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      10.07.2009 18:35
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      a truly remarkable school that provides an excellent foundation on which to continue.

      Tonbridge School is located in Tonbridge, Kent... No surprise there then. it is an all boys school that teaches 13-18 year old boys, finished with A levels. The scholl was founded in the 1500s by Sir Andrew Judde and the company of skinners. The school is organised around Houses, which are divided into houses for day boys and houses for boarders. there are or were 12 houses, each of which has a name. A boy stays in his house throughout his time in tonbridge, eating and congregating there but all boys are taught in the main school buildings together. Boarding houses contain roughly 60 people and day houses a little more. Altogether the school has around 750-800 students, approximatly 500 of which are borders. The school's academic timetable is arranged on a 10 day cycle, which at first is very confusing, however after a week or so becomes second nature and works out better than a normal week cycle. This is because if you are unlucky enough to get double maths with mr evans on a friday evening then you will forever hate fridays, but with the ten day cycle what you have every friday rotates depending on what day of the cycle you are on, so you end up having double maths one friday in five. The timetabling allows for alot of time for scheduled sports, usualy rugby, cricket and hockey in the three terms. Other sports are also available including football, swimming, shooting, cross country and athletics. The only rule is that everyone has to do a sport, although after a while you will work out the system and there are ways around this if you are wiley enough!! In my opinion though this is one of the best aspects of the school as it really gets you involved and keeps you active up to 4 times a week not including scheduled matches on a saturday against other schools in the area. The teachers at Tonbridge are on the whole truly fantastic, with the vast majority of them being totally captivating on there chosen subject. However there are some exceptions to this rule, however i have to stress that they are very few and very far between. The overall atmosphere at tonbridge is one of prosperity and growth and is a truly wonderful environment in which to learn and grow up. I was a boarder there for 5 years while my parents lived on the other side of the world and i loved it. The best sign of when a school has done its job is when at the end of your time there you are ready to leave and are pushing against the confines it places upon you. i would recommend Tonbridge as a school to everyone although i do agree that while boarding may not be suitable for everyone, almost anyone can fit in.

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      21.02.2003 23:12

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      You've heard all about it - nice reviews chaps - but who has Tonbridge produced ? In rough order of fame : 1. Colin Cowdrey (England cricket captain) 2. Frederik Forsyth (author) 3. EM Forster (author) 4. Richard Ellison (England cricketer) 5. Vikram Seth (author) 6. Aleister Crowley (Notorious devil worshiper, mountaineer and chess champion) 7. Chris Cowdrey (England cricket captain) 8. Graeme Cowdrey(Kent cricket captain) 9. Patrick Mayhew (Former conservative minister for Northern Ireland) 10. Chris Hollins (TV sports reporter) There must be a few more too !

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      07.03.2002 23:41
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      Tonbridge. This school was named, in a blaze of originality, after the town it is located in. Started by Sir Andrew Judde in 1553, it has increased by leaps and bounds. Originally it comprised of just two boarding houses, School House (which I am in), and Judd House. However, since then there are now a total of twelve houses, there names being: School House, Judde House, Parkside, Ferox Hall, Manor House, Welldon House, Smythe House, Whitworth, Cowdrey House, and finally Oakeshott House. 7 of these are boarding house and 5 are day houses. This school starts at the age of 13 and ends at 18. Like most schools, it has its own lingo, for example 'block' for paper, 'navage' for someone whos good at something (e.g. he's a navage at art= he's really good at art) 'legend' for a really cool person, and much more. It is also host to some more unusual sports, for example Fives, a sport not unlike squash but played using gloves instead of a raquet. We also play raquets, which is again like squash but... just odd. As a school it teaches all the subjects you'd expect up to GCSE, and then it does certain specialised subjects, like mechanics, and Chinese, as we have such a high proportion of overseas students. We also have one of the most legendary divinity teachers, Father Page, who, when he does teach you, only shows you videos, while making jokes about whats going on. We have excellent sporting grounds, for example, the Head, the first XI cricket pitch, is one of the flattest in England. While other school have fish and chip shops, we have the Kebab. Not a day gos by when at least 1 person who gos to Tonbridge has a kebab. There is also a fish and chips, but that has only just opened and has not had yet a chance to become popular. We also have a fair share of pikes, who any tonbridgian worth his salt will attack on site. As with many Public Schools, we have a CCF corps. This is basically like an army section, and, once in the second year, you have a choice of doing either air force, navy or army. Each has their own particular merits, and many boys do go on to do a term of duty in the army after leaving the school.The town, Tonbridge, is just a typical town and contains all the things you'd expect: shops, eateries etc. Any one who gos to Tonbridge will indeed tell you what a wonderful school it is, and I feel priveleged to go there.

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        05.03.2002 02:59
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        This is geelayz...an insider within the walls of Tonbridge school. I must whisper this and be relatively anonymous or else I could be taken down to the dungeon and whipped. ONLY KIDDING !!!!!!!!! I am a student at Tonbridge School and I suggested it be made a subject for opinions. I did this for a few reasons; 1)Tonbridge School is one of the leading Public Schools in Kent. 2)Many Tonbridge Students are members of dooyoo.co.uk 3)Now anyone thinking of coming to this school or sending their sons here can have insider information and give them a proper idea about what we get up to!!!! Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judd who was part of the Skinners Society. Today one of the School's houses is named after him! It began as a small public school but gradually spread to be one of the best all-boys public schools!! One famous old-tonbridgian who everyone may have heard of is Colin Cowdry, the famous cricketer who died recently. There is a day-boy house named after Colin in his memory! Tonbridge school is full of wonderful facilities for its pupils and also for the Kent community. The school has a large collection of both modern and old/traditional buildings in which teaching takes place. The newest building is The EM Forster theatre. This is a professional sized stage, with studio theatres, teaching rooms and a large lobby with bar! It is a very impressive building! Then there is the Vere Hodge Building. This contains the music department, the computing and electronics facilities and Design Technology workshop! All facilities are very well equipped and have only the best staff(there are exceptions). The Music department has a large number of professional teachers including the world-famous Hilary Davan-Wetton. (www.hilarydavawetton.co.uk) On the Friday the 7th of March the school orchestra is putting on a concert of Beethoven's V Symphony in the Chapel and it is going to be spine-tingling!(I am playing flute!!) Speaking of the chapel, it is the St Augustine's CHapel and it famously burned down in the 1980s due to faulty wiring. Luckily all of the main artifacts were saved but the whole chapel burnt down!! I was rebuilt about 8 years ago(fully fire proof!). The Chapel is an impressive structure which is one of the main viewpoints of the school. It has the biggest organ in the South East and its lighting system has won many awards. Our last Carol Service was even recorded for Liberty TV last year!It was presented on Christmas Eve by a busty Blond American. It was very funny!! The School's headmaster is John Hammond and he teaches some Greek and Latin classes. He is a published writer of famous translations and he lives on the school grounds. The teachers are not just boring stereotypical teachers like in the films... The head of the History Department in called Mr Cooper. Before he taught at Tonbridge, he taught the living Legend ALI G!!! He even persuaded him to take History at Cambridge! Mr Cooper has been asked to give an interview for an upcoming documentary on Ali. Dr Evans is one of the Maths teachers and he is a professional runner. He has even run for Wales! My Economics teacher Mr Blake used to go out during his time at Swansea University dressed as a pimp. This is straight from the horses mouth! English teacher Mr Smith is a published writer. Tonbridge must be good though because the Maths Teacher Mr Pinkstone gave up a 6 figure salary in the city to become a teacher at Tonbridge two years ago!! Tonbridge School has excellent sports facilities. It has a large number of pitches for football, hockey and Rugby. There are two astroturfs and one redgra. There are also squash courts, a shooting range, a swimming pool and fives courts. The three best facilities in my opinion are the full size athletics field with javelin, long jump, highjump, shotput, discus and running track! This is very exciting especially during a hot summer day when they hold athletic events with other schools! The next most impressive school sport facility is the fifty. This is the firsts rugby pitch. It is huge, totally flat and very well preserved all year round. The other extremely good sports facility is "The Head". This is the school firsts cricket picht. It is totally flat and is slap-bang in the middle of the school grounds. Sometimes on Saturdays some teachers hold lessons on the verge around the cricket pitch when it is nice weather and on Speech Day(called Skinner's Day here) all the parents park around the pitch and eat their picnics while watching a match between the firsts and old-tonbridgians! There is a wide range of subjects that can be learnt at the school. Every boy must do at least one language in his first year and must do the main subjects required for GCSE.(French, Maths, History/Geography, two/three sciences, English language, English Literature). The school is also able to teach more obscure languages such as Chinese and Russian but only for those who can already speak some of the language! At the school, lessons are arranged into a a 10 day cycle rather than a weekly one. This is so that all lessons can be fitted into a cycle. It is complicated at first but within a few days, it is second nature! The days are arranged from letters A-K(missing out I for some very strange but unknown reason). On Wednesday afternoons, the first two years groups have to do either CCF or terriers. CCF consists of Army, RAF or Navy. The terriors is a different group that do different activities such as community service, first aid, filming and sport. In the latter years one has a much greater range of activities to choose from!For example you can write for the school magazine (the Tonbridgian) which is published termly and is run my the Edited by the Span ish/French teacher Mr Wainde!There are many other options including Russian, Community Service, Computing,Chess, Theatre society, Novi Activities(Two upper school boys of each house lead the first years(novi)in their Wednesday activities), Recycling and Filming!!! The school has recently brought in a policy so that every boarder has a computer at his desk. This is to help boy improve their computer literacy and to try and encourage boys to type their essays like they will have to do at University! Each boy has internet access from 7 in the morning to 10 at night in order to work or email! The school is slowly introducing a connection into the school network over the internet so that boys can get onto their school networks from anywhere in the world during the school holidays! There are 12 houses at the school, five of which are day boy houses. They each have approximately 60 boys in each house with a housmaster and a matron! The day boy houses have more boys per house though as they do not have to sleep there! Tonbridge School currently has 718 boys in it , 309 of which are day-boys! If you want to contact the school then you can with the following details; Address Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP England Telephone 01732 365555 01732 304297 (Admissions) Fax 01732 770853 (Bursary) 01732 363424 (Headmaster) If you have any further questions on the school then don't hesitate to ask!

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