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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.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,217; sixth formers: 470
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £29,127; Boarding £46,785 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Not so much a case of getting down with these kids but scrabbling up to their level. They leave, says school, with ‘enlarged capacity for independent thought’ – and without, as far as we could see, acquiring swollen heads on the way out. Copers will thrive here. ‘You shape up pretty quickly,’ said parent. Big on nurture in year 7 but given pace of life here, in other years best to get…

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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 2020, Jesse Elzinga. BA in comparative religion from Harvard, MSt from Oxford on a Rotary International scholarship. Previously at Reading Blue Coat School – his first headship.

The latest in a long line of fearsomely well qualified and multi-talented heads, he doesn’t just pack an academic punch but is a highly talented sportsman as well – a three-time national champion rower at Harvard and Oxford who then switched to competitive cycling, twice racing against Sir Bradley Wiggins at the British time trial championships.

To fill in any spare moments, he’s also an Ironman triathlete and marathon runner (and a dab hand at welly throwing, judging by video on website). Out of school, enjoys cooking, BBQing, travelling, opera and supporting England Rugby Club with wife Elaina....

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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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