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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 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, 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 since, 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.

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Very impressive. In 2018, 69 per cent A*/A and 91 per cent A*/B at A level. Twenty-four subjects offered at A level and, apart from the usual, include Mandarin, PE, theatre studies, business studies and government and politics. Most popular are maths, economics and history, followed by physics and English – particularly good results in maths, English and economics. Boys still find...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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