We are relocating to UK next year and previously lived in Tonbridge, Kent. Our kids will be going into years 12 (B) 9 (B) and 7 (G).
Middle one is sorted with schools (as you need to apply two years ahead in some schools for year 9).
Older one wants to do A-Levels and is adamant he doesn't want to consider IB (current school abroad offers IB). We will of course apply to Tonbridge school. However would like to have a second option. Son is academic, musical and sporty. Does anyone have any suggestions? Plan to either move back to Tonbridge or Sevenoaks (husband will commute to London) but happy to consider elsewhere but will need access to either of these towns as middle and younger one will school in the area.
Best state option nearby would be either Judd, Skinners or St Olaves. All great results at A Level. Think St O's does just as well if not better than Tonbridge school. However if you are set on an independent then I don't think there is a lot of choice close by at that academic level.
Is it an option to move somewhere like Keston, near Orpington? There are Foundation coaches that go to Dulwich College from that area but it's a schlep! I think Eltham College has a coach there too. Tonbridge school wouldn't be too far in the other direction either.
Other than Tonbridge you don't have a lot of choice if Sevenoaks is not an option. The only other places doing A levels and taking take boys are the smaller much lower tier independents which are very different to the places you are considering. Radnor House Sevenoaks, Sackville, Notre Dame Lingfield, Beechwood and Bethany are the places that spring to mind. If your ds doesn't get Tonbridge then I would consider a train journey to Canterbury or Croyden if you want higher tier.