Each year around 20 boys join Tonbridge in the Sixth Form, aiming to benefit from the structure and space we allow for boys to develop and pursue their own academic interests and subject specialisms.
We believe that specialisation in four A level or Pre-U subjects provides the most effective route for our boys into the top universities; each year, on average, around 30 boys make successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge. We also have an excellent relationship with American and European Universities and provide on site training for SAT exams.
Our support for boys making applications to top ranking universities is excellent and almost all boys get into their first choice university.
In addition to the academic specialism encouraged by A level, we ask boys who aspire to top universities to submit a voluntary Extended Project in the Upper Sixth. This is guided by academic staff and can be assessed through the submission of an essay, a piece of art work, a piece of music or any other medium chosen by the boy.
Academic extension is further enhanced through a varied Seminar programme of lectures given by visiting speakers, a vibrant range of societies and visits off campus.
We strongly encourage a wider participation in the life of the school and the wider community; most Sixth Formers will take advantage of our Community Action programme, our conservation programme, our CCF contingent or our links with The Marsh Academy, a maintained school we co-sponsor in the Romney Marsh.
There are, of course, opportunities to be involved in sport, music, drama and other creative activities that are open to boys in other years. However, in the Sixth Form there is greater flexibility for boys to choose their own route through these options and also for boys to lead in these areas. We actively encourage Sixth Form boys to show initiative and leadership and are keen to support boy-led ideas in these co-curricular areas of school life.
Boys entering the Sixth Form are usually aged between 16.0 and 16.11 on 1st September of the year of entry. These age-limits are not inflexible, and slightly younger or slightly older candidates may be accepted at the Headmaster’s discretion.