Combe Bank School
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmistress||Mrs Jane Abbotts|
|Chairman of the Governors||Mr P Dickinson|
|Location||Combe Bank Drive
Combe Bank School is an independent day school for girls and, soon, boys in the village of Sundridge in Sevenoaks, Kent. The school was founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus but is now open to children of all faiths. It is a member of the Girls' Schools Association and IAPS.
Combe Bank School was founded in 1924 by the Roman Catholic Society of the Holy Child Jesus in a Palladian mansion built for the Duke of Argyll. The building is now a Grade I listed building and is a popular place for wedding photographs.
The preparatory school occupies the old stable block, built around a small courtyard, and the senior school is based in the main house, extended and developed to provide the facilities needed for a pupils’ independent day school. The school is currently independently managed by the Combe Bank Foundation, which also oversees scholarships and bursaries awarded by the school.
In March 2014 the school announced that it will become coeducational, accepting boys into Reception, Years 1 and 2, and the Sixth Form from September 2014 and then into Year 7 the following year.
Combe Bank now consists of a Nursery (coeducational), Preparatory School, Senior School and Sixth Form which means children may study at the school from age 3 all the way to Sixth Form. Entry into the Senior School and Sixth Form is selective.
Children generally take 9 GCSEs and are required to take English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Language, Separate Sciences or Science plus Additional Science and Religious Studies plus three other subjects. In 2007, candidates achieved a 100% pass rate with A*-C grades in 5 or more subjects.
There are many extracurricular activities available including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, sports and performing arts. Combe Bank is also heavily involved in the community through its choral society, which is open to members of the community as well.