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Sutton Valence School Strengthens Academic Focus


Despite already being in the top 20% of schools nationally for value added at A Level, Sutton Valence School, near Maidstone, is not resting on its laurels.

To maintain academic work at the centre of all the School does, the Senior Management Team has been restructured and, from a huge application field, Mr Adrian Wyles has been appointed as Academic Deputy Head, from September 2013.

The staff have been set a challenge, said Mr Wyles, to move Sutton Valence into the top 10% of schools in the country for value added. I will be spearheading the move forward, leading and working with Heads of Departments to oversee all of the academic side of the School. I am delighted to have been appointed and am looking forward to the exciting and challenging times ahead.

With the ambition to become the best school in Kent for value added in all areas (academic, co-curricular and community involvement), Headmaster, Bruce Grindlay said, Rather than rely upon league table positions or the percentage of A* to B grades to measure our pupils success, we prefer to measure our teaching and learning by how much value we add to each pupil. This measures how well each pupil has performed against their perceived potential and, therefore, allows us to recognise the improvements and results of each individual. Mr Wyless appointment heralds a new chapter in our long and distinguished history from which, hopefully, all students stand to benefit.



Photo: Adrian Wyles, Academic Deputy Head

Published: May 3 2013

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