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Tonbridge School
, TN9 1JP, UK Tonbridge
+44 (0)1732 365555


Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys' boarding schools in the country and is highly respected internationally. Boarders and day boys of varying backgrounds are offered an education remarkable both for its breadth of opportunity and the exceptional standards routinely achieved in all areas of school life. The school has stunning facilities and an extensive 150 acre campus, yet it is also an integral part of a busy town.

We hope that Tonbridgians - many of whom will be leaders in their chosen field - will be creative, tolerant and questioning. Boys are encouraged to develop a strong sense of service to others, as well as being given the self-belief and purpose to fulfil their own individual potential.

Tim Haynes, Headmaster


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    Guidance and instruction are given in a programme of activities from 2.10-4.00 pm on Wednesday afternoon each week. These are for all except the First Year for whom a programme is organised on these afternoons introducing them to our wide range of sports, as well as activities such as Drama. On Field Day, when the other Years are doing their Activities for the whole day, First Year boys take part in an "outdoor pursuits" day.

    Second Year

    Boys may choose to join the R.N., Army or R.A.F. sections of the C.C.F., or an outward bound activity known as the "Terriers". If they are Art or Music Award holders they may instead concentrate on Art or Music.

    Third, Fourth And Fifth Years

    Boys have a wide ranging choice of activities including:

    Combined Cadet Force: R.N., Army or R.A.F. Sections;

    Community Service (helping the old, the infirm and the handicapped members of the local community, or working in local Primary Schools or Hospitals);

    Advanced Chemistry; Aero-Modelling; Art, Ceramics and Photography; Assistance to the Librarian; Assistance with some of the First Year activities; Bridge; Chess; Computing projects; Conservation; Design Technology Projects; Film Making; Music, primarily for music specialists; Phytology; Play Writing; Preparation of the School Magazine; Rackets; Radio; Recording Studio; Stage sets, props and lighting; Tonbridge's Literary Supplement; Work within a boy's house

    Almost all of the activities listed above can be used for a component of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, should a boy choose to enrol.

    There are many clubs and societies which hold regular meetings. A few societies are elective (for example, the Hansard and Warner Societies), and the Athena Society is for Sixth Formers, but most are open to any boy who wishes to join. At the beginning of every Michaelmas Term there is held a Societies Fair, at which societies set out their programmes and recruit members, especially among the new boys, who are encouraged to attend. The interests and activities catered for include the literary, cultural, political, scientific, musical, artistic, practical, dramatic, sporting, and gamesplaying. Most academic Departments organise their own societies which invite speakers and arrange trips or expeditions. Each society and club is under the guidance of a member of staff, but much of the responsibility for running the society and inviting speakers is given to the boy officers of the society, who can be awarded a Societies Tie for distinguished service. Housemasters will encourage boys to look for involvement in societies and activities which interest them: the creation of new societies is always welcomed.


    A boy's House is very much the focus of his daily life, and provides a community within the school to which he relates particularly closely. Although each House has its individual character, there is an even spread of abilities and talents throughout the Houses, and boys in any one House represent a fair cross-section of the whole school. The House system at Tonbridge retains a traditional strength and encourages the loyalty which grows from security within a close-knit community of manageable size. Each boarding House has its own dining room, kitchen, and domestic staff, and boarders take all their meals in their own Houses during the week: on Saturday evenings and Sundays the boarders from all Houses meet together for more informal meals in the Orchard Centre. Each day House has its separate dining room either within the House or in the Orchard Centre. There is a full range of inter-House competitions, at junior and senior levels, throughout the year. Notable among these are the House Music, Art, debating, and general knowledge competitions, and the House Leagues in the main sports, which offer a particular opportunity to those who do not play in the major school teams. There are House plays and House concerts. The great majority of boys naturally find a number of ways in which they can contribute to the life of their House, and such participation is warmly encouraged.

    Accommodation in the boarding Houses is arranged to provide a largely communal life for boys in their early years, so that they come to know their fellows well, and then increasing personal space and privacy as a boy becomes more senior. In their first two years, then, most boys sleep in small dormitories and share studies: many boys in the Fifth Form and all boys in the Sixth Form have their own rooms, either a bedsitter or separate sleeping and working rooms. The Houses also contain common rooms, changing rooms, and small kitchens for the boys' use. There are extensive gardens, and some Houses have their own tennis court or football field.

    The day Houses have common rooms for each age-group, study rooms, games rooms, and changing rooms. Overnight accommodation can usually be offered if there is need - for example if a boy is late back to Tonbridge after a theatre trip.

    In addition to the main Houses, there is accommodation for some two dozen Sixth Formers in five Senior Student Houses, each under the supervision of a resident member of staff. Both boarders and day boys in the Sixth Form may opt to live in a Senior Student House for all or part of their final year. A Senior Student remains a member of his House in all other respects (and takes his meals with his House), but Senior Student status gives a greater degree of independence and offers the opportunity for long periods of uninterrupted study.

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