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Sevenoaks provides academic and co-curricular excellence. Founded in 1432 and creative and innovative in all we do, Sevenoaks is a fully co-educational boarding and day school from 11-18, teaching GCSE, IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate.
Where and What We Are
Sevenoaks School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school, set in 100 acres in the heart of Southeast England. Half an hour from Central London, and half an hour from Gatwick International Airport, we are situated on the edge of Sevenoaks, overlooking the 15th century deer park of the Knole Estate.
We are a selective school, and welcome enthusiastic pupils ready to get involved in all the opportunities we offer. The Sunday Times recently ranked Sevenoaks as the top co-educational independent school in the country, with outstanding GCSE and IB results, and Sevenoaks topped The Times and The Independent league tables in 2006.
Boarding and Day
There are about 980 pupils in the school, including international students from over 40 countries around the world. Boarding is an important element in the school’s life and ethos. There are about 340 boarders and 640 day pupils.
Sevenoaks rightly has a reputation for exploring new ideas. We are the first all-IB school in England, and have taught the IB for 25 years. Our two international boarding houses, our closeness to the Channel and international airports, have given the school a broad European and worldwide outlook.
The School Day
Sevenoaks is a six-day a week school. Lessons take place every morning from Monday to Saturday, and in the afternoon pupils are either in lessons or take part in sport and other activities. Every three weeks there is an exeat weekend, where there is no Saturday school. The day begins at 8.30, lessons end at 4.10, but many activities go on after school until supper time for boarders at 6.00 pm, and later in the evening for music and drama.
More details about the school may be found on the school's page on the ISC website.
Information on the admissions pages is current for entry in September 2008.
As an independent secondary school, Sevenoaks School teaches boys and girls whose ages range from 11 to 18 years. We have both boarding and day pupils.
There are three main entry points to the school: Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and the Sixth Form (16+). Candidates would therefore normally be under the following ages on 1 September in the year of entry: 12.0 (Year 7), 14.0 (Year 9) and 17.0 (Sixth Form). Exceptions may apply.
Admission to the school is via a selective entry procedure in which we aim to choose the most talented candidates of those applying to us. The main criteria on which selection is based are:
• academic ability
• co-curricular potential (sport, music, art, drama etc) and
• personal qualities, allowing a pupil to contribute to and benefit from what the school has to offer.
The admissions process for each of the main entry points is summarised below:
Year 7 (11+)
Admission at 11+ is by examination, interview and report from a candidate's previous school. The examination, which is competitive, is held in the January prior to entry (December for overseas candidates). The closing date for applications is the end of the previous September. Approximately 60 children are admitted at this age, into three parallel forms. The entrance examination provides the written part of the scholarship assessment. Occasionally pupils may be admitted by special examination at 12+ into Year 8.
Year 9 (13+)
Application at 13+ should normally be made at least two and a half years before the entry date for day places, approximately eighteen months before in the case of boarding places. Candidates for entry at 13+ attend a Prospective Pupils’ Day in the October prior to entry. Before this pre-assessment day, a report will have been requested from the candidate’s school. On the day, each candidate has an interview, sits a reasoning test (verbal and non-verbal) and is given a tour of the school. By late November, preliminary decisions are made and communicated to parents and schools. Offers are subject to successful candidates satisfying our requirements in one of the three entry routes: the Scholarship Examination, taken in March; the Common Entrance Examination, taken in June; or the Year 9 Entrance Examination, taken in February, for candidates who are not sitting for academic scholarships and who are from schools which do not prepare pupils for Common Entrance.
Sixth Form (16+)
Applications for entry into the Sixth Form must be received by mid-September of the year before entry. Candidates take tests in the November of the year before entry in each of their three proposed Higher Level subjects and in Mathematics and, if this is not their native language, in English. Overseas candidates who cannot take the tests at Sevenoaks are expected to arrange invigilation at their current school or their local British Council offices. Candidates are then selected for interviews and/or further tests for places and for scholarships, which are offered at the start of December. We strongly advise early application. After the closing date in September, candidates suitable for admission may be placed on a waiting list.
The academic aims of the school are:
- To ensure that all pupils fulfil their academic potential.
- To inspire our pupils, and instil in them the love of learning, inquiry and knowledge.
- To develop our pupils’ intellectual confidence and clarity of thought.
- To help our pupils achieve the best possible qualifications for higher education and beyond.
- To ensure that depth and rigour are balanced by breadth and coherence in our curriculum.
- To encourage intellectual and cultural diversity, and develop our pupils’ sense of responsibility for the wider community.
The spirit of the International Baccalaureate breathes through our academic curriculum. Openness of enquiry, breadth of study, creativity in argument and invention, independence of mind, and ambition for real quality: these are the keynotes in our approach to education, and we hope our students will embrace them with energy. The harmonious relationship between student and teacher is vital to our success.
A wide range of choice and flexibility in options underpins our curriculum in the Junior School (11+), the Middle School (13+ to GCSE) and in the Sixth Form. Our Academic Faculties work as a cohesive team to ensure balance and cross-curricular interaction.
Further details regarding the curriculum and subject choices from Years 9 - 13 can be found in the file at the foot of this page.
To view details of the Academic Departments, click on the link above
Success in Higher Education
Virtually all our students go on to the university of their choice, including Oxford, Cambridge and Ivy League. In 2006 87% of the leavers who applied to UK universities met the conditions of entry to their first choice university. The vast majority of courses applied to are very competitive, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, LSE and other leading universities. Interest in US universities continues to grow amongst our Sixth Formers. We prepare students for SATs almost as soon as they enter the Sixth Form, and have established closer ties with leading US colleges and universities.
Alumini: Some former pupils have kindly provided some thoughts about their life at Sevenoaks, and their experiences at University. Click here for more information
Our careers guidance begins in the Middle School and outstanding GCSE results help students on their way.
The School regularly achieves outstanding results in the International Baccalaureate and at GCSE. For further details, click onto the link above.
Divisional Head: Mr. Phil de May (PDM@sevenoaksschool.org)
The Junior School has a wide range of amenities and activities designed to meet its special needs, but is also an integral part of the main school.
There are three forms for boys and girls entering at age 11. They study English, Mathematics, French, Latin, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition, there are periods of Drama, Design Technology, Information Technology, Art and Music. Physical Education includes the major sports for boys and girls, with additional time for swimming, squash, tennis and gymnastics.
We encourage the development of interests, skills and talents which may be further extended in out-of-school time and in subsequent years. Pupils have ready access to the Art Room, Sennocke Centre, Music Centre, Design Technology Centre and Computer Rooms.
Pupils come to us from a variety of educational backgrounds. Particular care is taken to foster good work habits in preparation for the Middle and Upper Schools.
These two crucial years are spent in a friendly environment where pastoral care is highly developed - seven Day Houses and one Boarding House (Lambardes) aim to encourage children to enjoy learning. Each House meets daily first thing in the morning and the whole Junior School comes together twice a week for formal assemblies.
The Junior School Society - Young Sox - is enormously active, organising frequent trips in this country and abroad, visits to London theatres, museums and a host of other activities. A recreation room acts as a social centre.
The Junior School is thus an identifiable and distinctive part of the whole school, with its own special feel and individuality. One of its main advantages is that as a small unit it settles children into a large community with a friendly and helping hand; this helps their future progress and development within the school.
The Middle School curriculum ensures that everyone has a wide range of options available when they come to choose subjects for the Sixth Form. It provides opportunities for each pupil to pursue as options, subjects of personal interest.
A compulsory core of GCSE subjects guarantees breadth in the curriculum. Few pupils are able to map out their academic future with certainty in the pre-GCSE years and it is best to keep an open mind at this stage.
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Some thoughts from a student on the International Baccalaureate and life in the Sixth Form:
Sevenoaks School is a place which offers so many opportunities to its students. You're always busy, no matter who you are!
Teachers really make you interested in what you're learning about. I know that they are genuinely passionate about their subject, and so I want to learn more
The IB allows for independent study and reading, which is very good for University as students are encouraged to think independently
An international environment means that you get the opportunity to meet interesting and great people
Everybody is very supportive of each other, and there is a good relationship between teachers and students
It is a very pretty school, with lots of space to relax in at break and lunch
Organised events like Balls and trips happen frequently, making sure there is a reward for all the hard work
The year groups do integrate together through co-curricular activities, so that you get to know people in other year groups as well as your own - for example in drama productions.
The co-curriculum encompasses all the activities, societies, events and trips which the school offers alongside the academic curriculum. It is an integral and essential aspect of the education offered by Sevenoaks School. This emphasis on a rich and diverse co-curricular programme throughout the school is based on the conviction that individuals thrive in an environment in which all of their abilities and talents are recognised and nurtured.
The aims of the co-curriculum are:
- To enrich and enhance the learning and understanding of pupils and ensure that Sevenoaks School remains a vibrant and dynamic environment in which to work and learn.
- To provide opportunities for all pupils to develop and demonstrate originality, skill and enthusiasm across a broad range of creative, physical and cultural activities in school and in the wider community.
- To encourage pupils to develop a strong sense of responsibility and an appreciation of the importance of service and community.
- To inspire and engage pupils, enabling them to discover and pursue new passions and to develop greater self-confidence and self- awareness.
- To enable pupils to challenge themselves within a supportive framework and promote strong relations throughout the school community.
More details about the various clubs and societies in the school will be added to the website in the coming months.
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