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Tonbridge’s Upper Sixth will be taking up places at leading universities across the world

Members of Tonbridge’s Upper Sixth in the Barton Science Centre

Tonbridge’s Upper Sixth students will be heading to many leading universities across the world, including Oxford and Cambridge, later this year.

A total of 24 students are celebrating receiving Oxbridge offers for the 2023-24 admissions cycle.

The degree courses they will be starting feature a range of arts and science subjects including Mathematics, Computer Science, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), History and Politics, Geography, Engineering, Natural Sciences, French and German, Medicine, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Earth Sciences and Biology, with a full listing below. 

The acceptances mean that Oxbridge offers have been made to 15 per cent of the School’s Upper Sixth cohort. 

While many other top universities have not yet finalised their offers, the news for Tonbridge students looks promising. To date, they have received a total of 482 offers from either Russell Group universities, such as Exeter, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, University College London, Imperial College, King’s College London and Durham, or from other high-tariff institutions including Bath and St Andrews. 

Internationally, Tonbridge boys have received unconditional offers (guaranteed places) from, respectively, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Purdue and Penn State, in the United States, while six students have offers of places to study in Hong Kong.

One member of the Upper Sixth, Isaac King (CH5), follows in a fine Tonbridge tradition of gaining a place at Trinity College Cambridge to read Mathematics, where the course is world renowned.

The School’s Headmaster, James Priory, said: “Congratulations are due to all those receiving offers from a wide range of world-class universities. Competition from national and international candidates is stronger than ever, and these outcomes show that Tonbridge boys have performed exceptionally well. A huge amount of credit is also due to our talented teachers.”

The university news follows on from Tonbridge recently being ranked as the sixth best independent school nationally – and the country’s highest placed boarding school – in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2024. 

Places on the following courses were awarded to Tonbridgians for entry to either Oxford or Cambridge University from September 2024*.

Oxford
Biology (Jesus)
Chemistry (New College)
Chemistry (Queen’s)
Chemistry (St Edmund)
Chemistry (St Hugh’s)
Earth Sciences (St Edmund)
French and German (Queen’s)
Geography (St Hilda’s)
Mathematics and Computer Science (Magdalene)
Medicine (St Hilda’s)
PPE (St Peter’s)
Philosophy (Oriel)
Physics (Lincoln)

Cambridge
Computer Science (Churchill)
Computer Science (Emmanuel)
Computer Science (Sidney Sussex)
Design (Magdalene)
Engineering (Christ’s)
Engineering (Gonville & Caius)
History and Politics (Christ’s)
Linguistics (Trinity Hall)
Mathematics (Trinity)
Modern and Medieval Languages (St John’s)
Natural Sciences (Robinson)

* Boys have received conditional offers from Oxbridge, meaning they will have to achieve the set target of grades, normally A or A*, in their A-levels this summer. 

Tonbridge's Oxbridge-bound students are pictured, above and immediately below, in the School's Barton Science Centre. Second picture, below: Tonbridge campus.