Mike Gascoigne
Welcome to the Tiffin School website. Tiffin is a unique, vibrant and exciting school, which inspires students to not only achieve academically, but to develop, as rounded individuals, their talents, skills, interests, personalities and whole character, enabling them to successfully progress in the wider world. With the School being formed in Kingston in 1880, and its origins going back to the seventeenth century, Tiffin has a long history of providing a top class education. Our aim is to offer the opportunity of a Tiffin education to even more young people, which is why since 2015 we have been expanding the School, by increasing our intake to 180 students per year. Although proud of our heritage, Tiffin is also a forward thinking, outward looking, and dynamic institution, aiming to prepare our students for their future lives in our modern society; our conversion to Academy status in 2011, was indicative of our continual desire to further enrich, adapt and improve the educational environment and opportunities that Tiffin School can offer to its students, as is our recent move to individual student Chromebooks and the use of Google Classroom.

The vision of the School is that we inspire students to engage, aspire and excel. The vision and aims of the School support their education in a selective and high achieving environment. Although remaining a boys’ school from 11-16, we are delighted that from September 2019, we will also admit girls to the Sixth Form when it becomes mixed. Through constantly working to sustain an outstanding quality in our teaching and learning, we aim for our students to become confident independent learners who engage in their education. Coupled with this is the belief that the development of these young people is best achieved by fostering an engagement in a rich range of wider opportunities, allowing them to explore and develop all aspects of their characters, and become mature young adults. Throughout we encourage our students to aspire to high aims, and excel through their engagement, enabling them to go on to higher education and successful careers of their choice.

Tiffin is renowned for its academic success, and we strive for the highest of academic standards with our students. They can study a range of subjects that will allow them to follow a path of success that leads to the top universities and beyond. The results in the summer of 2018 were again outstanding with just under 80% of all GCSE grades at 9-7 on the new scale (or A*- A on the old scale), and 85% of all A Level grades at A* to B at A level. The new Government measure, Progress 8, also indicates that our students make outstanding progress between KS2 and GCSE. With 98% of our students going on to university, the vast majority to the top Russell Group universities, including about 20 each year to Oxbridge, the evidence of the success of the students in being able to pursue the courses and careers that they have wanted to follow, is clear. The Destinations on the website illustrates the range and variety of universities and courses that our students go on to in this country and abroad.

However, at Tiffin, we believe that education is about more than just academic success; it is also about developing the whole person, and we provide the opportunities and encouragement for students to engage in a quite extraordinary range of activities that will encourage and cultivate commitment, leadership, teamwork, initiative, responsibility and confidence. In particular, we invest in a breadth of curriculum that reflects our specialist interests in the Performing Arts, Languages and Sports. What is learnt in a Tiffin education, are the skills for life, and the knowledge that learning goes beyond the classroom.

Our pupils enjoy Tiffin and the opportunities it offers, and their overall wellbeing is encouraged by our focus on developing empathy, generosity, and a respect for others in our community. In addition, the school cares for and nurtures the young people that are here, supporting them in their social and moral development through our ethos and codes of behaviour. In fact, our unique Tiffin community embraces and includes the many parent groups that support the school in its wider opportunities, and we could not achieve a lot of what we do without the tremendous support we receive from our parents.

Tiffin has excellent facilities, but the continual development of the School facilities is an ongoing focus of the Board of Governors. We have recently opened in summer 2018, a fantastic and substantial new building to accommodate a new dining hall and kitchens downstairs, with new classrooms and an IT suite on the first floor. This was built in the same style as our landmark Learning Resources Centre (2004), and was complemented by an impressive new pupil entrance, front boundary wall, and playground changes. In addition, we have also just opened in September 2018 an excellent new Sixth Form Centre, with study and social areas. Our next project, with construction starting in spring 2019, is a large extension to our existing Sports Centre, to create new changing facilities as well as new fitness, weights and conditioning rooms, to complement our floodlit multi-use games area opened in 2009. These projects were completed not only after winning bids for Government funding, but also because of generous Parental and Alumni contributions to our fundraising campaigns. If you would like to find out more about our campaigns or make a donation, please follow this link to Donations.

Our investment at Tiffin is not just in facilities, but also in our work in partnership with other schools in Kingston through our specialist interests and Academy status, and in the work we do with a wide range of community groups who use Tiffin School as their venue, or use our sports facilities in evenings and at weekends. Through our partnership with Kingston Rowing Club, we completed in 2012 the refurbishment of our boathouse in Canbury Gardens, after successfully winning a large grant from British Rowing. We recognise our historical roots in the centre of Kingston and enjoy close collaboration with All Saints Parish Church, Kingston University, and our sister school, The Tiffin Girls’ School.

Please do click on to the links on our website to get a view of what goes on in the School, and read the introduction to the School from our Chairman of Governors, Phil Phillips.

We were also delighted to receive a very positive review by The Good Schools Guide, which you can read here.

Mike Gascoigne

OFSTED 2011-12 Language College Arts College International School Award Arkwright