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Sevenoaks Prep School is a preparatory school
Preparatory school (UK)
In English language usage in the former British Empire, the present-day Commonwealth, a preparatory school is an independent school preparing children up to the age of eleven or thirteen for entry into fee-paying, secondary independent schools, some of which are known as public schools...

 in Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks is a commuter town situated on the London fringe of west Kent, England, some 20 miles south-east of Charing Cross, on one of the principal commuter rail lines from the capital...

 in south-east England
England
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. It is situated in the London commuter belt
London commuter belt
The London commuter belt is the metropolitan area surrounding London, England from which it is practical to commute to work in the capital. It is alternatively known as the Greater South East, the London metropolitan area or the Southeast metropolitan area...

. A mixed school of some 380 children, there is a significant proportion of pupils from international
International
----International mostly means something that involves more than one country. The term international as a word means involvement of, interaction between or encompassing more than one nation, or generally beyond national boundaries...

 backgrounds.

The School is situated on the Sackville
Baron Sackville
Baron Sackville, of Knole in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1876 for the Honourable Mortimer Sackville-West, with remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to his younger brothers the Hon. Lionel and the Hon. William Edward...

 estate, on grounds bordering the park of Knole House
Knole House
Knole is an English country house in the town of Sevenoaks in west Kent, surrounded by a deer park. One of England's largest houses, it is reputed to be a calendar house, having 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards...

. It is the venue for the Thomas Trophy, an annual cross-country running event which attracts many hundreds of competitors from schools across South-east England.

History


There is some uncertainty about the very beginnings of the school, but tradition has it that in 1919 Mrs Garrod, wife of the headmaster of Sevenoaks Grammar School, (now Sevenoaks School
Sevenoaks School
Sevenoaks School is an English coeducational independent school located in the town of Sevenoaks, Kent. It is the oldest lay school in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1432. Almost 1,000 day pupils and boarders attend, ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. There are approximately equal numbers of...

) brought together a class of six boys who were too young to attend the main school. She educated them herself in the Grammar School Cottage Block until they were ready to move up.

In 1921 the Rev C G Holland became head master of an already expanding prep school. He bought No. 4 Vine Court Road, to be known as Old School House, and moved there with thirty five boys. The back garden on two levels became the playground, known from then on as the upper and lower Quad. Education consisted of Latin
Latin
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, divinity
Divinity
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, arithmetic
Arithmetic
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, history
History
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, geography
Geography
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, English
English language
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, French
French language
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 but no science
Science
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. There was art
Art
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, and drama with an annual school play on the lawn, singing
Singing
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 and music
Music
Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch , rhythm , dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture...

, and some sport on The Vine Cricket Club Ground and Hollybush Lane Recreation Ground. Gym
Gym
The word γυμνάσιον was used in Ancient Greece, that mean a locality for both physical and intellectual education of young men...

 was mainly marching and turning conducted by an ex-Army Sergeant Major. School caps, which were then maroon and black, were worn as a badge of honour and defended in many sore contests.

In 1928 Mr M N Jukes MA, a wounded veteran of the Gallipoli
Gallipoli
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 campaign, bought the school, inheriting thirty boys. He took in a few fatherless boys, as boarders and cared for them like sons. By 1931 there were seventy two pupils and by 1938 one hundred and two. In this year Mr F G Morgan became joint headmaster. Having survived two World Wars Mr Jukes fell a victim to increasing road traffic. Mr Morgan having moved on in 1946, in 1947 Mr Jukes was seriously disabled when knocked down by a car. From then until his death in 1957 Mr Jukes continued to supervise the school and even teach from his bed, while his able assistant teacher, Mrs A E Lang MA, became headmistress. She maintained the school with all its high reputation until it was bought by Mr K C Ely in 1958.

For ten years Mr K C Ely developed the school to meet the increasing demands of education. Averaging between a hundred and forty and a hundred and fifty boys between the ages of five and fourteen on the register, he hired the Carey Hall of the Vine Baptist Church. Anxious for room to expand and, in particular, to have grounds and playing fields for his boys, Mr Ely took up the tenancy of Fawke Cottage at Godden Green, part of the Sackville
Baron Sackville
Baron Sackville, of Knole in the County of Kent, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1876 for the Honourable Mortimer Sackville-West, with remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to his younger brothers the Hon. Lionel and the Hon. William Edward...

 estate in the grounds of Knole House
Knole House
Knole is an English country house in the town of Sevenoaks in west Kent, surrounded by a deer park. One of England's largest houses, it is reputed to be a calendar house, having 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards...

.

In 1978 Mr Ely retired, handing the school on to Mr E Oatley, who came from his post as deputy head at Winchester House. In 1986 the school took over the lease of the adjacent Stake Farm as a base for the Pre-prep department. The playing fields were greatly extended, with athletics
Athletics (track and field)
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 track, floodlit seven-a-side pitch and all-weather cricket nets. In 1987 a larger car park was built and a new Reception block was put up in the back garden of Stake Farm to enable the school to run two classes in each year group. Considerable expansion took place in the early years of the 21st century with numbers reaching nearly 400 pupils. A large modern sports hall was opened in the millennium
Millennium
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 year, this being followed by a new classroom block. On his retirement in 2005 Edward Oatley was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions...

 (MBE) for services to education and to the community in Kent
Kent
Kent is a county in southeast England, and is one of the home counties. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames Estuary. The ceremonial county boundaries of Kent include the shire county of Kent and the unitary borough of...

.

The present head of 'The Prep' is Mr Philip Oldroyd. Mr Oldroyd is one of five former pupils of the school who are currently members of the teaching staff. The schools ethos remains the same - education at The Prep is for life, not just the classroom. At Sevenoaks Prep teaching is based on the understanding that children are individuals who mature at different times in different ways. An ethos of strong pastoral care and constant two way communication with children and their parents results in a reputation for producing happy, well balanced, high achievers. Improvements at the school continued with a brand new kitchen and dining room (now known as The Oakery) opened by chef Gary Rhodes in June 2009. The same building houses the new drama and music centre.

Notable Former Pupils and Teachers

  • Ian Walker
    Ian Walker (sailor)
    Ian Walker is one of Britain’s most successful sailors, with two Olympic silver medals to his name. Walker also coached Shirley Robertson and her Yngling Team to gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics...

    : British Yachtsman of the Year 2001, double Olympic Games
    Olympic Games
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     silver medallist, Skipper of the GBR Challenge to the Americas Cup 2002. http://www.yachtinguniverse.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=541&theme=Printer
  • Mike Conway
    Mike Conway
    Mike Conway, born 19 August 1983, is a British racing driver. He lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and is currently competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.- Biography :Conway who was born in Bromley, Kent, England attended Sevenoaks Prep School from 1986 to 1996....

    : 2006 Champion in British Formula 3 International motor racing, British karting Formula A champion, Formula Renault
    Formula Renault
    Formula Renault is a class of formula racing founded in 1971. It is popular in Europe and other countries. Regarded as an entry-level series to motor racing, it is a respected series where drivers can learn advanced racecraft before moving on to Formula Three, World Series by Renault, GP2 or...

     champion 2004. http://www.mikeconway.co.uk/biography.php
  • Stefan Purdy: National AAA http://www.englandathletics.org/ Shot Put
    Shot put
    The shot put is a track and field event involving "putting" a heavy metal ball—the shot—as far as possible. It is common to use the term "shot put" to refer to both the shot itself and to the putting action....

     champion 1969: Professional rugby
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    Rugby football is a style of football named after Rugby School in the United Kingdom. It is seen most prominently in two current sports, rugby league and rugby union.-History:...

    , playing for Surrey
    Surrey
    Surrey is a county in the South East of England and is one of the Home Counties. The county borders Greater London, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire. The historic county town is Guildford. Surrey County Council sits at Kingston upon Thames, although this has been part of...

    , Sussex
    Sussex
    Sussex , from the Old English Sūþsēaxe , is an historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded on the north by Surrey, east by Kent, south by the English Channel, and west by Hampshire, and is divided for local government into West...

    , Harlequin F.C.
    Harlequin F.C.
    The Harlequin Football Club is an English rugby union team who play in the top level of English rugby, the Aviva Premiership. Their ground in London is Twickenham Stoop...

     and London Wasps
    London Wasps
    London Wasps is an English professional rugby union team. The men's first team, which forms London Wasps, was derived from Wasps Football Club who were formed in 1867 at the now defunct Eton and Middlesex Tavern in North London, at the turn of professionalism in 1999...

    .
  • Brian Kinsey
    Brian Kinsey
    Brian Robert Kinsey , is an English footballer who played as a left back in the Football League.-External links:*...

    : Former captain of Charlton Athletic F.C.
    Charlton Athletic F.C.
    Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English professional football club based in Charlton, in the London Borough of Greenwich. They compete in Football League One, the third tier of English football. The club was founded on 9 June 1905, when a number of youth clubs in the southeast London area,...

     http://www.cafc.co.uk/default.ink, played 418 matches for Charlton from 1956 to 1971.
  • Dan Clews
    Dan Clews
    Dan Clews is a British born singer/songwriter from Sevenoaks, Kent, England.After spending years honing his craft on the UK’s live circuit Dan moved to Sweden and began collaborations with local artists. These collaborations resulted in two now sold-out releases with, ‘The Stars Above’.This...

    : Singer-songwriter
    Singer-songwriter
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     http://www.danclews.co.uk/. Associations with the Swedish
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     group The Stars Above.
  • James Graham-Brown
    James Graham-Brown
    James Martin Hilary Graham-Brown is an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who played for Kent, Derbyshire, and Dorset between 1974 and 1991....

    : County Cricket
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     for Kent
    Kent
    Kent is a county in southeast England, and is one of the home counties. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames Estuary. The ceremonial county boundaries of Kent include the shire county of Kent and the unitary borough of...

    , Derbyshire
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     and Dorset
    Dorset
    Dorset , is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The county town is Dorchester which is situated in the south. The Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch joined the county with the reorganisation of local government in 1974...

     http://www.cricketarchive.com/Kent/Players/29/29734/29734.html
  • Martin Purdy
    Martin Purdy
    Martin Purdy is an English rugby union player who is currently playing for English Rugby side London Welsh. Purdy's position of choice is as a lock.- Career :...

    : Professional rugby player, position: lock. England
    England
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     Under-16, Under-18, Under-21 teams, London Wasps
    London Wasps
    London Wasps is an English professional rugby union team. The men's first team, which forms London Wasps, was derived from Wasps Football Club who were formed in 1867 at the now defunct Eton and Middlesex Tavern in North London, at the turn of professionalism in 1999...

     (2003–2007), http://www.wasps.co.uk/playerdisplay.ink?season=2005/2006&squadno=5488, Bath Rugby
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     (2007-)http://www.bathrugby.com/3_7.php. Under-17 Kent County Cricketer, County-standard javelin throw
    Javelin throw
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    .
  • Daniel Collings: Freelance journalist
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    . Contributor to Yorkshire Post
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    The Yorkshire Post is a daily broadsheet newspaper, published in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England by Yorkshire Post Newspapers, a company owned by Johnston Press...

    . Joint author with Anthony Seldon
    Anthony Seldon
    Dr. Anthony F. Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHistS is a political commentator best known as Tony Blair's biographer and the Master of Wellington College...

     of Britain Under Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990...

    (1999).
  • Jim Carmichael
    Jim Carmichael
    James F. Carmichael, also known as Jim Carmichael, is a former Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District from 2000–2008. He currently is a commissioner for Wayne County.-External links:*...

    : Drummer
    Drummer
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     with the band
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     Freak Power http://www.discogs.com/artist/Freak+Power. International hit: Turn on, tune it, cop out 1995 (Levi's TV advertisement background music
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    , Top of the Pops
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    )
  • Mark Sheffield: Yachtsman http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/other_sports/sailing/americas_cup/gbr_crew_profiles/2210343.stm, Whitbread Round the World Race, Admirals Cup
  • Paul Downton
    Paul Downton
    Paul Downton is a former English cricketer, who played in thirty Tests and twenty eight ODIs from 1977 to 1989. He was a wicket-keeper and a useful batsman in the lower middle-order...

    : First Class and Test Cricketer (Off-break Bowler, Wicket Keeper) - Kent, Middlesex, MCC
    Marylebone Cricket Club
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     and England.
  • Spencer James: Radio
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     Presenter
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     http://www.spencerjames.net/, Media
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     personality.
  • Edward Oatley: awarded MBE
    MBE
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     for services to education and to the community. One example of his community work was a sponsored cycle ride across South Africa in order to raise money for the Lime Green Laces appeal http://www.limegreenlaceappeal.org/ run by the Haller Foundation
    Haller Foundation
    ‎Haller was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom by Ann Louise Piper to help small holder farmers and their families in water harvesting and sustainable farming methods, including organic farming, use of natural pesticides, integrated aquaculture systems and animal husbandry. Haller is inspired...

    .