How do I book a place on the course?
To book a place, simply click here and complete the online application form – it should only take a few minutes. You will also need to send a personal statement by email to firstname.lastname@example.org The personal statement should be between 250-500 words and should be in PDF or Word format. You will receive a response within 24 hours (slightly longer if the booking is made at the weekend) to let you know if you have been successful.
How do I pay for my course?
The course requires a £500 deposit to secure the booking. This must be received within 7 days of you receiving confirmation that you have a place on the course. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required by 1 June 2019 at the latest. If a booking is made after 1 June, the balance must be covered in full.
What do my course fees include?
Airport transfer service (within advertised hours)
End of course report
Sevenoaks School Certificate
Activities (except Horse Riding, Golf & Sailing)
Meals and snacks
24 hour residential care & support
Not included in fees:
Airport transfers outside of advertised hours
Horse riding and golf
If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?
We understand that students may be forced to cancel their reservations for a variety of reasons. The Summer Programme comes with travel insurance included, the details of which (including financial limits and policy exclusions) can be found on our website here (link). We recommend that all students and their families read the policy information, and take out separate cover if the limits are insufficient or any of the exclusions apply.
If you are forced to cancel through illness or injury, then you will be able to claim on the insurance policy, subject to the policy’s terms and conditions and exclusions.
For any other cancellation reason, terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:
Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:
- no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances
- for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
Cancellations after the commencement date of the course for any reason will receive no refund of any course fees.
I want to attend Sevenoaks School Summer Programme but I’m not sure about my level of English. How do I know if my English is good enough?
Sevenoaks School Summer Programme is designed for ambitious students with a high level of English. The minimum level is B2 (Upper Intermediate) on the CEFR scale. A B2 level English speaker can:
- Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Other standards approximately equivalent to CEFR B2 *:
IELTS: 5-6.5 (5 is borderline between B1 and B2) TOEFL: 87 to 109 TOEIC: 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading) City and Guilds: Communicator Cambridge Exam: CAE (45 to 59) / FCE grade B or C / PET Pass with Distinction British general qualifications: GCE A-Level (known as A2)
CIEP / Alliance Français: TCF B2 / DELF B2 / Diplôme de Langue
Goethe Institut: Goethe-Zertifikat B2, ZDfB TestDaf: TDN 3 to TDN 4
CELI: 3 CILS: Due PLIDA: B2
DELE: B2 (formerly ‘Intermedio’)
Can I attend more than one session?
No, it is not possible to attend more than one session.
Will I receive a graduation certificate?
Yes, students will be awarded a Sevenoaks School Summer Programme Graduation Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final day of the course.
How many afternoon activities can I choose?
Each student does one activity for the first week and then a different activity for the second week. Be aware that some activities are limited in space so be sure to book early.
Arriving & Departing
When should I arrive for my course?
The day of arrival is always a Wednesday. You will need to check the dates of your course to find out which Wednesday you need to arrive on. If you are not taking advantage of the school’s airport transfer service, you may arrive any time from 12:00 on Wednesday, though we recommend that you aim to arrive before 17:00 in order not to miss any of the induction activities. On arrival you will need to register at your boarding house and sign in.
What happens on the first day?
Depending on what time you arrive at the school, you will arrive at your boarding house and check-in with a Houseparent. There will be different optional activities taking place throughout the afternoon which we encourage new students to take part in. From 18:30 – 19:30, there will be an induction for all students. This induction will give the students a chance to meet the staff who will be looking after them during their stay and to find out all of the safety information as well as the key rules of the programme. Following this, students will enjoy a barbecue and will then take part in various ‘Team Building’ activities.
What happens on the last day?
Students will be asked to vacate their rooms by 09:30 before going for Brunch. If you have booked a transfer through Sevenoaks School, you will have been informed of the procedure during the previous few days. Staff will be on hand to assist with departures throughout the day.
How do I get to the school?
Sevenoaks School provides a free airport transfer service from Heathrow and Gatwick airport for flights that arrive in London between 09:00 – 17:00. If you choose to make use of this service, a member of Sevenoaks School staff will be waiting for you when you come through the gate at Arrivals and will then travel back to the school in one of the school vehicles. Gatwick is around a 30 minute drive from the school and Heathrow is around a one hour drive.
If you require a transfer from another London airport, please contact us for a quote but we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide the transfer.
If you would like to make your own way to the school, that is of course fine. Please let us know what time you will be arriving at the school.
Who will I share a room with?
We do our best to ensure that all students stay in a room with students of the same age but a different nationality. We do not allow friends from home to share a room together in order to help with integration and making new friends. Please note also that some of the rooms are single rooms.
Are boys and girls housed separately?
Yes, there is a boys’ boarding house and a girls’ boarding house. The boys are in The International Centre while girls are in Park Grange.
Are there laundry facilities on my site?
Yes, laundry will be done for you each week. Simply put your dirty laundry in a laundry bag and your clean clothes will be returned to you within 48 hours.
How safe is Sevenoaks?
Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by school staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at breakfast; at morning classes; in afternoon classes, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew.
Each boarding house has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.
Additionally, there are residential staff members who can be contacted 24 hours a day.
Are meals included in my programme fees?
Yes, all meals are included in the fees as well as snacks at the boarding house.
Can you accommodate my special dietary requirements?
If you have any dietary requirements you must let us know at least 60 days in advance of your course start date so that we can cater for your requirements.
All meals offer a vegetarian option but please let us know in advance what foods and meats you cannot eat.
All medical dietary requirements such as lactose intolerance and any food allergies must be reported to us at least 60 days in advance of your course start date so that we can ensure you receive the correct meals.
Visas and Insurance
Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?
If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities. Please click here (link) for more information.
What kind of insurance do I need?
Sevenoaks School provides all students with insurance. Students from the EU or EEA should also bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Please get in touch for more information on insurance. If you feel the school's insurance is not sufficient, you will need to arrange your own separate travel insurance.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
Students who have booked a place will receive a Welcome Pack close to the summer. This will contain information on what clothes to bring and a list of other packing suggestions.
In July, it is normally warm in the UK. However, it can sometimes rain quite heavily (even in the summer) and so it is important that some warm clothes and waterproof clothing are packed.
Are parents allowed to visit?
Parents, guardians, friends and relatives are welcome to come to the school on arrival day to see where their son or daughter will be staying and to have a tour of the school. They are respectfully asked to depart the campus after no more than one hour to enable the children to integrate comfortably.
Parents and family are welcome to visit on weekends when students have free time, but should bear in mind that the students may be going on a trip or excursion and so should find out ahead of arriving whether the student will be available or not.
In order to take students out of the campus for any amount of time, a detailed email will need to be sent to the Course Director more than 72 hours in advance.
Should I bring a mobile phone?
Students should certainly bring their mobile phones with them as this provides family and friends as well as the school staff with a good means of contacting them. However, please note that mobile phones are not permitted in lessons, activities or meal times.
What are the lesson times, and what happens outside of lessons?
Morning classes take place between 08:30 and 12:00, with a 30 minute break between 10:30 and 11:00. Afternoon classes take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and usually begin at 13:00 and finish at 15:15.
Outside of lesson time, students are kept fully engaged with a variety of co-curricular activities and excursions, all organised by our dedicated Activities Team.
Will I have the opportunity to visit other places in the UK during my course?
Yes, you will go on three excursions while you are at Sevenoaks, all to exciting places which will be confirmed a few months before the Summer Programme starts.
What happens in the case of an accident or emergency?
There are a number of residential staff so there is someone on site 24 hours a day. There is also a 24 hour emergency phone number for each campus, which students and family/friends may call. This telephone number will be emailed to all students before their course date, and will also be available on our website during the summer.
All students must provide the contact details of one parent or guardian. In addition, if their parent or guardian is likely to be unavailable during the course dates, students are asked to provide another Emergency Contact whom our staff will be able to contact. Students are reminded that it is vitally important that all contact details they give us are up-to-date, so that we have the correct information in case of an emergency.
Do I need to bring my own money, and if so, how much?
There are plenty of banks and ATM cash machines (which may charge you for withdrawing money) in Sevenoaks. However it is also advisable to bring pocket money which should be handed in at check-in to the Houseparent. Students must not bring more than £500 in cash.