Together virtual event with Sutton Valence Care Home.
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  • TIDE for change

    Dec 2020
    During today’s assembly, two members of our TIDE (Team for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality), Chinya Manley and Suzanna Fullick (both Upper Sixth), provided excellent speeches on the importance that anything that we do as a School is not tokenistic and enacts real, tangible change to the way we mov...
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  • Christmas Carol Service

    Nov 2020
    As the School community begins to think about Christmas, our focus inevitably turns to the School’s ever-popular end of term Carol Services. 
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  • Sixth Form Symposium

    Nov 2020
    Each week, Mr Jones, Head of Academic Scholars, holds a symposium for our Sixth Form scholar students.
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  • Business Videos

    Nov 2020
    This week, our Lower Sixth Business students have been tasked with writing a script and then creating a short mock HR training video for an imagined company, designed to aid new recruits. 
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  • Letter to the PM

    Nov 2020
    As we entered our second national lockdown, Isabelle Priestley (First Form) took it upon herself to speak out and wrote a letter to Boris Johnson and the local MP party to voice her concerns about the closure of gyms and youth sports centres.
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  • Guildhall Offer

    Nov 2020
    The Music department is delighted to announce that Jack Price (Upper Sixth) has been offered a place at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to continue his violin studies.
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  • Intra-School Sports Fixtures

    Nov 2020
    Last Saturday afternoon saw the second round of internal sports fixtures played at SVS.
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  • Intra-School Sports Fixtures

    Nov 2020
    Last Saturday saw Intra-School sports fixtures take place at SVS in Girls' Hockey and Boys' Touch Rugby.
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  • Tom Lazarides Latest Update

    Nov 2020
    The latest update on Tom Lazarides.
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  • eBook Library

    Nov 2020
    We are very pleased to announce that the School library has extended the eBook library to include an audiobook collection. 
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  • Amazing Apprenticeship

    Nov 2020
    Elle Steel joined our Grounds department aged 17 and immediately became a valued member of the team.
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  • Competition Finalists

    Nov 2020
    This week, we had the wonderful news that Lily Dowling, Seren Lloyd-Jones and Jensen Miller (all Second Form) have been chosen as finalists for the Leeds Castle's BIG Story Writing Challenge.
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  • Movember 8

    Nov 2020
    This November, Sutton Valence School are doing several fundraisers to help and support UWS Hile School.
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  • Brilliant Brands Hatch Result

    Nov 2020
    We are extremely delighted to hear that this weekend, Josh secured himself first place during the final round of the season at Brands Hatch circuit.
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  • Sepsis Research

    Nov 2020
    We have recently heard from past parent Abi Dawson, mother to Nina (2019 C) and Hugh Harman (2020 C).
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  • Motor Neurone Fundraising

    Nov 2020
    hose of you who have been at the School for a while will remember twin brothers Guy and Patrick Backhouse (2016 F).
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  • Eco Society Request

    Nov 2020
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, plastic items like disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment have become very popular, but these items are very bad for the environment.
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  • Fundraising Fun

    Nov 2020
    Following the presentation by United World Schools in assembly before Half Term, the Juniors took part in a socially-distanced sponsored Musical Statues competition in support of the Hile School. 
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  • Excellent Equestrianism

    Nov 2020
    On 27th October, the SVS Equestrian team took part in the Grass Roots Show Jumping Qualifier at Duckhurst Farm.
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  • Diwali Celebrations 2020

    Nov 2020
    Our Diversity Committee, overseen by Mr Sealy and assisted by Mr Devine, organised a Diwali lunch today.
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  • National Vase Trophy

    Nov 2020
    Over the Half Term break, Mr Grindlay was delighted to receive a letter from England Rugby.
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  • Sunny Scavenger Hunt

    Oct 2020
    Our Junior Leadership students took advantage of the unusually balmy October weather we are having and headed outside for a scavenger hunt.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize

    Oct 2020
    We are delighted to announce various students have been awarded Headmaster's Copy Prizes during today's assembly.
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  • Sustainable Catering

    Oct 2020
    Providing 1300 meals a day over two sites is enough of a challenge under normal circumstances, and it also makes us the second-largest catering operation in the Maidstone district.
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  • Cocoa Runners Report

    Oct 2020
    Last Friday, we held our Annual Kingdon Society Lecture.
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  • United World Schools

    Oct 2020
    Last Friday, during the Headmaster's assembly, we were delighted to welcome Ellen Smith from United World Schools (UWS) who gave a presentation in Chapel.
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  • Exploring English

    Oct 2020
    The Third Form has been exploring the topic of 'speeches that shaped the world'.
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  • Great Golfing

    Oct 2020
    Congratulations to the Sutton Valence Golf team who came sixth in the 2020 ISGA National Matchplay Finals.
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