Sutton Valence School
Kent, United Kingdom
About Sutton Valence School
Pupils have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Valence School since 1576. The School offers an almost bespoke journey for each child, both academically and in those things that spark each child’s imagination. Somewhere in our education we need to learn focus, commitment, effort and self-discipline if we are to achieve and frequently this happens beyond the classroom.
The School is an educational community whose philosophy embraces a breadth of challenges. Through diverse curriculum and a wide range of activities we cultivate an appreciation of academic excellence, responsibility, leadership, kindness and friendship amongst our pupils. All members of the School develop a sense of spiritual, moral and ethical awareness and, in so doing, come to appreciate their own place in the world.
Sutton Valence is a forward and outward-looking school with a strong community, which includes the pupils, their families, teaching and support staff, governors and trustees and members of the Old Suttonian Association. Pupils attending the school come from a wide variety of backgrounds. About two thirds live locally and attend as day students. The School has approximately 150 boarders (many of whom board for three nights or more), and whilst most of these families live in the South East, a proportion comes from overseas. As a result, the School enjoys a healthily cosmopolitan mix.
At the centre of Sutton Valence’s foundation is a Christian ethos. The majority of our pupils are Christians, but all denominations are welcomed, which allows the pupils to grow within a tolerant community. Our community is founded on the principles of trust, tolerance and openness. As such, we expect all at SV to treat each other with respect, humanity and care. Individuals are, therefore, obliged to recognise that the differences between us make us collectively stronger.
The flexible curriculum gives pupils in the early years the opportunity to experience a broad range of academic subjects. This enables them to make informed choices when they come to make decisions about GCSE courses. Class sizes are small with an overall pupil:staff ratio of 9:1, benefitting the pupils through the close guidance and individual attention of their teachers that this engenders.
It was noted in the 2014 inspection report that GCSE results have improved over the past four years and that at A Level, results have been similar to those of grammar schools in recent years. In fact, this year the grammar school equivalent students (our A set) achieved 89% A* and A grades at GCSE and 99% A* to B grades at A Level; higher than more selective schools in Kent and contributing to the significant added value the School achieves.
Both senior and preparatory schools sit in an enviable position on a ridge above Sutton Valence village, surrounded by orchards and fields and overlooking the Weald of Kent. Mainline stations offering an hour’s travel to central London are five minutes away and Ashford International is twenty minutes.