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Sevenoaks School graded ‘exceptional’ by Independent Schools Inspectorate

2013 inspection report states: ‘The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional.’

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Sevenoaks School the rare accolade of ‘Exceptional’ for its students’ achievement, following an Integrated Inspection of the school in February 2013.

Sevenoaks was described as a highly successful school, with exceptionally high achieving pupils, and excellent teaching, extra-curricular provision, pastoral care and leadership. The school was awarded the top grade (‘Excellent’) in all areas, and for the category ‘Pupils’ Achievement’, the even higher grade of ‘Exceptional’, available for this category only, and rarely used.  

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Sevenoaks in the news

The IB: a qualification that defies boundaries Katy Ricks is quoted on the breadth, balance and global understanding offered by the IB. 'It is an international approach to a globalised world...absolutely vital for the future.' Telegraph, 2 April 2015 

Breaking out of the confines of A-levels with the IB 'The IB offers a clear vision of what an educated 18-year-old in the 21st century looks like.' John Sprague is quoted in an examination of the benefits offered by the IB Diploma. Telegraph, 25 April 2015

10 interview questions for teachers applying to private schools Katy Ricks contributes to an exploration of the questions independent school headteachers ask at interview. Guardian, 3 March 2015

Engage and Enthuse pupils in Science Graeme Lawrie explains how academic staff at Sevenoaks School believe that science education isn't just about lessons, but should also be about inspiring passion for the subject and sharing this with the local community. Sevenoaks won the TES science award in 2014. TES, 7 February 2015

GCSE performance tables with reference to Sevenoaks School's achievements at IB in the Department for Education's A-level league tables. Telegraph, 29 January 2015

Time for a new vision of revision? This year, why not send your exam-bound teen somewhere a little different and see what they can achieve. Feature on holiday revision opportunities, with reference to the Sevenoaks IB Easter revision courses. Telegraph, 24 January 2015

Why private is worth it for free thinkers A discussion of the benefits of independent education, with reference to Sevenoaks as a trailblazer of the IB. Telegraph, 18 January 2015

Head Boy and Girl Feature on the current Sevenoaks school captains. School House magazine, Spring/Summer 2015

British elite education A feature on British independent schools, with reference to Sevenoaks and the International Baccalaureate. Quotes Arabella Stuart, Director of Admissions, and Kevin, a 17-year-old from Shanghai studying at Sevenoaks., 17 November 2014

Sevenoaks School 'It's all about the IB here and Sevenoaks shows everyone else how it's done...' Tatler Schools Guide 2015, 8 October 2014

School Colours PE lessons now mean sailing time. A feature on school sailing, with a profile of Sevenoaks and quotes from Andy Cornah, Head of Sailing. Yachts and Yachting, October 2014 (subscription only)

Inside the world of England's female (and newly professional) cricket team England’s women cricketers put their male counterparts in the shade by retaining the Ashes in January. With reference to Natasha Farrant of Sevenoaks School. Telegraph, 9 August 2014

Why The World Loves A British Education Quotes Katy Ricks: '"Our parents are thinking their child will work in a global, multi-lingual workplace and they want a genuine international network of friends...In the old days people wanted the stamp of a British public school education, whereas now they want their children to be equipped to work with anyone around the world."' Forbes, 30 June 2014

What does it take to be a superhead? Katy Ricks is named in the Good Schools Guide's '10 Heads to watch' 
Telegraph, 20 June 2014

Harry Potter stardust helps boarding to keep its sparkle 'It would be fair to say that some English independent schools have welcomed overseas pupils more out of necessity – to compensate for falling revenues – than positive choice. But others – for example, Sevenoaks School in Kent, where around a quarter of the pupils now come from overseas – have made a virtue of internationalism.' Telegraph, 16 May 2014

Charlie Higson (OS 1976): The Inventory 'Writing is my job. It’s not about sitting around waiting for the muse to strike.' Mentions Sevenoaks School and former art teacher Bob White. Financial Times

Focussing on foreign interests The British are often known for their reticence to learn languages, but many independent schools give them their due attention. Quotes Katy Ricks. Telegraph, 1 April 2014

Farrant overjoyed by Ashes chance Sevenoaks student Natasha Farrant is interviewed by BT Sport after being called up to the England Women's Ashes squad. BT Sport, 28 January 2014

This House would send its Children to Private School Katy Ricks speaks for the motion at the Cambridge Union, with Barnaby Lenon.

The Spectator: Sevenoaks is a success among boarding schools with an international intake Sevenoaks School's approach to an international education is 'absolutely no deterrent to the British parents' says Janette Wallis of the Good Schools Guide. The Sevenoaks student body, with around 20% interntional pupils (not 25% as stated), is a successful, 'genuinely international mix'. 'A British education has become a commodity bought by wealthy foreigners.' Spectator, 30 November 2013

Sevenoaks is top IB boarding school 2013 Private (Education Advisers Ltd) list Sevenoaks School at the top of their assessment of the Top IB Boarding Schools in the UK. These positions are compiled from the average points of sixth formers taking the Diploma Programme of the IB.

Sevenoaks School supports a local academy: Sevenoaks is among the few schools to establish formal links with state academies, as Sir Michael Wilshaw calls on independent schools to sponsor and run academies. 'Ofsted: private schools "starving" state education system', Telegraph, 2 October 2013

Ships ahoy! Sailing is a mainstream sport in schools 'As current British Team Racing Champion, Andy Cornah has helped lead Sevenoaks to new heights of success. They are the first school to ever represent Britain at the Team Racing World Championships in 2011 and have won the School National Championships for 16 of the past 19 years.' Independent School Parent, Summer 2013, p47

English History The elite British school Sevenoaks (Elite Interior, Russia)

Top students flee Britain (Sunday Times: subscription required)

Crème de la cram (Sunday Times: subscription required)

The IB develops the students top universities want (Independent)

Secondary School league tables in Kent (BBC)

A-level alternatives: Making the grade (Telegraph)

The New Internationale (School House)

Top school scraps 'dull' GCSEs in favour of new exams (Telegraph)

KS4 2011: Percentage achieving all English Baccalaureate subjects (Department for Education)

The Top 100 Independent Schools at A-level [or alternative] (The Independent)

International Baccalaureate: Out with the old and in with the new exams (The Independent)

Sevenoaks School is Top Co-Ed IB School 2011 Sevenoaks School certified as the top UK co-educational Independent School in 2011 and 2010 in the league tables published by Education Advisers Ltd

All-girls schools declining, claims Good Schools Guide (The Times: subscription required)

IB or not IB? That is the question (The Telegraph)

Why the Bacc is the way forward (The Independent)

On top of the exam world (The Times: subscription required)

Thames Valley Summer Schools for English language courses

Jimmy Savile

Sevenoaks School was advised by the Department for Education in 2014 that an allegation had been made about a visit by Jimmy Savile to Sevenoaks School in April 1978.

A team was set up under the authority of the Chairman of Governors to investigate the allegation. An Executive Summary of their findings is available here.


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