Country: United Kingdom Status: Private
IB programme: Diploma Programme, since 1978
Towards the end of the fourteenth century, a child was found abandoned beside the road leading to the tiny town of Sevenoaks, in the county of Kent. According to the custom he was named after the town. He grew up to become William Sevenoke, mayor of London, warden of the Grocers’ Company and a friend of Henry V. In thanksgiving for his share in the victory of Agincourt in 1415, he founded a school in the place of his humble origins.
For centuries the school remained small and local, an ancient foundation occupying a hundred wooded acres adjoining the magnificent deer park of Knole, one of the great stately homes of England.