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Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks School

High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HU, UK

+44 (0)1732 455133



Sevenoaks School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1432
Status Private
Head of School Mr Jesse R Elzinga
Date Appointed September 2020
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 1,189
Day fees per annum £26,721 - £30,348 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £42,921 - £46,566 per annum
Average Class Size 8-24
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Nigel Haworth
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC, IB

Sevenoaks is one of the leading schools in the UK, providing an outstanding modern education. All 450+ students in the sixth form study the IB Diploma Programme, which the school has taught since 1978. The leafy 100-acre campus is in the Kent countryside, just half an hour from Central London and Gatwick Airport. International students make up around 20 per cent of the student body and the school provides pupils with a balanced and intellectually stimulating education while promoting global understanding. Pastoral care is consistently excellent, enabling friendships between all members of a peer group to flourish. Sevenoaks is only one of a handful of schools to win The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year twice.


A wide range of subjects is offered at GCSE and IGCSE. In the sixth form all pupils study the IB Diploma Programme. Academic results are outstanding. In 2022, 15 students achieved the maximum 45 points in the IB Diploma, and the average score was 40.3 (around eight points above the world average). Virtually every student goes on to one of the world's best universities, with around 80 per cent taking places at leading UK universities, and 21 per cent accepting places at top US, Canadian, European and international universities.

A wide range of sport is offered, and pupils achieve honours in cross country, rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, athletics, sailing, shooting, swimming and tennis. There is a strong emphasis on music, drama and art, with chamber music a particular strength. The school is proud of its strong tradition of community service and DofE Award participation.


Facilities are first class. Recent developments include a striking, state-of-the-art boarding house, an award-winning performing arts centre, a Science & Technology Centre uniting the four core fields of science, and an innovative Sixth Form centre. There are seven boarding houses, including five single-sex houses (13-18), and two sixth form houses (16-18). A new girls' boarding house is being built and will open in 2023. The house will accommodate 60 girls in Year 9 and above.


Year 7 (11+): entrance examination, school reference and interview.

Year 9 (13+): pre-assessment, entrance examination or Common Entrance or scholarship examination, plus school reference and interview.

Sixth form (16+): entrance examination, personal statement and interview.

Up to 50 scholarships are awarded annually at 11, 13 and 16, for academic excellence, music, sport, art and drama, and means-tested financial assistance is available.

Sevenoaks School is a registered charity for purposes of education. Charity No. 1101358.