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.