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  • Baton Race 2019

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

    Mar 2019
    Every year the officers of the CCF thank the NCOs for their service and dine them out with a formal dinner.
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  • Rosslyn Park Sevens

    Mar 2019
    This week has seen our Rugby Sevens teams play in the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park. All teams performed exceptionally well against some really large powerful rugby schools. To see our teams compete at such a level is a credit to our boys.
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  • The Big Cat Sanctuary

    Mar 2019
    On 27th March, the Upper Sixth was taken to The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden.
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  • Ambitious Artists

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

    Mar 2019
    Members of the Second Form have been investigating coins in order to develop a method to spot fake coins
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  • Spring Ball 2019

    Mar 2019
    The 2019 Spring Ball was themed around the idea of black tie with a hint of gangster.
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  • Pop-Up Dressage

    Mar 2019

    The Sutton Valence Equestrian team have achieved some fantastic results in the NSEA Pop-Up Dressage competition this year. This is carried out over four months and every month each rider records a dressage test and sends it to the NSEA to be scored. From this, a league table is produced and ...

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  • Beresford Easter Egg Hunt

    Mar 2019
    The annual Beresford Easter Egg Hunt took place during this last week of the Lent Term.
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  • Congratulations to our Aspiring Doctors

    Mar 2019
    We are delighted to report that three of our Upper Sixth students who are applying to Medical School this year have been outstandingly successful in gaining nine offers of places between them with one more still to reply.
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  • English Schools' Cross Country

    Mar 2019
    The English Schools' Cross Country took place on 16th March 2019 in Temple Newsham Park in Leeds.
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  • OS v 1st VII Netball

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

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

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the Sutton Valence School Swimming Team participated in its final swimming gala of the season. This was an away fixture at Bethany School, with Maidstone Grammar School also taking part.
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  • U12 County Tournament

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to our U12 Netball team who are now officially one of the top ten teams in Kent.
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  • Henry Builds a Cathedral

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

    Mar 2019
    On Sunday 10th March, the 1st VII and Under 16 VII played at the Worth U18 seven-a-side rugby competition and the Queen Elizabeth Barnet seven-a-side rugby competition respectively.
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  • El Viejo Saloon

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 18th March, the Third Form Spanish classes were lucky enough to watch a Spanish play from Onatti productions.
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  • Intermediate Kingdon

    Mar 2019

    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met recently to hear an interesting talk given by the Maidstone Magistrate, Nigel Cox. Mr Cox talked to us about what it is like to be a magistrate and to work in a courtroom. It was almost mesmerising to see how much information that a magistrate must understand,...

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  • John Maylam Cup

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 11th March, the U13s travelled to Canterbury Hockey Club to participate in the annual John Maylam Cup.
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  • Swimming Victory over Benenden

    Mar 2019
    On Monday 11th March, seven of our girls took part in a swimming gala at Benenden School.
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  • A Hoot of a Science Lesson

    Mar 2019
    The First Form had a super time in Science this week, dissecting owl pellets to discover what creatures the owls had eaten.
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  • Army Update

    Mar 2019
    As part of the training that we offer the Army section of the CCF, we have been taking the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Form to Mereworth Woods to develop their leadership and fieldcraft skills
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  • Pancake Race

    Mar 2019
    Last Thursday, all of the Juniors took to the Sports Hall to contest the highly anticipated Pancake Race.
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  • Public Speaking Competition

    Mar 2019
    Sutton Valence School has always had a lively tradition of public speaking and, last Thursday, saw the inaugural SVS Prep Schools Public Speaking Competition held in our beautiful Library.
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  • Advisory Council Visit

    Mar 2019
    At the start of the Chinese New Year, HIKSVS welcomed the annual supervision visit from the SVS Advisory Council (Miss Corkran, Mrs Davies, Mr Grindlay and Mrs Swaine).
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  • South East Fencing Champion

    Mar 2019
    On Saturday 9th March, I went to Whitgift School to compete in the U18 South East championships
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  • Careers Convention

    Mar 2019
    An important part of the School’s careers provision is the biennial Careers Convention.
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  • Prestigious Art Award

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to James Allen, our Art Technician, who has made it to the final of a prestigious art award, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.
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  • Double Win at Netball Tournament

    Mar 2019
    Congratulations to the 1st VII and 2nd VII Netball teams who achieved one draw and fourteen wins between them at the U18 King’s Netball Tournament on Thursday.
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  • U15 Rugby team win Kent Sevens Tournament

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the Sutton Valence U15 Sevens Rugby team won the Kent U15 seven-a-side tournament played at Gravesend Grammar School. The tournament consisted of the top 20 teams in Kent and the boys showed a huge amount of spirit and endeavour to beat some excellent teams on their way to winning the m...
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  • Frank Mason Tournament

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the Boys 1st XI participated in the prestigious Frank Mason tournament. They drew a difficult group that saw them facing Kent College, Langley Park, Sir Roger Manwood and Chatham Grammar.
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  • Lady Taverners Final

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

    Mar 2019
    On Thursday, the First and Second Forms celebrated World Book Day by having a visit from local children’s author Philippa Joyner. 
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  • 1st VII Rugby team reach dizzy heights

    Mar 2019
    On Sunday the 1st VII Rugby team reached the main competition knockout stages for the first time at the prestigious Reigate Grammar Charity U18 seven-a-side competition.
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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    Mar 2019
    On Monday, we were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to speak to the Fourth Form as part of our STEM programme.
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  • Football Fun

    Mar 2019
    Friday afternoon saw a number of students from both St. Margaret’s and Westminster take to the Sports Hall pitch in a five-a-side football tournament that also included a staff team.
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  • Silver at National Finals

    Mar 2019
    On Tuesday, the U14 Girls team travelled to Lee Valley Olympic Hockey Park to compete in the Tier 2 National Finals. They were faced with three round-robin games over the course of the day.
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  • Underhill Trophy

    Mar 2019
    On Wednesday, the U13 Boys Hockey team travelled to Dulwich Prep for the annual Underhill Trophy.
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  • Mental Health Week 2019

    Mar 2019
    This year, our Mental Health Week has focused on the theme of 'We Can, We Are'. As a community, sometimes we forget that our greatest asset is an appreciation of each other.
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  • Mental Health Week at Beresford

    Mar 2019

    As the School community turned its attention, quite rightly, to the issues surrounding mental health and raising awareness of it during this last week, we at Beresford have attempted to do our bit to help our young boarders. Being in loco parentis comes with important responsibiliti...

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  • Swimming Team Success

    Mar 2019
    This week, the SVS Swimming team has taken part in two away galas against some strong competition.
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  • Inter-House Netball Tournament

    Feb 2019
    More than 60 girls took to the netball court in the glorious sunshine on Saturday to compete in the Inter-House Netball Tournament.
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  • Cross Country Championships Selection

    Feb 2019
    Ellen Crombie (Upper Sixth) and James Crombie (Fifth Form) have been selected to represent Kent Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships
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  • A Sunny Sunday Walk

    Feb 2019
    On Sunday, the Sutton House boarders woke up to a surprisingly sunny morning and our first instinct was to make the most of it.
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  • Swimming the Channel

    Feb 2019
    This year Junior Holdgate decided to break from the standard of charity doughtnut sales and take on a physical challenge together to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK.
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  • Cookery Masterclass

    Feb 2019
    Every week, on Wednesday afternoon in St Margaret’s Kitchen, Catering Manager, John Devine has been treating a group of Upper Sixth to a cookery masterclass, in order to prepare them for life without the delicious SVS lunches.
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  • Trial of Early Departure for Junior Pupils – Friday 1st March

    Feb 2019
    We continue to explore ways to resolve the difficulties that many of you encounter at the end of the School day.
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  • Silver CREST Award

    Feb 2019
    Ellie Fraser, Lower Sixth Form, has achieved her Silver level CREST Award. Ellie has investigated and designed the optimum pizza delivery box.
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  • National Number Day

    Feb 2019
    To celebrate National Number Day, some First and Fourth Form students from SVS visited the Prep School to work with Year 4 on a practical mathematics problem.
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  • Local Cricket Winners

    Feb 2019
    Before Half Term, Sutton Valence School travelled to Homewood School in Tenterden for the Under 13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament. This was a chance for our girls to compete against the other schools from around Kent and Sutton Valence put out a very strong team.
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  • Apprenticeship Fair

    Feb 2019
    Sixth Formers who are interested in alternatives to university visited the Apprenticeship Fair at Maidstone Leisure Centre to see the opportunities available to them both locally and nationally.
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  • From the Assistant Head

    Feb 2019
    Much as I respect the idea behind Safer Internet Day, which aims to highlight the dangers surrounding the World Wide Web, I am a little confused as to why; A) we think we need a Safer Internet Day and B) what will happen for the other 364 days when presumably we do not  worry about the combination o...
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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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