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Sutton Valence School

Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, England ME17 3HL

Age Range & Fees

Age Range11 to 18
Annual Day Fees *£16395 to £21405
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£25905 to £33345
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
267Day163
19Full Boarding20
49Weekly Boarding19
335Total202

Number of Staff

Full-time: 68
Part-time: 5

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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Mr James A Thomas MA (Cantab) MA (London) NPQH


In his early career he was a Head of Department (Theology and Philosophy) at both Dulwich College and Wellington College, where he was also in charge of Oxford and Cambridge applications. He then became the Director of Studies at Harrow International School Hong Kong before moving to the highly regarded British School in Tokyo where most recently he was Headmaster of the Secondary School. Following seven years in Japan, he decided it was time to come back to the UK, where he currently holds the position of Headmaster at Sutton Valence School.

Beyond work, Mr Thomas enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and faithful old Labrador. His personal interests include music, choirs, sport, travel and current affairs.
  • 13th November 2021 - Open Morning

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Adventure training
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • School bus service
  • Autism
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Delicate/Medical
  • Epilepsy
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Method of Entry

  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Curriculum and Exams:

  • AQA
    Assessments and Qualifications Alliance
  • BTEC
    Business and Technology Education Council
  • Edexcel Foundation
  • IGCSE
    International General Certicicate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA
    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • OCR
    Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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