“Students’ personal development is outstanding as a result of the exceptional range of wider opportunities on offer”
The co-curriculum of wider opportunities are an essential part of Tiffin life. All boys belong to a House and take an active role in the House Championship, working closely with boys of different ages and experiences. Running alongside this is an extensive and ambitious range of sports teams, musical ensembles, arts groups, clubs and societies, which meet before school, at morning break, during the long lunch break (in which boys will often take part in two activities as well to having lunch), after school, in the evening and at weekends. Most of the co-curricular activities are run by staff in their areas of expertise and enthusiasm; many are led by the boys themselves, several of whom have set up their own groups.
Involvement in the co-curriculum is closely monitored by the Form Tutor and all boys are strongly encouraged to take part. The strongest performances at GCSE and A Level at Tiffin often come from boys who have been heavily involved in wider opportunities; similarly, the breadth of experience that comes from full engagement in this programme is highly valued by universities when they look to select students for undergraduate courses.
Through the House system, all students are able to participate in representative activities such as Sports, Music, Drama, and Public Speaking. The profligacy of the house system across the whole school community is exceptional with every boy in the school (including the sixth form) competing in between 4 and 5 house competitions on average. There are 75 different competitions run in 20 different disciplines.
Since 1919 every student and teacher at Tiffin School has been assigned to a house upon arrival at the school. Each house is led by a teacher - the head of house, and a student from the Sixth Form - the house captain. They are responsible for overall control and organisation of house activities throughout the year. Other opportunities for student leadership are also abundant with younger boys highly valuing roles such as Year 7 House Chess, Football or Lit Quiz Captain.
Houses compete annually for the House Trophy which is awarded to the winning house at the end of the competition, which consists of academic and sporting events. The house with the highest points score is presented the trophy on Sports Day, usually the Wednesday of the last week of the Summer Term. The name of the winning house and year is recorded on the gallery in the school hall.
There are currently eight houses at Tiffin. These houses and their associated colours are:
1. Churchill-Gordon, Black and White
2. Darwin-Wilberforce, Silver and Navy
3. Drake, Black and Red
4. Kingsley-Montgomery, Black and Green
5. Livingstone, Blue and Yellow (formerly Brown and Yellow)
6. Raleigh, Maroon and White
7. Scott, Blue and White
8. Turing-Nightingale, Silver and White
The activities available to the boys during the school year include the following.
KS3 Dance Club
Tiffin Dance Company
Duke of Edinburgh
Maths Challenge Club
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