Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School

Day Weekly Boarding Full Boarding Kent

Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys' boarding schools in the country and highly respected internationally. The school provides 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.

Year Founded 1553
Religion Christian
Inspection Report

Tonbridge School has a total of 789 pupils, with 330 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £10114, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £13482, per term.

339 Day Boys
(13- 18)
450 Boarding Boys
(13- 18)

About Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde, a distinguished member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, under Letters Patent of King Edward VI. He and other benefactors are honoured in the annual
Commemoration Service, held on Skinners’ Day, at the end of the summer term.

The boys at Tonbridge are given a truly inspiring educational experience. The balance achieved across academic, pastoral, co-curricular and more outward-looking priorities and activities is a key to this success. 

Tonbridge has an excellent academic reputation, achieved through high quality teachers and dedicated support staff, who together foster a broad curriculum for able boys. There is also a truly vibrant programme of co-curricular activities. Boys develop self-reliance and leadership skills, and have a strong sense of social responsibility.

A superb House system at the heart of the school ensures that each pupil, whether a boarder or a day boy, feels fully at home and well supported. 

The school occupies an extensive site of about 150 acres. Several major additions have been have been made as part of a rolling programme of revitalisation. These include the E.M. Forster Theatre; the restoration of the magnificent
Edwardian Chapel; refurbished academic departments and Houses; an integrated Arts and Technology Centre; the Tonbridge School Centre, a hub for school sports; and the expanded Smythe Library.

In 2019, the Barton Science Centre opened, a state-of-the-art building which is a regional hub and a centre of excellence. The centre places science and technology at the very heart of the school: it also puts Tonbridge at the cutting edge of school science, both nationally and internationally.

Scholarships & Bursaries

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

For more information, see the Tonbridge School website:



Admissions Process

Most of Tonbridge’s boys join at age 13 in the First Year (Year 9), but we also accept entry into the Lower Sixth (Year 12) at the start of Sixth Form courses. Most boys entering the school at age 13 will have completed an assessment during Year 6.

For full information, see the Admissions section of the Tonbridge School website:




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