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Tonbridge boys show ‘hard work and determination’ as they achieve excellent GCSEs

A group of Tonbridge's Year 11 students

Tonbridge boys have achieved an excellent set of GCSE and IGCSE results for 2023 and made it a record year.

A total of 48 per cent of grades are at 9, the highest possible grade, and more than three quarters (77 per cent) are at 9 and 8 (with both grades the equivalent of A*).

Third Year students have also achieved the following:

* 94 per cent of grades are at 9, 8 or 7, which is the equivalent of gaining either an A* or A. 

* Nearly all grades (99 per cent) are at 9-6 (equivalent to A*-B); 

* A total of 54 boys (more than a third of the entire Third Year cohort) achieved exclusively 9-8 grades (ie, all GCSEs equivalent to straight A*s);  

* A total of 104 boys (two thirds of the Third Year cohort) achieved exclusively 9-7 grades (ie, all GCSEs equivalent to A*/As);

* 31 boys achieved nine or more grade 9s.

As widely reported, exams regulator Ofqual has said a return to pre-pandemic grading means this year's national GCSE results in England are lower than in the past three years and more in line with 2019 levels. 

James Priory, Tonbridge’s Headmaster, congratulated the Third Year cohort. “This is an outstanding set of results, achieved by a great deal of hard work and determination by students and teachers alike,” he said. 

“Our boys will now be starting a new and exciting chapter at Tonbridge as they move into the Sixth Form, and I have every confidence they will continue to show the same intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm and creativity as they embark on their A-level courses. Well done to all.”   

Mr Priory added: “Our Sixth Form Curriculum (launched in 2020) has proved highly popular with students and parents, delivering a superb learning experience as well as the best possible preparation for university and future careers. We also look forward to our Sixth Formers taking on leadership responsibilities and playing a key role in the academic, co-curricular and community life of the School.” 

In addition to a range of A-level subjects, the Sixth Form Curriculum offers students the opportunity to gain Additional Languages Qualifications in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin, and to enhance their independent research skills by taking an Extended Project Qualification.

They also learn Life Skills, designed to prepare students for ‘Life after Tonbridge’: a wide range of topics include cookery, personal finance, public speaking and interview techniques. 

Tonbridge was ranked as the 8th best school in the country in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2023, which is based on A-level and GCSE performance. Tonbridge was also the country’s top performing boys’ boarding school.

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Some of Tonbridge's Third Years are pictured, above, in the Library Gardens.

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