The renowned philosopher, AC Grayling will speak to Tonbridge Grammar School students at their Prize Giving ceremony on Tuesday 15th December. More than 250 students and former students have been invited to collect their iGCSE and International Baccalaureate Diplomas at the annual event.
In addition to academic achievements, a number of students will also receive awards for exceptional contribution to community projects, outstanding student leadership, charity service and peer mentoring. Groups of alumni have presented the School with cups, including the Endeavour Award and the Friends of 1953 Award.
Current students and last year’s leavers will be addressed by Professor Grayling, who is Master of the New College of the Humanities in London, a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, and a prolific writer.
Professor Grayling believes strongly in the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful. His latest book, ‘The Challenge of Things; Thinking Through Troubled Times’ describes and exposes the darkness of our current world, while exploring ways out of the habits and prejudices that might otherwise find us deadlocked.
Previous Prize Giving speakers at Tonbridge Grammar School include the author and journalist India Knight and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Director of Cranfield’s International Centre for Women Leaders.
At GCSE/iGCSE students gained exceptional results; English and Mathematics grades were 94% A or better and this is mirrored within Science, Biology 94% A/A*and, Chemistry and Physics 90% A/A*. Language results were remarkable with all students gaining A or A* in Spanish and 96% doing so in French.
In the Sixth Form at International Baccalaureate Diploma level, on average TGS students have continued to achieve the highest diploma scores within the state school sector. Overall, 73% of leavers gained a place at their firm choice university and 71% of the places accepted were at a Russell Group university including Oxford, Cambridge or medical schools.