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Tonbridge School

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Long tradition of sporting excellence, but ethos of participation by all. Everyone has the chance to play in a team – sport is for life here, and for all to enjoy. Houses lie at the centre of pastoral care and close friendships are formed – ‘you don’t join as one of 800, you join as one of 12’. ‘Superb’ matrons are ‘really on it with the boys’, parents say. School describes the typical Tonbridge parent as ‘understated and low-key'; parents themselves say that they are…

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What the school says...

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. Read English at Oxford before his first teaching post at Bradford Grammar School, moving on to PGS in 2000 as head of English, from where he climbed the ranks. Governor at various local prep schools. Three children. A very nice, unassuming, amusing man who puts one at ease. Talks with such passion and warmth about the poetry of Edward Thomas that we are inspired to read some of it for ourselves. We weren’t surprised to hear that he gives a cracking school assembly.

Parents told us that he's 'very approachable and not at all self-important' and 'there for every event and always comes to say hello’. Spends Saturdays cycling round the pitches so that he can see a few minutes...

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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 Younger boys are withdrawn from subject lessons for a maximum of one period a week; they are taught by teachers qualified to address specific learning difficulties.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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