We aim to improve equality through education by doubling bursary provision by 2020, providing financial assistance to more than 7% of students, and supporting more boarders from the UK and overseas.
Funding for £10 million bursary provision:
£6 million Foundation funded
£4 million fundraising target
Gifts and pledges to date = £2.6 million
Our founder, William Sevenoke, was determined to afford wider access to education for students from all walks of life. Six centuries later, nothing has changed. During the the 1970s the Kent Free Places scheme provided for local students who wished to attend the school, many of whom went on to make a real impact on the world.
Today, bursaries are awarded to talented students irrespective of their family’s ability to pay school fees. Bursary expenditure has increased 30-fold over the past ten years and now one in 20 students receive means-tested financial support.
In order to achieve our vision for bursaries and scholarships we continue to build on close relationships with local schools, including a Gifted and Talented programme. In 2016 we formalised a new bursary initiative with The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation to provide educational opportunities, and transform the lives of some of the more disadvantaged children from the Greater London area. Our initial aim for this initiative is to offer full bursary places to two Sixth Form students.
Our enthusiasm for internationalism goes back to the 1770s, when a Chinese boy, Huang Ya Dong, is thought to have attended the school. Two hundred years later, we opened the first international school boarding house in England.
Boarding continues to be at the heart of Sevenoaks School’s diverse student community. In June 2016 it was decided that we would proceed with the design of the next generation of boarding facilities at Sevenoaks School with the construction of a new boarding house for boys, ready for 2019.