Welcome to Sport at Sevenoaks

Welcome to the pages of the Physical Education & Sport department. Sevenoaks School seeks to promote a positive, lifelong approach to sport and leisure through the provision of a wide choice of activities and the development of excellence in those who choose to pursue an activity to a higher level. This is reflected in the department’s philosophy, ‘Opportunity and Excellence.’

We offer 20 representative sports to students across the three seasons. With over 1100 fixtures played each year and 125 teams, there is a large and diverse range of sports providing opportunities to develop leisure interests that will last a lifetime.

We are a six day week school, and sport is played on Saturday afternoon for all year groups (Year 7 and 8 students are involved only if they are in matches). 

There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.

Derek Jeter

At Sevenoaks, we have a vision to be the preferred choice of school for sport in the South-East, and we aim to do that with three clear goals; to attract, retain and maximise the potential of the best sports students, to deliver innovative and inspiring teaching throughout the sporting programme, and to support this with our state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Over 80 students represent teams at county to national level each year including some 20 international sportsmen and women. We regularly compete in county, regional and national competitions across a broad range of sports, and we are regularly ranked in the top 10 best independent sports schools in the country. 

Here at Sevenoaks, our excellent teachers and coaches encourage enjoyment and passion for sport and healthy living within a pupil-led environment. This provides the opportunity for pupils to think for themselves and become fitter, more knowledgeable leaders. Individual flair and game play is at the forefront of all sessions.

It is an exciting time for sport at Sevenoaks. By improving every aspect of the sporting experience, individuals can make huge strides and this has been evident with the successful introduction of our Sport Performance and Scholarships Programme (SPS), which caters for talented sportspeople, and includes coaching sessions, individualised mentoring programmes and access to nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and sports psychologists.

We also run a very successful scholarship programme for outstanding sportspeople. Cricket, Futsal and Tennis academies have been a huge success and tours occur on a regular basis in many sports. We also run successful holiday camps and courses for the community, as well as a pre-season sporting programme for our students. 

By establishing a lifelong passion for sport, we hope that pupils will continue to value its importance long after they have left Sevenoaks. 

Please click here to find out more about Our Coaching Philosophy. 

Meet our Director of Sport

James Emmitt - Director of PE and Sport

James was born in Sevenoaks and attended Gravesend Grammar School, before studying for his teaching degree in Physical Education at St Mary's College, Twickenham. He taught at Chatham Grammar School for four years before being appointed teacher of PE and Head of Football at Sevenoaks School in 2007. James became Director of PE and Sport at Sevenoaks in 2013. In addition to his leadership role, he coaches 1st team cricket and football as well as the U14A rugby team. Since joining Sevenoaks, James has run five marathons and holds a current personal best of 3 hours and 8 minutes, achieved at Brighton 2015.