How to Apply for the Sixth Form

Application form

The deadline for 2021 applications has now passed, however we are happy to receive enquiries about late applications. Please contact Emily Smith, Sixth Form Registrar (regist6@sevenoaksschool.org) with a copy of the most recent school report and a short personal statement by the candidate about them and their interests.

The first step in applying to Sevenoaks School is to complete the online application form below and pay the registration fee . The registration fee which is non-refundable covers the cost of processing the application and the entrance tests. The fee is £175 for day applicants and £350 for boarding applicants.

Before you make an application, please check here that your child's age is correct for the Year of Entry.


Timings

The deadline for applications is 1 August of the year preceding entry, but you are welcome to apply at any time before this.

From June of the year preceding entry, we send you a more detailed registration form which needs to be completed by the end of August. With this you will need to submit a personal statement by your child and a copy of their most recent school report. You will also need to say which combination of subjects they intend to study for their IB Diploma. This is useful information for the application process, but candidates will have opportunities to change their choices once they have been offered a place.

The entrance exams are held in mid-October. Please see the separate Entrance Tests page for more details.

Candidates are interviewed either on the same day as their exams or shortly before or after. The interviews are held in groups of five or six, giving candidates an opportunity to interact with each other over a discussion task.

Applicants for co-curricular scholarships are assessed as close to the entrance exams as possible. Candidates who demonstrate particularly strong academic ability are invited to an Academic Scholarship assessment day in early November.

Confidential references from the applicant’s current school are requested in late October to early November, after notifying you.

Offers of places are sent by email at the start of December. We receive many applications each year and therefore some candidates will have to be placed on the Reserve List at this stage. Candidates are given about 10 days to notify us of their decision. Those accepting places are asked to pay a deposit of £2,000 for day students and £15,000 for boarding students in order to secure their place. This deposit is refunded from the final school bill.

Assessing your child's suitability for Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks is an academically fast-paced school and will not suit all students. Some of our candidates, particularly those not at UK school or for whom English is a second language, may wish to have an early indication of their likely suitability, so we provide an online test after you have completed the more detailed registration form to help you with your planning. This is optional and the results remain confidential to candidates and their families.

Some families may also find a diagnostic assessment through UKiset useful. We do not require applicants to take a UKiset test, but the scores from this test are automatically forwarded to Sevenoaks if the school is chosen as one of the three preferred choices of the candidate, and the admissions team at Sevenoaks will then be able to give you feedback on the likely suitability of the candidate. To register for UKiset please click here.

Applications to other schools

As we have a limited number of places available, we recommend that all applicants consider an alternative school or schools. It is interesting for us to know which other schools the candidate is applying to, but it does not influence our admissions process in any way.

Visiting the school

While it is not always practical for overseas candidates to visit the school, we do encourage all applicants to come to Sevenoaks if possible. During a visit, we offer a tour of the campus and the boarding house (if appropriate), and the candidate has an informal interview with the Head of Sixth Form Admissions to discuss their application. 

 

More information and FAQ for overseas candidates are available here. 


Application forms:

Day Application Form
Boarding Application Form 


Timetable for Sixth Form Entry in September 2022

1 August 2021 Closing date for 2022 applications
16 October 2021 Entrance Exams at Sevenoaks
22 October 2021 All overseas exam papers to be returned
End of November 2021 Academic Scholarship Assessments
1 December 2021 Offer emails sent