It is the third oldest non-denominational school in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1432. Over 1,000 day pupils and boarders attend, ranging in age from
11 to 18 years. There are approximately equal numbers of boys and girls.Founded by William Sevenoke as a part of his last will and
testament, the school was intended to give a classical education to boys
from the town, free of church constrictions. Sevenoke's will also
provided for almshouses for poor men and women. In the IB Diploma results in 2011 16 students gained the maximum 45 points for
the diploma, 23 gained 44 points and 125 gained diplomas with 40 or more
points. The average points score per student was 39.9, the world
average is 29.8 points. The Head, Katy Ricks said, "We are again
absolutely thrilled by our student' performance. Sevenoaks teachers and
students worked extremely hard to achieve these outstanding results,
which are a real credit to their aspirations and effort. We are
particularly delighted that so many of our students will go on to their
first choice university."
In 1999 it featured in the media by becoming the first major UK school to switch entirely from doing A-level exams to the IB. On 10 March 2005 a new £9 million sports centre, Sennocke Centre, was opened by former middle distance athlete Dame Kelly Holmes.
The Sennocke Centre contains three tennis courts, squash courts, a
sports hall, a swimming pool, a dance studio, a fitness suite, climbing
wall and a servery.
For admission to Year 9 (13+) application
should be made at least two years prior to entry for both day and
boarding places. A confirmation deposit of £750 will be requested 18
months before entry; this will be refunded if a firm place is not
offered. The entrance assessment takes place in the October of Year 8. All
candidates take a Verbal Reasoning Test and are interviewed, and we
request a reference from their school. Offers to those candidates at
British Prep Schools who are following the Common Entrance syllabus are
conditional on passing our Academic Scholarship exam or the Common
Entrance Exam (most of our applicants achieve an average in excess of
70%). Those candidates who are not at a British Prep School will
additionally sit a Maths and an English Test in October.
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