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Grand Slam at Cross-Country Borough Championships

10 November 2017 by

The Borough Championships took place on Thursday 2nd November in the grounds of Surbiton High School. The run, although not particularly long, was challenging due to undulating terrain and a particularly steep hill. It was therefore interesting to pace oneself on this course to ensure performance was maximised on the flatter ground. The races were split into four year groups. In Year 7 Connor Foley took first place and Oscar Luck came second. In Years 8 and 9 Tom Armstrong came first, Will Murphy came second and Euan Sinclair came third. In Years 10 and 11 Eric Williams came first and Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin came second. In Years 12 and 13 Aaron Bruce won second. As well as these great results, it was particularly pleasing to see such a high turn-out from all year groups. The fantastic performance of all our runners culminated in Tiffin winning a grand slam of all 4 titles, for the first time this decade.


Young Historian Awards

10 November 2017 by

In July, Rasnaam Grover (left), Joseph Parkinson (centre) and Arth Kochhar (right) entered their end of year history projects in the Historical Association’s Young Historian Awards.  Their work focused on the historical significance of either WW1 or WW2.  All three were commended for their efforts and are pictured with their certificates. Well done to all three.



First success for newly founded Tiffin Table Tennis team

13 October 2017 by

On Tuesday 10 October a newly founded Tiffin Table Tennis team entered their first tournament at Coombe Boys’ School.



The U13s, consisting of Harshil Shah, Ashrith Behara, Oliver Cheung and Elvis Anim, impressed from the start and progressed easily to the semi-finals where they defeated Richard Challoner A. In the final against a seasoned Coombe A side, Harshil and Ashrith dominated their opponents, neither dropping a game. Further contributions from Oliver and Elvis in hard-fought contests saw the final tied at two matches each; Tiffin claimed the final winning 5-4 in games. A stunning victory!


Travel Plan Gold Accreditation

13 October 2017 by

Tiffin School has achieved Gold accreditation status for its Travel Plan thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Tiffin’s Year 10 TfL Youth Travel Ambassadors. This ranks Tiffin School in the top 10% of London Borough Schools to achieve this level of success.



Schools are required to develop a travel plan which promotes safe and sustainable travel to pupils, parents and staff. The plan must meet criteria set by the Department of Education (DfE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) and must also have their travel plans approved by Transport for London.


Travel plans usually:

  • improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists (showers, lockers and cycle parking)
  • promote cycling and provide cycle training
  • promote road safety
  • encourage car shares


Travel plans also benefit the local community, parents, students and staff:

  • the area often has less traffic – it becomes safer and less congested
  • people are encouraged to cycle or walk and be healthier
  • awareness of environmental issues increases
  • children develop road awareness and safety skills
  • travel options that are free or cheaper than using a private car are promoted
  • the need for parking spaces is decreased


The Damnation of Faust at the Barbican

29 September 2017 by

Simon Rattle’s second outing with the LSO, was given a 5 star review in The Times—”As the harps cast their golden glow and a duo of violins soared in sweet song, choirs of children slipped into the hall’s aisles to add their celestial spirit voices to the heavenly music.  When Rattle turned round to conduct the Tiffin Children’s Chorus and Tiffin Boys’ and Girls’ choirs, it felt like a gesture of welcome to everyone in the hall.”





You can listen to the whole performance or scroll to 2:32:31.  Additionally, Simon Rattle, James Day and boys from Tiffin Choir were interviewed here (scroll to 7:56 to see the boys).


Tiffin Boys sing at the Royal Opera House

29 September 2017 by

We were incredibly proud to have the Tiffin Boys’ choir sing in La bohème at the Royal Opera House, alongside the Childrens’ Chorus (a group of primary school children who rehearse weekly at school under our direction).  The children worked incredibly hard and the Royal Opera House were very pleased with them all.  The photo below ‘Parpignol Singing’ (which is the iconic section for the children in the opera) has been posted in numerous reviews, including in Spain!



La bohème is in rep at the Royal Opera House, London, until 10 October, and screened live in cinemas (and repeats around the world at a later date) on Tuesday 3 October.


Ken Olisa OBE presents prizes at Celebration Evening

18 September 2017 by

We were delighted to welcome Ken Olisa OBE as our guest speaker at the event on 14 September 2017. Ken is an extremely successful businessman, and is currently also Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, acting as the Queen’s representative. It was amazing to recall the successes of this year group, and we wish them all the very best as they move on to university or employment and hope they keep in touch through the Tiffin Association, which unites the alumni of the School.





Tiffin student is National Junior Canoe Champion

18 September 2017 by

During the summer holidays Arthur Leech, now in Year 13, raced in the National Canoe Championships and is now National Junior Canoe Champion for this year. As a result of this he has been selected by British Canoeing to represent Great Britain, competing at the Olympic Hopes Competition in the Czech Republic in September; a fantastic achievement.


Tiffin judged one of top 100 cricketing schools in the country

18 September 2017 by

The Cricketer Magazine wrote to let us know that in a judging panel to determine the Top 100 cricketing schools in the country, Tiffin School was adjudicated to be one of those schools.  They received 250 submissions this year, and to determine the Top 100 they judged each entry against a set of carefully considered criteria set by The Cricketer.


It really is a great achievement to make it into this year’s guide.  We will appear in their prestigious supplement ‘The Playing Fields Of England: An A-Z Guide To The Summer Game’s Top 100 Schools 2018’ accompanying the December issue of the magazine (hits the newsstand on 24 November).


Excellent GCSE Results

25 August 2017 by

We are delighted that once again Tiffin School has achieved outstanding GCSE results.  Despite the challenge of the new GCSE system for English and Maths, our boys performed extremely well, with almost 80% of all GCSE grades at A*/A, or 9-7 on the new scale.  We had a 100% pass-rate of those who sat the new GCSEs in Maths and English, and considering the tiny numbers nationwide who achieved the new grade 9, the very good number achieving these grades at Tiffin was also most impressive, with 14 boys achieving the amazing feat of gaining grade 9 in all 3 subjects of Maths, English Language and English Literature, a feat only achieved by 2000 students nationwide!  Many congratulations to all the boys for their achievements!

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