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Tonbridge School

Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys' boarding schools in the country and highly respected internationally. Tonbridge School aims to provide 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.

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Church of England

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly and Full boarding

Gender profile: Boys only

Size: 789

Tonbridge School fees:

Boarding fees per term:

Day fees per term:

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
886 / 6020

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 13 to 18 (339)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (450)

Sixth form: (330)

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Tonbridge School has an extensive means-tested bursary programme, which it is committed to expanding further in the coming years. The award of any entry scholarship provides access to this means tested support. Awards vary from 10% to 100% of the fees and, in some circumstances, may be further supplemented by the provision of a grant towards uniform and other costs.

All bursary applications are subject to annual means-testing and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances and financial information provided on review.

Year 6 Scholarship Awards (for entry in Year 9)

Our Junior Foundation Scholarship programme allows the award of scholarships and associated means-tested support during Year 6 ahead of entry to Tonbridge in Year 9. Many recipients of these awards will be attending a primary school at the time of application, in which case Tonbridge will also offer financial support to attend a prep school in Years 7 and 8. Applications should be completed by 7 October when a candidate is in Year 6.  

Year 8 Scholarship Awards (for entry in Year 9)

We award in the region of 40 scholarships each year to pupils in Year 8 who are wishing to join Tonbridge in Year 9. In a typical year some 21 academic scholarship are awarded, around 10 music scholarships are offered and a further 10 scholarship awards made across Sport (Cowdrey Scholarships), Drama, Art, and Design, Technology and Engineering. Applications for the academic scholarship should be completed by 1 March when a candidate is in Year 8, whilst applications for other Year 8 scholarships should be submitted by 1 December.

Dates for 2019/20

Closing date for Junior Foundation Scholarship (for 2022 entry into Year 9): 7 October 2019
Closing date for Year 8 Academic Scholarship (for 2020 entry into Year 9): 1 March 2020
Closing date for other Year 8 Scholarships (for 2020 entry into Year 9): 1 December 2019

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Science/Technology scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies

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