Development and Alumni at Tonbridge Grammar School
TGS Development 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 aspirational, inspiring learning opportunities, and modern facilities to prepare the students of Tonbridge Grammar School for the progressive global society in which we all live.
The School is very generously supported in time, expertise, grants and financial gifts to the annual School Fund, to capital Facilities Development campaigns, and to Joy’s Legacy programme.
The annual School Fund makes a priceless impact on the everyday learning experience of all students. It contributes to the replacement of worn out equipment, and it also contributes to modest aspects of the School’s facilities masterplan.
The current focus of facilities development is #OurBigOutdoors for sport. The project consists of a pavilion, an equipped all - weather pitch, together with floodlighting, a print track, long jump pits and cricket nets, and two additional levelled, seeded and drained grass training areas. Funded entirely by private philanthropy, the first phase was opened in April 2018 engaging all students in daily access to an inspirational PE experience on the school site. The second phase pavilion will follow when funds allow.
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 and be actively involved in school life. 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.
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, including alumni reunions, socials and professional networking events.
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, shared memories invited patrons to found a Motet Music Society.
The annual Careers Fair in February offers senior students a one to one opportunity to engage and explore careers, with an experienced adult. This important event would not be possible without the voluntary commitment of our profession networks who so willingly give their time and experience.
The work of the Development Office is directed by Mrs Pippa Blackstone, working 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 everyone - which is our love for the School and its ethos and our sincere desire to ensure that that each and every student, in the most inspiring environment possible, can reach their potential and leave school well prepared to flourish in life beyond the School gates.
Pippa welcomes your involvement in TGS Development and Alumni at TGS. Please do get in touch!