Tonbridge Grammar School scoops top awards - updated!

Staff and students at Tonbridge Grammar School are celebrating their success in The Sunday Times Parent Power survey to be published this weekend.

The school has been named Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year and International Baccalaureate (IB) School of the Year. Download the article here.

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said:

“Tonbridge Grammar offers a distinctive education. Its choice of the IB over A-levels in the sixth form gives pupils a more-widely grounded education and prepares them well for university and life beyond the school gates. The award is thoroughly deserved and acknowledges the efforts of a talented, dedicated and creative teaching staff working with enthusiastic learners, who go on to make an impact in all walks of life.”

The Parent Power survey is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level this summer or International Baccalaureate Higher Level grades 7, 6 and 5 (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades at GCSE. It enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally.

Rosemary Joyce, Head Teacher, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that the Sunday Times has recognised the distinctive educational experience and fantastic outcomes achieved by our students. To have been awarded two prestigious Sunday Times School of the Year awards for State Secondary School of the Year and IB School of the Year is a real validation of the incredible creative energy, dedication and commitment of all the staff at TGS who have worked so hard in so many ways to support the achievement of all students at the School. Success is not achieved overnight, staff and Governors have worked incredibly hard to shape a distinctive ethos and a clear direction for our school that ensures students here benefit from the academic and wider learning opportunities as well as highly personalised support that leads to academic and personal success.”