Tonbridge Grammar School
is a state school in Tonbridge
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, Kent, United Kingdom. There are approximately 1050 students ranging from 11 to 18 years. It was previously known as Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls
but with the introduction of boys in the sixth form
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in 2002, the school changed its name. The school motto is "Courage and Honour".
Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls began in 1905 with just 13 girls as pupils on the top floor of Tonbridge Library. The headmistress and only teacher was Miss Taylor. The school moved to its current site in Deakin Leas in 1913, after Tonbridge Library became too small to accommodate the growing numbers.
The school has achieved high results in both A-Level and GCSE exams, ranking usually within the top state schools in the county. The local boys equivalent school, The Judd School
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similarly achieves good A-Level and GCSE results, making the pair the most high-achieving schools in north-west Kent.
TGS has the Maths & Computing Specialist Status and Languages Specialist Status, as well as being a Leading Edge School.
TGS also has local rivalry with fellow girl's grammar, Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School (TWGGS). The two schools compete officially and unofficially in sports and academic achievements alike.
As of 2012, the school will be adopting an exclusively International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum for Sixth Form students with effect from September 2012.
Notable former pupils
- Priscilla Baines CB
- Caroline Bowdler (née Darling), Regional Director of the Government Office for the East of England from 2002-6
- Amanda Evans, Editor of Homes & Gardens magazine from 1986-96
- Sharon Grant (née Lawrence), Chairman of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health
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since 2003, and former wife of the Labour MP Bernie Grant
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- Margaret Sharp, Baroness Sharp of Guildford
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(née Hailstone), former SDP
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- Lynn Wallis, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance
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- Barbara "Babs" Lord from Pan's People
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- Angie Sage
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, Author of the Septimus Heap
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