Tonbridge wins Independent Boys’ School of the Year trophy

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The accolade was received at the Independent Schools of the Year awards earlier this month.

Set up to celebrate the student experience, the competition highlights the varied and imaginative ways in which schools prepare young people for their futures.

The judging panel, made up of headteachers, educationalists and representatives from the sector’s member associations, praised Tonbridge for its programme of co-curricular breadth and depth, for developing a keen sense of social responsibility in its boys, for showing environmental commitment, and for its record of academic and pastoral excellence.

This year’s awards attracted a record number of entries from hundreds of independent schools across the country. There were 20 different categories in total, and judges considered many of Tonbridge’s achievements in the past year, which included: The launch of the Barton Science Centre and its role in the wider community; staging events such as Science for Schools, the Family Science Day and the Student Science Conference; and the school’s Join The Pipe partnership, which saw the scrapping of single-use plastic bottles across the premises and the installation of water fountains.

The school was also commended for having hosted the Mission Discovery educational programme, which enabled students from a number of Kent schools to work alongside NASA astronauts; plus its record year of fundraising, which included huge support for the Child Action Lanka and Porchlight charities.

Its involvement with initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid, the Anti-Bullying Council and the Bridge The Gap society, which celebrates diversity were also commended. 

The school’s Headmaster, James Priory, said: “This award is a tremendous tribute to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff and boys. There is much to celebrate in our thriving school, and I’m delighted to see recognition, too, for our outreach work, the boys’ volunteering activities and the good use of our facilities made by the wider community.”

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