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  • Somerhill
    TN11 0NJ
  • Head: Duncan Sinclair
  • T 01732 352124
  • F 01732 363381
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2. to 13.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: Yardley Court – 239 boys; Derwent Lodge – 132 girls; Pre-prep – 227; Total 598
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £14,985 - £19,350 pa
  • Open days: October/February/May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Stunning setting, with the school housed in a Grade 1 Jacobean mansion with Victorian additions, surrounded by 150 acres of playing fields and parkland on top of the hill overlooking Tonbridge. Girls and boys thrive in a single sex learning environment where they can take risks but eat together at lunchtime and cross paths during the day.  Most activities are done together and heads of department oversee both schools which now have the same curriculum. The school has abandoned…

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Duncan Sinclair MA HDE, principal of Somerhill and head of Yardley Court. Previously head of Taunton School Prep. Hails from South Africa where he read English and environmental science at the University of Cape Town before completing a higher diploma in education. Began his teaching career in Cape Town and as well as coaching cricket, rugby and athletics, he played semi-professional rugby for the Western Province. In 2002 he moved to the UK and took a job as a year 4 teacher at St Michael’s Prep at Otford and worked his way up to deputy head, as well as completing his MA in educational leadership and management.

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Special Education Needs

We have four specialists working in the SEN department. Pupils are normally seen by withdrawal either in one to one situations or in small groups. Support is provided primarily for pupils with dyslexia and dyscalculia but we also have experience helping boys and girls with elements of mild Aspergers and ADD/ADHD. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
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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