Development at Tonbridge Grammar School
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 development 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 is transforming outdoor sport and fitness and with majority funding in place thanks to significant private philanthropy and campaign funds already in hand, this is now the focus of #OurBigOutdoors for sport at TGS. By Easter 2018 there will be an all - weather pitch, together with floodlighting, and two additional grass training areas will have been leveled, seeded and drained. We have a wonderful opportunity to achieve all our ambitions and we hope to raise the small balance of funding needed for some additional equipment and a small pavilion, to make these facilities truly multi - functional.
The impact will be seen every day all year round and by all students - for the very first time. All students will have access to an inspirational PE experience on the school site, which will engage everyone, and more, there will be further opportunities to work alongside our outreach partners who come to take part in sporting activities with us.
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 24th January 2015 the School celebrated its 110th Birthday and the 10th Anniversary of the IB Diploma – our first cohort was 2006. Our alumni shared their news and stories and Rosemary 2015 - named after the first ever school magazine - was published in time for Foundation Day on 4 July 2015. These are now firm fixtures in the School and Alumni calendars.
In January 2016 we celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Motet Choir, directed by Mr Adrian Pitt. TGS alumni sang together and shared memories. That day the Motet Music Society was born.
The work of the Development 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 TGS. Please do get in touch!