Higher Education and Careers

Tonbridge is unusual in that it employs a full time Head of Higher Education and Careers, assisted by other members of staff who also have specialist knowledge of particular careers, universities or subjects.

In addition, the boys receive considerable guidance from their housemasters, who build up extensive experience and play a major part in shaping and directing boys' ideas about their futures.

The Higher Education and Careers offices, within the library, are open all day in term time and offer a wide selection of literature on career opportunities and all forms of higher and further education and gap years.

There is a structured careers and higher education programme which starts at the end of the Novi Year when boys are choosing the GCSEs. The main focus is in the Third Year and Sixth Form.


The Third Year programme includes:

Psychometric testing;
Making 6th form subject choices; 
Compulsory work experience week;
Careers evenings, led by the Head of Higher Education and Careers;
Lower Sixth Induction, in which boys are given an introduction to their new courses.


The Lower Sixth & Upper Sixth programme includes:

An Oxbridge evening;
A universities evening;
Full support throughout the UCAS Procedure and application process, from filling in the UCAS form to accepting offers and attending university;
Further work experience;
Interview training;
Information on Gap Years;
An overseas universities evening.

University Entrance

Oxbridge entry

Over the past three years, an average of over 30 boys per year have won places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Other UK DEstinations

Over 40 different institutions were attended by Tonbridge leavers from 2016 and 2017, with the largest numbers (other than Oxford and Cambridge) going to:

London School of Economics

Overseas Universities

As well as those moving on to UK universities, a number of Tonbridge leavers have progressed to leading universities around the globe.  These include:

Hong Kong University
The University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
Universities Adviser taking with Sixth Form boy