The young sports stars of the future from Tonbridge Grammar School were involved in a unique training session with GB Olympic athlete Asha Philip back in July 2017 filming for the #onechallenge – changing the world one challenge at a time campaign.
Local firms and artists come in to School every week on a Wednesday when the normal school day is suspended for our Year 7 8 students and they opt into a wide ranging bespoke programme of workshops and activities. This term we have 100% take up of our alternative Action! Programme.
We believe in building strong collaborative relationships within the school and the wider community. Our Action! Programme runs alongside our Middle Years Programme for the International Baccalaureate
Students at Tonbridge Grammar School (TGS) are celebrating outstanding results again in a year which sees the introduction of the reformed, and more rigorous, numeric graded GCSEs in English and Mathematics. The introduction of a new top grade of 9 which sits above the threshold for A* is undoubtedly tough to achieve. Our results show that TGS students are more than capable of responding to this challenge with grade 9s achieved by 47 pupils (30%) in Mathematics and 52 pupils (33%) in English; 24 students (15%) achieved a grade 9 in both subjects. 11 students achieved 3 grade 9s with six of them achieving A*s in their remaining seven subjects. 58 pupils (37%) gained 10 or more A or A* grades (or new grade 9, 8 or 7) with 18 pupils (11%) gaining 10 or more A*s (or new grades of 9 or 8). Overall, 56% of all GCSE results were at grade A* and above (or new grades 9 or 8) and 82% at A*or A (or new grades 9, 8 or 7).
Rosemary Joyce, Head Teacher at Tonbridge Grammar School, said: ‘Congratulations to all our Year 11 students celebrating their results today. I am absolutely delighted with their achievements and send my warmest congratulations to every one of them. Undoubtedly the introduction of the new GCSEs in English and Mathematics has created a significant additional challenge for both students and staff this year. It is fantastic to see the success of our students across the board including in the new, academically rigorous examinations in Mathematics and English. All of our students should feel justifiably proud of their achievements which reflect their exceptional hard work and commitment to their studies. Congratulations also to the dedicated staff who have supported our students to achieve such outstanding results, including our English and Mathematics teachers who have worked so hard to ensure that the introduction of the reformed GCSEs supports our students to success.’
The average points per entry attained of 7.51 is the equivalent of a strong A grade. Students achieved the highest grades in all subjects, in particular core disciplines where every student studies three sciences, two English subjects, and at least one language. Mathematics results were exceptional with 102 students (65%) achieving a grade 8 or 9; 133 (85%) at grade 7 and above. 132 students (84%) gained grade 9, 8 or 7 in GCSE English. Students also achieved exceptionally high grades in GCSE Science and Modern Foreign Languages with the following figures reflecting the number of A* or A grades in each discipline; French 55 (90%), Spanish 65 (90%), Biology 134 (87%), Physics 135 (87%) and Chemistry 133 (85%).
We celebrated a year in the life of Tonbridge Grammar School with students and staff on Thursday 13 July. The day was divided into four parts.
In the first session students attended House celebration assemblies and pitted their wits against each other in a house quiz competition.
In the second session, we celebrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) at Tonbridge Grammar School. Year 8 shared their learning from their interdisciplinary project on global sustainability to Year 7 students who also took part in a House maths runaround. Year 9 completed a number of engineering challenges and Year 12 presented their IB Science projects to Year 10 which also had the theme of sustainability on a global scale.
In the third session, there were formal music and dance performances, exhibitions in Design, Visual Arts, CAS and the school archive collection as well as and a number of activities including British Sign Language masterclasses and demonstrations of the Falcon Project flight simulator.
At lunchtime, students took part in a whole school picnic on the school field with a smoothie bike, cream teas and a barbeque provided by Chartwells. The PTA Summer Fair was a popular attraction – thank to all the hard work from the PTA in the run up to the event and in manning stalls on the day.
The fourth session saw pop-up music performances and enrichment activities including meditation, rocket car racing, drama performances and a poetry slam. Many students seized the opportunity to try on kimonos from Japan Club, taste food from around the world and dress a global citizen. The grand finale shared performances from school choirs, whole school singing African schools and a bon voyage performance from the Motet Choir ahead of their visit to Latvia.
We would like to thank all the students, staff, friends and parents who made the day a great success. The cost for the day was met by very kind sponsorship, through the TGS School Fund, from Actavo who provided our “main stage”, Bond Bryan Architects and MXM Medical Communications.
Sixth Form students and staff have a great deal to celebrate with the publication across the world of the International Baccalaureate Diploma results.
“I warmly congratulate all of our IB Diploma students for their truly outstanding achievement. Not only are our Diploma students here amongst the very best in the world academically but, we know, their Diploma experience has equipped them academically and more broadly with the skills and qualities that universities and employers prize. With the Diploma behind them our students really do have a competitive edge and can look forward to a bright future. Congratulations also to the dedicated and inspirational team of staff who work tirelessly to support our students to such fantastic success.”
Rosemary Joyce, Head Teacher
One student achieved 45 points, the highest possible score. Two students achieved 44 points, six students achieved 43 points and twelve students were awarded 42 points - there is plenty to celebrate!
Half the year group are celebrating point scores of 38 and above (equivalent to 3A* and 1A at A Level) and 82% of this year’s Diploma graduates achieved points totals that put them in the highest echelons of UK academic achievement (3A* at A Level).
The average point score achieved was 37; continuing the school’s strong record of achievement since having moved to an exclusively IB Diploma Sixth Form five years ago.
On Friday 19 May, five students from Tonbridge Grammar School from Year 7 and 8 attended the Inaugural Inter-Schools Bridge Tournament at Weald Community Primary School. The traditional image of a bridge game of ladies in twinsets and pearls sitting around the kitchen table could not have been further from the truth.
Sir John Jones to speak at the first Kaizen Teaching School Alliance Conference in Kent.A group of Kent schools, including Tonbridge Grammar School are getting together to organise their first event for the promotion and development of effective school development, and learning and teaching this autumn.