Sevenoaks School is an English coeducational independent school located in the town of Sevenoaks, Kent. It is the oldest lay school in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1432. Almost 1,000 day pupils and boarders attend, ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. The Good Schools Guide called it a "Trail-blazing co-ed day and boarding school...now riding high academically." Despite its emphasis on internationalism and innovation the school maintains strong roots with the local community and maintains some of its historical traditions such as the Sevenoaks Festival and the lunchtime music recitals, which date back to the 1960s.
Though the school is one of the oldest in the country, it has, in recent years, pioneered some of the most exciting educational ventures - including the International Baccalaureate. Its facilities clearly reflect this progressive outlook.
At the heart of the school is a multi-million pound dining hall and classroom complex. An £8 million sports centre, opened in 2005, gives you access to an eight-court multi-purpose sports hall, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, three squash courts and a climbing wall. Nearby, you'll find soccer fields, Astroturf training pitches, tennis courts and a six-lane running track.
Students prepare for the Trinity examination at grade 1-9 (beginner to upper intermediate). These grades are aligned to levels pre A1-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The exam fee is £45 and is in addition to course fee.
Students have the opportunity to mix and make friends with English boys and girls of a similar age. There’ll be one School Friend in each class at these centres, assisting students in the learning process. They’ll have lunch with the students, join in the afternoon activities on campus and go on half-day excursions during the week. It’s an ideal way for students to speak English naturally with English teenagers throughout the day.