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Sevenoaks School
  • Sevenoaks School
    High Street
    TN13 1HU
  • Head: Jesse Elzinga
  • T 01732 455133
  • F 01732 456143
  • E [email protected]
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  • Sevenoaks School is an English independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18, located in Sevenoaks, Kent. It educates over 1,000 pupils and was founded in 1432, making it the second oldest non-denominational school in the UK.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1123; sixth formers: 354
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £24,291 - £27,585 ; Boarding £38,790 - £42,084 pa
  • Open days: June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Visitors might find numbers of events and activities almost overwhelming. Not so pupils, busily adding more, from coding to Middle Eastern Society, at a rate of knots. Others enter – and win - high profile competitions, one group snaffling £15,000 prize after developing app for autistic children. Overdoing things isn’t an issue, they say. Can mean hard choices – some pupils (reluctantly) give up drama in the sixth form, and school keeps watchful eye on the ultra-active...

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What the school says...

Sevenoaks School (HMC) is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school, set in 100 acres on the edge of Sevenoaks in Kent.

Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks provides academic excellence with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension inspired by the International Baccalaureate. There are around 1080 pupils, including international students from over 30 countries and about 350 boarders. We are a selective school, and welcome enthusiastic pupils ready to get involved in all the opportunities we offer.

Sevenoaks has a reputation for exploring new ideas. We have taught the IB for 30 years and were the first HMC school to offer the IB Diploma Programme exclusively. Between 30 and 50 students accept places Oxford or Cambridge every year and an increasing number go to American universities.

There is a strong emphasis on the co-curriculum and pupils are also involved in community service.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Jesse Elzinga, previously head of Reading Blue Coat School. BA in comparative religion from Harvard and MSt (as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar) from Oxford. The only student ever to go from his Detroit state school to Harvard, he captained varsity lightweight rowing there, twice winning the national championship in the eight. His first job was teaching theology and philosophy at Whitgift, later becoming assistant head of sixth form, then moving to St Edward's Oxford as head of RS, where he helped to introduce the IB diploma. Director of studies at Harrow before heading Reading Blue Coat. Married to Elaina; two young daughters.


At 11+, 80 places, same number again at 13+. For year 7 place, entrance tests in maths, English and VR, references, interviews and reports. Numerous local prep feeders. Rumour that...

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Special Education Needs

The school believes that the community is enriched by its ability to attract a variety of pupils, with varied talents and backgrounds. Being an academically selective school, we aim to attract applicants of high academic ability who are willing to be involved in the wider life of the school. The school is only able to admit those for whom the school’s resources, reasonably adjusted where appropriate, would be able to secure academic success and educational fulfilment. Parents are encouraged informally to discuss the feasibility of their child attending Sevenoaks with the Director of Admissions, the Sixth Form Registrar or the Pastoral Deputy Head. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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