St John's CEP School

Local Area

Sevenoaks is a picturesque town situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the wooded slopes of the North Downs. Aside from its stunning location, a major draw for Sevenoaks is its distance from London, and it is one of the major commuter towns for the capital. As a result, the area attracts the families of professionals, who want all the benefits of countryside living, whilst still keeping a foothold in the city. It is a close-knit and friendly place with a real community spirit. Sevenoaks is one of the top places to live in the South East as reported by The Sunday Times in March 2021.

Sevenoaks has excellent transport links to London, and it takes just 25 minutes by train to travel into the capital’s centre. Sevenoaks is also only a few miles south of the M25, making it possible to commute by car.

It is best known for Knole House, the former Archbishop’s palace, and now the house of the Sackville-West family. Surrounded by a large deer park, this dominates the town making it a very pleasant place to live and work. 

There is a good high street, with many shops and restaurants. The town is proud to have retained its theatre and cinema, The Stag, in a community venture.  There is a whole host of leisure facilities.

There are four State Primary Schools in Sevenoaks town, two of which are Church of England and one Catholic.  In addition, there is one mixed State Secondary School, a Christian Free School and a new State Grammar School, an annex to the Weald of Grammar School for Girls in nearby Tonbridge. In September 2021 an annex to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys is opening. There are also a high number of Independent Schools in the area, of which Sevenoaks School is the best known.

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