Tonbridge values its inclusive and diverse nature. Around 10% of the boys at Tonbridge live overseas. Of the remaining 90%, the vast majority live within a two hour drive of the school. Within the boarding Houses, significant groups come from London, the home counties (with Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex particularly well represented), from Canterbury and the Kent Coast region, and from the towns and villages close to Tonbridge. Day boys tend to live within a 30 minute drive from Tonbridge, although a good number will travel to and from school by train. Whilst each boarding and day House has its individual character, there is a similar demographic throughout the houses with a similar spread of abilities and talents. So the boys in any one House represent a fair cross-section of the whole school.
Over 25 nationalities are represented in the school. Nationalities represented include American, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, Dutch, French, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kenyan, Korean, Malaysian, Nigerian, Russian, South African, Swedish, Swiss and Thai.
During the two night exeats in October and May, a trip is offered for overseas boys, hence ensuring that school supervision is available throughout all of every term. A coach is also laid on from Heathrow at the start and end of each term and half-term, to ease transport arrangements. The introduction of this is one example of the value of our Overseas Students Committee, which is run by the boys themselves and identifies issues of concern and suggestions for improvements.
Boys from within the UK join Tonbridge from a very broad range of schools in both the state and private sector. 148 boys joined Year 9 in September 2017 who were drawn from 51 different schools. Over 45 scholarships are awarded each year. As a consequence, this academic year there are 20 boys at the school with full fee remission and a further 15 receiving over 80% fee remission.