Sutton Valence School 萨顿瓦朗斯中学
,萨顿瓦朗斯学校Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent ME17
Tel: 01622 845200 Fax: 01622 845301
• CO-ED, 11–18, Day & Boarding (full, weekly & flexi)
• Pupils 471, Upper sixth 63
• Termly fees £3230–£4220 (Day), £5080–£6680 (Boarding)
• HMC, SHA, BSA
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1576 as a boys’ school, it has been co-educational since 1983. The
school occupies about 100 acres on the slopes of a high ridge overlooking the
Weald and above a beautiful and safe village. There is excellent accommodation,
delightful gardens and extensive playing fields; a new sports hall has recently
opened. Modern teaching facilities are first-rate. The separate junior school is
on a 20-acre site in the neighbouring village of Chart Sutton. The school has a
reputation for close pastoral care and produces good academic standards and
examination results. Pupils from a broad academic range aim high and achieve
well. Flourishing music and art departments; strong in drama. An impressive
range of games and sports in which high standards are achieved (30 plus
representatives at county, regional and national level). A very large number of
clubs and societies provides for most conceivable needs. There is a strong
commitment to local community schemes.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships, value up to 50% fees:
academic, sport, music, art, drama, design technology, all-rounder. Some
bursaries according to need. Parents expected to buy textbooks; £300 maximum
extras, plus music lessons.
Parents 30% in the professions. 45+% in industry or commerce. 70+%
live within 30 miles; 12% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Joe Davies, appointed 2001. Educated at Cambridge University
(history). Previously Deputy Head at St John’s Leatherhead and Housemaster at
Tonbridge. Also a rugby blue and played for the London Welsh RUFC.
Teaching staff: 50 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 5–8%. Average
GCSE: On average, 80 pupils in fifth: 87% gaining least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (57 over 5 years).
A-levels: 51 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 297.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course. 30% took courses in science (including medical science) and
engineering, 5% in accountancy, finance and maths, 30% in economics, business
studies and IT, 6% in the arts, 15% in law, English and languages and 15% in
vocational subjects. Others typically go on to employment or other higher
Curriculum GCSE, AS and
A-levels: 20 GCSE subjects, 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, A-level general studies and key skills. 32% take science A-levels;
38% arts/humanities; 30% both.
Vocational: Work experience available – one week for all sixth formers.
Special provision: Specialist support for mild dyslexics; ESL classes for
Languages: French, Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular
exchanges. Music and art tours (France, Benelux countries, Italy and Eastern
Europe). Some European pupils in sixth form.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject in all years and across the curriculum
(eg DTP in humanities, databases in history). All pupils take at least GCSE
short course in IT. 120 computers for pupil use, all networked and with e-mail
and internet access.
Music: 45% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 11 musical groups including 3 choirs, orchestra, concert
orchestra, string and wind ensembles, jazz band, big band, guitar ensemble.
GCSE, AS and A-level offered.
Drama & dance: GCSE, AS and A-level drama offered. LAMDA exams may be
taken. Drama workshop and stage make-up for junior years. Dance offered as an
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 12 AS/A-level. Design, sculpture,
photography (including digital photography), painting, printing, mixed media
Sport & activities
Sport: Choice from rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, swimming, tennis,
athletics, cross-country, rounders, badminton, squash, racquetball, basketball,
shooting, golf, judo, fencing. County, regional and national representatives in
rugby, hockey, cross country, tennis, cricket.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF optional for 3 years at age 13+, community service optional at 15+.
Up to 30 clubs, eg shooting, art, model-making, chess, photography, typing,
Uniform: School uniform worn; special sixth-form uniform.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses for sport. Prefects, head of school
appointed by the Headmaster and head of sixth form.
Religion: Chapel twice weekly and services on Holy Days.
Social: Debates, dances, business conferences, choral activities with
local schools. Organised exchanges to Europe. Day pupils allowed to bring own
car to school. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or private alcohol
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once would expect to do
extra work in lunchtime detention; repeated failure to produce work in fifth and
sixth forms punished by Headmaster’s detention (7–9pm Saturday). The school is
committed to a strict policy in respect of smoking and drugs: those using drugs
on the premises should expect expulsion.
Boarding 60+% have own study bedroom, 40% in dormitories of up to 3.
Single-sex houses of approx 50. Resident qualified nurse. Central dining room.
Flexible boarding, including weekly and day boarding, options are available.
Visits to the local town allowed, at housemaster’s discretion.
Alumni association is run by Mr C R G, Shaw, c/o the school.
Former pupils Sir Charles Groves; Compton Rennie; Sir Rustam Feroze;
Peter Fairley; Terence Cuneo; Mark Benson; Ben Brown; Sydney Wooderson; Robert
Fisk; Robert Ferley (England cricket).