Tonbridge School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 780 (Boys) 0 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13-18 years
  • Founded: 1553

School Contact Details

Tonbridge School
High Street

[t]: 01732 365555

Location Description

Tonbridge occupies an extensive site of about 150 acres on the northern edge of the historic market town of Tonbridge.

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School News

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Two Tonbridge School teams will be meeting senior figures from industry after making it to the finals of the Schools Aerospace Challenge.

Entrants had to display

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their physics and engineering credentials in tackling the task set by competition judges – to write a report detailing some innovative technologies that could ensure the RAF remains at the forefront of air and space in the years ahead.

Just 12 teams from across the country will take part in the highly prestigious national finals, which take the form of an all expenses paid, five-day stay at Cranfield University in July.

During this time, finalists will attend lectures by leaders in the aerospace industry (including representatives from Rolls Royce and Reaction Engines), experience indoor skydiving, work on in-flight experiments in a specially designed plane, and meet the Red Arrows.

Tommy Rochussen (Sc4), Matt Barker (PS4) and Jasper Driessen (WH4) formed one Tonbridge team; Alvaro Marco (PH4), Jason Wong (PH4) and Andrew Slater (PH4) the other.

Phil Deakin, the school’s Head of Physics, said: “The finals are, in themselves, a huge reward for all the boys’ hard work. If they are then selected to be a winner or runner-up, they will go on to present their ideas to The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, and his team.

“Most pleasing was the fact that the boys worked independently to write and design very impressive reports. All six want to do some form of engineering at university, and to pursue careers in this area, and so this will be a most impressive addition to their applications.”

The competition is sponsored by several engineering companies, as well as by the RAF and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Tonbridge independent boys day and boarding school Kent

Tonbridge team ‘Rocketon’ has won the UK Youth Rocketry competition and will now compete in an international final.

The team, consisting of Freddie Lacey (PS1) and

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Cameron Dymond (OH1), were crowned winners after competing in the national finals, held in Buckminster, Grantham. A second Tonbridge team, ‘PR Ltd’, which included Takuya Boehringer (FH2), Toby Harrison (WW2), Ben Gardner (CH2) and Thomas Masding (OH2), also took part in the finals.

The winning boys proved they were the best at launching a rocket carrying two eggs into the air. The rocket and its cargo reached a height of 800feet, and was then safely recovered after a parachute landing.

The competition received more than 120 entries from across the country, with only 20 teams being chosen to progress to the national finals. Team Rocketon will now compete against teams from France, USA and Japan at an international event, which takes place at Farnborough Airshow in July.

The winners were also awarded £500, which will help to fund future rocketry research at Tonbridge.

The competition challenges young people aged between 11 and 18 to design, build and launch model rockets. Students combine practical experience with the chance to learn more about maths and science.

Chris Powell, Physics Teacher at Tonbridge, said: “Winning the competition was an outstanding achievement. The boys had to work together and test their problem-solving skills, scientific knowledge and creativity. It will now be exciting to see them compete against international teams.”

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The inaugural house ‘3v3’ basketball competition marked the opening of the new outdoor court at the Tonbridge School Centre (TSC).

Players from all the year groups

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shot hoops for their houses, to the accompaniment of ‘tunes’ under stormy skies. At the end of the evening, it was Manor House who stood victorious after beating Judde in the final.

The court was official opened by Second Master Dr Huw Williams, with parents and staff invited to the event.

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