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  • Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School
    Southfield Road
    Tunbridge Wells
    TN4 9UJ
  • Head: Mrs Linda Wybar
  • T 01892 520902
  • F 01892 536 497
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,045; sixth formers: 280
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Virtual tours and contact school for individual tour sessions
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th September 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 2nd November 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Music is part of its DNA – ‘there is music everywhere,’ said our guide. Scholarship and academic rigour are two of the school’s main priorities, but girls do not feel under pressure and younger girls are given a lot of help with time management skills. Unusually for this type of school, there is no house system, but the strong pastoral care means no one gets left out – girls are encouraged to look after each other, with sixth form offering help and support to younger girls...

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What the school says...

Kent 11+ PESE tests administered by local LEA (Maths, VR and non-VR).

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1999, Linda Wybar. Read English and took her PGCE at Hull. She also has an MA in education management from the OU, taken when her twin sons were toddlers. Linda’s earliest ambition was to clean and tidy her parents’ wool shop, but she soon decided she would prefer to be a headmistress and never looked back. She came south for her first teaching post and has taught in Kent schools ever since. Her first appointment, at a co-ed school, was a tough one where she ‘learnt a lot about behaviour management and how to motivate young people’. Taught English for four years and then became head of department at Norton Knatchbull Boys’ Grammar, where initially she was the only female member of staff, followed by deputy headship at Highsted Girls’ Grammar, before moving...

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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