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  • The Sound of Music

    Jan 2020
    The hills were alive last week as the Senior production of The Sound of Music took to the stage in the Baughan Theatre.
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    The Sound of Music
  • Kent Schools Cross Country Championships

    Jan 2020
    On Saturday 18th January, the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships took place at The Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover. Three of our pupils qualified for these championships.
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    Kent Schools Cross Country Championships
  • Trampoline Triumph

    Jan 2020
    Louis Hillier (Lower Sixth) had a really successful 2019 in freestyle trampoline, gaining several world’s first tricks
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    Trampoline Triumph
  • Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course

    Jan 2020
    In December, a number of our string members attended and represented the School at the Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course.
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    Christmas Kent County Youth Orchestra course
  • Cambridge Offer

    Jan 2020
    We are delighted to announce that all students who applied to Oxford or Cambridge this year did well in their admissions tests and were invited to interview.
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    Cambridge Offer
  • Juniors Informal Concert

    Jan 2020
    On Thursday evening, the Music department held an informal concert for the juniors. These concerts are there to allow pupils to gain experience in playing in front of a small audience
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  • Catering for Yourself at University

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday 22nd January, Ben Kyd, Elizabeth Fraser, Hu Yuqian and Gabriella Howarth (all Upper Sixth), went down to St Margaret’s to attend a ‘Catering for yourself at Uni’ forum. Read Gabriella’s account below:
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    Catering for yourself at Uni
  • CCF Climbing Venture

    Jan 2020
    During the Lent Term, the Fourth Form Army cadets are attending the Climbing Experience in Maidstone each week, to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pass their Level One NIBAS bouldering course. 
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    CCF Climbing Venture
  • Max's Ski Success

    Jan 2020
    Max Laughland (Fourth Form) has been racing for the British Ski Academy in the Anglo-Scottish races in Pila, in the Aosta Valley region of Italy over the Christmas Holiday.
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    Max Ski Success
  • Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip

    Jan 2020
    Mr James, Miss Feilen and seven Sutton girls travelled to Birling Gap and Brighton for a fantastic Boarding trip. Amongst the fierce wind and wild high tide, the girls still had a great time along the coast.
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    Birling Gap & Brighton Boarding Trip
  • Sixth Form Finance Forum

    Jan 2020
    On Wednesday, the Upper Sixth were able to benefit from the advice and wisdom of Mr Fowle, the School Bursar, on student budgeting.  As a “money man” but also a parent, he knows the pitfalls that can befall young people away from home for the first time, with a student loan burning a hole in their p...
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    Sixth Form Finance Forum
  • Swimming Association Gala

    Jan 2020
    On Saturday, three of our swimmers took part in the Kent Schools Swimming Association gala, where we were up against the very best swimmers across schools in Kent.
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    Swimming Association Gala
  • Junior debaters through to the Regionals!

    Jan 2020
    On Tuesday, our Junior Public Speakers travelled to Towers School in Ashford to compete in the Rotary Club Youth Speaks debating competition.
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    Junior debaters through to the Regionals!
  • Power Cut - 14th January 2020

    Jan 2020
    The School site has been disabled by a power cut from about 1.15pm.
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  • England U20 Rugby Squad

    Jan 2020
    Harvey Beaton, SVS's 1st XV captain last year, has been annouced in the England U20 32-man squad, starting with the U20 Six Nations Championship next month.
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    England U20 Rugby Squad
  • New Head of School - Lent 2020

    Jan 2020
    Anna Harrison, our new Head of School for Lent Term, delivered a powerful speech at the Headmaster's Assembly this Friday. Please read below for Anna's whole speech:
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    New Head of School - Lent 2020
  • Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp

    Jan 2020
    Sutton Valence School is proud to be continuing its exciting partnership with the Saracens Mavericks Netball franchise. On the last Thursday and Friday of the Christmas holiday, we were privileged to hold the first Saracens Mavericks Netball camp in Kent here at SVS.
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    Saracens Mavericks Netball Camp
  • Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens

    Jan 2020
    Over the Christmas break, Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth), Nathan Bispham (Upper Sixth), Alfred Goater (Lower Sixth) and Charles Galligan (Lower Sixth) have been playing Premiership Academy League Rugby for Saracens U18s.
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    Premiership Academy League Rugby - Saracens
  • Auschwitz trip

    Jan 2020
    On Thursday 12th December, Mrs Sunde and 60 Sutton Valence School pupils headed to Auschwitz, Poland for a 3-day trip that will stay each participant for a lifetime. Read Mrs Sunde’s account of the trip below:
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    Auschwitz trip
  • Evie Swim Success

    Jan 2020
    Over the Christmas holidays, we received the fantastic news that Evie Smith has been selected to swim for the SE Region in the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Final.
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    Evie Swim Success
  • Parents' Badminton Group

    Jan 2020
    SVS run a Parents' Badminton Group each Wednesday. Organiser, and former parent, Martin Brunt has sent the following message with information on joining the Badminton team.
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    Parents Badminton Group
  • Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents

    Jan 2020
    The Housemasters would like to invite parents of Fifth Form pupils to Groves Hall on Saturday 11th January at 8.15am, to discuss the lead up to the Summer Term.
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    Housemasters at Home with Fifth Form Parents
  • Junior Quiz - December 2019

    Jan 2020
    The Junior Quiz provided a fitting end to a busy term for first and second form.  With rounds as diverse as ‘Mr Carr’ and The Living World a good time was had by all.
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    Junior Quiz - December 2019
  • Christmas Market 2019

    Jan 2020
    The Junior Leadership Elves were hard at work before the Christmas break, in which they created an array of Christmas Crafts, which were sold at the end of each of the Christmas Carol Services.
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    Christmas Market 2019
  • Cricket for Girls Camp 2020

    Jan 2020
    Lydia Greenway is a former Kent & England Cricket player who is offering a fantastic Cricket for Girls Camp here at Sutton Valence School.
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  • Library Christmas Competitions

    Dec 2019
    How do you say a Christmas greeting in Afrikaans or Nepali?  In which decade was the first Christmas card sent in the UK?  These are questions that have featured in our Library Christmas quizzes this year.
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    Library Christmas competitions
  • Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell

    Dec 2019
    In November, we were lucky enough to come to SVS on a six-week exchange from Sydney, Australia.  We have had many fun experiences whilst here and made some great memories. 
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    Australian Exchange Students Say Farewell
  • Ice Skating Trip

    Dec 2019
    On 1st of December, members of Sutton House travelled by bus to Canterbury to start our skating adventures.
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    Ice Skating trip
  • Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring

    Dec 2019
    In recent years, Cricket at Sutton Valence has gone from strength-to-strength with both boys and girls enjoying considerable success.  In addition to developing SV pupils, the School has established an outstanding relationship with Kent Cricket and is actively supporting the sport across the County ...
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    Kent Cricket Relationship Soaring
  • Boarders' Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas Market

    Dec 2019
    On 8th of December, Sutton House boarders went on a trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market.  Although it was a bit colder than we expected, the clear sky and the shining sun promised a lovely day.
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    Boarders Trip to Leeds Castle Christmas market
  • Auf Wiedersehen and Adios!

    Dec 2019
    As we approach the end of another busy term, it is sadly time to say goodbye to some of our overseas students.  Charlotte, Pablo, Ana and Alfredo will all return to their home countries of Germany and Spain having spent a term with us at SVS. 
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    Auf wiedersehen and adios!
  • Inter-section Drill Competition

    Dec 2019
    On Wednesday, the annual inter-section Drill competition took place.  The three teams, from the Navy, Army and RAF, had been practising their routines since the beginning of term. 
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    Inter-section Drill Competition
  • Inter-house Christmas Bake Off

    Dec 2019
    Whilst the Lambe’s day room, on a windy and damp December lunchtime, is not exactly the Bake Off tent in the height of Summer, entrants in the first Inter-house Christmas Bake Off contest rose to the occasion with a creative and delicious variety of bakes, from across the Houses, thrown into the mix...
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    Inter-house Christmas Bake Off
  • Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad

    Dec 2019
    Congratulations go  to Luca Esposito Lee-Kemp who has been selected for the U14 Kent Golf squad.
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    Luca Selected for Kent Golf Squad
  • Grace Into Rugby Cup Final

    Dec 2019
    First Former, Grace Williams represents Old Colfeians in the U13 girls' Crimson Rugby team.  Last Sunday, the team took part in the heats of the Kent Waterfall Tournament in Folkestone.
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    Grace Into Cup Final
  • Annual Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition

    Dec 2019
    On Wednesday 4th December, the United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation held their annual Art exhibition at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea.
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    Annual Westminster Foundation Art Exhibition
  • Grow a Mo Challenge

    Nov 2019
    Congratulations to the Sixth Form boys who have completed the challenge to grow a moustache for Movember, raising funds which will go to the charity which works to improve men’s health.  
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    Grow a Mo Challenge
  • Sixth Form ICT Conference

    Nov 2019
    On 27th November, 16 Sixth Form students attended a series of lectures on future developments in the field of ICT.
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    Sixth Form ICT Conference
  • Equestrian Highs for Isabelle and Imogen

    Nov 2019
    Two pupils represented the School in separate Equestrian events, last weekend.
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    Equestrian Highs for Isabelle and Imogen
  • First Form French Play

    Nov 2019
    On Thursday, Onatti Productions returned to SVPS to perform a French play Ecris-moi! (Write to Me!) and our First Form French group were invited along to watch the production, together with Years 5 and 6 at the Prep School.
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    First Form French Play
  • Harvey Selected for England U20s

    Nov 2019
    We were delighted to hear that Harvey Beaton (2019 F) has been named as one of five Saracens in the England Under 20s first training camp of the 2019/2020 season.
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    Harvey Selected for England U20s
  • United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation Gala Concert

    Nov 2019
    On 21st November the Chamber Choir travelled to London to perform in the stunning St Johns Church, Hyde Park.
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    United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation Gala Concert
  • Maidstone School’s Cross-Country Competition

    Nov 2019
    On 22nd of November, seven Sutton Valence School pupils went to Mote Park to compete in the annual Maidstone school’s cross-country competition.
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    Maidstone School’s Cross-Country Competition
  • UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

    Nov 2019
    Each year, the Sixth Form Mathematicians sit the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge. 
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    UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
  • Duke of Edinburgh Challenge Day

    Nov 2019
    Wednesday morning was the start of what was going to be an exciting day, from the bus journey to an unknown location and getting stuck knee high in the mud. 
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    Challenge Day
  • Hockey Regional Finals

    Nov 2019
    On 20th November the U14 Hockey team had an early start to travel to Redbridge where they competed in the Tier 2 Regional Hockey Finals.
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    Hockey Regional Finals
  • 1st XV Make National Quarter Finals

    Nov 2019
    On Thursday the 1st XV travelled to Dartford Grammar School to play in the Fifth Round of the Under 18 NatWest Vase.
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    1st XV make National Quarter Finals
  • Theatregoers' Trip

    Nov 2019
    On the 20th of November, a group of avid theatre goers went to London to see the Young Vic’s production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
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    Theatregoers Trip
  • Boarders' Spanish Evening

    Nov 2019
    On November 15th boarders were treated to an evening of Spanish gastronomy and the opportunity to learn about the flavours and history of Spanish food. 
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    Boarders Spanish Evening
  • English-Speaking Union Schools’ Mace Debating Competition

    Nov 2019
    On the evening of Tuesday 19th November our Senior School debating team went to Tonbridge School to participate in the first round of the ESU Mace Debating competition.
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    English-Speaking Union Schools’ Mace Debating Competition
  • Emotional Drama

    Nov 2019
    In Drama, we have been learning about the difference between emotions and characteristics. What are they?
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    Emotional Drama
  • European Rugby and Premiership Rugby Trophies on Show

    Nov 2019
    As part of Sutton Valence’s partnership with Saracens Rugby, at last Saturday’s Open Morning the European Rugby trophy and Premiership Rugby trophies for both the men’s and women’s game were on show in the School Refectory.
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    European Rugby and Premiership Rugby trophies on show at SVS
  • Remembrance Parade

    Nov 2019
    On Remembrance Sunday, the School supported the local community by participating in Sutton Valence village's parade, to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
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    Remembrance Parade
  • Informal Concert

    Nov 2019
    Our second informal concert of the year saw a large audience enjoying some fantastic music for over an hour.
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    Informal Concert
  • Louis Selected for England U18 Squad

    Nov 2019
    Following two recent England Hockey camps over Half Term, Upper Sixth Form student Louis Ridge received the fantastic news that he has been selected for the final U18 squad.
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    Louis Selected for England U18 Squad
  • Video Gaming Curfew in China

    Nov 2019
    As the concerns for so-called video game addiction increase, China has imposed a curfew. 
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    Online Safety - Video Gaming Curfew in China
  • Equestrian Championships

    Nov 2019
    On the weekend of the 19th October, five members of the Equestrian team travelled to the NSEA National Championships at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire.
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    Equestrian Championships
  • County Cricket Representative Honours

    Nov 2019
    We are delighted with the news that several Sutton Valence girls and boys have received County Cricket selection.
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    County Cricket Representative Honours
  • Fourth Form Visit Tate Modern

    Nov 2019
    On 7th November, the Fourth Form artists went on a research trip to the Tate Modern and the Southbank in London.
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    Fourth Form Visit Tate Modern
  • Lower Sixth Participate in Meningitis Study

    Nov 2019
    Our school is one of 26 schools involved in the Meningitis B ‘Be on the Team’ study, looking at fighting Meningitis B in teenagers.
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    Lower Sixth Participate in Meningitis Study
  • Westminster Abbey Anniversary Service

    Oct 2019
    On Tuesday of this week, 27 pupils, the Headmaster and two members of staff had the honour of attending a service to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the re-building of Westminster Abbey. 
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    Westminster Abbey Anniversary Service
  • Hockey Performance Centre Selection

    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to two members of our Fourth Form on their places at this season's U15 South England Hockey Performance Centre. 
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    Hockey Performance Centre Selection
  • Top Placings for A Level Results

    Oct 2019
    This year’s excellent A Level results placed the School in a very high position in comparison to other similar schools. 
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    Top Placings for A Level Results
  • The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk

    Oct 2019
    This year the Sutton girls wanted to raise money for charity, so Head of House, Paige Davidson and Deputy Head of House, Anisha Thapa Magar, decided to enter some charity walks and runs.  The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk was our first, last Saturday night, 12th October. 
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    The Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk 2019
  • Cadets Take to the Skies

    Oct 2019
    On 7th October the RAF Cadets travelled by coach to RAF Wittering, where we were staying for one night before our amazing flying experience.  The following day, we were going to be flying a Grob Tutor aeroplane which is the training plane used by RAF pilots.
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    RAF Cadets
  • Informal Concert Delights

    Oct 2019
    On 10th October, the Music department held its first Informal Concert for this academic year. These concerts allow pupils to play in front of a small supportive audience. They are able to perform pieces which are ‘work in progress’, revealing to them what needs to be revised with extra practice, hel...
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    Informal Concert
  • Upper Sixth UCAS Event

    Oct 2019
    On Monday, the Upper Sixth Form had a very useful Careers Focus Day to prepare them for leaving school next June, either for university, an apprenticeship or direct employment.  Mrs Carter began the morning with a presentation on interview skills and preparation.
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    Upper Sixth UCAS Event
  • Cold War Code Breakers

    Oct 2019
    The Cold War came to Kent on Monday as two groups battled taxing puzzles to discover the codes to stop the imminent nuclear attack. 
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    Cold War Code Breakers
  • First Form Visit to Reculver

    Oct 2019
    On Monday, 45 First Form students travelled to Reculver, on the north coast of Kent, to conduct field studies.
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    Reculver
  • Jacob Selected For Pumas A Squad

    Oct 2019
    Congratulations to Jacob Pearton who has been selected for the 2019/20 Prep Schools’ Pumas Under 12 ‘A’ Squad, following trials at Worth School on Sunday 6th October. 
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  • Saracens Schools Partnership Programme

    Oct 2019
    Saracens are pleased to add Sutton Valence School to the Saracens family.
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    Saracens Schools Partnership Programme
  • Upper Sixth English Trip to Canterbury

    Oct 2019
    A group of Upper Sixth Form English pupils spent the afternoon of September 24th in Canterbury, enriching their study of Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale and Gothic fiction. 
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    Upper Sixth English Trip to Canterbury
  • Fangtastic Theatre Trip

    Oct 2019
    On 9th October, the theatregoers went to their first production of the year, Northern Ballet's Dracula.  
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  • Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations Competition

    Oct 2019
    Early on Thursday morning this week, a group of 20 pupils embarked on a long journey to Queen Anne’s School, Caversham to compete in the Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations competition.
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    Foundation Schools’ Model United Nations Competition
  • Nepalese-British Army Night

    Oct 2019
    Last Friday, a group of Sutton Valence boarders was fortunate to travel to the Nepalese-British Army base, Invicta Garrison for an evening of culture and some fantastic performances as the soldiers prepared for their upcoming festival.
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    Nepalese-British Army Night
  • InvestIN Career Experiences 

    Oct 2019

    We are very pleased to announce that Sutton Valence School has now become a partner school with InvestIN. This London-based company offers immersive career experiences for students aged 15 to 18 through a range of one-day programmes and summer internships in investment banking, law, medicine, eng...

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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    Oct 2019
    We were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber back to Sutton Valence School last night to deliver the inaugural Kingdon Society Lecture on ‘Adventures in Space’.
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    Dr Suzie Imber Visits
  • Street Art Trip

    Oct 2019
    On Wednesday 2nd October, a group of Sixth Form Art and Photography students and staff travelled by coach to Old Street, London.