Every year a number of children leave Sevenoaks Prep at the end of Year 6 to go to grammar school. This allows the school to make places available into Year 7. These are primarily taken by children from local primary schools and by families who have recently moved into the area. For some it is because they are unhappy with their LEA allocated school and for others it is an opportune time to consider moving their child into the independent sector.
It is a good time to join the school as the children start their senior school education in small classes and this means that teaching can be adapted according to the needs of each child. The students follow the Common Entrance course and are taught by specialist subject teachers in a broad range of subjects including Spanish, French, art, music and drama. They are given the opportunity to reinforce their classroom learning with regular visits, workshops and field trips. These vary from preparing food and speaking Spanish in a London tapas bar to visiting Bayeux, Ypres and the WWI trenches. Competitive sport is played every week and the girls and boys get the opportunity to play against other schools.
New Year 7 children settle quickly and as one new parent recently said: “It is like they have always been here”. Parents are kept up to date with progress via regular contact with teaching staff and this partnership allows pupils to progress quickly, gain confidence in and form a solid understanding of subject matter. This in turn prepares them well for their 13+ exams and further study towards GCSEs. As the children enter Year 7 they are offered opportunities for responsibilities and leadership which enable them to move on in life with confidence as well as self-reliance. Years 7 and 8 wear a different colour blazer to the rest of the school to highlight the important role they have. The Oak Award encourages pupils to challenge themselves in all areas of school life and to play an active part in their community.
During their final year the children gain places at local independent schools and other boarding options further afield. They are also very successful in achieving academic, music and sports scholarships to a variety of these schools. Click here to find information on our destination schools. The school is justly proud of its facilities which include well equipped classrooms, a sports hall and a state of the art drama studio, music centre and student restaurant.
Means tested bursaries are available. Please browse through the pages of our website or our prospectus. If you would like to arrange an informal visit contact Mrs Clare Harrison on 01732 762336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the school is currently full up to Year 7 with waiting lists in operation for most year groups. However, places do come up from time to time in the rest of the school when families relocate.