FAQ: Sixth Form Entry

How many new Sixth Form places are available each year?

We accept between 75 and 80 new students into the Lower Sixth each year.

How many students are there in the Sixth Form?

There are around 460 students in the Sixth Form, with up to 235 in each year. About half of the Sixth Form board. There are equal numbers of boys and girls.

What kind of student are we looking for? 

Sevenoaks is a strongly academic school, and we select students we believe will flourish in our fast-paced environment. We are also keen to identify students who will benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education, and who will make a positive contribution to the life of the school. All candidates are assessed through entrance tests, references from the candidate's current school, interviews and reports. The success of our students is partly due to a culture of mutual respect, admiration of success in any field whether academic or co-curricular, and a collaborative and supportive outlook within our student body. The character of our students is therefore very important to us, and this is assessed at interview.

How many international students are there in the Sixth Form?

In the broader sense (including, for example, expatriate students) around 40% of the Sixth Form can be considered international.

Do you offer A levels?

No. All Sixth Form students follow the International Baccalaureate diploma, which we have been teaching for more than 40 years.

Does Sevenoaks take students for one year only?

No. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year course.

What is the closing date for applications?

1 August of the year before admission. For more details see the Sixth Form Entry pages.

What are the age restrictions on entry?

Students will normally be over the age of 15.5 and under the age of 17.7 on 1 September in the year of entry.

What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants are expected to submit an application form including subject choices, a personal statement and various other details. Based on this information, all candidates sit our own entrance tests. We ask also for a copy of the last school reports and later a reference from the current school. Applicants to the Sixth Form should usually be expecting mostly 8s and 9s in their GCSE/IGCSE exams (or the equivalent for other curricula).

Do I need to speak good English?

Applicants should have a high level of fluency in English, both written and spoken: at least Upper Intermediate level, equivalent to B2 (CEFR); ALTE level 3; or IELTS levels 5-6. Formal language qualifications are welcomed but not required.

How do you apply for a scholarship?

Those performing particularly well in our entrance tests will be invited to attend an assessment day in Sevenoaks in late November, following which Academic scholarships are awarded. Those interested in Music, Art, Drama or Sport scholarships will be asked to indicate their interest on their confirmation forms - there is no need to make a separate application. Short-listed candidates will be assessed in October and November. See our Scholarship pages for further details of co-curricular scholarships.

A pupil may be awarded a maximum of one academic and one co-curricular scholarship.