About TONBRIDGE SCHOOL
Classrooms and laboratories are grouped so that each academic Department has its teaching rooms, resources, and offices gathered in a distinct area or separate building. Virtually every member of staff has his or her own teaching room. The Departments are generously equipped with audio-visual aids, television and video facilities, and computers. Many Departments have their own library and reading room.
Art, Technology, Computing, and Electronics are housed in the Vere Hodge Centre Arts and Technology Centre (opened in 1996), which incorporates a major extension to the Music School as well as a reprographics centre and an exhibition area. The E.M. Forster Theatre complex, opened in summer 2000, joins the Vere Hodge Centre to provide a unique integrated facility for all the creative and practical subjects and the performing arts. The E.M. Forster Theatre consists of a main auditorium, a studio theatre, a theatre workshop and teaching rooms.
The modern proscenium arch theatre seats 370 people in comfort, with excellent panoramic views throughout and very good disabled access. It is a highly adaptable theatre with a large stage, orchestra pit, advanced lighting, sound and audio-visual facilities. Also situated within the complex is a Studio Theatre, with seating for up to 90, which is well suited to small-scale and experimental performances. The School has an extraordinarily productive Drama Department which mounts a huge range of activities throughout the year, the Music Department consider it their ‘third venue’ and the Art Department use the foyers as an exhibition space in addition to the Tunnel Gallery. As part of the Arts Programme the theatre hosts a growing number of high caliber professional productions and we are forming associations with professional companies who are impressed by our facilities