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Sutton Valence School, Kent

School Details
School Crest
Sutton Valence,
United Kingdom,
ME17 3HL

Tel: +44 1622 845200
Fax: +44 1622 844103

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Mr Bruce Grindlay, MA (Cantab) MusB FRCO CHM

Admissions Officer:
Mrs Kathy Webster

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
11 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

GCSE results, Entry test or exam, Interview, Age 3-11 is for day only while 11-18 is for day and boarding, Common Entrance

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Other scholarships, 6th Form, Means tested bursaries, Drama, Senior school entry, Sport, Financial need, Choral, Academic, Music, Junior school entry, Art, Siblings, CDT

What we offer

  • Classics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Design technology
  • Psychology
  • ICT
  • Critical thinking
  • Photography
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Media/Film studies
  • Engineering
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Athletics
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Fitness training
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Swimming
  • Fencing
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Gymnastics
  • Rounders
  • Chess
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Young Enterprise
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Sailing
  • Adventure training
  • Shooting
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Epilepsy
Head PhotoAs a school we strongly believe that our pupils should be able to thrive academically and contribute in the widest sense to the life of our school. By the time they leave they will have experienced a variety of opportunities to help them accumulate a set of personal skills that will enable them to move on to their first choice university, or their chosen career with confidence.

Boarders form a strong core of the close community spirit fostered across year groups by our tutor and house system. The school has three senior boarding houses (two boys' and one girls' from ages 13 - 18) and a dedicated junior house (mixed, for ages 11 -13). All of our boarding houses operate flexible boarding, which allows us to fit in with family needs, wherever space allows. The safe, structured environment and complete involvement in the life of the School provides a strong foundation for academic and extra-curricular learning; and some of the most lasting friendships Old Suttonians have were kindled during their time in a boarding house.

Founded in 1576, Sutton Valence is an HMC co-educational independent day and boarding school, in a safe and picturesque village, south of Maidstone, with stunning views over the Weald of Kent. Our pupils are fortunate to benefit from a traditional setting with up-to-date facilities. Recent and current developments include: a sports centre, with full sized indoor hockey pitch and sprung floor cricket nets; a second astropitch; a virtual language laboratory; new Maths and IT centre; a new indoor swimming pool and an athletics track due in 2009. The 100 acre site includes pitches for rugby and football, 6 tennis courts and a dedicated cricket ground with outdoor nets and pavilion; along with an assault course and a shooting range for the CCF.

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most difficult decisions parents have to make. We would like to help you make that choice by inviting you and your family to visit Sutton Valence School, where we aim to stretch your child academically and nurture their individual talents, whatever their age.

Old Suttonians: Sir Charles Groves, Conductor; Terence Cuneo, Artist; Dr Neil Townsend, Vice-Chairman British Olympic Committee; Sydney Wooderson, Olympic Athlete; Robert Fisk, Journalist; Ben Brown, BBC Correspondent; Mark Benson, England Test Cricketer and Umpire; Brigadier Mark Dodson MBE.
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