COVID-19: Response and Re-opening

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. 

September Opening Plan
Our main focus is on working towards the full re-opening of the school in September 2020. The new academic year for boarders will begin on Wednesday 2 September. 

We are in regular contact with boys and parents about all developments. Our Opening Plan document, following the latest UK Government advice for schools, has been made available to all parents and staff.

We are also supporting our overseas pupils in their safe travel and return to Tonbridge in time for the beginning of the academic year.

Detailed work will be continuing over the coming weeks as we prepare for the arrival of those boys staying with us from mid-August for quarantine purposes, and then for the full return of pupils and staff from the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. 

We will continue to keep parents updated during the summer, particularly around the time of public examination results, which this year are Thursday 13 August for A-level and Pre-U and Thursday 20 August for GCSE.

Our document, Working Safely with COVID-19, also available to all parents and staff, explains the range of protective measures we will have in place to ensure that we manage risk effectively and we can resume school life to the fullest extent possible here at Tonbridge. 

Wellbeing and Online Safety
A section entitled Wellbeing on the Portal has links to online resources which may be of interest to pupils and parents.

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 reopening from 10 September. Everyone's safety is, of course, of the utmost importance, and we have been working hard to put a series of measures in place. All of the details can be seen on the Theatre website

We are also planning on staging some outdoor productions at the end of August.

Tonbridge School Centre
The Tonbridge School Centre reopened on Saturday 25 July. 

Our priority remains the safety of all visitors and staff, and we are working to ensure that the TSC meets health, safety, hygiene and distancing requirements, in accordance with Government and industry guidance.

A weekly Members’ Outdoor Class timetable remains in place. See the website for more details.