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Our vision and values

About Hugh Christie

Hugh Christie opened in 1957 as a co-educational school for children of all needs and abilities. Based in Tonbridge with excellent transport links, the school is housed in brand new buildings on an attractive campus. We have excellent facilities for Sport, Performing Arts, Science, Design Technology and ICT. 

It is our aim that every child at Hugh Christie is happy, successful and well prepared for adult life. This website provides you with all the important information about how we try to achieve this.

Our priorities for the school are that;

  • Every student achieves their very best
  • Our students make better progress because every teacher is good and on the journey to outstanding
  • Students are happy, behave well and engage with their learning
  • We make a greater difference to the lives of our students because we aspire to outstanding leadership
  • Our provision meets the academic, economic, social, cultural and emotional needs of all our students and ensures they are well prepared for adult life in modern Britain.

We are very proud of the students and staff at Hugh Christie. We are passionate about providing a unique learning experience for your child that will enable them to achieve well, learning new skills, enjoy learning and have a successful and prosperous future.

The Governing Body's Vision for the SchooL


  • Securing good and moving to outstanding in leadership and management, outcomes, teaching and assessment, personal development, welfare and attendance, leadership and management, safeguarding and outcomes . We will monitor this by reviewing,  questioning and checking the school’s own self-evaluation forms.  We will expect to see external validation of the school’s own assessment at least once a year including safeguarding.
  • Working to ensure that every child achieves their very best. We will monitor this through an annual report of the school's external exam results and through regular reports (three times a year) and on-going monitoring of the school's own analysis of current progress. We will review the school's curriculum on an annual basis to ensure it is meeting the needs of learners.
  • Narrowing the gaps between disadvantaged children and others. We will monitor this by scrutinising the annual report on the use and impact of Pupil Premium funding. We will look annually at external examination outcomes and the school’s own data on narrowing gaps in outcomes across all age groups (three times a year).  We will monitor how the school is providing a rich wealth of opportunities to  build social and cultural capital. We will also monitor the attendance of disadvantaged students three times a year to make sure they are attending well and taking full advantage of the opportunities offered.
  • Providing the edge. We will monitor on an annual basis the skills developed, additional opportunities available and curriculum offered to prepare the children well for their future and the creation of a peaceful world. We will seek the views of stakeholders as to their satisfaction with the provision and opportunities made available.
  • Developing Leadership, British Values and Intercultural Understanding. We will monitor how the school is encouraging children and staff to develop their leadership skills. We will monitor how the school is promoting British Values, especially the respect of and care for others, and an understanding of other cultures. We will ensure issues relating to radicalisation and extremism are tackled effectively. We will do this through visits to the school, speaking to staff and students and by monitoring the implementation of the school’s development plan.
  • Building for the future. We will work with the school to assist in ensuring it is well prepared for the future by building capacity, anticipating and responding to challenges, minimising risks and developing personnel. We will do this through effective monitoring of policies, finance, staff development and appraisal. We will also attend training to keep us informed of changes and challenges ahead.


Key Leaders - The Executive Principal

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Jon Barker is Executive Principal of the Tonbridge Federation.
This partnership works to further improve the quality of education provided at Hugh Christie and across the other schools involved. He is a National College Local Leader for Education and an Associate for the PIXL Club.


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Mark Fenn is Head of School and is responsible for the curriculum, behaviour and achievement. He has a Master's Degree in Educational Management and has been at the school since 2002.


Who was Hugh Christie?roy howard


Hugh Christie was a pioneer in every way. Born in London and the son of a city merchant, he was a farmer, public servant and educationalist and lived in Quarry Hill, Tonbridge. A founder member of the National Farmers Union and also involved in the formation of the Women‘s Institute, in 1957 during the year in which the College was founded bearing his name, he was awarded the OBE for political and public services in Kent. A man of outstanding character, integrity and courage, he died in 1962.




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