School reopening on 8 March

Reopening of the School
We are delighted with the Government’s announcement that schools can reopen fully from Monday 8 March, and we look forward very much to welcoming everyone back to Tonbridge.

We have been able to extend the Lent Term until Friday 26 March, which gives us three full weeks back in school before the Easter holiday. We hope that this will come as welcome news for everyone.

The Tonbridge Online programme will continue to run until Friday 5 March. We will return to face-to-face learning and our normal timetable arrangements from Monday 8 March, including the resumption of lessons on Saturday mornings. 

Our co-curricular programme will also be relaunched as fully as possible and will include internal sport on Saturday afternoons.

Whilst lessons will be delivered in person from 8 March, we will, of course, ensure that all those boys unable to return to Tonbridge are able to participate fully in classes via Microsoft Teams. 

We hope, however, that all pupils will be able to return to the UK and, indeed, to Tonbridge as soon as possible in the coming weeks. Information to support our overseas families will continue to be updated, and shared with parents.

Safety measures will continue to be important, including social distancing, household bubbles, the use of face-coverings, hand sanitisation and temperature checking. We will continue to observe the guidance of Hands, Face, Space, Ventilate. We also have the benefit of onsite PCR testing, thanks to our existing Samba II facility.

Screening and Testing
We have made plans for pupil screening based in the Tonbridge School Centre, running from Friday 5 March until Sunday 7 March to enable boys to have LFA testing in advance of their return to School on 8 March. Full details have been shared with parents.

The Government has announced plans to facilitate regular asymptomatic testing at home for pupils and staff. As soon as we have further information, we will be able to finalise our own arrangements. 

Government Advice
For latest Government, NHS and travel advice, we recommend regularly checking the 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.