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Tonbridge School

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Boys ‘very driven – it’s cool to work and there are not many problems on the behaviour front – the boys know they are there to work and are expected to work hard – the pace can be quite challenging for some,’ said a parent. Mindfulness meditation is taught as part of PSHE to all boys in year 10 and is increasingly popular as an activity. Boys are taught to focus on the present and not worry about the past or the future – a skill for life which…

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Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys' boarding and day schools in the country and highly respected internationally.

The school aims to provide a caring and enlightened environment in which the talents of each individual flourish. We encourage boys to be creative and tolerant, and to strive for academic, sporting and cultural excellence. Respect for tradition and an openness to innovation are equally valued.

Generous scholarship and bursary support available.
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Since September 2018, James Priory, previously head of Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS). Read English at Oxford, before his first teaching post at Bradford Grammar School, moving on to PGS in 2000 as head of English. Remained loyal to PGS, taking on posts as head of English, senior teacher, and assistant head of the sixth form before becoming head. Three children; loves the poetry of Edward Thomas, the downs and choral music.


Most join at 13+ from 50-60 prep schools. Computer based pre-assessment and interview in year 6 followed by common entrance (pass mark about 65 per cent) or the school’s own exams in English and maths. School operates a reserve list and keeps in close contact with prep schools. A handful joins in year 10 and about 20 join in lower sixth. Sixth form entry...

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Special Education Needs

Tonbridge School’s SEN: The Learning Support Department deals with relatively mild areas of learning difficulty and liaises with all the school staff, working directly with boys showing the greatest need. Younger boys are withdrawn from subject lessons for a maximum of one period a week; they are taught by teachers qualified to address specific learning difficulties. For sixth formers, help is available on a “drop in” basis. There is no extra cost for this tuition, nor for the extra teaching given to boys for whom English is an additional language. Parents of boys with problems, who are considering sending their sons to Tonbridge, are encouraged to contact the Learning Support Department to discuss the type of support available. The Department Head also makes regular visits to feeder prep schools, to meet boys and help ease the transition process.

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