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  • 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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    Jacob
  • 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.
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    Street Art Trip
  • U14A County Tournament Winners

    Oct 2019
    Yesterday the U14As travelled to Sevenoaks to compete in the Tier 2 County tournament. 
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    U14A County Tournament Winners
  • Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate of Meritorious Service

    Oct 2019

    The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, recently held his annual awards ceremony for the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air. The Lord-Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service may be awarded to any serving Reservist or A...

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    Lord-Lieutenants’ Certificate of Meritorious Service
  • Sandhurst STEM Fair

    Oct 2019
    Members of the Fourth Form enjoyed a fantastic day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last Friday, visiting their annual STEM Fair.
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    Sandhurst STEM Fair
  • Climate Change Protest

    Sep 2019

    On Friday 20th September, the Juniors took part in a national Climate Change Protest. They got together in the Chapel and sang their hearts out to a climate change-focused version of We Didn’t Start the Fire, by Billy Joel. As you are aware, the government does not take into accoun...

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  • U19s through to County Finals

    Sep 2019
    On 26th September, eight Upper Sixth girls travelled to Rainham to play in the annual U19 County Netball Tournament.
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    U19s through to County Finals
  • CADSAAM Shooting

    Sep 2019
    On Friday 20th September, the Shooting team, made up of: Thomas Arthur (Fifth Form), Dylan Cole (Fifth Form), Isabelle Eyers (Upper Sixth Form and captain) and  Callum Davis (Fourth Form), were asked to go to the 11th CADSAAM shooting meet
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    CADSAAM Shooting
  • Leeds Castle Run

    Sep 2019
    We arrived at Leeds Castle with the sun coming out to cheer us on. Feeling excited but also a little nervous we set off down the scenic path to be signed in.
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    Leeds Castle Run
  • Sponsored Walk

    Sep 2019
    Last Friday, the School took advantage of the beautiful Indian Summer weather to take part in the annual sponsored walk.
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    Sponsored Walk
  • SVS Foundation Golf Day

    Sep 2019

    Last Friday, we were delighted to host our annual Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club. With the launch of the SVS Foundation, the event was rebranded this year to reflect the wider community it serves. Despite the new name, the golf was of the traditional high standard with some excellent rounds th...

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  • England Rugby Academy Success

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to Brandon Jackson (Upper Sixth) who is in the Saracens Rugby Academy, and has been selected for the second year to become and England Academy Player.
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  • New Chess Club

    Sep 2019

    This week saw the launch of the SVS Chess club. Lower School pupils came along to the Mathematics block to pit their skills against one another, in this wonderful game of strategy and concentration. Run by Mr Wellings and the Sixth formers, Sebastiaan Lijesen and Ellie Fraser, there were som...

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    New Chess Club
  • Capturing Dungeness 

    Sep 2019
    A group of ten A Level Photography students travelled to Dungeness, to undertake a landscape-based photo-shoot as part of their coursework project. The weather was beautiful, bringing clear skies and stunning views, a stark contrast to the many discarded, crumbling fishing shacks and boat wrecks tha...
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    Capturing Dungeness 
  • Prefects' Reunion

    Sep 2019
    This week, to celebrate his tenth year at Sutton Valence School, the Headmaster and Dr Grindlay hosted past prefects from across his time at the School to a reunion dinner in London. In total, 24 past prefects joined them for this anniversary event at Fino's restaurant in Mayfair.
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    Prefects Reunion
  • Sutton House Reunion

    Sep 2019
    On Sunday, we were delighted to welcome back Old Suttonians and former staff who attended a reunion at Sutton House to celebrate girls' boarding at the School. The group included SVS leavers spanning from 1991 through to 2016, as well as two former Sutton housemasters.
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    Sutton Girls Reunion
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month

    Sep 2019
    As September is Blood Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Palmer gave a presentation to the Sixth Form during their assembly, encouraging SVS students to consider joining the stem cell register.
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  • Ski Season Starts

    Sep 2019
    Last Sunday, teams from Sutton Valence took part in the ESSkiA South East Qualifier, the grass-roots ski racing event for schools, which leads to selection for the British Schools Championships.
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    Ski Season Starts
  • Confident Parenting in a World of Screens

    Sep 2019
    Care for the Family is a national charity that is dedicated to promoting strong family life; they are regularly contacted by parents who are worried about their children’s use of digital devices.
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  • Third Form CCF Field Day

    Sep 2019
    With their new uniforms and boots, the Third Form assembled at Crowborough Army Training Camp for an introductory two days into life as a cadet.
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    Third Form CCF Field Day
  • Biscuit Challenge

    Sep 2019
    The Second Form pondered the question, "When the nation is having a morning cuppa, what is the best biscuit?"
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    Biscuit Challenge
  • Head of School Speech

    Sep 2019
    Our second Head of School for this term, Max Savage shares his thoughts on the commencement of the year.
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  • County Tennis Tournament

    Sep 2019
    The Kent County Closed is an annual tennis tournament held at the Bromley Tennis Centre during the last week of August in which Sixth Former Jame Gotke, took part in
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  • Boarders’ Trip to Canterbury

    Sep 2019
    On Sunday, 23 boarders went on a trip to Canterbury.  Mrs Manning and Mr Henderson each took a minibus, and, as we arrived, the clouds lifted and we enjoyed lovely weather. We went shopping in small groups and explored many of Canterbury's interesting shops.  Wherever we went in the city, we could s...
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    Boarders’ Trip to Canterbury
  • NSEA Petley Wood

    Sep 2019
    The Sutton Valence Equestrian team attended their first show of the academic year last weekend at the NSEA Petley Wood show jumping qualifier.
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    NSEA Petley Wood
  • Netball success for Lulu

    Sep 2019
    Congratulations to Lulu Pankhurst (Fourth Form), who has been selected for the next stage of the U17 London Pulse Netball High Performance Hub trials.
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    Netball success for Lulu
  • Head of School Speech

    Sep 2019
    New Head of School, Lara Savage encourages the School at the first assembly.
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  • Futures Cup

    Sep 2019
    Over the summer holidays, Louis Ridge and Alexandra Sacker participated in the annual Futures Cup hockey tournament.
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  • Kent County Youth Orchestra welcomes SVS Students

    Sep 2019
    The Music department is delighted to report that seven of our string players (Elizabeth Drummond, Bethan Pepler, Jack Price, Joseph Gillett, Alexander Tolhurst, Felix Connell and Charlotte Holmes) were invited to play with Kent County Youth Orchestra this summer
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    Kent Youth County Orchestra welcomes SVS Students
  • Pre-Season Sports Camps

    Sep 2019
    Last week saw Girls Hockey and Boys Rugby camps across all age groups being held at SVS. Some more senior pupils also attended tournaments and fixtures designed to prepare players for the Michaelmas Term’s sport
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    Pre-Season Sports Camps
  • Gold DofE Expeditions

    Sep 2019
    On Saturday 3rd August, 15 intrepid Lower Sixth adventurers set off to the Lake District for the Gold DofE expedition. After eight hours, including two refreshment stops, we arrived at Dale Bottom campsite. Looking at the weather forecast in previous days I was not hopeful of a dry week and as soon ...
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    Gold DofE Expedition
  • GCSE Results

    Aug 2019
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating a superb set of GCSE results. With over 40% of all results achieved graded 9 to 7, this year’s performance represents one of the strongest in the last ten years.
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    GCSE Results
  • A Level Results 2019

    Aug 2019
    Once again, Sutton Valence School is delighted to announce another year-on-year increase in A* to B grades. In 2019, 60% of all grades achieved by students are A* to B - a very impressive increase of 8% over last year’s already excellent results.
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    Sutton Valence School – A Level Results 2019
  • Sports Day 2019

    Jul 2019
    Last Friday saw pupils, parents and staff embark on our fantastic all-weather track in the blazing June sunshine.
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    Sports Day 2019
  • OS Success

    Jun 2019
    We have recently heard about some university successes from four Old Suttonians.
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  • A Taste of British Boarding School Life

    Jun 2019
    At Sutton Valence School, we welcome students from all over the world including China, Spain, Austria, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.
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  • The School that Rocked

    Jun 2019
    So once again another whirlwind production week has come and gone at Sutton Valence…
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  • Critical Thinking comes to Sutton Valen