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Friendly and relaxed atmosphere and solid all-round confidence-building credentials. Its idyllic setting and enviable sports and other facilities make it a popular alternative to more academically demanding senior schools in the south east. The socialising that goes on around regular after-school practices and fixtures also tempts even the least sporty to have a go. Foreign students – mostly from Germany and Asia - do not exceed nine per cent of the total and on the whole settle in well, though for some life in rural England is somewhat…

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What the school says...

Pupils have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Valence School since 1576. One of our greatest strengths is the relationship we foster between all of our community: staff, pupils and their families. By maintaining this triangle of communication between the School, the pupil and the parents we are able to achieve so much more for the children and to support them in exceeding their potential.
We offer a broad, challenging curriculum, flexibly delivered to suit the needs of all pupils, which is enriched by an outstanding range of co-curricular activities. The combination of outstanding teaching and consistent effort by our pupils brings enviable results; Top 10% of schools for value added at A Level.
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What the parents say...

My daughter attends this school and has done for three years. I can whole heartedly recommend the school based on our experience. It really feels like she had individual care, attention and support and that's not just on the academic side but all the other things which are equally important (especially to a teenage girl!) I was anxious, like any mother would be, when she first asked to start 'flexi-boarding' but it's proved to be the best thing for her. The hour's travelling at the start and end of the school day (three days a week) which is now saved is spent on her studying - music to my ears!

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Home Economics: Food at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Headmaster

Since 2009, Mr Bruce Grindlay MA Cantab (organ scholar) MusB FRCO (mid-40s). Came from Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham where he was director of music for eight years. Previously boarding housemaster and head of chapel music at Bedford School. Came in with desire to up the ante on discipline and academics and has succeeded in taking pupils and parents with him. Parents find him calm, personable and articulate, with his nose to the ground and swift to take action when needed. Pupils frequently pop by his office for advice or to tell of an achievement. Expectations are set high and all are challenged to do their best. ‘I’m not slow to remind pupils, or staff for that matter, that termly fees are the cost of a small Caribbean holiday.’ His wife teaches English in the...

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Special Education Needs

The whole staff are accustomed to teaching pupils with mild dyslexia. Support and special lessons are provided as needed by a small Learning Support Department of qualified specialists. Communication between this department and mainstream teaching is good, and it is happily accepted that children sometimes develop an especial confidence in Learning Support Staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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