Sutton Valence Primary School,
North St, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HT

01622 842188

Sutton Valence Primary School


Our mission is to ensure we all participate in the constant quest of knowledge, learning and adventure so that each individual can build upon their core strengths to aspire to make a real difference.


Inclusion Manager/SENCo - Mrs Denise Deane

Contact - 01622 842188 or

Sutton Valence Primary School is a fully inclusive school and all children are included regardless of their needs. Our committed, supportive and caring community work hard to ensure a whole school ethos of inclusion where:


  • All children are actively involved in all activities throughout the day.
  • Time out of the class away from peers is minimised.
  • Teaching strategies and resources are adapted to ensure equal accessibility to all.
  • Discrete adult support is given to promote independent learning, appropriate socialisation and to avoid learnt dependency.
  • Opportunities are continually explored for all children to grow in confidence, have a voice and shine.  

At Sutton Valence we know that all children learn in different ways so we use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work, along with a range of other approaches. We call this Quality First Teaching.


Our SEND policy and Information document explains our inclusive practice in full.


The admission criteria ranking for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is as follows:

1.  Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
2. Children with Education Health Care Plan 
3.  Current family association (sibling)
4.  Health, Social and Special Access reasons
5.  Distance


You can find KCC's SEND strategy by clicking the link below. The aim of this strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all children in Kent and young people with special education needs and those who are disabled.


Please see the link below for the following document - Kent's Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2021-2024 



Further to Mrs George's blog request below, please find below a link to the Coronavirus book for children that Mrs George refers to in her blog.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children - illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Mrs George's Blog

Good afternoon!

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and managed to do something special at home with your immediate families.  The weather on Sunday was lovely and I actually stopped doing any school work, house work or gardening and just sat and read my book in the garden.  Miss Terry bought me a really good thriller for Christmas and I am finding it hard to put down!  I have also caught up on a few TV shows I missed.  It took me a while to get into a proper routine and now I seem to be better at that and trying to balance a little bit of everything.  I am running regularly again (slowly!) and have found this really good for my well-being. Exercise really helps me and I have found it really necessary in this situation.  Just by walking round my village you feel part of society and seeing people even at a distance makes you realise you are not alone.  If you can, it is good to get out for your daily walk especially in the sunshine. The sunshine gives us vitamin D which helps regulate calcium and phosphates in our body.  These are nutrients that help keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.  The sun always makes us feel more cheerful and upbeat and combined with some exercise (a gentle 30 minute walk or run)  our endorphins and the serotonin in our brains will be stimulated and in turn make us feel brighter and more cheerful. 

Hoping that you are all today enjoying some sunshine after a few colder days and staying healthy and safe! 



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Sunday Sunshine!

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

Good morning I hope you are all keeping well and can enjoy the lovely sunshine we have today.  I am lucky I have a garden and intend to go out and weed and potter.  My elderly Mum is struggling as she recently moved to an apartment and is unable to get out into a garden. It makes me sad that she is scared and sad!  I hope that you are all able to go for a walk and enjoy the outdoors somewhere if not briefly and safely if you are like her and not got a garden.If you do enjoy Sunday Sunshine!!

Mrs Bell gave me some seeds last week and I have managed to plant them in my greenhouse so hopefully as this is all new to me there may be some produce later in the year to share.

I have had real moments of anxiety this week and am really worrying about all sorts of things.  With only the cat for company I think my mind is going into overdrive.  I miss seeing my Mum and my son and daughter who are both in different parts of the country.  There are many like me and thank goodness for social media and face time!

My yoga teacher has been doing classes in our living rooms via zoom and this has certainly lifted my spirits.  I can thoroughly recommend if you have never tried it before giving yoga a go. There are loads of online classes you can join, one of which I detailed in an earlier blog.  Not only is it good for suppleness and relaxation but it is really good exercise and helps with strength and toning.  These are difficult times and it might be an opportunity to try something completely different whilst we have the time. 

I have also signed up to an annual subscription to the 'Calm' app which is amazing and has relaxation, meditation and help for sleep (which I am not doing much of).  It is £35 for the year instead of £13.99 a month.  If you have a birthday coming up that might be a good present to receive!

Tonight we have the doorstep dance at 7 pm to S Club 7 'Reach'.  This will be a bit of fun!  Who would have thought it a few month ago that the whole nation would be dancing on their doorsteps at the same time. It is mad and surreal but we have to do the strangest of things to get through it!! Laughter is the best medicine!

Anyway missing all the pupils and families of our lovely school!  STAY HOME, STAY SAFE!

Mrs George



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Free audible books on Amazon

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

Amazon are offering free audible books to children whilst schools are closed.  If you follow the link below it will take you to the site.   You might enjoy a new story together as a family or rediscover stories that you enjoyed as a child and can share in this way with your children. When my children were little we drove to Italy and on the way we listened to Harry Potter on cassette tape read by Stephen Fry!  It was great and kept them occupied during the journey but how times have changed and how technology has moved on.

I am currently listening to a detective novel on audible and my book club is going to discuss it on Friday via zoom as we won't be able to meet up.  It makes a change to listen rather than read.  - it seems more relaxing and less hard work.

Happy listening!

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COVID19 Parent help

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

Hi again 

I have had this link sent to me by the SEN team in the local authority and thought I would share it.  Just remember these are unusual times and you are doing the best you can!  you are all doing a brilliant job!

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Speech and Language Support

Angela George (ageorge) on: Mrs George's Blog

This has been sent to me from the Speech and Language Team  - I hope this helps

Dear Speech Link and Language Link User,


                                                 Our Parent Portal is now live! 


Visit for lots of speech and language resources, advice and tips for parents working at home with their children who have SLCN.

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The Contented Child - evening webinars via Zoom

The Contented Child has made some changes during this period of Covid-19 outbreak. They are offering a range of webinars at 8pm-10pm in the evening which will hopefully be after young children have been tucked up in bed. Webinars will be hosted on Zoom and full details will be sent when you book. For more details, contact

9th April - Managing Challenging and Violent Behaviour at Home

14th April - Autism and Girls: The Hidden Gender

16th April - ADHD Awareness

21st April - Misunderstood Defiance: Understanding and Supporting PDA/ODD


Autism Support during school closure as a result of Covid-19 outbreak

01/04/2020 - Good morning, I hope you are all well and if possible can enjoy today's sunshine.

Below are some support resources and information for families who have family members with autism. The resources include a social story which can be printed off and used to explain coronavirus.

I hope you find this helpful!

Supporting through Uncertain Times (Autism)

Sensory Processing Exercise Ideas

Social Story


Further Support Resources (for pupils with or without SEN)

Here are some fun resources to help you get through some tough times, and for those parents and carers with teenagers there is an article with tips to support you in helping them if and/or when they are feeling particularly anxious.

Simon Says - Fitness Disguised as Fun

Teen Anxiety Tips re Covid-19