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In an environment where scepticism of science has become fashionable, and when new economies are rapidly overtaking Britain in terms of technological advancement and entrepreneurism, there has never been a greater need for a solid scientific education. The Science department at Tonbridge aims to provide this in a way that is practical, enjoyable, interesting and intellectually challenging.

We seek to prepare all boys for life in an increasingly technological society so that, irrespective of their A level choices or future career, they can appreciate, understand, and make informed decisions about topical scientific, social, environmental and ethical issues. Studying science is more than just learning a collection of facts and understanding ideas: it is rather a way of thinking. The mental discipline learnt through the study of sciences is valued by employers of all sorts and thus A level sciences open doors to a very wide range of careers.

Barton Science Centre

The Barton Science Centre interior showing stairwell and sculpture

Officially opened in March 2019, the state-of-the art Barton Science Centre provides a world-class environment for innovative teaching and learning.

Mr Phil Deakin

Head of Science, Head of Department (Physics)
MA MEng, Trinity College, Cambridge 

Mr Hugh Grant

Head of Department (Biology)
MA, New College, Oxford

Mr Ishmael Roslan

Head of Department (Chemistry)
MChem, Merton College, Oxford

Dr Mark Ackroyd

BSc, University of Salford
MSc, Universities of Manchester, Salford and Keele
PhD, University of Aberdeen

Mr Graham Barnes

BSc, University of Nottingham

Dr Bill Burnett

BSc, PhD, Newcastle University

Dr Adam Cooke

MEng, DPhil, University of Sussex

Mr David Dickinson

MChem, University of York

Mr Greg Fisher

BSc, Kings College, London
PGCE, MA, Institute of Education, University of London

Mr James Fisher

Deputy Head Co-Curricular
BSc, University of Nottingham 

Mr Ralph Fleming

MA, Brasenose College, Oxford

Mr Russell Freeman

MA, BSc, Trinity College, Oxford & Open University

Mr Andrew Hoyland

MChem, University of St Andrews

Dr Christopher Lawrence

MA, BA, St Catherine’s College, Cambridge 

Mr Alastair McGilchrist

MEng, University of Manchester

Mr Joe Painter

MA, MSc, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Mr John Pearson

MA, Christ's College, Cambridge

Dr David Pinker

PhD, MSci, University of Nottingham and Girton College, Cambridge

Mr Christopher Powell

MA, MRes, St Hugh's College, Oxford & King's College London

Mr Paul Ridd

MA, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Mr Toby Sampson

BSc, Edinburgh University

Dr Scott Sneddon

BSc, PhD, Keele University & University of St Andrews

Mr Colin Swainson

Deputy Head Pastoral
MA, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Mr Mark Weatheritt

Deputy Head Academic
BSc, MA, York University & Homerton College, Cambridge