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June 2013

Survey Findings The survey of households conducted in July 2012 has now been analysed and the report is available to review. Here we lay out the highlights of the findings.


914 households provided responses to the survey 95% of these have children under the age of 18 2,769 people are represented by the survey with 759 primary school children and 459 preschool children

77 households (8%) have connections with Knole Academy

“a fantastic response from across the community” •

127 households (14%) have connections with independent schools

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40% of the children represented by the survey have no religion 93.7% of primary aged children were at their first choice school 82.5% of secondary aged children were at their first choice school

Of respondents who provided a complete postcode, most reside in the Riverhead & Dunton Green District Council Ward (16%)

58% of respondents who provided a partial postcode reside in the TN13 postcode area

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The majority of respondents have lived in the area for 6-10 years Primary schools were cited as the 3rd most frequent reason for moving to the area, behind convenient commuting & atmosphere/ community

Of 267 secondary school children 33% did not take the 11+ and 41.9% had passed the 11+

459 respondents (50%) have never visited Knole Academy

Map shows density of responses by area @sevenoaksace

SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOICE The top 3 factors affecting choice of secondary school are:

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Appearance/behaviour of existing students

For 22 out of 280 children the religious ethos of the school was cited as

Quality of head/teachers Views of parents with children at the school

one of the top 5 factors—it was the 9th least common factor.

21.4% of children without an 11+ might attend a faith school, with an 11+ this drops to just 4.7%

55% of children whose households have connections with Knole Academy would send other children to the school if they did not have an 11+, 30% with an 11+ and 25% with top marks in the 11+

“Respondents with connections to Knole Academy indicated that 25% of children would attend the academy over a super-selective grammar”



55% “Like the Selective System”

might be expected to attend a grammar annexe in Sevenoaks

95% from the independent sector “Like the Selective

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57% of respondents would put as first choice a school with a grammar ethos, and without a selective exam, if such a school existed

selective schools can deliver results for bright children”

26% of children that might have attended Knole Academy might be expected to attend Trinity School (Christian Free School)

System” 41% disagree that “only

63% of children that might have attended a super-selective grammar

The top subject cited as crucial when selecting secondary schools was the provision of separate sciences at GCSE

38% disagree with “There should be a faith school in Sevenoaks”


34% agree with “There should be a faith school in

reasonable time to travel to secondary school

Sevenoaks” 65% who have not visited Knole think it is not a good

Three quarters of respondents felt that 30 minutes was the maximum

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55% of children are travelling for more than 30 minutes each way 7% of children are travelling for more than an hour each way

option for children with an 11+ 49% with a child at Knole think it is a good option for children with an 11+


SEVENOAKS ACE Sevenoaks ACE is a community group established to ensure that “Sevenoaks has sufficient secondary school places to meet the needs of the community” A copy of the full survey findings report can be found at

Sevenoaks Secondary School Survey Summary Findings  

Summary findings of the Sevenoaks ACE Secondary School Survey of June 2012

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