Boarding Houses

School House
Judde House
Park House
Hill Side
Parkside
Ferox Hall
Manor House


School House

Address

53 London Road
Tonbridge
TN10 3AD

Housemaster     

Richard Burnett

Email

rb@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 304255

House ColoursRoyal Blue and Black

 

School House was the original boarding house run by the Headmasters from 1553 to 1970, based at a central site on the school grounds.  In 1990, the new School House was built on London Road.

Famous old boys include the author Vikram Seth and the actors Benjamin Whitrow and David Tomlinson.

About the Housemaster

Richard Burnett studied Modern Languages at Cambridge where, after a year in Mexico and Paris, he graduated with first class honours.  He started his career in the business world, firstly as a marketeer at Unilever and then as Director of media consultancy Human Capital. He joined Tonbridge in 2002 and currently teaches Spanish and Divinity. Richard recently completed an MA in Buddhist Studies and is co-founder of Mindfulness in Schools, exploring secular mindfulness as a well-being ‘skill’ for children to learn at school. He is married to Zoë and they have three children.


Judde House

Address

10 London Road
Tonbridge
TN10 3AG

Housemaster     

Graeme Gales

Email

gpg@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 353435

House ColoursMagenta and Black

 

Founded in 1825, Judde House is the second oldest of Tonbridge School’s boarding houses.  By 1893, Judde House had outgrown its original site on the school campus and moved to new premises on London Road under Mr Whitby. The original house was renamed ‘Old Judde’ and now houses the languages department.

The House has many notable old boys, including the businessman Tim Waterstone, the architect Sir Herbert Baker and Richard Hughes, drummer in the band ‘Keane’.

About the Housemaster

Graeme Gales joined Tonbridge from The King's School, Canterbury and has also taught at Grey High School, South Africa where he spent a year on teacher exchange in 1996. Graeme teaches Geography and has a special interest in geomorphology. He is also a leading rugby coach; having led the 1st XV coaching team for many years he has most recently worked with the Under 16A.  Before becoming housemaster of Judde House, he was the Master in Charge of Athletics.  Graeme is married to Debbie, who teaches at Hilden Grange Prep School; they have two grown up children.


Adam Bissill

Park House

Address

9 Dry Hill Road
Tonbridge
TN9 1LS

Housemaster     

Adam Bissill

Email

aeb@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 502979

House ColoursPurple and Silver/White

 

Park House was founded in 1867, the first boarding house outside the school grounds, in a response to a large increase in pupil numbers.  In 1890, H R Stokoe took over the running of the House and stayed there for 41 years, ensuring he welcomed the sons of some past pupils to the House.

The cricketer Graham Cowdrey, the writer Christopher Reid and the actor Maurice Denham are all old boys.

About the current Housemaster

Adam Bissill was educated at The King’s School, Canterbury before studying Spanish and Russian at the University of St. Andrews. He later completed a PGCE at the University of Southampton, beginning his teaching career at Eastbourne College. Adam joined Tonbridge School in 2005. Before his move to Park House, Adam was Lower Master, Head of Spanish and Senior Student Housemaster of Beech Lawn. He is married to Julie who is a management consultant.

About the future Housemaster (from September 2016)

Toby Sampson studied Developmental Biology at Edinburgh University before completing a PGCE at Buckingham. He started his teaching career at Sherborne School, where for three years he was Senior Tutor in a boarding house. He arrived at Tonbridge in 2010, and was Assistant Housemaster in Judde for three years before taking up the Lower Master role. He has co-directed a number of Lower School plays, coaches rugby and hockey, and has been Master in Charge of skiing for the last couple of years. He is married to Sabine, a Montessori early years teacher, and they have one young son, Otis, with another due!


James Johnson

Hill Side

Address

Dry Hill Park Road
Tonbridge
TN10 3BT

Housemaster     

James Johnson

Email

jj@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 359332

House ColoursRed and Black

 

Hill Side was founded in 1875 in response to the rapid expansion of the School. Aptly named, it sits on the edge of a high piece of ground in North Tonbridge. 

The House has many notable old boys, including the historian and educationalist Sir Anthony Seldon, Air Chief Marshal Sandy Wilson and Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley, from the band ‘Keane’.

About the current Housemaster

James Johnson read English at University College London before completing his MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin and his PGCE at Cambridge University. He taught at Cheltenham College for three years before coming to Tonbridge in 2005. He was Deputy Head of the English Department from 2005 – 2009 and was Assistant Housemaster in Judde House for six years before moving to Hill Side. He coaches the 1st XV and 1st VII rugby teams and has also coached both cricket and athletics in recent years. He is married to Rachel, an Educational and Child Psychologist, and they have two children: Joseph and Emma.

About the future Housemaster (from September 2016)

Housemaster    Patrick North
Emailpjn@tonbridge-school.org

 

Patrick North read Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He worked in banking and finance in London, Hong Kong and Singapore for 12 years, before completing his PGCE at London University in 2005. He was Deputy Head of Sixth Form at a large comprehensive school in London before coming to Tonbridge in 2012. He is currently Head of Social Science, and will take up his appointment at Hill Side in September 2016. He is a climbing instructor and supervises Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for the school. He is married to Maggie, also a teacher, and they have two children: Sebastian and Charlotte.


Jon Perriss

Parkside

Address

Dry Hill Park Crescent
Tonbridge
TN10 3BG

Housemaster     

Jon Perriss

Email

jep@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 502973

House ColoursBlue and Yellow

 

Parkside was purpose-built as a school boarding house in the 1880s and underwent a major renovation in 2003.  

Past Parkside boys include the author Frederick Forsyth, one of the world’s leading thriller writers, and Norman Heatley, the scientist who turned the discovery of Penicillin into useable medicine.

About the current Housemaster

Jon has taught at Tonbridge since 2000, having previously worked at Norwich School and in New Zealand. He has played National League hockey for East Grinstead and coached the school 1st hockey team in his first 5 years at the school. Jon also spent 4 years as the Lower Master. He has kept up his involvement in sport, and is still coaching rugby and hockey teams. Geography is his academic passion and has been lucky enough to take part in field trips to the Ardeche, Morocco and Borneo in recent years. He is married to Charlotte, who is a Renal Nurse Specialist in London. They have 2 daughters, Ella and Imogen.


About the future Housemaster (from September 2016)

Christopher Thompson read History at Christ’s College, Cambridge, culminating in a PhD thesis. He taught at Reigate Grammar School for seven years where he was Oxbridge Co-ordinator and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, before coming to Tonbridge in 2013. He is currently Head of History and Assistant Housemaster in Hill Side.  He coaches football and ultimate frisbee and also sings in the Chapel Choir.  He is married to Rhiannon and they have two children: Zoë and Daniel.

Email:  cdt@tonbridge-school.org  


Andrew Whittall

Ferox Hall

Address

High Street 
Tonbridge
TN9 1JX

Housemaster     

James Fisher

Email

jaf@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 365555

House ColoursOrange, Yellow (Black)

 

Ferox Hall opened as a boarding house in 1892.  The oldest part of the Hall dates back to the sixteenth century, with additions built over the years.

Old Ferocians include the world-famous cricketer Colin Cowdrey and the politician John Bowis.

About the Housemaster

Having graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Chemistry, James Fisher taught for 9 years at Highgate School in North London, the final four as day housemaster of Kingsgate House. At Tonbridge, he has been head of Chemistry for six and a half years, as well as master in charge of football and the wine appreciation society. He is married to Suzi and they have two children.


Colin Swainson

Manor House

Address

Shipbourne Road
Tonbridge
TN10 3DP

Housemaster     

Colin Swainson

Email

cjcs@tonbridge-school.org

Phone

01732 502972

House ColoursDark Green and Red

 

Manor House was founded in 1894, later than the other Victorian boarding houses, in a response to another large increase in numbers. Whilst the other houses of the School have obvious geographical or historically relevant names, Manor was named on the whim of its first Housemaster, J A Pott.

Manor House old boys include the actor Dan Stevens, the MP Sir Peter Tapsell and the explorer Tim Severin.

About the Housemaster

Colin Swainson read Natural Sciences at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he won a rowing Blue and rowed at the Under 23 World Championships for Great Britain. He went on to do his PGCE there and then taught at Canford School for 4 years before coming to Tonbridge in 2007. He teaches Biology, is Master in Charge of Conservation, restoring the school orchard where the pigs and bees are kept, and coaches both rugby and hockey. He is married to Harriet and they have two young children, Nico and Clementine.