The Schools at Somerhill

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The Schools at Somerhill
Tudeley Road

TN11 0NJ

Coordinates 51°11′05″N0°17′57″E / 51.18468°N 0.29905°E / 51.18468; 0.29905 Coordinates: 51°11′05″N0°17′57″E / 51.18468°N 0.29905°E / 51.18468; 0.29905
TypeOther Independent School
Local authorityKent
PrincipalDuncan Sinclair
GenderCoeducational pre prep with separate boys and girls prep schools
Age3to 13
Somerhill House, June 2006 Somerhill - - 191792.jpg
Somerhill House, June 2006

The Schools at Somerhill is the title given to a group of schools located in Somerhill House overseen by The Schools at Somerhill Charitable Trust. The three schools are Yardley Court, Derwent Lodge and Somerhill Pre-Prep. Yardley Court is for boys aged 7–13, [1] Derwent Lodge for girls aged 7–11 [2] and Somerhill Pre-Prep is a mixed school for aged 3–7 boys and girls. [3]

Somerhill House Grade I listed English country house in the United Kingdom

Somerhill House is a Grade I listed Jacobean mansion situated near Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom. It was built for The 4th Earl of Clanricarde in 1611–13. The estate was sequestrated by Parliament in 1645, and restored to its rightful owner in 1660. The building had become derelict by the mid-eighteenth century but was later restored. Somerhill was painted by Turner in 1811. It was bought by a member of the Goldsmid family in 1849 and greatly extended between 1879 and 1897, making it the second largest house in Kent, after Knole House, Sevenoaks.

Yardley Court is an independent day preparatory school for boys in Tonbridge, Kent, England, founded in 1898 by Arthur Bickmore and his wife Gillian. It is a public school in the British sense of the term.


Yardley Court moved to Somerhill House in 1990 to gain much needed expansion room. Derwent Lodge joined them in 1993. [4] [5]

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