Tonbridge School has a formidable academic reputation. This is achieved by high quality teachers, assisted by dedicated support staff, who together foster a broad curriculum for able boys, which seeks to:
- Encourage intellectual advancement, curiosity and creativity in a stimulating, challenging but cooperative academic environment;
- Develop boys’ love of learning, general study skills and team work;
- Provide opportunities for cultural, linguistic, scientific, and physical enrichment and an awareness of, and service to, the school, local, national and global community and heritage;
- Prepare young men for entry to good universities, either in the UK or abroad;
- Enable young men to enter the adult world with the knowledge and self-belief to fulfil their potential.
The school has its own Higher Education and Careers Service. Here, boys can access a wide range of information and receive one-to-one advice on career opportunities, university choices, gap years and more.
A seminar programme in the Third and Lower Sixth years aims to foster and deepen interest and understanding in philosophical, political, ethical, scientific and artistic issues that lie beyond, yet underpin, academic study.
The emphasis is that those involved should not merely 'receive' information, but rather articulate their responses in 'question and answer' or small group discussion sessions. Active participation might involve the following:
- A revision of previously held beliefs in the light of fresh evidence and experience;
- A tolerance of opposing viewpoints;
- A questioning of assumptions and presuppositions;
- A respect and empathy for others;
- An awareness of differing needs.