Sutton Valence School
|Type:||Day / Boarding / Co-ed|
|Head's Name:||Bruce Grindlay|
One School, many journeys
No two children are exactly alike; they all have their individual talents, likes and dislikes. Sutton Valence School recognises this and, from Nursery to Upper Sixth (Yr 13), 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.
With an ethos built on academic rigour, community, co-curricular involvement and leadership and service, whatever the school arena, Sutton Valence strives to add value to its pupils. From Nursery in the Preparatory School, a comprehensive monitoring and reporting programme keeps parents constantly in touch with their child’s progress, both academically and personally. As each little hurdle is met, the bar is gently raised to ensure that, whatever their ability, children are being stretched.
By the time they reach the senior school, Sutton Valence, their academic ability is benchmarked by Durham University. The School uses this knowledge, behind the scenes, to constantly adjust targets for each individual child. So successful is this approach that by A level every child is almost guaranteed to get one half to a full grade better, per subject, than their initial prediction, provided they are prepared to work with us and to maximise their effort.
Over the past seven years, A level results have been improving to this year’s record. The number of A* to B grades over this period has risen by 75%. Every candidate passed their exams, with 70% of grades being A* to B and 89% A* to C. For the whole of our mixed-ability cohort, this is higher than many local grammar schools. Our grammar-equivalent group achieved 99% A* to B.
But academic attainment alone does not make a child ready for university and beyond. Our community is structured in such a way as to create a caring environment where pupils can be challenged, where they can be given the confidence to be curious and above all where their contributions can be harnessed to the benefit of all. Every person is valued as an individual with their own distinct sense of worth and potential.
Our pastoral system emphasises the importance of responsibility, leadership, kindness and friendship amongst our pupils. It is founded on the principles of trust, tolerance and openness. As such, we expect all at Sutton Valence to treat each other with respect, humanity and care. Consequently, people are obliged to recognise that our differences, our individuality make us collectively stronger.
Boarding (11-18) at Sutton Valence is a special, rewarding and life changing experience. Our flexibility means that individual needs can easily be catered for, with pupils being able to retain their room if they stay with us for three nights or more. Pupils benefit from supervised prep sessions and the use of all School facilities until bedtime.
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.