Tonbridge Global Young Leaders is an intensive leadership programme designed to provide key skills required for ambitious and highly motivated students to become future leaders of their generation. The course aims to build students’ confidence and competence in life skills such as project management, negotiation, debating, presentation, critical thinking, logic and problem solving.
This prestigious summer program takes place at held at exclusive British boarding school Tonbridge School. Centred round a weekly themed project, the course syllabus comprises 28 hours of leadership tuition each week which includes theory lessons, interactive lectures, project research, debate club and real-life case studies in order to provide a stimulating and varied learning experience, and to build students’ confidence and competence in life skills such as project management, team-building, negotiation, formal presentations, critical thinking, logic and problem solving.
Weekly themes are based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Climate Action, No Poverty, Quality Education, Peace, justice and strong institutions, and Health and Well-being, which are delivered through interactive lectures, case studies, projects and workshops. Negotiations, public speaking and debating are key competencies needed in the modern world. On this course, students take part in workshops specifically created and adapted to develop these skills. Research skills, critical thinking and problem solving are all essential for leadership and these are integrated onto the young leaders programme through case studies. In addition, a well balanced weekly activities and excursions are integrated to the course.
Tonbridge Global Young Leaders Program consists of a well-balanced programme of Young Leader tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 28 hours tuition per week, including lectures, seminars, case-studies, workshops and presentations.
- 2 full day excursions and trips per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Maximum class size is 11 students
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-20:00 GMT)
Outside Tonbridge Global Young Leader tuition, students will interact through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Quiz Night
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Media Night
- Sports Tournaments
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Film Night
- The Cube
- Film Making
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK. Students will have 2 full day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmund’s
- Stratford and Warwick
- Shepreth Wildlife Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Tonbridge Global Young Leaders Program.
Students will stay in the boarding house of Tonbridge School, in single or twin bedrooms with separate male and female accommodation, and bathrooms are shared between 4-6 students.
The friendly and supportive residential staff team are available 24 hours per day to support students with any needs.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the beautiful dining hall. Water and drinks are provided with meals.
Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
We will endeavour to meet all dietary requirements, e.g. vegetarian, vegan, Halal etc. Please inform us in advance for special dietary.
The school boasts an array of high-quality facilities with its 150 acre site, including modern classrooms, a recently refurbished library, a large chapel, lecture theatres and an excellent sports centre – equipped with a swimming pool, sports hall, tennis courts, athletics track and extensive playing fields. Wi-Fi is available throughout the school.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Tonbridge School in Kent is part of the ‘Eton Group’ of schools. Established in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde and King Edward VI, the school is one of most highly-regarded and exclusive UK boarding schools with around 790 boys between 13 and 18 years. It is one of only a very few of the ancient public schools not to have turned co-educational.
The school aims to provide a caring and enlightened environment in which the talents of each individual flourish. It encourages boys to be creative, tolerant and to strive for academic, sporting and cultural excellence. Respect for tradition and an openness to innovation are equally valued.
For over 450 years, Tonbridge School has established a formidable academic reputation. This is achieved by high quality teachers, assisted by dedicated support staff, who together foster a broad curriculum for able boys, which seeks to encourage intellectual advancement, curiosity and creativity in a stimulating, challenging but cooperative academic environment. Tonbridge encourages all boys to aspire to academic excellence, and our pupils achieve some of the best examination results in the country. In 2022, more than 85% of A-level results and 97% of GSCE results were A*/A or equivalent. And in 2021, more than 87% of A-level results and 96% of GSCE results were A*/A or equivalent. Their remarkable achievements lead to exceptional success in gaining places at top universities, with over 99% of boys secured admission to their first-choice university, mostly at top, high tariff universities worldwide including Oxbridge, Russel Group and Ivy League schools. In 2022, 13 students were admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Pastoral care is based on the strong house system which fosters a strong sense of belonging. Superb outdoor facilities are complemented by boarding houses benefiting from a rolling programme of refurbishment, new academic departments, a social centre, lecture theatres, and a major arts, music, creativity and technology complex linked to the near 400 seat E M Forster Theatre. The world-class Tonbridge School Centre has been used as an Olympic training venue and provides superb facilities for a range of sports.