On this page you will find information about Senior Schools, their contact details and links to their websites. Please see our weekly eNews for a quick check list of forthcoming Open Mornings.
More information on Senior Schools can be found on our Message Board (https://www.stmichaels.kent.sch.uk/message-board/) under “Future Schooling at 11+ and 13+”
No child excels at everything, but every child can excel at something.
We work with our children to discover their qualities and prepare them for their future beyond school.
Ardingly College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2-18, located on a beautiful 230-acre campus, near Haywards Heath. With a quintessentially English building at its heart, one could be forgiven for thinking that Ardingly is traditional in its approach to teaching. However that is far from the case. Ardingly is forward thinking; pushing boundaries and offering unique enrichment opportunities such as the Solar Car project. We find in each child something they are good at, so they grow in confidence and in turn happiness. When they leave us they are comfortable in their own skin and ready to take their place in the world.
Our students excel with strong academic choice of A-Level or IB. Following an outstanding set of recent A-Level and IB results of 88% A*- B and record-breaking GCSE results of 89% A*- B, we are delighted to attract both top performers and also late bloomers, who have a strong work ethic and apply a good attitude to school. We work together to nurture both academic ability and outstanding life skills to build future success beyond school. 100% of our 2017 leavers seeking places at university were successful.
Pupils design their academic programme to suit their abilities and interests whilst studying core subjects of Maths, English and Science. In the Sixth Form there is a choice of A-level or IB. There is a course of independent research and IT skills and an extensive enrichment programme is offered.
Sport, music, art and drama feature highly in the lives of pupils at Ardingly College. We have a reputation for excelling on the football and hockey field and the music school recently celebrated winning the prestigious Woodard Young Musician of the Year. The art department encourages individuality and our pupils are encouraged to use drama to express themselves.
We support every child to find balance and fulfilment, whilst developing the resilience to overcome any challenges. Each child is allocated to a house and our pastoral care provides several layers of support, so that every child has professional adult support from their Housemaster or Housemistress as well as a personal tutor. We offer a choice of full, weekly and flexi-boarding. Just over half of our students are day pupils, a school bus runs daily from Tunbridge Wells.
We would be delighted to welcome you to Ardingly College. We hold Open Mornings every term, or can arrange a personal visit at your convenience; please call our registry team on 01444 893320 who will assist you further.
An online version of our prospectus, together with course information can be found at http://www.ardingly.com/Senior-Prospectus.
Senior School Open Morning Saturday 3rd October 2020
Ashford School is a highly successful day/boarding school for over 950 children and young people aged 0-18. Known for exceptional creativity and Adventurous Learning, its focus is on providing a rich experience for pupils which leads to high levels of achievement and personal development including progression to the world’s top universities.
We aim to inspire students both in and out of the classroom and an integral part of the school curriculum is participating in a number of co-curricular activities.
Ashford School Sport
We pride ourselves not only on the progress made and achievement of our most able, but also on the opportunities offered to those for whom participation, enjoyment and the development of team skills are the primary aim. Our pupils enjoy excellent sporting facilities and in the last two years we have opened a brand new Sports Centre.
Boys Games: Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Softball. Girls Games: Hockey, Netball, Rounders. PE Options: Athletics, Tennis, Health related fitness, Basketball, Badminton, Squash, Yoga, Pilates, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Football, Swimming
A Steinway School
In October 2013 we were officially named a Steinway School, meaning that all pianos in our senior school are made by Steinway & Sons. Our students are lucky enough to enjoy the use of three grand pianos and a number of uprights.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit or to children who are particularly gifted in music, art, drama or sport. There are a number of scholarships available to pupils entering the school. More information can be found on our website.
Our Open Events are designed to allow a small group of parents and prospective pupils to see the Senior School in action on a normal working day. We have a number of Open Events every term which run from 9.20 – 11.30am, click here for information about our upcoming events.
Please call Rachael Cox, the Registrar, on 01233 739030 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve a place.
Day / Boarding / Co-ed
Age Range: 0 – 18
Address: East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PB
Phone: 01233 625171
Babington House School
Babington House is an independent day school in Chislehurst.
Their 11+ Entrance Examination will take place on Tuesday 15th January 2019 and involves Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English tests.
They offer scholarships for excellence from Year 7 in Overall Academic Ability, Art, Drama, Music, Sports and All-Round Performance. All pupils who sit the Entrance Examination are considered for the Academic Scholarships. For details please see our website: https://www.babingtonhouse.com/senior-school/scholarships-bursaries.php
They would be delighted to welcome pupils from St Michael’s to “Spend a Day” at Babington; these taster days can be booked through the School Office on 020 8467 5537.
Open Morning Saturday 10th October 2020
Please register by clicking here.
Bede’s is a coeducational independent school for 13-19 year olds, set in 140 beautiful acres of the Sussex Downs and situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest. The current pupil roll is 750, with over 300 pupils boarding in five stunning boarding houses, recognised by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2013 for their Outstanding Design and Innovation.
With a reputation for developing the unique talents of each and every pupil, recent years have seen Bede’s experience five consecutive years of academic improvement at both GCSE and A-Level, achieving the top value added ranking at A-Level in the southern region, whilst holding firm not to academically ‘top-slice’ intake or compromise its distinctive holistic education ethos.
Headmaster Mr Peter Goodyer: ‘Every child is unique, each possessing hidden talents which wait, like treasure, longing to be unearthed. At Bede’s, we foster a community of discovery which encourages every individual to find and develop these passions, seek new horizons, develop lasting friendships and achieve their potential.
By presenting our pupils with the prospect of innovation, exploration and experimentation, all the while championing choice at every turn, we imbue each Bedian with the confidence to say that they excel at those things which they value most.
We are also, significantly, firm believers that if children are happy during their time in school then their happiness will inform their successes – so much so that every teacher and pupil at Bede’s is united by the idea that if we support one another and work hard then we can all exceed every expectation.
This culture of support and determination enables Bede’s to nurture inquisitive minds and, in combination with the opportunities our campus provides, create the conditions for unforgettable memories.
I hope that your discovery of our school will mark the beginning of a new journey full of joy, knowledge and exhilarating challenges.’
Admissions contact Mr Richard Mills, Registrar 01323 843252 email@example.com
Open Morning Saturday 12th September
Beechwood Sacred Heart School
Beechwood is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school for children aged 3-18, set in extensive grounds close to the centre of Tunbridge Wells.
At Beechwood, we believe in excellence in teaching. In our small classes we provide an atmosphere that facilitates learning and inspires our pupils to explore new ideas. We are very proud of our academic record; all of our students make excellent progress and are encouraged to achieve their academic potential.
‘Choice’ is a key word at Beechwood as we offer 22 subjects at GCSE and 24 at A-Level. The breadth of subject choice enables pupils to study subjects that they have a real interest in and want to explore and develop at school and into Higher Education.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful pupil body who have a diverse range of interests and ambitions. To meet this demand we offer an unrivalled range of GCSE and A-Level subject choices and welcome new entrants to the school each year.
At Beechwood excellent advice is provided to both pupils and parents in order to ensure that option choices match future ambitions.
We would be delighted to welcome you to visit Beechwood either at one our Open Mornings, held in October and March or for an individual tour and meeting with our Headmaster. We also operate a minibus route from Otford.
Open Morning Saturday 19th September 2020
To register, please click here.
Benenden, Kent. A Complete Education. Benenden has been one of the leading boarding schools in Britain for the last 90 years. There are 550 girls in the school, aged 11-18, with approximately 180 of those in the Sixth Form. At Benenden we offer a rigorous academic programme, extensive co-curricular opportunities and the flexibility of modern boarding with an unrivalled weekend programme. Entry at 13+ and Scholarships available: Academic, Music, Drama, Design Technology, Art and Sports.
For further information on Scholarships and interviews please click here.
Open Day Presentations and Virtual Events
Please find details of Benenden School’s upcoming Open Day Presentations here: https://www.benenden.school/admissions/open-days-and-visits
Benenden School will also be hosting an online event taking place on Wednesday 27 January at 7.00pm with the Editor of TATLER Education, Tori Cadogan, interviewing Benenden Headmistress Sam Price and Tonbridge School Headmaster James Priory on the importance and relevance of boarding today. Sam Price and her team will be delighted to welcome families with daughters of any age who are considering boarding and to find out more about A Complete Education at Benenden, with a focus on the academic and co-curricular opportunities as well as the boarding and pastoral care on offer.
To sign up for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-choose-boarding-today-tickets-132076296759
At Bennett we believe that each and every one of our students was created for a unique purpose. We believe that every child has uncapped potential for both achievement and personal development. Our distinctive approach to education seeks to enable every student to fulfil this unique potential, achieving their utmost both academically and in terms of character. In terms of our Christian values, we are committed to the belief that Bennett students must be enabled to live their lives in the fullest way possible. The education students have at Bennett should be better and fuller than they would experience anywhere else. We are committed to supporting and challenging our students so that they genuinely flourish. Our approach to education is therefore, both deeply Christian and serves the common good.
Our curriculum is a traditional one with rigorous expectations that all students can succeed in their study of high value subjects, leading to qualifications with real currency.
Woven into this curriculum and around it are experiences in sport, creative arts, drama, debating, music and worship, which both enrich and complement it. We mean for all our students to grow in appreciation, resilience, spirituality, humility, kindness, confidence and above all hope.
Contact Mrs Wagstaff firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1866, Bethany School, Kent, is a flourishing independent co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 11-18. Set in a stunning location in the heart of the Weald of Kent, Bethany prides itself on nurturing confident, happy, successful pupils. The Headmaster’s approach to education is that school should be enjoyed rather than endured, and it is the atmosphere of positive encouragement which makes our school ‘refreshingly different.’
At Bethany, learning and improvement permeates the culture of the School and in order to achieve that we celebrate not just achievement but also progress. We understand that learning is a continuous process and pupils flourish by developing the Virtue of Learning – an holistic approach which helps pupils to flourish by developing learning habits that help them to become highly effective learners throughout their lives. This assortment of habits is enhanced by discovery, challenge, novelty and surprise.
Bethany has an idyllic, rural campus location with easy accessibility, set in 60 acres of Kentish countryside. Our rolling programme of development has resulted in a wide range of impressive facilities available to our 330 pupils. The latest developments are a fantastic six-lane, 25m indoor swimming pool, a state of the art fitness centre and a dedicated Sixth Form Centre. The next major project is planned to be the construction of an exciting, innovative Digital Performing Arts Centre.
E-Open Mornings: 26th September 2020 and 21st October 2020
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Bishop Challoner School
You will be warmly welcomed to this happy and successful school. We offer small teaching groups with academic stimulation and individual care and attention.
Brighton College, Sussex
Described as ‘Britain’s most forward-thinking school’ by The Week and named ‘England’s Independent School of the Year 2019’ by The Sunday Times, academic results consistently place Brighton among the top 10 schools for boys and girls in England. Provision for art, music, dance and drama is exceptional, and the College’s sporting prowess is nationally renowned.
Our teaching body ranks among the best in England. Every year, more and more of Brighton’s pupils secure places at the UK’s most esteemed universities, particularly Oxford and Cambridge. The College’s former pupils number amongst Britain’s foremost business, professional and political leaders; they captivate the nation with their sporting, creative and artistic talent; they are busy shaping the future for generations to come.
All of these are hugely important factors that parents describe as having influenced them in choosing Brighton College for their son or daughter. But above all else, parents remark upon the warm, happy, vibrant and positive atmosphere that struck them the moment they entered through the school’s gates. First and foremost, Brighton College offers a caring, supportive and tolerant environment in which children thrive and love to learn.
Educating boys and girls aged 13 to 18 years, Brighton College is wonderfully situated just a short walk from the sea yet only minutes away from the beauty of the South Downs National Park. Brighton College’s superb reputation draws pupils from across the South East, London, the UK and the world, offering day places as well as weekly and full boarding.
For more information about our Open Days, please see our website http://www.brightoncollege.org.uk/admissions/open-mornings/
You can register by visiting our website, calling 01273 704200 or emailing email@example.com
Virtual visits to the College
The next College virtual Open Morning is Saturday 6th June 2020. Please click here for more information.
Learning at Caterham School is an exciting adventure, full of opportunities for personal development, achievement and enjoyment. Our award winning wellbeing and learning and teaching continue to receive national recognition. We believe that all of our pupils can be successful in an environment which is caring, optimistic and encouraging. Our results are testament to the uniquely supportive environment that is Caterham’s hallmark.
Just across the Kent/Surrey border, the Harestone Valley provides a stunning location for the School’s extensive campus. The School benefits from 200 acres including sports fields, woodland, high ropes course and outdoor learning centre. Facilities matter because they enable the best teaching and learning to take place. At Caterham we benefit from inspiring Victorian architecture complimented with purpose built facilities including our science complex, a Sports Centre with indoor pool, fitness centre and double space sports hall, a new Centre for Performing Arts encompassing two theatres and a dance studio, the Maggs Library and a dedicated Digital Innovation Centre.
Admissions information for 13+ processes for 2020 Standard Entry and 2022 Deferred Entry
For full information please click the link here.
Please note that the 13+ Standard Entry Exam Day will be on Thursday 14 November 2019 and the Deferred Entry Exam Day will be Saturday 18 January 2020. This year, we are asking deferred entry pupils to attend informal interviews on Thursday 28 or Friday 29 November and this will be communicated to families after the closing date.
Please click here to access our 13+ (Standard Entry) Scholarship Booklet.
We have a number of Visitor Mornings in the Autumn Term and parents are very welcome to attend but will need to register their attendance in advance for the visitor mornings and open morning events, using the link below:
We are delighted to offer a virtual tour of Caterham School. Please click on the link on our website https://www.caterhamschool.co.uk/
Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey
Charterhouse is one of Britain’s leading independent boarding schools. With four centuries of history behind it, Charterhouse is committed to being at the forefront of educational progress in the twenty-first century. Set on a magnificent 250 acre site, just off the A3 and to the south of Guildford, Charterhouse offers an outstanding education to boys aged 13-18 and girls from 16-18. The School provides excellent pastoral care and believes in fostering intellectual development and confidence through an exciting and diverse curriculum and an outstanding range of extra-curricular activities. Scholarships available.
Visit the school via a virtual Open Morning on https://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/virtual-open-day/
For information about Christ’s Hospital, their Open Mornings and visiting the school, please visit their website
Claremont School, Bodiam, East Sussex
“Down to earth and possessed with an unrelenting focus on giving its students the best possible preparation for the world, Claremont provides an environment where all are welcome and all can thrive”. Ed Dickie, Head of Senior School
Claremont Senior School is located in the historic village of Bodiam and is a thriving centre of Learning. Starting with 40 students in 2011, the Senior School is now a well-established with a vibrant Sixth Form and two newly refurbished boarding houses with 108 beds available for both full and flexi-boarding from Year 7.
Having been a proprietorial school for many years, Claremont is now a member of the International Schools Partnership and is the flagship British school in a portfolio of 33 schools around the world. With this change, has come a considerable amount of investment in our facilities and infrastructure and the ability to draw on much wider resources from a group committed to the continual development of inspirational learning.
Our School has been graded ‘Outstanding’ in every category following the last three inspections and has a unique atmosphere. Performing and Creative Arts have been an outstanding feature of the Senior School’s development since we opened in 2011 and as part of a £3.5 million development, we will be extending our wonderful Space Theatre to incorporate a new Dance Studio, which together, will enhance an already invaluable and inspiration learning environment for our students, particularly with the introduction of GCSE Dance in 2019. This is in addition to the School’s existing facilities which include a new photography suite, a new multi-purpose hall,a four-court floodlit Astroturf, an indoor sports hall, outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools and approximately 125 acres of pitches and woodlands including a fishing lake.
Sport is an essential part of school life. Claremont Football Academy attracts scholars from far and wide. Academy Director Jim Colston, has used his 20 years’ experience to create what we believe is the best opportunity for young players to realise their footballing dreams, whilst at the same time not just maintaining their academic grades, but excelling in them as well. Many scholars go on to play for their national teams. Indoor and outdoor pools enable our swim squads to train all year round, and we host many local galas. Girls’ cricket is a key feature on the summer sports curriculum and each year our gruelling cross country course proves an excellent training ground for our successful team of long distance runners.
Broad and diverse extra-curricular programme, enrichment and service programmes recognise that for many young people, the greatest learning experiences can come outside the classroom. Our pastoral system looks to build the resilience and self-awareness that arms our young people against the slings and arrows modern life can throw at them. Sporting and Artistic programmes offer different routes for personal fulfilment.
Relaxed, but ambitious and rigorous in approach, Claremont is unpretentious school that welcomes people from all walks of life. Whatever your belief, creed, ability (academic or otherwise), you really can be yourself at Claremont.
2018 Examination Results: 33% A/A* at A’ Level and 89% GCSE Grades 9-4
We offer a number of generous scholarships to students entering in both Year 9 and Year 12. Scholarship assessments for the Sixth Form take place in November for entry the following September, with Year 9 assessments taking place in January of the same entry year. For more information visit www.claremontschool.co.uk/senior/scholarships-bursaries
We hold Open Mornings three times a year in October, March and May. Please visit our website for more details at www.claremontschool.co.uk/open-days. If you would like to arrange a visit to the School, please call our Head of Admissions, Lily Lam on 01580 830396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobham Hall is the only independent UK Round Square Boarding and Day School for girls aged 11 to 18 years. The School is based in an impressive 16th Century Manor House nestled in 150 acres of historic parkland; an idyllic rural setting, yet close to A2/M2, A20/M20 and M25 and Ebbsfleet International Station. For Day Girls and Weekly Boarders local daily minibus transport is available, serving a number of areas including: Sevenoaks, Kings Hill, Greenwich, Blackheath, Chislehurst and Sidcup, with routes regularly reviewed. We offer Full, Weekly and Flexi-Boarding, Cobham Hall provides ultimate flexibility for families.
We strongly believe that Cobham Hall is unique. A combination of high teaching standards, small class sizes and a wide range of extra-curricular activities help to achieve good results and develop skills and interests for life. We offer a wide range of subject options at GCSE and A Level, allowing us to have the flexibility to tailor programmes of study to cater for individual needs and interests. Small class sizes mean girls have the attention they need academically and the support they need pastorally. We encourage girls to challenge themselves – both their abilities and their perceptions – and believe that by taking part in everything Cobham Hall has to offer, students discover more about themselves. In turn, girls excel academically and leave us fully prepared for the path they have chosen. Education should be about preparing students for life after school. At Cobham Hall, girls acquire the knowledge they need to pass examinations, but also learn the skills needed to apply, assess, evaluate, use, re-evaluate, and develop that knowledge as they journey through life, enabling them to thrive after school and beyond, in a world constantly changing and enveloped in an environment of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’.
Cobham Hall’s Core Values of Trust, Respect, Honesty, Kindness and Tolerance are the foundation for our educational experience.
Please contact us if you would like further information about Cobham Hall or would like to make an appointment to visit.
We look forward to meeting you.
Virtual Open Morning 13th June 2020
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Colfe’s is an HMC co-educational independent day school in south-east London, educating children aged from 3 to 18. We are academically selective and we nurture talent. Our enthusiastic teachers want our pupils to think, to discuss, to form their own opinions and to study around their subjects and our small class sizes enable us to develop the uniqueness of each of our pupils, whether they find fulfilment on the sports field, in the library, in the theatre, or all three.
Our award-winning pastoral care (house system and mixed-age tutor groups) prepares pupils for life at Colfe’s and beyond and our Tougher Minds programme is the only one like it in the country, teaching pupils to concentrate so they can get the best out of themselves in work, rest and play.
However, we believe that a well-rounded educational experience goes beyond the classroom and have a dedicated Outdoor Education department that takes our pupils out into the countryside to learn skills and teamwork that will benefit them not just at school but for the rest of their lives.
At Colfe’s, learning is an adventure. There is always something fascinating to find out, something new to try. Find out more at www.colfes.com
Contact Admissions: 020 8463 8132 or email@example.com
Cranbrook School, Cranbrook
Cranbrook School is proud to be part of a small but select group of schools which are state-funded and which also accommodate significant numbers of boarders. We were awarded Outstanding in both our day and boarding provision by Ofsted.
Cranbrook is a selective co-educational school, which offers superb facilities including a new Sixth Form Centre, Performing Arts Centre, Observatory, Medical Centre, Theatre, Swimming Pool, Astro Turf and Cardio Gym.
We are 840 pupils strong, 250 of whom board in one of our six superbly furnished boarding houses. We are also proud of our grammar school status.
We have a strong sense of mission which is focused on the development of our pupils – academically, socially and in terms of their character. We succeed in combining academic rigour with a deep commitment to the individual needs and enthusiasms of each pupil.
We were hugely proud to celebrate our 500th anniversary in 2018 and to have remained true to that original principle of offering a free, first-class education to both to local children and to a thriving boarding community.
You are most welcome to come and see for yourself and find out more. Please contact Andrea Baker – Registrar 01580 711804 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed below are our dates for Open Events for 2019:
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 6.00-7.00pm
Friday 25th September 2020 8.45-11.00am
Tuesday 20th October 2020 8.45-11.00am
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Dover College is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 11 to 18 with exceptional academic standards, providing a world-class tailored education within a caring environment to ensure pupils achieve their potential. With a commitment to small class sizes throughout the College we teach a creative English GCSE and A-Level curriculum where confidence is nurtured, innovation is celebrated, inquisitiveness is encouraged, individuality is embraced and creativity is fostered. Our home-from-home ethos enables our pupils to excel both in and out of the classroom. We’re a British school celebrating British values of decency, respect, hard work and inclusivity. As a community we are proudly international and inclusive, representing a slice of our inter-connected and diverse society. We benefit from having one of the finest school settings. Our buildings nestle within the grounds of a 12th century priory on the Kent Coast close to Canterbury. We have a tranquil location in the middle of a thriving town boasting a harbour and beach, an hour by train from London. Scholarships and bursaries are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.
The school has scholarships available for exceptional candidates, especially in sport, art, drama and music for September 2020 entry.
For further information or to arrange a tour of Dover College, please visit our website http://www.dovercollege.org.uk or call 01304 244522. The admissions team can be contacted directly by emailing email@example.com
Virtual Open Morning Saturday 16th May 2020
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Eastbourne College is a co-educational, boarding and day school for 13-18 year-olds, with currently around 620 pupils. Set in a stunning location between the sea and the South Downs, Eastbourne College offers a full education that is so much more than the excellent academic results the boys and girls achieve year after year.
Pupils are given every opportunity to achieve their very best – whether it be in the academic classroom, the creative arts departments, or on the sports field. They thrive in this welcoming and purposeful environment and develop into highly able individuals who leave prepared to live fulfilled, positive lives; able to work with others; self-confident, resilient individuals who show initiative and leadership.
Academically, pupils achieve superb results. The seven-year rolling average A*-B at A level is 81% and each year many leavers gain places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.
Every individual is encouraged participate fully in the College’s extensive sports programme. In addition to the major sports of cricket, hockey, netball and rugby, pupils have the opportunity to try other sports like fencing, sailing, rowing, golf and rugby fives.
The College considers the performing arts to be a vital element in the education of all pupils. Performance opportunities are numerous. Co-curricular activity is vigorous and pastoral support renowned.
Project 150, a £33 million building development, is transforming the lives of pupils and staff. The new Nugee Building, phase one of the project, opened at the start of 2017 delivering 32 state-of-the–art classrooms, two specialist IT suites, a new cricket pavilion, a school shop and several stunning entertaining areas. Everyone is excited about the second phase due for delivery in spring 2018. This will include a sports hall, a six-lane swimming pool, a new dining hall and a pupil café. The completion of Project 150 coincides with the College’s 150th anniversary, providing both a fitting culmination to the past 150 years of educating Eastbournians and a superb investment in the next 150.
For information about visiting Eastbourne College, please contact our admissions team directly on 01323 452323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastbourne College will be hosting their virtual open morning on Saturday 3 October from 9.00am – 10.00am, to book your place please visit:
Epsom College is an independent co-educational day and boarding school. We take boys and girls at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The College is set in 85-acres of stunning Surrey parkland, just 20 minutes from central London.
We take great care to combine academic excellence with a curriculum that offer our pupils with every opportunity to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge and find their passion in life.
In February 2019, the ISI found Epsom to be ‘excellent’ on all fronts and made no recommendations at all for future improvement – a rare feat, and one that gives us great pride.
The Good Schools Guide, visiting us in the same month as the ISI, says: “’You get the sense of a school that’s really going places – a bit like it was at Wellington 10 years ago,” said one parent. Led with real vision, this school offers an exciting learning environment within an extensive, top-notch campus and the students are among the most inquisitive and delightful we’ve come across.”
We couldn’t be more proud of the 900 pupils that bring so much to our College. We would love to welcome you to one of our Open Mornings, and hopefully as a member of the Epsom community in years to come.
Open Morning 3rd October 2020
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For information about forthcoming Open Days and visiting the school, please visit our website https://www.greshams.com/admissions/visiting-the-school/open-days/
Haileybury is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. We offer a broad education and curriculum including GCSEs, IGCSEs and the choice of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A-Levels in the Sixth Form.
Our pastoral care is outstanding and our academic track record is strong. We offer exceptional co-curricular activities that develop character and the whole person, equipping each child with essential life skills for university and beyond.
Our historic 500 acre campus is located just 20 miles north of London and we run a Sunday evening minibus service from Sevenoaks.
Scholarships are available at entry for pupils aged 11, 13 and 16.
To find out more or arrange a visit please contact the Registrar, Mrs Michele Metcalfe.
For information about forthcoming Open Mornings please visit our Open Event pages: https://www.haileybury.com/events/open-events
Virtual Open Day 22nd May 2020
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Hillview School for Girls
Based in Tonbridge, Kent, Hillview School for Girls is an 11 to 18 girls’ all-ability school with a thriving, mixed Sixth Form. We chose to become an academy in August 2011 and are one of the highest-achieving non-selective girls’ School in Kent.
We are a creative, inclusive school where all students flourish and make exceptional progress. Our dynamic Performing and Visual Arts specialisms have a profound impact upon learning and contribute to the purposeful, friendly and stimulating atmosphere that permeates the school. We foster self-esteem and high aspirations.
By encouraging a ‘can-do’ culture, our students become astute, ambitious and independent. Visitors often comment about how articulate and enthusiastic our students are.
We also have a proven track record of excellent results. Our rich, varied curriculum engages our students and equips them with the skills they need to make their way in the world. We help students develop a range of transferable skills from teamwork, leadership and independence through to communication, self-expression and time management.
Our strong pastoral system ensures that behaviour is excellent and there is a relaxed but purposeful atmosphere throughout the school where young people can thrive and feel supported.
We have a vibrant, mixed Sixth Form that provides a variety of pathways for students to extend their learning, gain work experience with one of our many industry partners and prepare for university or work.
We were selected by Tatler Magazine as ‘One Of The Best State Secondary Schools In 2017′.
Hurst College, Hurstpierpoint
A thriving co-educational independent school, situated within a 140-acre campus with excellent facilities, surrounded by beautiful West Sussex countryside. Academic excellence is the foundation of a Hurst education, with extensive sporting, cultural, intellectual and social programmes to help pupils develop into rounded, accomplished individuals. Pupils also learn the importance of a sense of duty, an awareness of right and wrong and a respect for others to acquire a balanced view of life. Scholarships and bursaries are available at 13+ and 16+.
Please contact Mrs Dianne Allison, Head of Admissions, Tel: 01273 836937 or email: Dianne.email@example.com
Saturday 26th September 2020 (13+ entry)
Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Year 7 entry)
The Judd School, Tonbridge
Boys’ Grammar School with a co-educational Sixth Form, aided by the Skinners’ Company. Six form entry: 157 places for children resident in the inner area (an enlarged West Kent), 23 from the outer area. Exceptional academic record (average 20 Oxbridge each year) and strong pastoral care (Houses), alongside a rich diet of sport, music, CCF etc.
Outstanding facilities including our new Ashton building, comprising spacious dining facilities and Biology Laboratories. Also, now in regular use for our busy fixture calendar are our new 26-acre playing fields at Vizards (a 10-minute walk from the School), which include a 3G floodlit rugby pitch, alongside a further 7 natural turf pitches and 3 cricket pitches.
For details of our Open Evenings for Year 5 pupils and under, please see our website.
Kent College, Pembury
Kent College is a boarding and day school where every girl is treated as an individual and valued for her own unique strengths, talents and ambitions. Girls are encouraged to work hard and balance their academic studies with a full extra-curricular programme so they achieve their personal best in all areas of school life.
We strongly believe that ability is not fixed and that girls have the potential to grow and develop throughout their school life and beyond. It is the supportive and kind atmosphere of Kent College that gives our girls the courage and confidence to make mistakes and persevere; for no matter what your ability, effort is what ignites ability and turns it into accomplishment. We pride ourselves on understanding each girl, working with her and her family and tailoring her learning to her individual needs: we offer a truly bespoke education.
Our beautiful grounds inspire girls and staff alike, providing an environment to stretch and develop both physically and personally. Our Christian foundation focuses all we do to foster a spirit of kindness and community where we embrace those of all faiths and none.
An education at Kent College starts as we learn about the person your daughter is now and ends when she leaves us as the young woman she aspires to be. The girls fully embrace life at Kent College, with opportunities to travel and engage with the global community. The girls emerge with the confidence and skills to make a difference to the world around them.
Above all, Kent College is a vibrant and welcoming community, where individuals are valued for who they are and the sound of laughter reverberates throughout the School with an adventure to be had every day.
If you would like to find out more about Kent College Pembury, and to arrange a visit, please visit www.kent-college.co.uk or contact us on +44 (0) 1892 820218 to arrange a visit.
Open Houses – weekday mornings throughout the term
If families would prefer to visit at another time, they would be very welcome to come along to an Open House on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons throughout the term. Open Houses provide the opportunity for families to join Ms Lodrick and Senior Staff for an informal chat about life at Kent College, followed by a tour of the school. Private tours can also be arranged at dates convenient to parents.
For more information about Scholarships or to register for any of our Open events, please visit our website www.kent-college.co.uk or contact the Admissions Department on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01892 820218.
Our next Senior School Open Morning will be held on Saturday 26th September 2020.
The King’s School, Canterbury
The King’s School is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools located in the idyllic surroundings of the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, just one hour from Central London.
The School has a strongly academic curriculum that is continually adapting to encompass the ever changing demands of modern education. With almost all our pupils going on to further education at leading universities in the UK and abroad, there is an emphasis on scholarly excellence. Through regular monitoring of academic progress, the school’s aim is to enable every individual to make the most of their abilities and to fulfil their potential.
We believe that much of what is most valuable in education takes place outside the classroom. The wide-ranging co-curricular programme has been developed to provide opportunities for all pupils to discover their passions and encourage them to develop these talents as best as possible. Art, Drama, Music and Sport play a large role in school life, alongside the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and numerous other activities to suit all tastes. King’s Week, the School’s own festival of arts at the end of the summer term, involves hundreds of pupils in a showcase of creativity ending each academic year on a fitting note of achievement and enjoyment. Music is a central part of life at the School with a range of disciplines flourishing, from a large Symphony Orchestra, to a 40-voice SATB choir of Cathedral Standard. There are some 60 Music Scholars in the school at any one time.
Headmaster Peter Roberts comments ‘At the heart of a King’s education is the dual pursuit of academic and extra-curricular excellence. The self-discipline, intellect and wide-ranging interests that such a pursuit engenders are highly prized in our modern global society. The quality of the teaching and the breadth of the activities outside the classroom mean that the lessons learnt and the skills acquired stay with the pupils for life.’
For information about Open Mornings please contact: Mrs Kate Harrison Admissions Secretary
Digital Open Morning Saturday 13th June 2020
2020 Scholarships and Awards at The King’s School, Canterbury
There is an extensive range of scholarships and awards on offer for 2020 entry to The King’s School, Canterbury. Our first Dance Scholars are attending King’s from this September and we welcome applications from talented dancers, particularly as our wonderful theatre and dance studio, The Malthouse, is now open.
Assessment days for Art, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Music and Sport are during the Lent term – more information can be found on our website. For Academic Scholarship, all candidates spend three days (26th-29th April 2020) at King’s, with the boarders encouraged to stay in their proposed boarding houses.
King’s is a remarkable school with a rich and diverse heritage; people have been educated here for over 1,400 years under the watchful gaze of Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle. Founded in 604AD, King’s is the second oldest school in the UK and the world’s oldest Cathedral Choir School.
While a sense of place is bound to have an impact on the development of the children learning here, it is the skills, experiences and opportunities provided to them, both within and outside the classroom, that will enable them to thrive in an uncertain and fast-changing world.
At King’s, we believe in preparing children for the 21st Century through educating the whole child. Our priority, though, is ensuring that happy children perform to their best and the school is an exceptionally happy and friendly place where moral values, self-discipline, emotional intelligence and a Christian spirit underpin our family community.
Our academic results are excellent at all levels but we believe that building a love of learning and developing independent thinking skills are just as important as achieving the best grades. To achieve this, we keep our class sizes small so that teachers know their pupils as individuals and can help each of them shine. We are a school where all are cared for as individuals and where links between home and school are a real strength.
We offer, and encourage pupils to take part in, a huge range of co-curricular opportunities to ignite and nurture their interests, providing experiences which will develop confidence in them for life. Sport, Music, Drama, Outdoor Pursuits, CCF and a range of clubs and societies are integral to the school’s commitment to provide a broad education-al experience.
Music is a huge strength and we are privileged to use Rochester Cathedral as our chapel. We hold seasonal concerts throughout the year in the Nave and the Cathedral Choristers are educated in our Preparatory School. Music Scholars go on to leading international conservatoires. Under the refurbished Vines Church is our Drama studio, equipped with digital sound and lighting. We are a proud Royal Shakespeare Company Associate School and our pupils have staged productions across Kent. King’s has a strong reputation for exceptional drama performances and recent productions of “Into The Wood’s” and “Titanic the Musical” have been in comparison with the West End.
Our coaches and many of our pupils play at County, National and International level. The King’s Rochester Sports Centre provides pupils with extensive facilities to train, in addition to playing fields, a heated indoor swimming pool and boat house situated on the bank of the River Medway, while the Paddock is regarded as one of the finest cricket fields in the country.
The boarding community at King’s reflects the personal approach of the school. Boarding starts from age 11 and we have 60 beds across our two Boarding Houses, “St Margaret’s House” for girls and “School House” for boys. The small boarding community ensures a real boutique feel to both Houses which are comprised of both British and international students.
King’s Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.
King’s Rochester will be holding a Whole School Open Morning on Saturday 26th September 2020 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon. This event will be a great opportunity for parents to meet with our staff and pupils as well as tour our extensive facilities.
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Lancing College educates pupils from 13 to 18 to develop a love of learning and to reach their full potential, enriched by the arts and physical activities. Underpinned by Christian values, the College prepares young men and women of vision and integrity who will be of service to their fellow human beings.
From the moment that pupils join Lancing they become part of a community and – wherever they lay their heads at night – they all benefit from the all-inclusive care and support of a boarding school ethos. Lancing is a place of scholarship where pupils learn with integrity. We teach our students to be curious and to think deeply, for themselves and for the right reasons, underpinned by the essential attributes of learning. Our school is not an exam factory and our teachers take delight in going far beyond teaching to the test. Our learning is deeper and our excellent exam results are a wonderful by-product of the more profound and long-lasting scholarly rigour that underpins all that we do.
Beyond the classroom there is so much more on offer and the students excel in sports, music, and drama. With over 120 different clubs and societies pupils broaden their skills and find activities that excite them. In 2017 Lancing opened a new Equestrian Centre on the College estate; in 2019 the new Lancing College Swimming Club was established.
The school produces well-rounded, accomplished individuals who are fully prepared for the next step of their lives. Lancing has a thriving and strong Sixth Form with extensive enrichment activities. Pupils receive extensive help in considering university options and tutors work with them from an early stage to give personal support and advice. On leaving Lancing, our pupils go on to gain places at top UK and overseas universities.
For Year 9 entry we are delighted to be able to offer scholarships in the following areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Ken Shearwood Award – All Rounder, Peter Robinson Cricket Scholarship and Sport Scholarship.
Our Open Mornings are held in October and May, and include a personalised tour of the College by a current pupil and a Q&A with the Head Master.
For more information please contact the Admissions Manager on 01273 465 805 or email email@example.com.
Lingfield College is a co-educational day school with 900 boys and girls aged from 2 to 18. It combines tradition and innovation to give academic excellence. Lingfield is situated within 40 acres of attractive grounds, overlooking Surrey’s greenest countryside. It borders the three counties of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
It is a wonderful school that provides an excellent all-round education in a friendly, supportive environment, from nursery years to Sixth Form. The pupils are open, confident, focused and passionate about their school.
The school has a very strong academic ethos. Results in recent years have been outstanding and the curriculum is broad and diverse. There is a wealth of extra-curricular activities available and the students are encouraged to make full use of them to develop their own individual strengths and personalities.
We are a dynamic, forward-thinking school, which aims to develop students and to both prepare them for the challenges they will face after school and enable them to acquire life skills, self-awareness and compassion. We want our students to not only make the most of their abilities, wherever they lie, but also to become adults who can make a valuable contribution to society over the course of their adult lives. We celebrate each individual student and aim to ensure that they leave the school as confident young adults who have high self-esteem and are prepared for the next stage in their lives. Our staff are extraordinarily hard-working and go beyond the call of duty to help each student reach their full potential.
We are also proud of the pastoral care we provide for our students. We value them as individuals and do everything in our power to make their time here as happy as possible and to help them cope with the ups and downs of different stages of life through to adulthood. We have very positive relationships with the students’ parents and believe very strongly that by working closely with them, we can support their children most effectively.
It is only by visiting the school that you can get a flavour of it. We would be delighted to show you around on a school day so that you can see students and staff at work.
Virtual Tours of the School
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Mascalls Academy is a mixed comprehensive that provides an excellent all round education in a friendly and supportive environment.
We are a dynamic, forward-thinking academy which aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face after school and enable them to acquire life skills, self-awareness and compassion. We are proud of the pastoral care we provide for our students and value them as individuals, doing everything in our power to make their time here happy.
We have very positive relationships with our students’ parents and believe very strongly that by working closely with them we can support their children most effectively.
Please visit our website at http://mascallsacademy.org.uk/ for more information.
Millfield is distinctively different. From its foundation in 1935 through to the present day the school has inspired generations of students to immerse themselves in The Millfield Way to discover their personal brilliance. Our vision is to be the leading global arena for the development of children. As one of the top co-educational boarding and day schools in the UK, with 1250 children aged 13-18, the school offers outstanding education, creative arts and sports, with fantastic weekend programmes for a boarding community that makes up 75% of our cohort.
Millfield has the resource and attitude to bring together key staff to provide an education and experience that honours the individual child at the centre. Our unrivalled facilities include a science centre, concert hall, theatre, art gallery, equestrian centre, an Olympic size swimming pool and brand-new Cricket and Golf Centres opening in Spring 2020. Academic study, cultural and sporting endeavours set every pupil on the path to success, going into the world with confidence and maturity to write their own futures, succeeding in all walks of life and supporting those around them.
Sitting at the forefront of our ethos is our belief in the goodness of young people, the importance of curiosity, caring attitudes and a shared mindset connecting pupils, teachers, coaches and parents. Millfield provides a rich learning community, small class sizes of around 8-16, embedded use of technology and outstanding programmes which include the renowned Nine at Millfield, with its focus on outdoor adventure, and EAGLES, which encourages altruism and leadership in students and educates them for the future.
Scholarships are available for entry into Year 9 or the Lower Sixth, these include Academic, Art, Chess, Design and Innovation, Music, Drama and Sport, in addition to All-Rounder Scholarships.
Our next Open Day will be on 3rd October from 9.30am – 2.00pm.
Oakwood Park Grammar School, Maidstone
Outstanding pastoral care
Broad and challenging curriculum
Extensive enrichment programme
For more information, please visit our website www.opgs.org
As one of the only schools in the UK to adopt an innovative, dynamic and values-led approach to education, Radnor House Sevenoaks is becoming the first choice for talented and ambitious pupils.
As the world becomes more complex, diverse and fast paced, Radnor House Sevenoaks’ mission is to future proof your child to give them the very best start in life. Academic qualifications are an important aspect of this but so too are interpersonal skills such as emotional intelligence and leadership. Through the vast and diverse experiences at Radnor House Sevenoaks, their pupils leave the school at 18, being courageous, kind and hardworking. They will be in a position to achieve A*- B in good quality traditional A level courses. And will also be aiming for entry to the best universities, art colleges and vocational placements available.
Technology plays a key role in the curriculum at Radnor and over the [past year they have been working closely with Microsoft to become one of their flagship schools. Laptops are given to all pupils from year 7, and they will be establishing a new Computer Science and Design Centre in the Main School Building from September 2019. Creative Arts are very important at Radnor House and the school has invested heavily into new Surface Studios as well as design specific software in their new Graphic Design Studio. Building adults who can thrive in the world of tomorrow is a key driver for the school.
A key focus this year has been on Sports provision and they will be building a new full-sized hockey astro for September 2020, plus several newly levelled grass pitches and new cricket wicket.
Equally, they have been investing heavily in new academic facilities. Over the last 18 months they opened a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre with three new Science labs and also built a new theatre within the Performing Arts Centre.
To experience its unique atmosphere Radnor House Sevenoaks hold an all school Open Morning in October each year and offer weekly senior school tours every Wednesday at 9.15am with the Head.
We are currently holding fortnightly online presentations, followed by Q&A sessions for prospective parents with our Head Designate Fraserl Halliwell and Director of Admissions Wendy Owens.
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Roedean is a wonderful school where you will have the chance to grow up at your own pace, in beautiful surroundings, and let your talents and imagination run. Few schools in the country enjoy such an inspirational location so close to the sea and a national park, and the accommodation and facilities here are exceptional. Roedean is a school where you will flourish.
The girls perform exceptionally well academically; their successes are the result of their curiosity and intellectual engagement, as well as their developing self-confidence and maturity. Making learning exciting and memorable lies at the heart of a Roedean education. However, academic results are not the sole success criteria: you will enjoy a holistic education, and be inspired as much by the world outside the classroom as the world within it in. At Roedean, every aspect of school life complements the others, and it is precisely this rounded education which produces independent and creative young women who will make their mark in the world.
Roedean has a number of awards to recognise excellence in a particular field, and these are available to girls joining the school in Year 7, Year 9, and Year 12. Each year, we attract high-calibre applicants who enrich the school not only in their specialist fields, but also in all areas of school life.
For further information, please contact our Senior Registrar, Diana Banham, on 01273 667626 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Mornings and visiting the school
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Securing an early place for September 2021/22 entry:
This is a stand-alone process which is taking place soon for those families who wish to early secure places for Sept 2021/2022 entry, prior to the standard competitive admissions.
The programme is designed to fast-track certainty of a place, whilst still enabling a prospective student to enjoy the inspiring and challenging experience and admissions days which are such a popular part of becoming a Roedean girl. She will also be able to access the scholarship assessments in January 2021/2022, and we can discuss this further should you wish. This is the timetable:
Saturday 7th March Open Day
Tuesday 10 March or Friday 13 March Individual parental meetings with Headmaster
Tuesday 17th March Early Entry Testing (English, Maths and NVR, age appropriate)
Thursday 26th March Offers Out
Thursday 9th April Acceptance with refundable deposit
Royal Alexandra & Albert School
The Royal Alexandra & Albert School is a non-selective state boarding school in Reigate, Surrey, set in 260 acres of Capability Brown parkland.
In the top 10% of state schools, the Royal Alexandra & Albert School has fantastic sports facilities. We have 6 rugby pitches, an all-weather sports pitch and running track, an indoor and outdoor gym and indoor swimming pool on site. We even have stables with 20 horses, where pupils can learn to ride and take Pony Club courses. Sport is a big part of life at this school and we are able to offer a wide range of sports to suit everyone.
We offer an amazing choice of co-curricular activities, ranging from scuba diving to horse riding, mandarin to sugar craft, from rugby to cycling. These activities are open to all pupils who range in age from 7 to 18; boys and girls; boarders and flexi-boarders. Local pupils are “flexi-boarders” who stay for the extended day (breakfast until bedtime) and stay overnight 7-10 nights a year.
The school has a very strong boarding ethos. It is something we have worked hard to achieve because we believe pupils gain a great deal from being part of our boarding community. They benefit from excellent pastoral care in nine boarding houses and there is a real family feel. In March 2018, following a boarding inspection, Ofsted stated:
“The school provides a secure environment in which children and young people flourish, achieve academically, stretch their abilities and develop social skills.”
As a state boarding school, the government pays for the education, which means our fees for full boarding are very affordable at £5250 a term.
The school offers individual tours to families unable to visit on Open Mornings.
For further information about the school, please visit our website www.raa-school.co.uk
St Catherine’s School, Bramley
St Catherine’s is unequivocally for girls; a school where girls grow and develop at their own pace, not one dictated by others. St Catherine’s offers an unforgettable education. Situated within the Surrey Hills, yet close to Guildford, we serve a wide area. We educate 650 girls and offer boarding and day. Girls benefit from the very best teaching, in a happy environment with access to exceptional on‐site facilities. The curriculum is designed to ensure it has breadth and variety. Academic results place us very comfortably amongst the premier girls’ schools in the country. Our impressive Destinations of Leavers list is testament to the excellent outcomes at A Level, allowing Sixth Form students to go out into the world as confident young women. We believe that values reinforced through a partnership between school and home build character. ‘Soft skills’ such as teamwork and leadership, develop positive self‐esteem and confidence and are highly sought‐after attributes in every walk of life. The very successful School House system ensures tutors know every girl and that parents always have a point of contact. The six senior Houses offer the girls opportunities for leadership and responsibility; invaluable when it comes to university applications and employment. Please do come and visit us and see for yourself whether St Catherine’s might be the right fit for your daughter. www.stcatherines.info
St Edmund’s School Canterbury
St Edmund’s School Canterbury is an independent day and boarding school in Kent for children aged 3 – 18 including the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral. It is located in the inspirational surroundings of a stunning site that is blessed with spectacular views of Canterbury.
Established in 1749, St Edmund’s combines due respect for tradition and history with a fresh, engaging and forward-thinking attitude to the education of young people.
Creativity flourishes at St Edmund’s. The Drama, Music and Art departments are well known for their outstanding achievements. But creativity is celebrated across the whole curriculum as innovative teaching and small classes encourage pupils to think independently and express their ideas with confidence and originality.
The Head says “We also look to develop the whole person. Our dynamic sports provision, extensive activities programme and exciting range of outdoor education opportunities, enable pupils to develop vital qualities such as leadership experience, inter-personal communication, the ability to work in teams and empathy for others. In consequence, our school produces remarkable young people.
Pupils leave St Edmund’s as assured, articulate, thoughtful individuals who possess a strong social conscience.”
For further information please call 01227 475601 or email email@example.com
St Lawrence College
St Lawrence College in Ramsgate, founded in 1879, is a thriving independent, co-educational, day and boarding school for children aged 3 to 18 years. Small class sizes and excellent pastoral care ensure that all 650 pupils receive individual attention. Academic standards are high across all years in the school and a generous range of scholarships are available for talented individuals. Set in over 45 acres of stunning grounds, the school provides outstanding facilities and offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
St Olave’s Grammar School
Boys’ Grammar School, in Orpington, with girls joining the school in the Sixth Form.
For further information please see St Olave’s website http://www.saintolaves.net/
Sackville School is a co-educational school for students from Year 7 through to Sixth Form. Sackville achieves excellent results at GCSE and A-Level and consistently ranks as one of the top mixed ability schools in Kent. The school is a Grade II listed building set amidst 26 acres of spectacular Kent countryside between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, yet close to a main line railway station, major road links and bus routes. The School also operates a fleet of minibuses serving many areas.
Sackville’s exceptionally small classes enable each and every child to be taught in the most effective way for them to enable them to enjoy learning and to perform to the very best of their ability. A Gifted and Talented programme is in place to provide stretch for able students and a talented team of SEND professionals delivers support for a range of learning needs; Sackville is a CReSTeD accredited school. Scholarships are available for entry into Years 7, 9 and 12.
We pride ourselves on our pastoral care and the traditional values of manners, respect, honour and behaviour are highly valued. A full programme of extracurricular activities is provided aimed at developing the whole person and ensuring pupils have the skills and confidence for future success.
Sevenoaks is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 18. We deliver innovative thinking and academic excellence with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis. An inclusive, enriching, global dimension is inspired by the International Baccalaureate, and we are one of the world’s highest-performing IB schools. Over half of our students go on to study at one of the top 10 UK universities, and an increasing number go to the best US and international universities.
Saturday Group Visits
Please see our website for details of Open Mornings and Saturday Group Visits which take place most Saturday mornings during term-time: http://www.sevenoaksschool.org/openmornings.
We also meet parents on an individual basis every morning from Monday to Saturday during term time. Parents can book a visit via our Registrar, Fenella Cournane, on 01732 467703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Skinners’ School
Skinners’ School is one of the leading boys’ grammar schools in the country. We aim to nurture excellence, providing a challenging but caring environment in which every student can flourish.
We stand for academic excellence in a context of strong pastoral care and unrivalled extra-curricular activity. We believe that busy pupils are the successful ones, that school days are an opportunity to relish the present and to prepare for an exciting future, and that the purpose of education is to maximise academic potential but also to nurture the development of a whole person.
The school was established by the Worshipful Company of Skinners’ in 1887. It has always stood on its current site and is proud of its history and traditions. These give us values that underpin our everyday life and they help to make our pupils the outstanding young men they are.
Our relatively small size allows us to know and cherish every pupil, and to bring out the best in each individual. We also have a deserved reputation for excellent pastoral care and for supporting pupils with special educational needs
Examination results are very strong and nearly all of our students go to Russell Group universities, including regular access to Oxford and Cambridge. We also get students to look further afield, particularly at US universities.
Skinners’ has a significant reputation for sporting achievement. We believe in health and well-being, in teamwork and collective success and in the experience of a wide range of sports. Hundreds of boys are involved in CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Music and Drama. The co-curricular experience is fundamental to a fulfilling school career.
For further information, please contact our Admissions Secretary, Bel McIntosh on 01892 520732 or email email@example.com
Our Open Mornings for Year 5 will be held in July 2020
Further details regarding these events can be found at www.skinners-school.co.uk/Admissions/open-days
Sutton Valence School
Pupils have been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Valence School since 1576. From then until now, our greatest strength is our community. The relationships we foster between staff, pupils and parents allow us to craft an educational journey that is individually-suited to every pupil.
Young people who feel supported, cared for and recognised for who they are, feel comfortable pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone to discover the limits of their ability. Through the high expectations and standards we set, all Sutton Valence pupils are encouraged and helped to go further than they had thought possible in their academic, co-curricular, community and leadership journeys.
Each individual will have taken a slightly different journey by the time they finish their School education, but our ultimate destinations for all is the same: that they will work hard to fulfil their true potential and add value to their lives.
We want them to become confident, civilised, tolerant and open-minded individuals who possess a love of learning and a strong sense of self-discipline along with a set of values reflecting our principles as a Christian Foundation.
Sutton Valence School offers a broad, challenging academic curriculum, flexibly delivered to suit the needs of each pupil. Careful monitoring and pupil tracking ensure that all our pupils thrive in a school where effort and achievement are celebrated.
In 2016 the School celebrated its best ever GCSE results, including a 70% increase in the A* grades. With 45% of all results at A*-A and 77% at A*-B, these new highs are a reflection of the success currently enjoyed at the School. At A level, 14.2% of all grades achieved were at A*, with 57% at A*-B.
Academic achievement is enhanced by an outstanding array of sporting, artistic, musical, dramatic and other enrichment opportunities.
If you would like to arrange a visit to the School, please contact Mrs Kathy Webster, Admissions Officer on 01622 845206 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hold four Open Morning each academic year. For further information, and to register for our next Open Morning, please visit the Sutton Valence School website at www.svs.org.uk
Tonbridge Grammar School
We are a high achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls between the ages of 11 and 16, and girls and boys in our Sixth Form.
Our vibrant school community is a place where students and staff are encouraged to be the very best that they can, in a nurturing and kind climate where wellbeing is at the top of the agenda.
Rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted, our intellectually challenging curriculum creates an environment where questioning, divergent thinking and freedom to learn from mistakes are encouraged.
We are very proud of our students’ outstanding academic success, but this is only part of the story. We want to ensure students are ‘real world ready’; independent learners, caring young people, curious critical and creative thinkers who are driven to make a difference in the world.
There is a strong focus on building each student’s confidence and resilience; ensuring they have the emotional literacy and courage to make healthy life choices, flourish and be happy.
Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys’ boarding and day schools in the country. The school aims to provide a caring and enlightened environment in which the talents of each individual flourish. We encourage boys to be creative, tolerant and to strive for academic, sporting and cultural excellence. Within a well-established house pastoral system, we seek to celebrate our distinctive mixture of boarders and day boys, hence offering a unique broadening and deepening of opportunity to all.
Examination results are very strong indeed. Over the past three years some 99 boys have won places at Oxford and Cambridge, whilst the average A level holding of an Upper Sixth leaver is equivalent to A*, A, A and the average GCSE holding of a Tonbridge boy is 7 A*s and 3 As.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at 11+, 13+ and 16+. For further information or an individual appointment please contact Admissions on (017322) 304297 or email: email@example.com
For information about Open Events and to register for the events please click here.
The regular entry lists for both day and boarding applicants remain open but both lists will close soon. Any remaining applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
We encourage families in Year 5, who are considering Tonbridge, to visit this term or next, if they have not already done so, and to register by the end of this academic year. Registered boys will be invited to sit the ISEB pre-test and to visit us for an assessment afternoon during Michaelmas Term 2019.
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For more information about Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, please visit their website on https://www.twggs.kent.sch.uk/
Senior School Visits
Please contact our Registrar, Mrs Alex Knight, on 01732 468703 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an individual visit.
Our next Open Morning takes place on Saturday 26 September at 11am for entry to Years 7, 9 and 12.
Join Walthamstow Hall for a live Q & A session with a panel of Senior Staff including Headmistress, Miss Stephanie Ferro, Head of Key Stage 3, Karen Hofmann, and Heads of Year 7 and Sixth Form. Pre-recorded film footage will also be shown during the event.
The team will discuss their new Deferred Entry process which will begin from this September, for 2021. Girls will undergo the entry process in Year 6 and a deferred entry place for Year 9 will be offered at that stage. Pupils wishing to apply for academic, music, drama and art scholarships will be invited back in Year 8 to take part in the scholarship process.
An invitation from Miss Ferro and further information, including how to book, can be found on our website.
Weald of Kent Grammar School
Weald of Kent Grammar school is one of the highest performing schools in the country. We aspire to excel at everything we do.
Due to our continued success we are thrilled to have been given permission to expand and mirror what we deliver at our Tonbridge site, in a purpose built Annexe in Sevenoaks. We have a long history of educating students from Sevenoaks and we look forward to finally being able to deliver this high quality education in their home town.
In addition to the exciting new facilities that opened in Sevenoaks in 2017 we have also invested in our Tonbridge site which now has a state of the art Sports Hall and university style Sixth Form Hub.
Both sites are situated in beautiful rural settings with far reaching views across the Garden of England with excellent transport links.
In our competitive and ever changing world, choosing the right school for your child is more important than ever. We create opportunities for students to achieve high academic results whilst still affording them a platform to extend their personal qualities, talents and interests. Our ethos values and nurtures individuality, not stereotypes. We focus attention on the needs of the individual building confidence, encouraging independence and enabling each of our students to flourish.
Thank you for considering our school for your daughter. We hope that you will enjoy finding out more by looking at our full prospectus on our website or by visiting us in the very near future.
Weald of Kent Grammar School,
Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JP
Weald of Kent Grammar School,
Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3SN
Wellington College, founded in 1853, is arguably the country’s leading co-educational boarding and day school. Situated between the M3 and M4 motorways, it stands in a stunning 400-acre woodland estate in Crowthorne, Berkshire, 30 miles from London and less than 20 miles from Heathrow.
Wellington pupils develop a unique identity inspired by intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and the courage to be properly and unselfishly individual. The College is celebrated for its achievements both in and out of the classroom and its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision are second to none. Most importantly of all we want our pupils to understand that serving and caring for others brings the highest rewards and the greatest likelihood of long term happiness and fulfilment.
Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A-levels and whichever route they take, results are superb: in 2017, the average A-level outcome was AAA, and the College’s IB average of 39.1 yet again made Wellington one of the UK’s highest achieving boarding schools to offer the IB Diploma. Over the past four years, half of IB pupils have secured scores of above 40 and 15 have achieved a perfect 45, including four in 2017. 76 Wellingtonians have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past three years and over 20 pupils move on to US universities each year, many to Ivy League institutions.
Stellar examination results, outstanding provision across all co-curricular areas, a raft of national accolades, and an exclusively ‘excellent’ ISI inspection report contribute to the College’s national and international reputation.
Wellington was awarded an “Artsmark Gold” by Arts Council, England in recognition and celebration of the stellar quality of the Arts and their vibrancy across Wellington College’s cultural life, and the reputation of Wellington’s sporting prowess remains as fearsome as ever.
Wellington is a high-achieving school for bright children who want to contribute in every area of school life and to make the very most of every opportunity presented to them.
Admission to the School
Most pupils enter the school in September when they are between 13 and 14 years of age. There are occasionally places available for pupils at 14+. Around 40 pupils also join the College for the Sixth Form. Registration (with £300 fee) is online. Those registered for 13+ entry (by the end of Year 5) sit the ISEB Common Pre-Test in the Michaelmas term of Year 6 and, if sufficiently strong academically or in other areas (e.g. sport, music), are invited for an assessment day (usually in the Lent term of Year 6). Those who are successful are then offered a conditional place subject to satisfactory results in Scholarship, Common Entrance or other entry exams. A Waiting List also operates. Where appropriate, an overseas deposit is also payable.
There is a wide range of 13+ Scholarships and Exhibitions offered – Academic, Music, Art, DET, Drama, Dance and Sports. Details are available on the Wellington website. Candidates for non-academic awards must satisfy our general entry requirements. Awards in themselves do not provide a reduction in school fees; however, they may be complemented by a means-tested bursary where the financial situation of the parents makes this appropriate. Candidates must be under 14 on 1st September in the calendar year in which they sit the examination.
Master: Mr Julian Thomas, since September 2015; formerly Headmaster of Caterham School
Numbers: 1,040 pupils (635 boys; 405 girls)
Further details: Available from the Director of Admissions or from the College website
Director of Admissions: Mr James Dahl
Telephone: 01344 444013
Address: Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne,
Berkshire RG45 7PU
Virtual Visitors’ Day
We will be offering a live question and answer session later this term. Please contact Admissions for more information.
Whitgift is situated in a beautiful and historic park. A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications which include the International Baccalaureate, A Levels, Pre-U and BTEC, with a bilingual section for native or near-native French or Spanish speakers. Exchanges, visits and scholarship programmes are in place with more than 25 countries worldwide. Whitgift is regularly ranked amongst the country’s top schools for achievement; new records are regularly set.
Exceptional pastoral care is at the foundation of our provision, and each pupil, and his parents, are guaranteed a friendly face to turn to for advice and guidance.
Whitgift’s sport is at the forefront of achievement, with over 120 national titles won in the past five years. 40 sports are available, including modern pentathlon, golf, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level.
Co-curricular activities feature more than 80 clubs, an Outdoor Education programme that travels worldwide, and a well-established Combined Cadet Force.
An exciting Performing Arts programme is offered by the School, with first-class musicals and plays performed regularly. Orchestras and choirs tour internationally, and play at major venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Goodwood House, and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. The School enjoys close links with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, enabling pupils to learn side-by-side with professional musicians.
The School’s Boarding House, opened in 2013, is superbly-equipped, and offers full, weekly and flexi-boarding to boys aged 13-18.
Whitgift offers generous scholarships and bursaries.
For details on upcoming open events and opportunities to visit Whitgift School, please visit the website or contact the Admissions Office on 020 8633 9935, or by email at email@example.com
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Virtual Open Events
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Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
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Originally established in 1587 and part of the Seckford Foundation, the legacy of Thomas Seckford, the prominent lawyer of Queen Elizabeth I, Woodbridge School is a leading HMC Independent co educational school for ages 4 18, based on a beautiful hillside in the heart of the picturesque, family oriented town of Woodbridge, Suffolk.
The unique ethos of the School is that it places an equal importance on academia, sport as well as the creative and performing arts. Pupils emerge as happy, resilient and delightful young adults; they possess the essential attitudes that reflect the 21st century workplace. Excellent academic achievement emanates very naturally from an outstanding educational experience.
By placing an equal importance on what is learnt both inside and outside the classroom, Woodbridge School delivers an authentic, holistic education that provides a foundation for life. The sporting and performing arts facilities are amongst the very best in the country, including a state of the art professional theatre; what the pupils achieve in music and drama is truly remarkable. Woodbridge School is an exceptional school, a wonderful place to learn and a place where pupils become the very best they can be.
Academically, pupils thrive at Woodbridge. Our 2018 GCSE results were outstanding, with a quarter of all grades at the top grade of 9 (A**). 59% of all GCSE grades were at 9-7 (A**-A). At A Level, almost 70% of our results were at grade B or above. In 2018, 5% of pupils went to Oxford or Cambridge to study subjects such as Classics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Music. The vast majority of our leavers gain entrance to universities such as York, Exeter, Edinburgh, King’s College London and Imperial College London.
Our unique and innovative teaching and learning philosophy, Learning@Woodbridge, enables every pupil not only to acquire essential knowledge, but also be empowered to know how to learn better and become more independent.
With one traditional and happy boarding house situated right in the centre of the School grounds, boarding at Woodbridge School offers pupils a unique experience. Boarders are at the heart of everything the School does – with no compulsory exeats, weekend and evening activities and a buddy programme for new boarding pupils, genuine friendships are formed, and the strong relationship between pupils and teachers is a tangible strength of boarding at Woodbridge School. Weekly boarding is also possible should pupils wish to return home to their families. Offering a smaller, bespoke family experience makes Woodbridge School an exceptional place to study and one where pupils develop a real sense of belonging.
Woodbridge School is a safe, secure and happy place for boarders to live and the School is just a two minute walk from the centre of the traditional English market town of Woodbridge itself. Transport links from Woodbridge and the nearby town of Ipswich are excellent, with London just one hour by train.
“This school has everything going for it”
– Good Schools Guide, 2017
Worth School is set in 500 acres of glorious Sussex countryside in the South East of England, which offers a spacious and beautiful environment in which to learn. There are currently 615 boys and girls at the school, both day and boarding.
The School is based on the values of the Benedictine tradition (Catholic) but those of all faiths and none are welcome at Worth. In the words of the ISI Report in November 2017:“Relationships between pupils of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are exemplary.” Worth is well known for its outstanding pastoral care and this is borne out time and again in our own parent surveys. However, that is not all of the story!
Worth is academically ambitious with a value added at GCSE of +1.00 to prove it. In the Sixth Form there is a broad curriculum, where students can opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels. A multi-million pound Sixth Form Centre, the generous gift of a former student, will be opening in the 2020-21 academic year.
• Scholarships are available.
• Minibus routes currently run from Bletchingley, Oxted, Groombridge, Langton Green and Edenbridge — the Transport Manager adjusts these in line with demand.
There is a dynamic Arts, Drama and Music scene and a high level of student engagement in many different pursuits, reflected in the variety and impressive standard of musical and dramatic performances, and exhibitions.
A dedicated Performing Arts Centre that houses a purpose-built theatre is the epi-centre of musical activity across the year, comprising a recital room, a set of eight practice rooms, two class teaching rooms and a sound-proofed Rock Room (recording studio). There is a stunning art, photography and DT facility that was opened in 2017.
Sport is important at Worth and last year over 87% of all pupils represented Worth in a sporting capacity at some level. Our major sports are rugby union, football, hockey, cricket and athletics for boys and hockey, netball, lacrosse, football, tennis and athletics for girls. There are 21 other sports on offer including badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, horse riding, sailing, squash and polo.
There are over 132 activities on offer that cover everything from skills and additional sports/outdoor activities to community service and environmental causes. The School is a centre of excellence for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
The next Open Day at Worth will be on Saturday 19th September. Further Open Days in 2020 are 10th October and 14th November, then 13th March 2021. Open Days start at 10.15am and finish at 1.30pm
Please book your place via the website: worthschool.org.uk. Private visits are always available — please call our Admissions team on 01342 710255