Tonbridge foregoes almost £2.5m of income each year in fee remission for bursaries, scholarships and other awards. These funds are focused upon supporting those who would not be able to attend Tonbridge without financial support. The winning of any scholarship therefore provides eligibility for means tested support of up to 100% fee remission, according to financial need. Scholarships are awarded in both Year 6 and Year 8.
In February of Year 6, Junior Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually to boys aged 10 or 11 who show outstanding academic potential (often supported by musical or artistic talent). These scholarships exist to provide access to a Tonbridge education for boys who can clearly and substantially benefit from what the school has to offer and yet might not be able to attend without financial support. Such awards therefore may provide means-tested support (up to 100% of the full school fee) when boys join Tonbridge in Year 9 and, where candidates are at primary schools in Year 6, to allow attendance at preparatory school for Years 7 and 8.
Further scholarships are awarded to boys who are in their final year of Preparatory School before joining Tonbridge. In a typical year, at this stage, there are awarded some 21 academic scholarships; 10 or more Music scholarships, 5 or 6 Art, Drama or Design and Technology scholarships, 3 Cowdrey scholarships for sport.