Help to support the School's bursary fund and OS fundraising causes
In 2026, Sutton Valence School celebrates its 450th anniversary. This is momentous for many reasons, not least as an opportunity to celebrate the philanthropy that has formed such an important part of our history. The benevolence of William Lambe that allowed the School to be established in 1576 continues today, as we look to support the School community through various fundraising projects.
In 2015, the School established The 1576 Fund to provide bursaries to allow deserving, local children to benefit from the unique education we can offer at the School. This fundraising effort has already exceeded all targets thus far and I am proud that we are already able to offer a fully-funded Sixth Form place each year. This has been largely achieved through the generosity of the SVS community, whether it be Old Suttonians, parents or past-parents, for which we are most grateful.
We are so grateful for your involvement and hope you share in our aspirations to drive this fund forward to allow us to broaden the bursary-funded intake each year.
Although active fundraising has never been a high priority for Sutton Valence, the School’s relationship with its alumni and parents has meant that over the years the School has been fortunate to benefit from ad hoc donations and legacies that have contributed to a number of projects and funds. More formal fundraising initiatives (capital campaigns in 1975 and 2002) raised funds to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the School’s founding and to build the new science block. The latter to build the swimming pool and the Baughan Theatre at the Senior School, and the astropitch at the Prep School. After that, fundraising focused on the low-level, high participation Annual Fund, which provided extra resources to benefit our pupils. Whilst successful, it became apparent over a number of years, that donors were less interested in the projects than giving their support to the School in general and bursaries specifically.
In the past, funding from the Direct Grant Scheme and Assisted Places Scheme helped Sutton Valence to be accessible to a wider variety of families. A percentage of fee income has always been made available to support scholarships and bursaries. Whilst this provides amazing opportunities for over 300 children, it has long been the School’s aim to be able to fund a number of 100 per cent Sixth Form bursaries, as well as increase overall means-tested bursary provision. In recent years, we have held two telephone campaigns, which, along with a seven-figure legacy gift, have kick-started the School’s endowment, The 1576 Fund. The fund is held in trust and is managed by a board, consisting of School governors and an independent financial adviser.
Hopefully the information above has provided an overview of the School and SVS Foundation's respective fundraising programmes. If you would like to discuss these in any way, or would like any further information, please do get in touch.