Sevenoaks School

Kent, United Kingdom

Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Sevenoaks School

Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.

Sevenoaks School is a large, co-educational HMC school. Founded in 1432 by William Sevenoke, the school has over the last 50 years developed an international reputation for innovation and academic success. There are over 1000 pupils from age 11 to 18, including well over 400 in the Sixth Form. All our Sixth Form students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Around 50 students take up places at Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League universities each year, and nearly all go to distinguished universities in the UK and USA.

This year the average IB score was 39.2 (the world average stands at between 29 and 30 points). 96% of Higher Level subjects were graded 7/6/5 and 83% of Higher Level subjects were graded 7 or 6. Sevenoaks School is also celebrating record-breaking examination results for Year 11. Over 94% of the examinations taken by the 151 candidates were awarded A* or A grades. 60 students – 40% of the year-group – gained ten A*s or more each, and 113 students gained 9 or more A* or A grades. All but seventeen results out of 1563 examinations were grade B or above. 

About 350 pupils board in the seven boarding houses, including the Girls’ International House, opened in 1977, and the International Centre (for boys) which was founded in 1962.  Students originate from some 40 countries worldwide. 

The school is situated in the Kent market town of Sevenoaks, and has a prime position at the top of the High Street. The 100-acre site, which includes a number of listed buildings, is beautifully landscaped and adjoins the medieval deer park of Knole, yet London is only a 30-minute train journey away. Gatwick Airport is only 30 minutes away, and there are good transport links to other London airports and the Channel Tunnel. 


In 2017, the school won The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year Award. In 2013 the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Sevenoaks School the rare accolade of ‘Exceptional’ for its students’ achievement. In 2012, Sevenoaks was top of the Department for Education’s KS4 performance tables, with the highest percentage of pupils achieving all subjects in the English Baccalaureate. It was listed as Top Independent School at A-level or equivalent in the Independent in 2012, and the top co-educational independent secondary school (IB) in the Sunday Times Schools Guide in 2011. Sevenoaks has enjoyed the accolade of ‘Independent School of the Year’ from both The Sunday Times (2008) and The Independent (2007), while regularly topping the co-educational independent league table for the International Baccalaureate.  

Teaching at Sevenoaks

The school has over 150 teaching staff, supported by a large number of ancillary staff, and is fortunate to have an exceptionally lively, talented and committed staff.  Some teachers live in school accommodation, others live in the town or surrounding area.  Teachers have access to first-class resources and facilities, including a superb sports centre opened in 2005.  A new state-of-the-art performing arts centre, The Space, which provides four outstanding venues for music and drama, was opened in 2010. The next major projects will be a world-class Science and Technology and a Sixth Form Centre, which we plan to open in 2018, and new boarding accommodation.

Teaching and learning are the main academic priorities of the school.  We want all our pupils to enjoy their subjects, to be inspired by their teachers and to become independent, life-long learners, who go on to thrive at top universities and beyond.  In order to support our aims, we have developed a number of Sevenoaks School Certificate (SSC) courses, in English, the Expressive Arts and Technology to enrich our Middle School Curriculum.  Also in the Middle School there are two courses in critical thinking: Critical Perspectives and Ten Ideas That Changed the World. Sevenoaks is committed to supporting its staff with training and professional development.

The International Baccalaureate

All new staff undertake a comprehensive induction programme.  No previous experience of teaching the International Baccalaureate, which we have taught since 1978, is necessary; gaining experience of teaching the IB, an internationally recognised qualification which we believe offers outstanding preparation for university and beyond, is stimulating and undoubtedly a valuable career asset.  Information about the IB can be found on the website 

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Address: High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1732 455133
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Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.


Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.

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