Our School

Sutton Veny is an inclusive Church of England, Voluntary Controlled Primary School and serves equally those who are of the Christian faith, of other faiths and of no faith. This school was established to serve the local community by providing an education for children in the parish. The foundation stone of the school was laid on the 10th of April 1872. The inscription under the stone read: “To the glory of God, And for the education of the youth of this Parish, In the principles of the Church of England”

We are one of 4,844 Church of England Schools in the United Kingdom and we are supported by our local Diocesan Board of Education, Salisbury. Sutton Veny is also a Voluntary Controlled (VC) School. There are around 2,000 VC schools in England. VC schools are ‘managed’ by the local authority (LA) whilst maintaining their distinctive characteristics. The key characteristics of a VC school are:

  • The LA employs the staff, but they are appointed by the governors
  • The LA is responsible for admissions arrangements.
  • The LA can advise the governing body; the diocesan director of education may be given the same opportunity to advise.
  • RE taught is the LA agreed syllabus and worship reflects the Anglican tradition
  • No one group of governors is in a majority. Church or Foundation governors are in a minority.

Sutton Veny village lies in the beautiful Wylye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, between Salisbury and Bath. The village is approximately two miles from the town of Warminster in Wiltshire. The children at the school come from a wide and varying catchment area encompassing the village of Sutton Veny itself, and the surrounding Deverill Valley to the West, and Tytherington and Corton to the East.