The 1576 Fund

Sutton Valence School owes its existence to an act of philanthropy, 439 years ago. Sadly, William Lambe's legacy ran out quite quickly after the School was established and since that time, assistance for the payment of fees has come from either local grants or bursary funds set aside from fee income.



In the second half of the Twentieth Century, many Old Suttonians attended Sutton Valence School as beneficiaries of Kent Education Committee Places or the Assisted Places Scheme. These offered bright children the chance of a superb education, irrespective of their parents’ financial circumstances. For others, whose parents were not able to afford the fees, if they wished to come to the School, they had to apply for a bursary, which was funded from a very limited ‘pot’.

Unfortunately, the local KEC places and Assisted Places Scheme have since ended. Furthermore, without an endowment, it was difficult to increase the availability of financial support from which children can benefit through the School's own limited bursary fund. 




In today’s School, there is no doubt that the individual care, inspirational teaching and breadth of opportunities offered at Sutton Valence can be life-changing. The Headmaster is, therefore, determined to increase the number of bursaries that may be granted to allow children with potential to attend the School.

The establishment of a dedicated bursary fund back in 2015, held apart from the School operating accounts in a trust, not only helps more children to benefit from the unique education we can offer them, but also releases fee income to preserve the School fabric and, most importantly, constantly improve our teaching and learning.



If you would like any further information about The 1576 Fund, please have a look through the brochure embedded above. Having done so, if you would like to support the fund, please refer to the information on our donations page. Alternatively if you would like to consider the possibility of including The 1576 Fund in your will, please refer to our dedicated Legacy Giving page. If you would like to discuss the fund or your potential contribution, please contact:

Development Office

Will Radford (Alumni Relations and Development Manager) - Contact Email


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