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Sutton Valence School

Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, ME17 3HL, Kent

01622 845200



Sutton Valence School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1576
Headmaster Mr James A Thomas
Date Appointed September 2021
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years (boarding from 11)
Number of pupils 557
Junior Tuition £6,250 (First Form, per term) - £6,660 (Second Form, per term)
Senior Tuition £7,740 (per term)
Full Boarding £10,680 (First Form, plus tuition per term) - £12,170 (Senior, plus tuition per term)
Weekly Boarding £9,722 (First Form, plus tuition per term) - £11,212 (Senior, plus tuition per term)
Prep Fees: please see website
Average Class Size 17
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Associations HMC, BSA, ASCL, AGBIS

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, offers an almost bespoke journey for each child, both academically and beyond the classroom.

Academic attainment is important – in 2020 Sutton Valence School celebrated excellent A Level results with a flawless pass rate of 100% and 70% of all grades awarded at A* to B. At GCSE, almost 30% of all grades were 8s or 9s. However, this is only one part of what makes a child successful in life.

By the time they finish their time at Sutton Valence, each pupil will have taken a slightly different journey, but our ultimate destinations for all are the same: that they will work hard to fulfil their true potential and add value to their lives.

Our greatest strength is our community; the relationships enjoyed between staff, pupils and parents are exemplary. The Sutton Valence House system, at both the Preparatory and Senior Schools, fosters the School’s family atmosphere. Friendly rivalry in House competitions, which may be sporting, cultural, academic or just good fun, offer opportunities for every child to contribute and be applauded for their efforts.

Our Preparatory School is set in a stunning, rural location, with impressive academic and sporting facilities. With a strong academic focus, we prepare children for the Kent 11+ test, as well as for our own Senior School. We hold the prestigious Quality Mark for Early Years education, the first independent school in Kent to receive this accolade.

The classrooms are purpose built, spacious and well-equipped and we have a wide range of outdoor learning areas, including a Forest School classroom, the Early Years sensory ‘Secret Garden’ and a vegetable patch where children grow produce both for the School kitchen and to feed our resident guinea pigs!

Whilst the Senior School is not academically selective, we expect all pupils to work hard to achieve their individual potential. We welcome a diverse pupil population and actively encourage applications from pupils with interests in sport, the creative and performing arts.

We offer a full range of GCSE and A Level subjects and enjoy a very good record of performance in public examinations. The majority of our Sixth Form leavers go on to study at a UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and may Russell Group institutions. Some pupils choose to follow more vocational course beyond A Level.

In addition to the traditional major sports of hockey, rugby, netball, boys and girls cricket, and tennis, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of specialist sports including equestrianism, golf, football, swimming and strength and conditioning training.

Music at Sutton Valence is extremely strong with approximately 40% of pupils studying one instrument, 5% learning two and one particularly accomplished musician, three.

We have three boarding houses at the Senior School – one for girls, two for boys – offering a range of different options – full, weekly and part boarding. When capacity allows, we accommodate ad-hoc boarding, for example, when trips return late at night or leave early in the morning.

Pastoral care is paramount and through the high expectations and standards we set, all our young people are encouraged and supported to go further than they had thought possible in their academic, co-curricular, community and leadership journeys.  We want them to become confident, tolerant and open-minded individuals who possess a love of learning and a strong sense of self-discipline.