As of 2010, "A" and "B" rugby teams play against local grammar schools. In 1948 rural biology was added to the curriculum for the first time, for which the headmaster provided a plot of land to be used as a vegetable plot. We have a long tradition of success, but take a modern approach to learning, in and out of lessons. Yes, there is a catchment area with an Inner and Outer area of priority. [14] Beeching ended this arrangement in April 1889, at which time the school used the 5-acre (2.0 ha) YMCA field, for £20 per year. The Judd School 11 Plus Exam Format . He increased the number of female staff from zero to seven during his tenure,[43] and the student body grew from 463 to 746 during these years.[37]. [23] In 1970, 31 staff taught 463 boys; 45 taught 745 in 1988. [112] Sportsmen alumni include: professional rugby player Martin Purdy; former captain of the Kent County Cricket Club David Fulton; athlete Steven Fennell; and swimmer Xander Alari-Williams. The government introduced the Attainment 8 measure in 2016 (although some schools chose to opt in a year earlier). This has caused some controversy in the Tonbridge community as the proposed development will be situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an average-sized 11 to 18, boys’ selective school, with approximately 50 girls joining each year in the sixth form. Kathleen Lynch Howard, who left last term after an amazing 26 years of dedicated service to Judd students, has kindly agreed to share some of her memories of Judd with us. [93], At lower school level, there are regular games for "A" and "B" teams in most sports, so that many of the students have the chance to represent the school; in Year Seven there are occasionally "C", "D", "E" and "F" rugby matches. Because the school is usually over-subscribed, priority is given to students in Local Authority Care in the first instance. The Judd School is a special place to learn and grow, for students and for staff. After Starling's retirement in 2004, Robert Masters was appointed as his replacement and oversaw the school's transition to music and maths specialist status in 2004. [66], Boys may wear a dark grey or black suit, plain black, grey or navy V-neck sweater and a scarf of a plain colour. The Judd School (often known simply as Judd) is a voluntary aided grammar school in Tonbridge, Kent, England. The Government has announced opens in a new window that it will not publish any school or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020, and has outlined accountability arrangements opens in a new window for 2020/21., Many thanks to all those who have already supported this year's JPA Virtual Christmas Fayre. The school continues to be state-funded and thus charges no fees. Welcome to the The Judd School parents' evening booking system. The Kent Education Committee funded free dinners for some pupils, travel and maintenance grants and created a common entrance exam. Spread the word to family and friends! O-level/GCSE results have similarly improved, reaching a peak of 88 percent pass rate in 1978. Judd CCF. The school maxim is ‘Learn, Grow, Belong’ and this epitomises our approach in all we do. Contact. Former pupils notable for their military careers are: Neville Duke, a World War Two fighter pilot;[112] Donald Hodge,[113] one of the last surviving veterans of the First World War; and Terence Lewin, former Chief of the Defence Staff and Admiral of the Fleet. [72], In 1951, the school adopted the General Certificate of Education, but students were barred from taking any exams before the age of 16, which meant that many students left school without any qualifications because of the sheer necessity of leaving school to contribute to household income. [67] Established in the 1902 Education Act, students would receive a normal secondary education, before receiving two years training, splitting their time between a Pupil Teachers Centre and practical experience at elementary and secondary schools. [36] Prior to the establishment of the sixth form, The Judd School passed several boys to Tonbridge School, or other grammar schools, to complete their education to the age of 18 or 19; £20 was paid as a leaving scholarship. In the event of over-subscription, priority will be given to internal applicants, followed by external applicants in Local Authority Care. There are currently six houses, named after previous headmasters (excluding Robert Masters, the seventh headmaster); Morgan, Starling, Rendall, Byrant, Taylor, Evans. [64], In July 1904, The Judd School participated in the Pupil Teachers Scheme on an experimental basis. [56] Around the turn of the 20th century, an attempt was made to attract younger boys into the school by reducing fees for those under the age of 12 from £2/20s to £2 per term. The majority of students go on to higher education at the end of Year Thirteen.[47]. [46], Upon its foundation, when – according to Green (1990) – it was said to be a "temporary expedient", the school was based at Stafford House, in East Street in the centre of Tonbridge. JW, The Judd School • Brook Street, Tonbridge, TN9 2PNTel: 01732 770880 • Email:, © 2021 The Judd School• Every year, the houses competed for the House Shield; points were awarded for all forms of competitions, from sword dancing to vaulting. The school advertises specialisms in music and English and science and mathematics. Tags. [12] Provision was made for the allocation of scholarships to the value of the tuition fees for one in every ten boys in the school; one-half of the scholarships were arranged by the governors and awarded only to boys who had spent three years education in a public elementary school. [51] A new gymnasium was constructed after a 1956 survey deemed its predecessor economically irreparable. [12] The funds were provided by a loan of £13,000 repaid over the next 20 years with income from the Judd Foundation (of which The Skinners' Company were trustees), which rapidly increased when the leases on the Sandhills Estate in London were renewed in 1906. Provision was made for pupils to enter aged 13 or 14, for those that had failed the test two years earlier. This does not show pupils who actually received free school meals but those who are eligible to receive them. Instrumental lessons are available through the school, for which a charge is made. [106] In November 1920, an organ was built at a cost of over £1,000, and placed in the schoolroom as a memorial to the old boys and masters who died in the First World War. Plans to move Judd School's exit point to a cul de sac behind the school have have been condemned as dangerous by a group of residents living nearby. [42] He oversaw the building of the new art and crafts department building, currently the R.E. In the second year German is added and in Mathematics, students are divided based on their ability. [5] Tonbridge School was founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judd,[nb 1] who made a fortune in the Muscovy fur trade during the 16th century. The Judd School is a Voluntary Aided Grammar School for boys, with about 150 girls in the sixth form, situated in Tonbridge, Kent. [48] Mr Masters also organised the building of the school's all-weather pitch, which was completed in 2006. [47] The sixth form has its own Common Room in the main school building, including a dedicated cafeteria and study area. [36] While defining the school-leaving age as 15, the act granted the government the power to raise the age to 16 "as soon as the Minister is satisfied that it has become practicable", which happened in 1973. The school has won 6 of 10, and the King Henry VIII relays in Coventry. In September 2004, the school was designated a music and mathematics specialist school, which means it receives additional funding for those subjects. We sincerely hope you are proud of what you have achieved! There is a sixth form house tie available, although girls may choose to wear a pin badge instead. A programme of inter-house competitions, caters for those who are not school team players. [79] The curriculum comprises English and Drama, Mathematics, French, Latin, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Music, Design Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education (P.E.) We have a long tradition of success, but take a modern approach to learning, in and out of lessons. [87][88], Extra-curricular musical opportunities include: Choir, Junior Singers, Chamber Choir, Judd Brass, Big Bands, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Junior Orchestra; students give up to 40 concerts per year. [105] Positioned in a narrow street and originally designed for 20 boarders, traffic noise, awkward arrangement and low pitch of the classrooms and the distance of the school from its playing fields made the building far from ideal. Raffle sales are going tremendously, but with such amazing hampers up for grabs I'm not surprised! Full details of the school's response to Covid can be found here. There are several grass pitches as well as one of the largest 3G pitches in the UK. The Judd School is a state funded secondary grammar school for boys with girls in the sixth form. However, the foundation document stipulated that every boy had to be able read, write from dictation and perform sums in the "first four simple rules of Arithmetic, with the multiplication table". Membership remains voluntary, and boys can join from Year Nine (aged 13–14). The Judd School is a highly academic state-funded school with traditional values. [63], Pupils are also admitted to the sixth form aged 16 or 17, for which similar criteria is applied. Tel: 01732 770 880 URN: 118843. [68][80], The school year runs from September to July, split across three terms: the autumn term (September to December), spring term (January to April) and the summer term (April to July). Students participate in a number of educational visits and excursions throughout their school career and Year Eleven students participate in a nine-day work experience programme. [104] Previously used by private tutor Isaac Fleming in 1878,[70] it was a building whose central urban position was, Taylor (1988) said, a "major asset, and possibly the only one"; Headmaster Bryant "bore its numerous shortcomings, its bricked ambience and grasslessness". The new playing fields will tackle the issue of increasing student numbers and provide four rugby pitches, a cricket square and artificial strip and car parking in the 26 acres of land. [76] At the turn of the 20th century, 15 subjects were taught and lessons lasted one hour; school began at nine, and the day included 15 minutes of hymns, prayers and roll calls. Founded by the Skinners Company, it was named after 16th century merchant Sir Andrew Judde, whose endowment helped fund the school. JW, Step in to Christmas at our virtual Fair now open until December 9th. The Judd School in Tonbridge has published its proposed admission arrangements for 2016 entry, containing three important decisions by Governors that will have a considerable impact not only on the school itself, but also on grammar school admissions across the area. On here Cadets will be able to look at photos, information and events that are forthcoming. 01732 770880. DfE Code: 886/4622. Students may also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. It was established in 1888 at Stafford House on East Street in Tonbridge, where it remained for eight years before moving to its present location on Brook Street, in the south of the town. As reported before, Head Boy John was one of four selected after a rigorous process to represent the UK in the 2020 International Biology O... Last week we were lucky enough to have training from Jackie Brookes @PeActive and all our PE staff and students thought the session was incredibly useful. The majority of students go on to higher education following the completion of their A-levels at the end of Year Thirteen (aged 17–18), and in 2017, over one in five (38) Year 13 students gained an Oxbridge offer. [92] The school's Combined Cadet Force currently comprises both an Army and a Royal Air Force Section with a total establishment strength of 120 cadets, who meet on Friday afternoons following a full school day. As mathematics is automatically included under a science specialism, the school selected English to join music under the first specialism. The first prospectus promised "religious instruction in accordance with the principles of the Christian Faith" and the following subjects: reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, history, English (grammar, composition, and literature), Latin, at least one other foreign European language, mathematics, book-keeping, natural science, drawing, drill, and vocal music. The Judd School Catchment Area . [99] The Judd School offers cricket academies from Year Eight (aged 12–13) onwards, with training available all year round. First … I trust you will find it a happy, nurturing and forward-thinking environment with a buzz around learning. Judd pupils generally take ten General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) tests in Year Eleven (aged 15–16), and they have a choice of four or five A-levels in the sixth form. Find out how The Judd School rates compared to other primary schools in Tonbridge and Malling with our school ratings. [35] During his tenure, Taylor significantly expanded the school facilities: in 1948, the headmaster's living quarters were converted to include a secretaries office, waiting room and medical inspection room (the headmaster moved to neighbouring Brook House, which was purchased by The Skinners' Company). Email. [58] As of 2010, the school offers GCSEs to students in the lower school, and AS/A-levels to students in the sixth form. ... † Schools of the same phase (primary or secondary) for which data are available. [14], After Bloodshotts field (the current location of Tonbridge Grammar School) was rejected as an inferior site, "Mr Deacon's Field" in Haysden Lane (now Brook Street) was acquired from Sir Edmund Hardinge's trustees for £240 per acre, a total of £2,059. Shirts may be plain grey, blue or white. [89] Despite the minimum of theatrical equipment, Taylor (1988) notes that "much has been achieved" and at times the headmaster himself took a leading role. The Judd School is located in Tonbridge and falls under the local authority of Kent. The school maxim is ‘Learn, Grow, Belong’ and this epitomises our approach in all we do. Students are then ranked according to their predicted or actual GCSE results, and the distance to school is again used as a tiebreaker. [96] The school reached the quarterfinals of the premier national schools rugby competition, the NatWest Schools Cup, in 2017 and 2018. block, which opened in May 1974, and the purchase of a neighbouring detached house, 10 Brook Street, by the Kent Education Committee. Kent TN9 2PN. Staff, Old Juddians, CCF and students from the 6 th form attended a service presided over by Revd. [83] League tables published by the BBC based on 2008 A-level results rank Judd as the fourth best school in Kent. [47] Following an "outstanding" result in a 2007 Ofsted inspection, the school was invited to become a High Performing Specialist School and in April 2008 was successful in attaining science specialism status. [21] The following year, and according to Taylor (1988) "much to the Headmaster's distaste",[22] the first female teachers were appointed after the deaths of several male members of staff. [59] The house system was changed in 2017, due to a large increase in pupil numbers. Subsequently, a fee of one guinea was paid to those who attended meetings of the governing body, the first of which was held on 4 February 1920, at Skinners' Hall in London. [36] The current governing body consists of a chair and vice chair, ten foundation governors (elected by the Worshipful Company of Skinners), three parent governors, two Local Education Authority (LEA) governors, three staff governors, an education officer and clerk, education assistant, assistant clerk and the headmaster. Financials. [46] Now defunct school societies have included a Young Farmers Club, Jazz Society, Science Society, Stamp Club, Literary and Debating Society, and the League of Nations Union. [70][71] Entry to the school was conditional upon a pupil passing an entrance exam, which would vary according to the age of the boy. [62] The lower school as it is today was first established by the "Five Year Plan" following a government inspection in 1933. In 2013, The Sunday Times newspaper ranked The Judd School as the 12th best state secondary school (for pupils aged 11–16, with an optional two further years of education in sixth form) in the country. In its early years, boys entered the school mainly from local elementary (now known as primary) schools from ages eight onwards;[60] at that time, the maximum age of a pupil was 16, although any boy who reached this age during the course of a term was permitted to remain until the end of that term. [39] However, the 1950s saw a definite swing towards maths and science, and a subsequent increase in staffing in those departments. [50] Major decisions were made by The Skinners' Company, but its powers were restricted by the Charity Commissioners, who were granted considerable powers under the Endowed Schools Act. e.g. Many come from relatively affluent backgrounds, though this is not universal; very few take up free school meals. [63] The lower school (Years 7–11) is 625 students (all boys) strong,[47] for whom the school uniform consists of a navy blazer accompanied with the school badge on the breast pocket, with grey trousers and a grey or white shirt. This site is run by the Staff of the Judd School CCF. [105] The floor of the main schoolroom was restored and lavatory closets and urinals were installed. [97] In the 2008–09 season the under-15 rugby team advanced to the final of the national schools Daily Mail Cup at Twickenham on 1 April 2009 but lost 11–34 to Millfield. [23][51], After applying for voluntary aided status, the school was required to adopt new Articles of Government on 31 December, 1944. [40], As of 2010, the school follows the National Curriculum in Years 7–11 and offers a broad range of GCSEs (national exams taken by students aged 14–16) and A-levels (national exams taken by pupils aged 16–18). Although not first used until two years later, a swimming pool was constructed in 1964 at the cost of £9,000. After delays, it was completed in Easter 2017, entitled the "Ashton Building", and is currently in use. Some of our Year 12 A Level musicians recently took part in an interactive virtual masterclass with principal keyboardist Robert Howarth from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. [47] According to the school, as of 2010 the student body is made up of 935 students: 625 in the lower school and 310 in the sixth form, including about 60 girls. Uniforms List. 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