Sutton Valence Preparatory School
Kent, United Kingdom
About Sutton Valence Preparatory School
At Sutton Valence Preparatory School, children achieve at a high academic level within a happy, family atmosphere. Pupils are encouraged to develop their talents to the full through a wide range of activities including sport, music and drama as well as through our lively after-school programme. Children develop self-confidence, and leave as considerate and articulate individuals with well-developed personalities and abilities.
At SVPS there is a well-qualified, dedicated and experienced teaching staff. Class sizes are small and there is an excellent staff pupil ratio (10:1). From Nursery to Year 2, throughout the early years, the children are predominantly taught by their Form Teacher, with some specialist teaching in Music, PE, Games, French and Dance.
Once they reach the age of 7 (Year 3), specialist teaching becomes a more integral part of their curriculum, when the children are taught Science, Art, D&T, ICT, Music, French, PE and Games by subject specialists. From Year 5 onwards all the children’s teaching is by subject specialists. This is excellent preparation for any Senior School establishment.
Maths sets start in Year 4 and English in Year 5. There are generally three sets, one fast track and two parallel in each year group. Those in the parallel sets cover the same work but at a pace appropriate to their abilities and needs.
The comprehensive co-curricular programme gives children the opportunity to participate in activities and trips that supplement what is learnt in the classroom. Pupils can choose from over 25 different activities and clubs, the majority of which are held after school. In addition through trips out of school and charity work throughout the year, the children are encouraged to look beyond their immediate experiences. So, whatever their interest, whatever their level of ability, the school aims for a healthy balance between participation, success, competitiveness and enjoyment, so that every child can flourish.