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Tiffin is delighted to announce that from September 2019, we will admit girls as well as boys into the Sixth Form, allowing the fantastic benefits and quality of Tiffin Sixth Form to be delivered within a mixed environment. Boys and girls are invited to apply for places by filling in the online application form, which is available on the website. We aim to admit around 80 new students each year to the Sixth Form, and we therefore expect about 40 per year to be girls, giving at least 80 girls in the Sixth Form overall, and representing approximately 20-25% of the total number of Sixth Formers.

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be on Thursday 4 October 2018 when the academic and extra-curricular opportunities on offer at Tiffin's Sixth Form will be fully explained. Our website highlights the great opportunities at Tiffin, and will be regularly updated over the next few months. You can also follow developments on Twitter@Tiffin_School


Year 10 Art Trip to Kew Gardens

18 October 2018 by

In late September, the Year 10 GCSE Art students visited Kew Gardens to explore photography of natural forms. There were 67 art students on the trip, which was a brilliantly large GCSE Art group, enabling the students to inspire one another.


In the Art lessons leading up to the visit, the students had learnt about various photographic techniques: rule of thirds, depth of field and impressionist style photography. Further categories included structure, form, colour and texture.  It was a delight to see the students so engaged in the botanical garden, using their new bridge cameras.
We visited the Temperate House, just reopened after a five-year renovation.  It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.


After lunch, the students sat in corners of the Princess Diana glasshouse and sketched natural forms up close; exploring marking techniques. The students linked their photographs taken to the work of a chosen photographer after the trip, creating photos in a similar style to the photographer.







Pompeii Trip

12 October 2018 by

47 boys participated in the annual Year 8 Classics Trip to the Bay of Naples at the end of September.  Over the course of the 3 days, the boys visited all the major classical sites in the area, including Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the lesser known gems of the amphitheatre at Pozzuoli and Nero’s wife’s holiday villa at Oplontis.  The weather was very kind to us and the view from the crater of Mount Vesuvius after the hike to the top was spectacular in the glorious sunshine and Mediterranean heat. In addition to sightseeing, the boys sampled lots of delicious local cuisine and even made their own pizzas after a demonstration from a real pizzaiolo. Plenty of gelato was consumed as well! The boys were uncomplaining about the relentless schedule and really appreciated all we did and saw.




Well-known author visits Tiffin

28 September 2018 by

On Wednesday 19th September, all of Year 7 had a fantastic visit from the author Andrew Lane. Andrew is the author of the best-selling ‘Young Sherlock’ series. He came in to talk about his new book, AWOL (Agent Without Licence). The book is about two boys, Sam and Kieron, who end up helping a British Secret Agent working for MI6 when they find some high tech spy glasses.


We had an interview with the author and we found many interesting things about him, such as how he decided to become an author.  He started out as a physicist, but was then asked to work for the British Secret Service. He told us about his life working with the military and his current career as an author. He told us that his experiences and travels in life were his inspiration for his writing. He actually started writing books when he was 25 years old, and wrote books for the ‘Doctor Who’ series. The directors thought he would be perfect to write the books since he was a massive fan. He has also written scripts for Wallace & Gromit.


We really enjoyed his visit and are looking forward to his next AWOL book, ‘Last Safe Moment’, which is coming out soon.


Written by: Visal Yogaraj, Bruno Beheydt, Samuel De Marchi



Andrew Lane also took some time to chat with the Year 8 Book Club members (photo below)



Tiffin Choirs perform with the London Symphony Orchestra

28 September 2018 by

Many congratulations to the choir who have recently performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in some very prestigious concerts at the Barbican, being conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. This has been another tremendous opportunity for them, and with the Boy’s Choir, the Tiffin Girls’ Choir and our Tiffin Children’s  Chorus all performing.





“To open his second season as music director of the LSO, Sir Simon Rattle offered a challenging programme of British music. In addition to the London Symphony Chorus, we had here three Tiffin choirs (boys, girls and an outreach Children’s chorus).  All sang with gusto and exemplary precision.”  (Evening Standard review)



New Sixth Form Centre

14 September 2018 by

The new Sixth Form Centre was completed over the summer.  The Sixth Form now have some excellent new facilities, which they appreciate and are making very good use of.




Year 13 leavers celebrate at All Saints Kingston

14 September 2018 by

It was excellent to be able to see the A level students for the last time as a cohort at their Leavers’ Celebration last night.  We were delighted to welcome Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham, a contemporary historian, commentator and political author, known in part for his biographies of John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. He was  Master (headmaster) of Wellington College, one of Britain’s co-educational independent boarding schools.


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 Tiffinian Association, which unites the alumni of the School.



Tiffin student takes gold as part of the England Fencing team

11 September 2018 by

This summer Luca Plastow in Year 12 was selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships that took place in Newcastle in July. He finished tenth in the Under 17 Cadet foil competition and then fenced in the team competition. Luca and his team mates fought well throughout the event and reached the final where they took on an up and coming Indian team who had defeated the favourites Canada in the semi-final. The England team though held their nerve running out 45-22 winners to take the gold medal.







Outstanding GCSE results

23 August 2018 by

We are delighted that once again Tiffin School has achieved outstanding GCSE results. Despite the challenge of the new GCSE system, our students performed extremely well, with just under 80% of GCSE grades at 9-7 on the new scale, or A*/A on the old scale. This represents an even better performance than last year’s excellent results. The percentage of grades at 8/9, the equivalent of the old A*, was the highest ever. We also had a 100% pass-rate of those who sat Maths and English. Many congratulations to all the boys for their achievements!

Outstanding A Level Results

17 August 2018 by

We are delighted that once again the Tiffin Sixth Form students have achieved outstanding A-level results. With 85% of grades at A*-B, these results match last year’s fantastic achievement, and are even more impressive in the light of the new ‘linear’ A Levels. As a result of this excellent performance, most students have been accepted onto their chosen courses or universities. Many congratulations to all students, who we wish all the best as they enter their next phase of life.

Success at London Youth Games

13 July 2018 by

In the London Youth Games sailing competition at Queen Mary Reservoir on 24 June, Magnus Handley, in Year 12, won a dominant gold in the Laser Radial class for Kingston.  He won all three races; the first two were decisive victories, but he gave himself more of a challenge in the third race.  An error in the pre-start resulted in him getting pushed over the line, so he had to come back to re-start.   Starting 15th, he sailed an excellent first beat, making his way up to 3rd place by the top mark.  By the end of the first lap, he was back in first again.  This is Magnus’s fourth consecutive gold medal at the London Youth Games, the best record by a male sailor since the games began.



Joe Allgar in Year 9 also competed in the London Youth Games for the Royal Borough of Kingston at squash on Sunday 8July in the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace and won a gold medal. Joe has competed in many squash tournaments and is currently No 2 in Surrey U15.




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