Year 10 Entry

A small entry of around 6 boys join Tonbridge in Year 10 each year, including both boarders and day boys. Boys entering at this stage are usually aged between 14.0 and 14.11 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.

  • Registration

Registration is the formal first stage of the Year 10 admissions process. To register, please complete the Tonbridge Registration Form and return it to the school. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £200. All applications must be submitted with a copy of the candidate’s latest school report. Overseas candidates should also arrange to sit UKiset assessment tests, naming Tonbridge as a school to which they would like the results to be sent. The test can be sat at centres across the world; details can be found on their website:

In order to be considered through our main November entry exam, UK candidates should complete registration by 30th September in the year prior to proposed entry. Overseas candidates should complete registration and UKiset by 31st August in the year prior to proposed entry.  After these deadlines, late applicants may be considered at the school’s discretion if there are still places available. Please contact the admissions office before registering as a late applicant.

  • Entry Exams and Interviews

The Director of Admissions will review all applications once they are complete, with shortlisted applicants being invited to examination and interview. Examinations will be set by Tonbridge in Mathematics and English only, to be taken on the first Saturday in November; it should be noted that these exams are highly competitive with only the strongest candidates receiving offers of places. Specimen papers can be viewed on our exam papers page. Papers can be taken either at Tonbridge or at a British Council office around the world or at another approved international location. Candidates living or studying in the UK will be interviewed at Tonbridge on the day of the exams; candidates living overseas, who are able to attend interviews in Hong Kong, Shanghai or Singapore, will be invited to do so in advance of the exams; other international candidates will be interviewed via Skype.

  • Offers of unconditional places

Unconditional offers will be issued to the best performing applicants on 1st December (nine months prior to arrival at Tonbridge). Parents accept the offer of an unconditional place by returning the Final Entry Form and paying an admission fee of £2,000. Applicants living overseas will also be required to pay the first term’s fees in advance.

1st September 2019 Closing date for international applications for 2020 entry
1st October 2019 Closing date for UK applications for 2020 entry
2nd November 2019 November Entrance Exam for Year 10 candidates