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.
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.
13+ Boarding Experience for Year 5 and 6
Summer half term: Friday 1st-Saturday 2nd June 2018
After a successful event last year, we are running the Boarding Experience again this year at the end of the Summer half-term week. Booklets are available from St Michael’s and are also available as a digital copy at www.ardingly.com/boardingexperience
The Boarding Experience will be useful for children and parents looking to board in some capacity at Senior School, and especially for those considering Ardingly. Feedback from last year was that it was great fun and an excellent way to experience a boarding environment. The boys and girls valued the opportunity to get to know the staff and students at Ardingly and felt more confident in making a decision about whether boarding was for them.
There will also be an opportunity for parents to find out more about boarding at Ardingly from the Headmaster, the boarding staff and boarders themselves.
Please note that this is strictly a 13+ event and that we do not consider children from other prep schools to join as boarders before Shell (Year 9).
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. Please call Rachael Cox, the Registrar, on 01233 739030 or email her at email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Prospective Parents’ Mornings in 2018 (all start at 9.45am unless noted)
Thursday 19 April (11+ candidates only)
Saturday 12 May
Thursday 7 June (13+ candidates only)
Thursday 14 June (11+ candidates only)
Saturday 16 June
For further information on Scholarships and interviews please click here.
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 email@example.com
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.
Open Mornings 2018
Our next Open Morning:
Tuesday 8th May 9.00am – 11.30am
Register for Entrance Assessments for September 2019:
November 2018 (Year 7) January 2019 (Year 9)
For more information please contact the Registrar on 01580 211273 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton College, Sussex
Described as ‘Britain’s most forward thinking school’ by The Week, 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.
Our next Open Day is on Saturday 28th April. Please see our website for further information and to book http://www.brightoncollege.org.uk/admissions/open-mornings/
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.
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 750 pupils strong, 250 of whom board in one of our six superbly furnished boarding houses. We are also proud of our grammar school status, especially as we have recently changed our year of entry for day pupils from Year 9 (age 13 years) to Year 7 (age 11 years).
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 are hugely proud to be celebrating 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 711800 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed below are our dates for Open Events for 2018:
Wednesday 16th May – Years 7, 9 & 12 Open Morning
Wednesday 19th September – Year 7 & 9 Open Evening
Friday 21st September – Year 7 Open Morning
Tuesday 25th September – Year 9 Open Morning
Wednesday 26th September – Year 9 Open Morning
Tuesday 16th October – Year 7 Open Morning
Wednesday 7th November – Sixth Form Open Evening
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.
Forthcoming Open Days
Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 24th March 10.00am-1.00pm.
You and your children will be able to speak to our teaching staff, parents and pupils about all aspects of life at Dover College. A crèche is available for 2-7 year olds on the day.
Please book your place by emailing email@example.com or calling 01304 244522 or complete our online booking form.
Dunottar is a school with high standards and a warm heart, providing an excellent, all-round education for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. We don’t expect Dunottar pupils to fit a mould; from academic high fliers and enthusiastic sportspeople, to creative talent and budding entrepreneurs, success comes in many shapes at Dunottar and our pupils are challenged to be aspirational in their personal goals. In this vibrant, welcoming community pastoral care is at the heart of everything we do and the atmosphere is truly special – children can be themselves and are celebrated for what they contribute. A varied and interesting co-curricular programme offers opportunities to acquire new skills, have fun and broaden experiences. Music, art and drama flourish and sport is both competitive and enjoyable, with participation actively encouraged at all levels and elite sportspeople supported to achieve their full potential.
Located just outside Reigate town centre, Dunottar benefits from a beautiful setting and, with 15 acres of land including woodland and a zip-wire, adventure is never far away. In addition to the mansion house, the school has purpose-built modern wings housing additional classrooms and specialist spaces such as laboratories, the art studio and sixth form. On-site sports facilities include a large sports hall, indoor swimming pool and outdoor courts and relationships with a local rugby and cricket club extend the facilities off-site.
The main entry points to Dunottar are at 11+, 13+ and 16+. We hold regular open mornings throughout the year which offer the opportunity to get a real flavour for a typical school day and include a talk from Mr Mark Tottman, Headmaster, a tour of school and the chance to chat to staff over coffee.
To find out more about Dunottar, request a prospectus or book onto an open morning, please visit our website at www.dunottarschool.com or email/call our admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01737 761945.
Spring Term 2018
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Summer Term 2018
Wednesday 27th June 2018
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.
Open Mornings are usually held in March, June and September of each academic year. For the latest dates and to book, please visit our website;
At Epsom College we want our pupils to live happy and fulfilled lives, to find a passion for things that matter to them, an interest in, and respect for, others and their worlds, the chance of challenge and achievement, and an attachment to the life of the mind. Set on a beautiful 84-acre estate, only fifteen miles from central London, the still red bricks of St Luke’s Chapel, and the other original Victorian buildings, stand as a monument to the breadth of an Epsom education for 801 boys and girls aged 11 to 18.
Epsom recognises that pupils find success and achievement in a host of different ways and personal successes are to be gained at many levels of experience. The school is alive to the fact that activity beyond the classroom enhances our pupils and their relations with staff, that passion and commitment can transform pupils and prepare them for the richest possible lives as adults. The total curriculum of the College offers not just the life of the classroom, but also a world of sport and music, drama and societies, expeditions and camps, and trips and laughter.
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.
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
The Judd School, Tonbridge
Boys’ Grammar School with a co-educational Sixth Form, aided by the Skinners’ Company. Five form entry: 135 places for children resident in the inner area (an enlarged West Kent), 20 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.
Our next Open Evening for Year 5 pupils and under is Thursday 5 July 2018. More details will be added to our website in due course.
Kent College, Canterbury
Canterbury, Kent CT2 9DT
Motto:Lux tua via mea
This outstanding boarding and day school is situated on the rural edge of the beautiful City of Canterbury. The majority of students live within an hour of the school. However, the school also has a strong and fully integrated boarding community of children; these children come from all over the world and add an exciting international aspect to the school. Academic, sporting and musical achievements are nationally acclaimed. Parents choose the school for its warm, friendly and welcoming nature where their children are encouraged to achieve all that they can, in a happy and supportive environment.
Facilities. All of the six boarding houses are situated on site. The school is surrounded by extensive playing fields which are used throughout the school day. Modern classrooms and provision of laptops to senior school students, distinguishes Kent College as a market leader in education. Excellent sport, music and drama facilities are augmented by the highest level of teaching and coaching. The school also runs its own farm and equine unit.
Curriculum. The curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum but a greater range of subjects is provided. It is not the aim to specialise in any one group of subjects but to provide a balanced curriculum which will give full opportunity for students to get a good grounding of general knowledge and later to develop particular talents to a high standard. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a personalised learning experience, where we can organise the curriculum to suit the child.
The International Baccalaureate is offered alongside A Levels in the Sixth Form with outstanding results in both.
Dyslexia Unit. The Dyslexia Support Centre is a haven of help for those amongst the school intake that need extra support. Students are taught all the mechanisms that they need to access the whole curriculum. Support remains a constant throughout the child’s time here.
International Study Centre. Small group lessons and specific language assistance provide a useful platform for those students who arrive without an adequate level of English. These students are then integrated into the mainstream classes at a pace that suits them.
Pastoral Care. The school operates closely with each student and the student’s parents to ensure that there is an open line of communication. Each student is individually supported by a strong team: house parents; year heads; tutors; teachers and peer mentors all of whom take a significant interest in looking after the needs of each individual.
Religion. As a Methodist school a strong Christian ethos purveys all that the school does. Students of all faiths and no faith are welcomed in the school.
Games and Activities. The school possesses 28 acres of playing fields and a floodlit all-weather hockey pitch. The major games for boys are Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket and Athletics and for girls Netball, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, and Athletics. Hockey is a particular strength with teams regularly attaining National championship status. Representative honours are a common occurrence in all sports. The boarding community enjoys full use of the facilities in the evening with regular activities in Basketball, Football and Fitness Training. Senior pupils take part in various forms of community service in the City and the school also has its own Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group. There is a full range of optional school activities, including Art, Debating, Chess, Conservation, CDT and Photography. The School has its own farm and developing equine unit which provides countless opportunities for outdoor adventure and agricultural experiences.
Music and Drama. Music and drama play an important part in the life of the school. There are four choirs, two orchestras, a jazz band, rock groups and a variety of other specialist ensembles and singing groups. Many concerts are given each year, including the annual Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral.
Admission. The usual ages of admission to the Senior School are 11, 13 and 16. Entrance Examinations usually take place in the Spring Term for admission the following September.
Fees per term (2017-2018). Day Pupils: £5,407–£5,985; Boarders: £8,247–£11,327 (full). International Study Centre: £1,325 extra.
Entrance Scholarships. The school awards academic, music, sport, drama and art scholarships to pupils for entry into Years 7, 9 and 12. Scholarships normally carry a value equivalent to a percentage remission of the tuition fees which would not exceed a maximum of 50% and would be at the discretion of the Head Master. Full particulars may be obtained from the Registrar.
Bursaries will be awarded in accordance with, and after consideration of, the financial circumstances of parents. Parents will be invited to complete a financial assessment form and the scale of bursary awarded will be based on the information provided and the financial criteria which the school applies to all bursary awards. All bursaries are reviewed annually.
In addition, the school operates an awards system for the children of HM Forces, NATO and War Graves Commission personnel, whereby the parents pay a set figure, normally 10% of the inclusive fee, plus the amount of Boarding School Allowance which they receive. The balance is treated as a Bursary Award.
Honours. Most school leavers go on to Russell Group and other top universities both in the UK and abroad. Each year a number of pupils secure offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge.
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.
Senior School Open Mornings & Events 2017
Whole School Open Morning
Wednesday 19th May 2018: 9.15am – 1.00pm
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.’
Open Days provide parents and prospective pupils with an opportunity to see the School in action through a guided tour undertaken with an individual pupil following an introduction from the Headmaster, and a Question & answer session with a panel of pupils.
The Open Morning ends with a buffet lunch in the St. Augustine’s Refectory.
Saturday 16th June 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
Booking is essential
For an invitation please contact: Mrs Kate Harrison Admissions Secretary
The overwhelming characteristic of King’s Rochester is its warmth and friendliness as supported by the Good Schools Guide: “A tangible sense of community where everyone knows each other well…”
Founded in 604AD, King’s Rochester is the second oldest school in the UK and the oldest Cathedral Choir School. It has evolved into an outstanding and distinctive co-educational 21st century day and boarding school for around 650 pupils aged 3 to 18, with excellent facilities at all levels.
King’s Rochester is a broad ability school with a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils with a wide range of strengths. A broad curriculum allows great choice for GCSE and A-level options together with the availability of the EPQ. In summer 2017, record results were achieved at GCSE and the second highest ever results at A-level, with a fifth of students achieving straight A*/A grades. These results helped them to secure places at top universities and scholarships to prestigious colleges and conservatoires supported by an outstanding Careers and University application service.
A holistic team of Form and House Tutors, School Nurse and Chaplain are supported by Senior Management and designated Safeguarding leads. King’s Rochester prides itself on knowing all students very well: pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as ‘Excellent’ in all inspections.
Music is a huge strength here and the school is privileged to be able to use the Cathedral as its Chapel. Our Sports Centre has benefitted from a half million pound refurbishment to provide pupils with a state of the art facility alongside a heated indoor swimming pool and a bespoke boat-house for rowing. A new Drama studio with the latest digital sound and lighting supports our pupils who also benefit from involvement in the RSC Learning Network.
Do come and visit us and find out what makes King’s Rochester special. We would be delighted to welcome you into the King’s family.
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 20 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.
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, many International pupils go on to gain places at top UK universities.
Parents and children that choose to come to Lancing often talk about it feeling right for their child, and we invite you to come to see for yourself.
”We wanted a school that wasn’t just a super-selective exam factory. We wanted a school that wasn’t “wishy-washy”. We also wanted a school that would take the teaching of values and thoughtfulness for others seriously, whilst also accepting that sometimes kids are kids, and mistakes are made.”
Parent of new pupil, 2017
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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.
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.
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. The school has gone through a significant transition over the course of the past year. Following their re-branding last September, the major changes they pushed through such as an enhanced curriculum, an enhanced sports offering, a new Performing Arts Centre and a new STEM centre (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) are bearing fruit and they have seen a significant expansion in the school roll which now stands at almost 400.
Join us on the next stage of our exciting development.
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
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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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
We hold four Open Morning each academic year. Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 28th April.
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
High achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls 11-16 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form. We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, blending the best of a traditional curriculum with the principles and ethos of the IB Organisation. TGS students learn in breadth and depth in order to develop as well-balanced individuals, becoming active learners who are passionate about making a difference in the world.
For 2019 entry to Year 7 (Current year 5)
Thursday 21st June 2018 – 9.30am-midday – the Head will speak at 10.30am
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.
2018 Open Mornings
Saturday 12th May at 10.00am
Please book via our website.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at 11+, 13+ and 16+. For further information or an individual appointment please contact Admissions on (017322) 304297 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The entry lists for both day and boarding applicants remain OPEN but we anticipate that both lists will close soon and therefore encourage any remaining applicants to register with us as soon as possible.
We would 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 2018.
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)
Boarders: £12,740 per term
Day pupils (in boarding house): £10,695 per term
Day pupils: £9,310 per term
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
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
Open Afternoons are by appointment only. Please contact the Admissions Office to book a place on 0208 633 9935 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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A vibrant, independent school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Worth is set in 500 acres of glorious Sussex countryside, just 15 minutes from London Gatwick Airport. Since September 2015 Worth School has been under the leadership of Head Master Mr Stuart McPherson MA, a former Housemaster at Eton College. Mr McPherson has set out a mission of providing education with heart and soul, and academic ambition is high without losing sight of the caring, friendly community that is the hallmark of Worth.