How to Apply for the Sixth Form
The deadline for 2020 applications has now passed. We welcome applications for 2021 onwards.
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August of the year preceding entry, but we advise applicants to submit the application form a little earlier than that. This application form is only the first step: after an application is made, we will send the registration forms (see below). These ask for more substantial information and will therefore be sent around June of the year preceding entry (or by return for later applications).
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.
Candidate's present school
Before we can offer a place, we must receive a reference from the candidate's present school. Under some circumstances parents prefer not to inform the school in the early stages; however, we must ask for the reference in good time and before the offers are decided in November.
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.
Offers of places are sent to 75-80 candidates per year by email at the beginning of December. We receive many applications each year, and therefore some excellent candidates will have to be placed on the Reserve List at this stage. These candidates may subsequently be offered a place if one arises.
More information and FAQ for overseas candidates are available here.
Timetable for Sixth Form Entry in September 2019
|1 August 2020||Closing date for 2021 applications|
|17 October 2020||Entrance Exams at Sevenoaks|
|25 October 2020||All overseas exam papers to be returned|
|30 November 2020||Academic Scholarship Assessments|
|1 December 2020||Offer emails sent|
After receiving the online application form and registration fee, we will send out (around June) a set of further forms. These include registration for entrance tests; application for scholarships and bursaries; IB subject choices; educational support; language support; and a request for a personal statement. We also send further information regarding the entrance tests (see below). Please note that these forms are not available online.
IB Subject choices
Please note the instructions on the confirmation forms carefully. For information on the various courses available at Sevenoaks see The IB at Sevenoaks booklet.
Note also that the information given on this form determines the entrance tests that the candidate will sit (see below), namely the three Higher Level choices.
Please note that for Economics, Psychology and Philosophy Higher Level no previous study of the subject is required. Further information about the content of the tests is sent out to all candidates two to three months prior to them being sat.
All of our Sixth Form students follow a six-subject Diploma with three Higher Levels. It is not possible for a student to pursue four Higher Level subjects or an extra Standard Level subject.
These forms must be completed in full, even if the candidate has no educational needs.
The information given on the language support form enables us to advise candidates on suitability for various courses, particularly A and B languages. Please complete this form as fully and honestly as possible: this information allows us to provide appropriate support and recommendations for language study.
Based on the information given on this form we may request that a candidate sits an English Language test with their other entrance tests.
School reports and other information
We ask for every candidate to send in their latest school reports or grade transcript. These can be supplemented by later reports. Earlier reports are also welcome but give less up-to-date information. We are happy to include in our assessment any other relevant documents that you wish to send.
The Personal Statement is an opportunity for the candidate to inform us of their wider interests. At Sevenoaks we place great emphasis on the contribution a student makes to the co-curricular life of the school. Therefore the Personal Statement is an important part of the overall assessment.
The IB CAS programme requires all students to be involved in creative, sporting and service activities. The Personal Statement allows us to assess a candidate's suitability for this aspect of the Diploma. No particular format is expected. A full account of the candidate's achievements and interests is all that is required.
Candidates will be informed about the outcome of their application at the start of December. A small number of initially unsuccessful candidates may be placed on a waiting list and subsequently awarded places later in the year if and when they become available. Those accepting places are asked to pay a deposit of £1500 (for day students) or £3000 (for boarders) in order to secure their place which will be refunded from their final school bill.