The development of each boy’s sense of social responsibility and emotional intelligence makes up one of the four central pillars of a Tonbridge education.
Nurturing an idea of service and care for both the people around them and the world in which the boys live is a fundamental element of education at Tonbridge.
Tonbridge is very much part of its local community and the school’s Community Action group (TCA) has established a programme of opportunities for boys and staff to engage with the local and wider community in a variety of ways, through weekly placements on a Wednesday afternoon in local special and primary schools, care homes and other institutions, or by hosting members of those communities in activities on our site.
Our houses, matrons and housemasters are at the very heart of school life.
Recent initiatives have seen the boys working with asylum seekers who are waiting to see if their applications to gain residency in the UK have been successful. Our Science for Schools project has seen hundreds of local primary school children begin their journey into the scientific world: Tonbridge boys and staff have hosted their visits over a three-week period, presenting pupils with new and exciting opportunities to learn.
Additionally, the school has dedicated days in the calendar set aside for fundraising for charities, including Child Action Lanka, with whom the school has been in partnership since 2013.
Our Whole School Community Day is one of the most important days in the school’s calendar, when large numbers of primary school pupils and others take part in over 30 activities taught, coached and hosted by the Novi (first year) and Lower Sixth boys on site. Second and third year boys are often offsite, either raising money via a sponsored walk, serving the community in 'green' initiatives or working in partnership with the Marsh Academy. A thriving Conservation group, a Green committee, and our partnership with The Marsh Academy, in addition to our TCA group, all provide avenues for the boys to engage with Social Responsibility and develop the core values which are so important in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
How do we hope this partnership will flourish? Alongside the annual visits, we have been encouraging boys who are opting for gap years to consider three or six month placements with Child Action Lanka (CAL) to continue the work initiated during the summer holiday visits. As we develop further the partnership with CAL, Sri Lanka Gap Year placements will offer challenging, exciting opportunities for those who want a life-changing experience between school and university.
Tonbridge School has been working in partnership with The Marsh Academy as one of its sponsors since June 2006.
The Marsh Academy is a non-selective state school in New Romney in East Kent. We aim to bring our expertise and reputation to lend positive impetus to its academic and co-curricular work. Our aim is to establish a true partnership, a genuine two-way relationship based on mutual trust and support. This will enable many of our staff to develop their skills and experience in a different context. From the beginning we have emphasised the importance of human relationships.
All the work we do with the Academy is developed from face-to-face contact, identifying areas in which we can use our skills to help the Academy realise the potential of its students. Many Tonbridge staff have already had the experience of working with the Academy, and many Marsh students have visited Tonbridge for study days. Annual events like the Novi Arts Day, when we invite all the Year 9 students at Marsh to join in with a day dedicated to the creative arts, are now firmly established. Tonbridge is constantly re-evaluating and developing its role in relation to the needs of our partner school.