For latest Government, NHS and travel advice, we recommend regularly checking the www.gov.uk website.
The school continues to take and to follow advice from appropriate agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England (PHE), the NHS, the Department for Education (DfE), the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Department for Education: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. Latest information can be found via the link.
Teaching and learning
Teaching staff continue to deliver learning remotely in the Summer Term, and Housemasters, Tutors and Matrons continue to support the boys pastorally within their Houses.
On Monday 11 May we launched our new timetable as the Novi progressed into their GCSE classes; on Monday 18 May, our new Sixth Form Curriculum was launched as the Third Year begin their A-level programme.
We have received huge interest from the boys in the Upper Sixth in the Pre-University enrichment courses.
Our experience of online teaching and learning has, to date, been excellent, and we continue to be impressed by the quality of engagement shown by the boys in all aspects of their studies.
Our short brochure, Tonbridge Online, summarises our educational programme during this period. Topics range from programmes of study, timetables and academic enrichment to pastoral care, co-curricular plans, Tonbridge Connect and rules for learning online.
The ongoing running of the school
The school remains closed to students, following Government guidelines.
Many staff are working remotely, but some are working at the school. These are primarily teachers, who are committed to providing the best possible ‘remote’ education for boys: in addition, a small number of support staff are keeping the site operating and ensuring that we are ready to reopen as soon as we can. We are also open for keyworkers' children.
Support staff on site include porters, safety and security, catering, grounds, gardens and estates.
Reopening of the school
We are, of course, paying close attention to the Government's plans to reopen schools on a phased basis.
At this stage, our main focus is on working towards the full re-opening of the school in September 2020, with appropriate social distancing and health and safety measures in place, so that we can resume school life to the fullest extent possible here at Tonbridge.
We may be able to organise some activities for pupils in the current Second Year and Lower Sixth later in the term, which would be helpful for their progress, and we will keep this under review as further guidance emerges.
Our priority, however, will remain ensuring the safety and well-being of pupils and staff, whilst offering as much educational continuity and enrichment as possible.
We are also talking to advisory bodies such as HMC and the Boarding Schools Association about how we can best facilitate the return to the UK of our overseas boys so that they enjoy a smooth start to the beginning of the new academic year.
The Governing Body has also been meeting to review the latest Government advice and the plans we are developing.
We are, of course, in regular contact with boys and parents about all developments.
Wellbeing and Online Safety
A new section entitled Wellbeing has been added to the Portal. Here we are sharing links to online resources which may be of interest to pupils and parents during this time of social distancing.
NHS Primary Care Treatment Centre and community support
As a school we have also been focusing on community efforts. Since late March 2020, an appointment-only NHS Primary Care Treatment Centre has been in operation at Tonbridge School Centre. The drive-through facility is being used by NHS workers to assess patients from the Tonbridge Primary Care Network (Warders, Hadlow, Hildenborough Medical Group, Woodlands and Tonbridge Medical Group) for Covid-19 symptoms.
All patients attending are required to have been referred by a GP, or to have telephoned NHS 111, prior to coming to the centre. Please note that this is an Assessment Centre only, and not a Testing Centre.
In addition, a school team has produced more than 3,200 protective visors for the NHS and other care workers; we have donated large amounts of stock, such as safety goggles and surgical gloves, to hospitals, surgeries, GP surgeries and almshouses; and we have been supporting vulnerable members of our local community in various ways, such as making donations to foodbanks .
School events, sports, trips
In the light of national guidelines, and in the interests of safeguarding pupils and the wider school community, it has been necessary to cancel or postpone many events, including sports fixtures and school trips, until further notice.
EM Forster Theatre
The Theatre is closed until further notice. See website for more details.
Tonbridge School Centre
The TSC is closed until further notice. See website for more details.