Our Facilities

Classrooms and laboratories are grouped so that each academic Department has its teaching rooms, resources, and offices gathered in a distinct area or separate building. Virtually every member of staff has his or her own teaching room. The Departments are generously equipped with audio-visual aids, television and video facilities, and computers. Many Departments have their own library and reading room.

Classroom accommodation is of a very high standard and is continuously improved and updated. Academic facilities include eleven Science laboratories (and further teaching rooms), a Science library and a Science lecture theatre; a language laboratory and satellite receiving equipment in the Modern Languages Department; an extensively equipped computing centre; a meteorological station; and, within the Art Department, a photographic darkroom with colour enlargers. The entire school is covered by a computer network, and the overall computer: pupil ratio is very close to 1:1. There are three main elements in the system; the provision of a PC in every classroom (and in many a data projector), and for every member of staff at home; the establishment of a Virtual Private Network (VPN), such that any member of staff and any boy can log in to the school's network from home, or from anywhere in the world; and the installation of a "thin client" system, allowing networked computer access in every boarder's study. All boys have an email address, and there is ready access to the Internet, controlled by its restriction to reasonable working hours and the censorship by the most effective web-filtering software.

Art, Technology, Computing, and Electronics are housed in the Vere Hodge Centre Arts and Technology Centre (opened in 1996), which incorporates a major extension to the Music School as well as a reprographics centre and an exhibition area. The E.M. Forster Theatre complex, opened in summer 2000, joins the Vere Hodge Centre to provide a unique integrated facility for all the creative and practical subjects and the performing arts. The E.M. Forster Theatre consists of a main auditorium, a studio theatre, a theatre workshop and teaching rooms.

The modern proscenium arch theatre seats 370 people in comfort, with excellent panoramic views throughout and very good disabled access. It is a highly adaptable theatre with a large stage, orchestra pit, advanced lighting, sound and audio-visual facilities. Also situated within the complex is a Studio Theatre, with seating for up to 90, which is well suited to small-scale and experimental performances. The School has an extraordinarily productive Drama Department which mounts a huge range of activities throughout the year, the Music Department consider it their ‘third venue’ and the Art Department use the foyers as an exhibition space in addition to the Tunnel Gallery. As part of the Arts Programme the theatre hosts a growing number of high caliber professional productions and we are forming associations with professional companies who are impressed by our facilities.

The school is well provided with a magnificent chapel (suitable for large-scale orchestral concerts) auditoria and lecture theatres with a range of capacities: the main Theatre auditorium (400), Big School (390), the Cawthorne Lecture Theatre (160), the Recital Room in the Music School (160), the lecture theatre in the Vere Hodge Centre (60), and the Science lecture theatre (50). There are full facilities for large-screen film and video projection in Big School and the Cawthorne Lecture Theatre. The Vere Hodge lecture theatre has computer display projection and full Dolby pro-logic surround sound.


Facilities at Tonbridge