An international dimension

Sevenoaks's first celebrated international student was Huang Ya Dong of Guangzhou who is thought to have attended for a short period in the eighteenth century. During the nineteenth century, Sevenoaks, like other public schools, numbered boys from other parts of the world among its scholars, largely from countries which were part of the British Empire.

Possibly nowhere other than our elite universities accommodates such an international crème de la intellectual crème, blending them so successfully, and creating such a rich and enriching mix of cultures.

Good Schools Guide

A more diverse student body began to develop in the 1950s, when the Head, Kim Taylor, welcomed applications from international students seeking an education which would prepare them for British universities. Taylor believed that introducing a global spirit to Sevenoaks would benefit all students. The school opened its first international boarding house in 1962 and went on to adopt the IB in 1978. We now welcome students from some 40 different countries.

Our global outlook, however, is not just about a cosmopolitan student body, but delivering a truly international and diverse experience which includes immersion in other cultures and languages through the academic curriculum, trips, co-curriculum and community service activities, so that students become comfortable and adept in a global environment. We offer a rich and varied set of modern language options, organise over 50 overseas trips each year, and are involved in several international service projects. We also work with partner schools, not only on language exchanges but through with touring theatre productions and in IB projects.

We aim to value and make productive use of the diversity of cultures and perspectives that exist within the school, to enhance learning through internationalism, to promote openness to and curiosity about other perspectives and to provide students with opportunities to learn about issues of global significance.