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Independent schools that do A -Levels in Kent

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hubby Tue 12-Jun-18 06:57:09

We are relocating to UK next year and previously lived in Tonbridge, Kent. Our kids will be going into years 12 (B) 9 (B) and 7 (G).

Middle one is sorted with schools (as you need to apply two years ahead in some schools for year 9).

Older one wants to do A-Levels and is adamant he doesn't want to consider IB (current school abroad offers IB). We will of course apply to Tonbridge school. However would like to have a second option. Son is academic, musical and sporty. Does anyone have any suggestions? Plan to either move back to Tonbridge or Sevenoaks (husband will commute to London) but happy to consider elsewhere but will need access to either of these towns as middle and younger one will school in the area.

Thank you in advance!

LIZS Tue 12-Jun-18 07:04:11

Could eldest board - Brighton College, Kings Canterbury, Whitgift in Croydon? Have you considered the state grammar schools as there may well be places at y12.

hubby Tue 12-Jun-18 08:11:08

Thank you. At the moment neither of those options are for us at the moment

massi71 Tue 12-Jun-18 08:18:08

It might be an idea to post this in the local Kent page as well OP.

hubby Tue 12-Jun-18 08:29:08

Thank you Massi- will try and work out how to do it

MrsPatmore Tue 12-Jun-18 14:36:31

Best state option nearby would be either Judd, Skinners or St Olaves. All great results at A Level. Think St O's does just as well if not better than Tonbridge school. However if you are set on an independent then I don't think there is a lot of choice close by at that academic level.

hubby Wed 13-Jun-18 18:26:50

Thank you for the suggestions. But yes will only consider independents for various reasons

beautifulgirls Wed 13-Jun-18 21:39:07

Farringtons School in Chislehurst, not too far from Sevenoaks area.

MrsPatmore Thu 14-Jun-18 10:09:34

Is it an option to move somewhere like Keston, near Orpington? There are Foundation coaches that go to Dulwich College from that area but it's a schlep! I think Eltham College has a coach there too. Tonbridge school wouldn't be too far in the other direction either.

TJsAunt Thu 14-Jun-18 10:44:21

Not many boys senior school options other than Sevenoaks/Tonbridge in that neck of the woods?

Lingfield College? Sutton Valence?

hubby Thu 14-Jun-18 12:21:11

Thank you. Will look up the ones mentioned. Middle boy already has a place in Sevenoaks so need to take that into consideration too

hubby Thu 14-Jun-18 12:24:58

Dulwich only takes boarders at 6th form

eatyourveg Thu 14-Jun-18 14:14:37

Other than Tonbridge you don't have a lot of choice if Sevenoaks is not an option. The only other places doing A levels and taking take boys are the smaller much lower tier independents which are very different to the places you are considering. Radnor House Sevenoaks, Sackville, Notre Dame Lingfield, Beechwood and Bethany are the places that spring to mind.
If your ds doesn't get Tonbridge then I would consider a train journey to Canterbury or Croyden if you want higher tier.

Mary19 Thu 14-Jun-18 17:48:29

Caterham has a coach from Sevenoaks

LIZS Thu 14-Jun-18 17:52:31

Trinity might as well.

Floralnomad Thu 14-Jun-18 17:57:29

AFAIK Kings Rochester do a school bus pick up in Sevenoaks and they do A levels .

hubby Fri 15-Jun-18 03:07:11

Thank you all

Wandastartup Sat 16-Jun-18 07:45:55

Worth? Is there a coach from Tunbridge Wellls?

TJsAunt Tue 19-Jun-18 10:46:00

just a quick correction though - Dulwich take boarders from year 7

MrsPatmore Tue 19-Jun-18 11:50:27

Dulwich has day boys at 6th form too.

hubby Thu 21-Jun-18 12:56:11

I have been in touch with the admissions Tutor at Dulwich and she said to ask around Nov in case some day boys leave but as of now not possible to apply for 6th form as day boy

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