Development and Alumni at TGS
The Development Office works in close partnership with the School and its wider community to identify and build enduring relationships and support for the School’s strategic commitment to resourcing excellence: To provide inspiring, aspirational and modern facilities and learning opportunities to prepare the students of Tonbridge Grammar School for the progressive global society in which we all live.
Through the generous support of parents, alumni and friends of the School to the School Fund, the learning experience of all students is enriched and on- going refurbishments and small improvements are undertaken each year.
In Autumn 2014, works started on a three - part capital facilities programme, the first major works at the School since The Hand Building in 2008. With majority funding already secured for two elements of the programme, a capital fundraising campaign called Play Your Part was launched to secure funds to complete the programme. During academic year 2014 to 2015 the balance of funds was raised for the IBarn, a new build for Sixth Form, and for major refurbishments to Music. In September 2015, the students of Tonbridge Grammar School returned to use these inspiring new facilities.
The third element of this facilities programme will transform outdoor sport and fitness and with some campaign funds already in hand, this is now the focus of the Play Your Part campaign - This is Our Big Outdoors.
The Development Office plays an active part in supporting the day to day life of the School, meeting regularly with a Student Leadership Development Team to plan and manage a number of events throughout the year. Year 7 Welcome Events were introduced some years ago, The February Careers Fair was introduced in 2013, offering senior students the one to one opportunity to engage and explore careers, with an experienced adult.
The School is defined by the students and by the legacy of its Alumni and the School is enormously proud of their achievements. TGS students form lifelong friendships and we are especially delighted when they come back to visit. The shared experiences of TGS alumni are inspirational to the current students who rightly see them as "one of us" and respect them as a personal role model.
On 23rd January 2016 the School celebrated its 111th Birthday and the 11th Anniversary of the IB Diploma – our first cohort was 2006. The event was hosted by TGS students raising much needed funds for the School's humanitarian partnership in Malawi. Foundation Day on 3 July 2016 - for current, past and future members and friends of the TGS community - introduced the new Debney House and Miss Joy Debney was, of course, our guest of honour. Rosemary 2016, the Alumni newsletter reintroduced in 2015, will publish the memories of some of her students.
The work of the Development and Alumni Office is directed by Mrs Pippa Blackstone, who works alongside our Governors, staff colleagues, students and parent volunteers, alumni, as well as friends from the School’s wider community. A strong common bond links them- which is their love for the School and its ethos and their sincere desire to ensure that that each and every student, in the most inspiring environment possible, can reach their potential and leave us well prepared to flourish in their life beyond the School.
Pippa welcomes your involvement in TGS Development and Alumni at Tonbridge Grammar School. Please do get in touch!