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Address: Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP
Website: www.tonbridge-school.co.uk
Founded: 1553
Number of Pupils: 780
Fees: £13,482 per term – boarding. £10,114 per term – day
Ages: 13-18
Head Teacher: James Priory
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: Candidates who are registered three years prior to proposed entry are invited to sit the ISEB Common Pre-test and to visit Tonbridge for an assessment afternoon during the Autumn Term of Year 6. At this stage, a report will also be requested from the head of the candidate’s current school. The report, along with the results from the ISEB pre-test and the assessment afternoon are considered together in determining how to proceed with the application.
Contact: Andrew Leale, Director of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Mornings and individual visits by arrangement.

The Curriculum

The pursuit of academic excellence is central. The curriculum is designed to encourage flexibility of choice at GSCE and the specialist study of four subjects in the Sixth Form.

Games & The Arts

Wide participation encouraged in range of sports: many boys go on to play at county, regional or national level.  School productions, rehearsals and drama workshops take place at the school’s own EM Forster Theatre. Strong tradition of musical excellence, with first-class facilities.

Pastoral Care

The pastoral system is based around a strong House system, clear expectations and strong and positive relationships between boys, staff and parents. At the centre of the system are the twelve Housemasters,  responsible for boys’ academic progress and well-being, who are supported by a pastoral team attached to each House. The House system is supplemented by an on-site medical centre, Chaplaincy, dedicated school counsellor and welfare group.

University Places

Vast majority to either Oxford, Cambridge or Russell Group universities.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Tonbridge Headmaster James Priory is fully focused on young people’s all-round development, encouraging them to achieve high academic standards while being supported by strong pastoral care and an enriching co-curriculum.  He is also known for his passion for the creative arts, leading a city-wide arts festival during his previous headship.

Outstanding Characteristics

  • An unsurpassed education of excellence and breadth.
  • Academic achievement, with superb GCSE and A-level results.Opportunities for all boys in sports, music, art, drama and many other activities.
  • Outstanding pastoral care.
  • A distinctive mixture of boarders and day boys.
  • Respect for tradition and openness to innovation.


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