Tonbridge foregoes almost £2.5m of income each year in fee remission for bursaries, scholarships and other awards. The 'standard' scholarship award is now set at 10% fee-remission. However up to 100% remission is available where a scholar has clear (means-tested) financial need.
The majority of 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. In addition a number of awards are made each year to boys joining the Sixth Form, in the light of their performance in our academic entrance exams or for musical ability.
On top of this, three or four Junior Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually to boys aged 10 or 11 who show outstanding academic, artistic or musical potential. 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) both when boys join Tonbridge in Year 9 and to allow attendance at preparatory school for Years 7 and 8.