Forest School

Forest Schools is an initiative which orginated in Scandinavia in the 1950s, which aims to increase the understanding and appreciation, particularly among young people, of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests.

Our large site at Sevenoaks Prep, bordering Knole Park, has a dedicated forest school area where classes and after-school clubs enjoy weekly opportunities to learn in the great outdoors.  Forest school activities help to develop problem-solving skills and an appreciation of nature and all living things, encourage pupils to work as part of a team and at other times independently, develops inquisitive minds and positive attitudes to learning.

The covered fire pit, outdoor classroom, muddy slide, creepy crawly houses and butterfly shelters ignite enthusiasm in the children.

The flexibility of outdoor learning and teaching is liberating for our staff and consequently more relevant and enlightening for the children.  Our Forest School ethos is embedded within the curriculum and is not something that is tagged on to the learning experience.  The discoveries that we make beyond the boundaries of the classroom will often follow us back to school and children’s self-esteem grows with the praise they receive when they ‘have a go’.

Sevenoaks Prep School
Message from the Admissions Department

Whilst we are unable to welcome you to our beautiful campus at present, our Admissions Department remains fully open.

Please take time to look through our website which includes a Virtual Tour.  We hope you will see what makes Sevenoaks Prep so special. We can also offer a virtual meeting with our Director of Admissions (Clare Harrison), Head of Pre-Prep (Helen Cook) or Headmaster (Luke Harrison).

Instead of our usual taster days and assessments, for children in Reception to Year 8, we can offer places based on recent school reports and a reference from a child’s current setting.  Places in Nursery will be offered subject to availability.

Please contact us at or via the online enquiry form, providing your phone number so that we can call you back.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Clare Harrison and TJ Richards.