Sutton Valence School
No two children are exactly alike; they all have their individual talents, likes and dislikes. Sutton Valence recognises this and, from Nursery to Upper Sixth, offers a 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. 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.
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.
It is our firm belief that the experiences and opportunities we offer outside of the classroom, to complement our academic lessons, allow all of our pupils the chance to learn through discovery and involvement. Whether it be pursuing an Extended Project Qualification, being involved in the Young Enterprise scheme, building a car or a World War One replica plane or preparing for a public debate, all require independent research that embeds good learning. Our co-curricular programme of sport, music, drama and activities builds self-esteem, allowing pupils to understand their strengths and weaknesses and that nothing is achieved without commitment and effort. Trips to the theatre, or to help in overseas charity work, being a member of a sports tour or undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition all educate through experience. Leading a team, coaching younger pupils or serving the local community allow pupils to discover humility, communication skills and more about themselves.
Situated in the heart of beautiful Kent countryside and imbued with history and character, the School community invites a wonderful sense of belonging as loyalties are strong and pupils, parents and those who work here are passionate about the School. Your child will be a special part of a School that encourages, excites and offers enriching experiences in an environment that allows them to evolve as individuals in a supportive and caring community.