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Tonbridge School

In 2018 - 68.48% of A Level students achieved A* - A
Address: Tonbridge School High Street, Tonbridge Kent, TN9 1JP England
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Description Tonbridge School

  • Location: Kent, Tonbridge (40 minutes drive from London);
  • Age: 13-18 years;
  • Programs: High School, GCSE , A-level;
  • Number of pupils: 768;
  • Year of foundation: 1553;
  • Type of study: separate, school for boys.

Tonbridge School is a famous British boarding school for boys. Its founder is Andrew Judd. Tonbridge School has a membership in the Eton Group. The school belongs to the Association of the 12 most prestigious boarding houses in Britain.

The institution is famous for outstanding academic results of its students. The school is also famous for own symphony orchestra. 

The institution has a high GCSE and A-level rating among private independent boarding schools in England. It ranks 11th and 29th in the TOP-50, respectively.

Entry conditions

In a prestigious school, recruitment is carried out on a competitive basis. Foreign students need a characterization from the school, an extract from the report card or a certificate of graduation from 9 classes, an ideal knowledge of English (level B2).

Each entrant is also interviewed. It often plays a decisive role in the enrollment of students. The interview allows you to assess the ambitions of the entrant, his desire for achievements, the available personal qualities and acquired communication skills. The interview also provides for computer testing. Its results are taken into account in the competitive selection of candidates for schooling at a boarding school.

Academic Programs

Tonbridge School is, above all, a quality English education. The school has no specific specialization. Students receive academic knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. At school natural sciences, humanitarian subjects, exact sciences are studied. The strongest in the educational institution are the departments of economics and political science. They are among the best in the country.

Year after year, graduates with their exam results confirm the high quality of the education. The average results are A * -B for A-level - 93%, for GCSE - 96%. Annually more than 40 graduates from Tonbridge School enter the programs in Oxford.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Tonbridge School

Program name
from 14 035 £ / term

At the grade of 9 at school, 13-year-old boys are actively preparing for the serious strain that awaits them on the GCSE. Also this course plays an adaptive role. Students learn a large set of subjects: English and foreign languages (Chinese, German, Spanish, French - to choose from), biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer, information technology, physical development.

from 14 035 £ / term

10-11 year students are preparing for the GCSE. At this stage, mathematics, English, natural sciences, at least one foreign language are compulsory for studying. Students are offered a choice of 3 more subjects from the list, which includes technologies and design, music, theatrical skills, art, the foundations of religion, history, geography, Greek, Latin.

from 14 035 £ / term

The sixth form of studying (12-13 years) provides for the opportunity of obtaining an A-level certificate. The program is distinguished by a high level of academic load. Students at Tonbridge School are allowed to learn 4 main subjects instead of 5 (according to the standard program). The choice of the boys is offered to study the following subjects:

  • Latin, Greek, English, Chinese, Spanish, German, French;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Physical education;
  • Biology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Physics;
  • Technology and design;
  • The fundamentals of religion;
  • Economics;
  • Political science and public administration;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physical education;
  • Theatrical art.

Accommodation and food

The boys are accommodated at the school on a full board basis. There are 7 dormitories on the campus, designed for 60 people each. The residences have dining rooms, kitchens, staff.

Students 1 - 5 years old  are accommodated in 2-3-bed rooms with private facilities. 6 years old boys live in separate apartments, including a bedroom and study. In general, every dormitory has a recreation room, a sports infrastructure.

Students meals are organized by residences. Joint dinners and barbeques are arranged on weekends, so that students can communicate in an informal setting. Food is prepared in the kitchens of residences by professional chefs. Healthy eating in the Tonbridge School is marked by a special award

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: art, biology, Business fundamentals, chemistry, Chinese, design and technology, economics, French, geography, german language, Greek language, Information Technology, Latin language, maths, music, physics, political science, Public administration, Religious studies, Spanish, Theatrical art
Events list: Athletics, basketball, cricket, Dramatic circle, fencing, golf, hockey, judo, mountaineering, Music games, Rifle shooting, rugby, sailing, Squash, tennis

Events Tonbridge School

Traditionally, for British boarding schools, an extracurricular program at the Tonbridge School is divided into 3 blocks. Entertainment provides for the participation of students in various activities. The boys are offered interesting excursions around the city, to London, the university centers of England. Local entertainment is also organized for students: concerts, quizzes, show programs, sports inside and competitions between schools.

There are a lot of clubs in the school. International students are also given the opportunity to visit clubs of interest. Boys can develop creative abilities, study optional subjects of interest to them.

The sports program is no less diverse. Infrastructural possibilities of the educational institution make it possible to engage in volleyball, tennis, water polo, swimming, squash, shooting, sailing, judo, hockey, golf, football, pentathlon, fencing, cricket, rock climbing, basketball, badminton, athletics. The program also includes sport orienteering. Each boy can choose one or more priority sports.


  • Tonbridge School provides an advanced teaching method, excellent equipment, comfortable living conditions.
  • The prestigious boarding school has a special atmosphere. The Tonbridge School community is one of the richest in England.
  • The school attracts a convenient location. It is located in the cozy and picturesque Tonbridge just 40 minutes from the British capital.
  • There are excellent conditions for the academic, creative, physical development of adolescents in the educational institution.
  • School education takes place in small classes. Individual approach to students allows satisfying the academic needs of every international teenager.
  • The school is universal. The board pays attention to precise, natural sciences and humanitarian disciplines.
  • The musical direction is well developed in the school. Boys can get a prestigious profile education.
  • On holidays and during long days off, students can leave the campus (go home, visit British friends, etc.).

Equipment Tonbridge School

The campus of the 150-acre school unites academic buildings, sports facilities, play areas and recreation areas. The territory harmoniously combines classical Victorian buildings and modern architectural solutions.

Sports infrastructure includes a gymnasium, indoor pool, 17 tennis courts and 40 hectares of playgrounds and fields. Creative children can study in the art and design studio. Mass events take place in the theater for 350 seats.

Each department has its own auditor fund in the academic buildings. Most of them also have a profile library with a reading room. The school has an extensive computer network. Its capabilities allow students to exchange educational information online.

Term dates and fees

The school year starts in September, ends in early July. After each trimester, students leave for a two-week vacation. In the summer trimester, the vacation lasts a week.

  • Autumn trimester - from 02 sep. till 10 dec.;
  • Spring trimester - from 05 jan. till 16 mar.;
  • Summer trimester - from 12 apr. till 02 feb.;
  • Vacation - from 17 oct. till 01 nov., from 12 feb. till 21 feb., from 27 may till 05 jun..

Additional fees:

  • registration fee - 150 pounds;
  • deposit (cost of one trimester) and confirmation of the place in the school - 12096 pounds + 1500 pounds ;
  • lessons "English as a foreign language" (EFL, for non-English-speaking students) - 1200 per term;
  • guardianship;
  • testing;
  • Visas and documents, air travel, etc.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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