Year 9 2025 and
Year 9 2026 Entry

1. Visit us

We hold a number of Open Mornings and Group Visits throughout the year which give a general introduction to the school, a tour of the campus and, if appropriate, a visit to a boarding house. Following a visit, you can arrange an individual meeting with a member of the Admissions team. We also offer virtual events if you are unable to visit the school in person. 

Book a visit

2. Application

Before you make an application, please use the age checker to make sure your child’s age is correct for the year of entry. Students should normally be aged 13 on 1 September of the year of entry. However, we are willing to consider candidates who are up to six months younger or older. Please contact Admissions before completing the application form if your child’s date of birth falls outside the expected dates. 

Use our age checker

Please note that the deadline for registration for entry to Year 9 in 2025 has now passed. If you would like to be on our waiting list, please email your school report and a covering letter outlining your interests and achievements to

For year 9 2026 entry, the next step is to complete the application form and to pay the registration fee (£350 for a boarding application or £200 for a day application). You can register at any time up to 1 October, two years before you wish your child to join us. 

Day Application  Boarding application

Parents’ contact details

The information given on the online application form is used for all our communications. It is therefore important that you notify us of any change of email, postal address or circumstances during the application process. This is particularly important if you have applied some years in advance of entry.

3. Confirmation

In the October, 23 months prior to entry, we ask you to confirm that you wish to go ahead with the Year 9 entry process. We also ask you to provide us with more detailed information regarding your child’s co-curricular passions, as well as any medical conditions, learning support and special educational needs your child may have. At this time, we provide further information regarding the entrance tests. Day students who wish to apply for financial assistance should read the policy and apply at this stage.  

References from current school

Before we can offer a place, we must receive a confidential reference from the candidate’s current school. We will write to the school once you have completed the confirmation forms.

4. Assessment Days

Applicants for 2025 and 2026 will sit papers in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning.

All applicants will also participate in a 40-minute group discussion led by our teachers and, if they come to Sevenoaks, a co-curricular taster activity. Applicants for boarding join us for supper and stay in the boarding house the night before the assessments.

Our friendly staff and students aim to make it an enjoyable day; we love to see the candidates making friends with each other and leaving with smiles on their faces.

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5. Results

Offers of places are sent by email to all candidates. 

Some candidates will be reserved. This means they have passed our tests and have demonstrated that they would be good Sevenoaks students. We will be pleased to offer them a place if one becomes available later in the process. Parents are advised to keep in touch with Lorna Dolan, Director of Admissions, in this situation. We consider our reserve candidates as a pool, not a list. When a place becomes available, we offer it to the most suitable reserved candidate.

6. Accepting your place 

Congratulations! We’re looking forward to seeing you at Sevenoaks soon. New students and parents will be invited to a range of activities as part of the induction process.

Acceptance of all places must be confirmed by the payment of a deposit (£2000 for day pupils; £5000 for boarding pupils) and the completion of a Form of Acceptance by the date in June specified in our offer letter. Any candidate who decides not to accept their place is requested to inform us of their decision as soon as possible so their place can be released to a reserved candidate.

7. Scholarships

Sevenoaks offers scholarships to honour and celebrate exceptional talent in academia, music, sports, drama and art. All academic and co-curricular scholarships are assessed in the spring of Year 8 and results are issued at the end of May via email.

Information about applying for scholarships will be provided in your offer letter.  

Scholarship information


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