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Tonbridge Grammar School
Deakin Leas, Pembury Road, TN9 2JR, UK Tonbridge
+44 (0)1732 365125

At Tonbridge Grammar School we aim to provide a curriculum to develop inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning who cherish independent thought.

We understand that the curriculum, both within taught lessons and beyond them, should create an environment where questioning, divergent thinking and the freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged.

We intend that our curriculum should imbue in our students these qualities: responsibility, independence, and a sense that learning can thrill and invigorate throughout life.


The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The subjects and their timetable allocations based on a fifty eight period (ten day) cycle.
History, Geography, English, RE, PSHE and PE are taught in form groups throughout the two years. An extra set is created across the year to deliver Maths, Languages, Technology, Art, ICT, Music and Science.
A carousel for languages includes German, Latin and Spanish.
Citizenship is taught across the curriculum with specific aspects incorporated into lesson plans.
The Key Stage 4 Curriculum 
All students follow a core curriculum:
English: Students study for two GCSEs in Language and Literature taught in form groups across each half year
Mathematics: This is taught in setted groups across the year.  Some students follow an AS course where appropriate.
Science: Most students study either for the Triple Award in Science with a group entered for the Double Award.  
PSHE: Is taught during “collapsed days” which include Enterprise and Work Related Learning.
PE: All students have three lessons of general PE per fortnight and are taught forms.
ICT: As well as a short GCSE options course, some students follow an AS
The options;
Students choose a modern language from a selection (French, Spanish and German).
Students have a free choice from blocks designed to give maximum flexibility of choice. Subjects on offer are:
  • Geography
  • Project History
  • Modern History
  • Art & Design
  • ICT Short Course or AS level
  • Personal Finance
  • Music AS or GCSE
  • PE
  • Drama AS or GCSE
  • Latin

The time allocation per subject is based on a fifty nine period (ten day) timetable.
The Key Stage 5 Curriculum 
Students may study four AS Levels plus a subject from the Core (General Studies, Critical Thinking or Personal Finance). Most take three subjects on to A2. Alternatively they could opt for the IB (International Baccalaureate).


“Moving into the Sixth Form is a defining moment. It marks a clear transition and it brings with it a changed status and an acknowledgement that you are regarded as young adults both within the school community and in society at large.”

TGS Sixth Form students need to be willing and able to accept individual responsibility, learn skills of management and play a leading role in the life of the school community. Irrespective of whether they are new to the school or whether they feel well-established, they will be given every support in making study choices and help in settling into the next stage of their academic career.

Sixth Form Dress Code

Tonbridge Grammar School acknowledges the importance of the Sixth Form as leaders of the school.  We play a vital role in the smooth organisation of our community as well as providing leadership and role models for younger students.  Our conduct, including dress and appearance is an important part of this; as such we are expected to dress smartly and formally for school. 

  • A jacket or suit is encouraged, teamed with a smart top. 
  • A jacket or suit is required for all formal occasions at the school, such as Prize giving, school photographs or Open Evenings.

If a student elects not to wear a suit, then the following restrictions apply:

  • No “beachwear” (no flip flops or strappy tops).
  • No jeans or jean style trousers (of any colour). 
  • No sportswear (no trainers, sports shoes or sweatshirts, including “Hoodies”).
  • No extremes of fashion.

Smart dresses and skirts are acceptable for school, as are plain polo shirts.  Shorts are permitted as long as they are tailored as part of a smart suit and on or below the knee. 
Those students with scheduled science lessons must not wear open toed footwear for health and safety reasons.
Students who are studying art, design technology or science lessons are expected to provide a suitable laboratory coat in order to protect their clothes.
Students are expected to change into kit for PE lessons or team sports while at school, and to change back again for any following lessons. 
Any infringements of the Dress Code will be addressed by staff in line with the school policy on sanctions in a fair and consistent manner and may result in the student being sent home in order to change.  In those circumstances, it will be the student’s responsibility to catch up on any missed work.
Members of the senior staff may be consulted about individual outfits and suitability of items of clothing. In all cases on matters relating to the dress code, the judgement of senior members of staff is final.


When it comes to the Curriculum at TGS we develop an approach that emphasises choice and the development of students as independent learners. We want students to be able to make more informed and appropriate choices, as well as heighten their awareness about the transference of skills. To enhance the students’ learning experience we offer a curriculum which allows students to respond creatively, and on their own initiative, to challenges.

Throughout our curriculum we encourage students to take exams and tests when they are ready and to work at an appropriate level for their ability. Results in terms of attainment confirm that TGS students are ready to move on to KS4 as they start in year 9.  KS4 will comprise of a number of different pathways to suit different needs:

  • Exploring subjects in depth
  • Increase breath of knowledge
  • Non examined options will be available together with enterprising opportunities.

Being enterprising means being able to apply their learning, deal with challenge and questions constructively, working in co-operation with others as well as taking opportunities to lead others. These experiences will make them more resilient and better learners so that they are emotionally balanced, and prepared to cope with both the diversity and richness of future working environments and with the complexities and uncertainties life has to offer.

But teaching for lifelong learning is quite the opposite of teaching people to become lifelong students.  It is teaching them to be pioneers and explorers.  We do this by offering our students a wide programme of enrichment opportunities where there is something for everyone to be involved in:

  • Clubs and activities
  • Cultural trips and exchange visits at home and abroad (Singapore, Barbados – netball team, South Africa – hockey team, Sri Lanka, Peru and Madagascar with World Challenge
  • Numerous sports teams
  • Vast programme of music, art including two artists in residence, drama, dance.


Specialist Status has complimented our vast range of enrichment opportunities for pupils including Maths puzzle club and regular problem-solving magazine, cross-curricular competitions (maths & art, maths & poetry, maths & languages, maths and classics), maths and computing enrichment days, Computer Club 4 Girls, digital film making club, ICT coursework club, podcasting club, robot and digital media competitions.

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