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Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School

High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1JP, Kent

01732 304297



Tonbridge School
School type Boys' Boarding & Day
Founded 1553
Headmaster Mr James Priory
Date Appointed August 2018
Boys Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 802
Day fees per annum £31,587
Boarding fees per annum £42,105
Average Class Size GCSE 18, A level 10
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations HMC,AGBIS,BSA

Tonbridge is one of the leading boys' schools in the UK and is highly respected, both here and internationally, for providing a world-class education.

Our pupils are encouraged to be creative and intellectually curious; to approach new opportunities with confidence; and to learn to think for themselves and develop leadership skills while being mindful of the needs and views of others.

The school has a distinctive mixture of boarders and day boys and enjoys superb indoor and outdoor facilities on a 150-acre site, which lies only 40 minutes by train from central London.


In 2019 Tonbridge was named as Independent Boys' School of the Year (Independent Schools of the Year Awards). There was recognition for our record of academic and pastoral excellence, for the keen sense of social responsibility that we develop in our boys, and for our charitable activities and community outreach.

Academic achievement

The school is renowned for its high-quality, innovative teaching and learning and for academic achievement. Exam results at GCSE and A-level are outstanding, and each year boys progress to leading universities in the UK and worldwide. In addition to Oxbridge, our leavers regularly take up places at Imperial College, London School of Economics, University College London, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Durham, Bath, Bristol, Manchester, York, Warwick, Leeds and Exeter, to name but some. The large majority of the Upper Sixth achieve their first-choice destination.

Recent international destinations have included Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, the University of Toronto and Hong Kong University.

Pastoral care

Pastoral care at Tonbridge is based around an outstanding House system. Strong and positive relationships between boys, staff and parents are central to its success, and the school strives to ensure that each pupil, whether a boarder or a day boy, feels fully at home and well supported.

A culture of House dining supports the family ethos. Mindfulness in schools was first developed at Tonbridge. There is an on-site Medical Centre, Chaplaincy, dedicated school counsellor and welfare group.


A Tonbridge education includes a vibrant programme of co-curricular breadth and depth. We offer more than 20 sports, and boys of all abilities are encouraged to take part and to enjoy themselves. Tonbridge manages to do 'sporting excellence' (our teams win a good number of trophies) and 'mass participation' equally well.

Plays, musicals and drama workshops take place in the school's own EM Forster Theatre, and there is a strong tradition of musical excellence, with regular performances and concerts. Nearly 300 boys took part in the latest House Music Competition; 70 boys in the Symphony Orchestra performed Holst's The Planets, in its entirety, to a full house.

The school offers a wide range of activities through clubs and societies, musical and dramatic groups and the popular Combined Cadet Force. There are more than 20 societies, including Junior Science, Beekeeping, Rocketry, Debating, Robotics and Conservation – the latter includes coppicing and looking after pigs! Bridge The Gap was started by boys at the school and is about diversity. Creative Writing is thriving and sees regular trips to the Arvon Foundation. Wide participation in co-curricular activities is encouraged at both House and school levels.

Social responsibility

Boys at Tonbridge develop a strong sense of social responsibility and of belonging to, and serving, their community. More than 24,000 hours of volunteering time was given by pupils and staff in the past year, while student-led fundraising achieved a record total of £113,000, which was donated to a range of charities.

Our partnership with Child Action Lanka has seen a new Child Development Centre being built in Batticaloa. We became the first UK school to install Join The Pipe's water fountains, which saw the scrapping of single-use plastic bottles, in an initiative which also helps fund water projects in Sri Lanka.

Barton Science Centre

The Barton Science Centre opened in January 2019. This spectacular, three-storey, £20 million building puts science and technology at the very heart of the school. Designed to foster greater curiosity about science, and to stimulate cross-curricular activity and innovation, this new facility places Tonbridge at the cutting edge of science in schools, both nationally and internationally.


James Priory joined Tonbridge as Headmaster in 2018. As well as being focused on young people's all-round development, he is known for his passion for the creative arts and for his commitment to widening access, ensuring that as many boys as possible can continue to benefit from the all-round, top-level educational experience that Tonbridge offers.