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Telephone Campaign Calling Team





Emily Vernon (2016 S)

Part of the telephone campaign team this summer is Emily. A recent 2016 leaver, Emily’s favourite memory of her time at the School is her role in the recent production of Les Misérables. While normally preferring more academic subjects, the rush of being part of something as exciting as the School’s annual play was thrilling. As well as performing in productions, Emily loved playing the clarinet in the School’s orchestra and being part of the Chamber Choir. She was active in the CCF and was a NCO in her final years with us. After an incredible A Level results day, Emily secured her place at Birmingham University and will be studying English this autumn. She is excited to be part of the telephone campaign, to connect with Old Suttonians and share experiences of the School. “While the thought of not returning in September is scary and a little sad,” Emily says. “This project is like the start of my own journey as an alumna.”

Eve Barclay (2016 H)

As a recent 2016 leaver, Evie has not been long out of the School. “I had the best years here,” she says, so it is not surprising that she has returned to be a part of this campaign. Evie is an enthusiastic sports player who was on the netball and hockey second teams and who enjoyed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Her passion for singing was punctuated by her Grade 8 Singing success and she performed in every school production that was held whilst she was at the School. “There are too many amazing memories,” she says. “One of them has to be my role of Cosette in the most recent production Les Misérables. The show really brought everyone together, and I was very close to my Drama teachers.” Eve is looking forward to giving back to the School, and sharing her experiences with those of other Old Suttonians. “To be a part of the Old Suttonian community, and be able to talk to them directly, is so exciting.”


Gregor Roberts (2015 M)

As a 2015 leaver, Greg is excited to be back at Sutton Valence after a year away. Currently a student at Loughborough studying Sports and Geography, he remembers his time at the School fondly. “One of my favourite memories is laying a wreath at Ypres, the Menin Gate in Belgium, as Head of the CCF,” says Greg. “It was such an honour to be there and a moment that I will never forget.” The boarding experience was also a highlight for Greg who enjoyed being a part of a community. Along with being the Head of CFF, he was Swimming Captain, Prefect and in the First Team for Rugby. “I want to give something back,” Greg says when explaining why he has joined the telephone campaign. “As someone with dyslexia, the School were amazing in supporting me and helping me get to where I am today.”


Hannah Morris (2016 S)

Having only just left Sutton Valence in the summer of 2016, Hannah is happy to be back for this campaign. “It’s nice to give back to the community,” she says “and to see so many of my friends and teachers after the summer.” Since leaving, Hannah has been working part time at a local farm, keen to use her time off to expand her work experiences and skills. Her fondest memories of her time at the school revolve around hockey. Hannah was Captain of the girl’s First Hockey Team during her final years at the School, her proudest achievement to date. “I love the sport and my team were amazing,” she says. “It was really special to be able to lead the girls and watch as we improved together.” Hannah hopes to carry her love of hockey into the next stage of her life as she starts Northampton University in September to study Psychology. This project presents a great opportunity for Hannah to gain more invaluable work experience and to share with others her experiences and memories of the School.

Imogen Catchpole (2016 S)

Another recent leaver, having just completed her time at the Sixth Form, Imi has spent her summer volunteering and working for her family’s business. Joining the telephone campaign, she hopes to further expand her communication skills and confidence. While at the School, Imi was an active part of the CCF for five years and, while she enjoyed playing sports, her true passion lay in Art. Following this passion, Imi has secured her place at Central Saint Martins in London to do a foundation in 3D Design and Architecture. Looking back at her time with us, her fondest memories are of the boarding experience. “I lived with three of my best friends,” says Imi. “It was like a sleepover every night and I know we will be friends for life.” In order to wean herself off of life at Sutton Valence, Imi hopes that this project will allow her to learn about other peoples’ experiences at the School and say goodbye to what has been an amazing and important part of her life.

Ioana Pupaza (2015 S)

Ioana left Sutton Valence in 2015 and this is her first time back on the School’s grounds. “A lot has changed and yet nothing at the same time,” Ioana says, looking around the dining hall and recalling the last time she was there during her Leavers’ Lunch. “I am excited to see everyone, especially my old Violin teacher so that we can play together and catch-up.” Currently, Ioana is about to enter her second year at the esteemed Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Looking back at her time at the School, she is most excited about how her love for the violin was encouraged. She flourished in the Music department, played in various concerts in and out of school, the Orchestra and the Royal Academy. As a talented violinist, Ioana was a HMC Scholar at the school, and is appreciative of the opportunity to attend Sutton Valence. “The School gave me extra in everything,” Ioana says. “I want to be able to give something back.”

Max Pelvang (2016 L)

Max has only just left Sutton Valence, having gained his A Level results a few weeks ago, and he has already had an exciting summer of travelling. First, Max was accompanied by many of his peers on the School leaver’s trip to Zakynthos Island as a goodbye to some of his friends and classmates, and then an adventure in Sweden. He has returned to be a part of the team and is thrilled to be giving something back to the community. As a keen sportsman, Max was especially interested in football. “I loved playing the sport,” he says. “Whether it was on the official sports team or just with friends in our free time.” As well as playing football, Max enjoyed his time as the Head of House. He is excited to be entering the world of work soon after this project and is keen to speak to and be a part of the Old Suttonian community.


Richard Fullick (2016 M)

Another member of this summer’s campaign team is 2016 leaver Richard. Remembering his time at the School fondly, Richard speaks about his amazing time boarding five nights per week. “I was the only new student in my year,” he says. “And the boarding experience meant that I met some of my best friends and helped me to feel like part of the community.” While at the School, Richard enjoyed playing and participating in all sports, especially tennis and football. His love of fitness is combined with a love of biographies, and he hopes to take these passions with him when he starts at Reading University later this year. Of the project, Richard says that “this is such a good way to stay connected with the School and my time here. It’s been lovely to see my teachers and have a chance to stay updated on each other’s’ lives. I look forward to speaking to other alumnae about their times at Sutton Valence.”




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