Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde, who ordained that the Governors of the School, after the death of the founder, were to be the Worshipful Company of Skinners. Today the School is still led by a Governing Body which consists of ten Nominative Governors, who are appointed by and are members of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and up to seven Co-optative Governors who are appointed by the Governors.
The Senior Team (ST) is the group responsible to the Governors for the management of the school. The ST is led by the Headmaster and, in addition, comprises the Second Master, the Director of Admissions and Marketing, the Bursar, the Director of Studies, the Director of Teaching and Learning, the Upper Master and the Director of School Development. Whilst each member of the ST has specific areas of responsibility, they are collectively responsible for whole school policy decisions.
The academic teaching staff within the school number well in excess of 100, all of whom are responsible to the Head of one of the 24 departments. In addition there are twelve housemasters, all of whom are members of the academic teaching staff, and each of whom is responsible for the leadership of a day or boarding house.