A stunning location in the heart of Kent
Nestled next to a thousand-acre deer park, the campus benefits from abundant gardens, inspiring views of Knole House and the North Downs and award-winning facilities. Its position at the top of Sevenoaks High Street, in the heart of the old town, makes it easily accessible and beautifully situated.
A superb, extensive campus, with a striking combination of old and new architecture and a friendly atmosphere.
Our campus of some 100 acres sits in a splendid setting on the edge of Sevenoaks in west Kent. With over 30 buildings, over 100 classrooms, 14 sports pitches, 12 lawns, six ponds and thousands of trees, it is a pleasant environment in which students can feel at home. The outdoor spaces are attractive, green and spacious, enhanced by sustainable planting, while the variety of buildings, learning areas and social spaces is characteristic of this historic but forward-looking school.
The school grounds stretch along and behind Sevenoaks High Street and are bisected by the ancient path to Knole. The centre of the campus comprises Old School, the oldest extant school building, flanked by the Sevenoaks Almshouses (1732). The unusual Palladian buildings, constructed with Kentish ragstone and ragstone galleting, were based on a design by the leading contemporary architect Lord Burlington. For their first 100 years they were roofed with pantiles, which would have been reddish in colour, adding to the rustic appearance considered architecturally suitable for a charitable institution. Extensions to Old School in the late 19th century caused the asymmetry visible today.
The central campus area is completed with the Johnson Library (1934) and the Swanzy buildings (1890, 1925). Nearby are the Dining Hall, Modern Languages, Art department, Middle School common room and classrooms. Students can relax and socialise outside in the quadrangle, Jockey's Platch.
A new quadrangle, the Flat, a landscaped space with trees and benches, has been developed on the south-eastern side of the campus, enclosed by the state-of-the-art Science and Technology Centre, the Sixth Form Global Study Centre, The Space, an award-winning performing arts centre, and The Sennocke Centre for PE and Sport. Behind these are the Duke's Meadow pitches, running track and cross country trail, bordering Knole Park.
At the northern end of the campus lie the eighteenth-century Claridge House, Manor House and Talbot House, as well as the Geography department in L-Block, the refurbished Classics department, the Lower School common room and outdoor play area, and Temple House (1884). Two boarding houses can be found in this area: Sennocke House and GIH.
Park Grange, the IC and Aisher House can be found on the other side of the Tonbridge Road, while sports pitches, Johnsons and School House are a short walk away.
Despite the size of the campus, a busy, friendly, informal atmosphere prevails throughout. Students of all age groups feel comfortable together and new pupils quickly find their way around.