Somerhill Charitable Trust Ltd


School Description

Ours is a very special school with a unique structure in this part of the world. We have a coeducational pre-prep of 200 boys and girls aged 3-7. At the end of Year Two, in the same way as for ‘diamond model’ schools, our girls join Derwent Lodge, (136 girls Year 3 to 6) and the boys join Yardley Court (250 boys Year 3 to 8). Our pupils are therefore taught in single sex classes from the age of seven but very much in a coeducational setting. More details can be found on our website:

The school is based in a stunning Jacobean mansion set in150 acres of beautiful parkland. You will be hard-pressed to find a more glorious setting for a school! Somerhill is an estate just to the South of Tonbridge and is readily accessed by a slip road off the A21. We have excellent facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall, Astroturf, new dining hall and indoor swimming pool complex and Music School built in 2014. Ours is a mixed ability school. We have very bright and capable pupils, some of whom will go on to win scholarships at academic schools such as Tonbridge and Sevenoaks at 11+/13+. We also find boys and girls who find aspects to their learning more challenging and currently approximately 60+ pupils receive some measure of additional support.

That said, many of our pupils will move on to independent secondary schools which, for the boys includes the likes of Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Bedes, Sutton Valance and Eastbourne College. Derwent Lodge girls commonly move on to Sevenoaks, Kent College, Walthamstow Hall, Mayfield and Benenden.

Whilst Somerhill have some 600 pupils, the division into three separate schools means that each school is able to tailor its teaching to best suit the children within it. Parents feel that they have the best of both worlds with small care and linked pupil/teacher ratios but with larger school facilities and social opportunities. They are very supportive of the idea behind a co-educational pre-prep leading to single sex prep schools, but within a mixed gender environment

At Somerhill, our goal is to ensure pupils are offered a range of stimulating and engaging experiences to develop a life-long interest and enjoyment of learning for everyone.

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Somerhill Charitable Trust Ltd



Tudeley Road
TN11 0NJ

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