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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 Fom to be delivered within a mixed environment. Girls and boys currently in Year 10 are welcome to apply for places by filling in the online application form, which will be available on the website from June. 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


Consultation on Expansion Proposals

Following the Government announcement on the expansion of Grammar Schools, Tiffin School is consulting on proposals for expansion from September 2021. Click here for details.


Engineering Education Scheme success

18 May 2018 by

On Wednesday 2nd May the mighty Tiffin EES team presented their project to assessors from EES and BP. They had been working for six months on a project of “The Forecourt of the Future”. This was looking at what fuel stations may look like in 2035. They took this idea and extended it to look at induction charging for electric vehicles on the move. They have worked hard on this over the last few months building models to demonstrate the concept as well as learning the physics of induction charging, building charging coils and building a circuit board as part of the overall modelling for the project. The Assessors were extremely impressed with their efforts and they had numerous compliments from the many BP engineers who visited their stand to ask questions and find out about their project ideas. This hard work resulted in them being awarded the prize for “Outstanding Contribution to Business” which was awarded for only the second year (the first year prize going to Tiffin also). One of the assessment team summed up their efforts as follows:


“There was some tough competition out there – some very good projects, however it was a general consensus amongst the judges that your project came out top in every department. “


The team of Magnus Handley, Chris Abraham, Jamie Krammer, Hemanth Veluru, Hritish Joshi and Will Noble are congratulated on this outstanding achievement.



Tiffin student awarded Corpus Prize for Harmony

18 May 2018 by

Congratulations to Robert Jones (12JW) who was awarded first prize, the Corpus Prize for Harmony, in the Corpus Christi Essay Competitions. As the winner of his category, Robert was invited to Corpus Christi College Cambridge to tour the college, meet current students and receive his prize at a celebratory meal. The prize includes an award of £200.


Tiffin student wins first prize in art competition

18 May 2018 by

Very well done to George Birch in Year 12 who has won first prize for Young KAOS (Kingston Artists Open Studios) 2018 Competition, which is fantastic.






The Most Employable Student in the UK is a Tiffin student

27 April 2018 by

On Monday 26th March, PwC and RateMyApprenticeship crowned Dhruv Sengupta (Year 12) ‘The Most Employable Student in the UK’, after he won the final stage of the National Schools Employability Challenge (NSEC). Having competed in the initial rounds of the challenge online, Dhruv was one of sixty students selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the final at PwC’s More London office at London Bridge.


The final began with a round of assessments to examine all-round aptitude, including reasoning, core employment competencies and commercial and market awareness. It concluded with a final challenge – to work in small, randomly assigned groups and, within an hour, create a business plan for a health and wellbeing app. Each group was expected to present an app concept, a design for the app’s main pages, a profitability progression and ideas for funding to a panel of judges from PwC executive management. Dhruv’s group presented a meal-planning app, which was especially well commended by the judges.


The day itself comprised more than just assessments though. Finalists attended talks on interview techniques and had an opportunity to network with PwC employees. They also took a tour of the offices, including a visit to the More London Frontier Lab to experience the forefront of innovation in the industry.


During more talks from RateMyApprenticeship and Head of Community Affairs, David Adair, the winner of the NSEC was calculated. Dhruv’s excellent scores in the strengths assessments, alongside a strong contribution to his group’s proposal, meant that he was awarded the trophy (photo below), displaying his new title. He also won an iPad Mini and a coveted place on PwC’s Business Insight Week paid work experience.



Congratulations also go to Shiv Kapila, who has been successful in his application to join the McKinsey Leadership Academy this year, securing one of 100 places for Year 13s across the UK. The academy, which aims to develop future leaders, offers an excellent opportunity for networking with similarly impressive students and receiving training, mentoring and advice from McKinsey staff over the next two years.


Tiffin U13 County Indoor Champions

27 April 2018 by

The Tiffin Under 13 rounded off a fine indoor campaign by finishing as Surrey Indoor Champions.


This was a marvellous team performance in which all 8 of those who represented the school had a major hand in winning the trophy.


Farhaan Shaikh; Chirag Patel; Ashwin Bosé; Alex Cormack; Iain Westbrook; Shivan Aggarwal; Harshil Shah; Datta Vasireddy (Captain)




20 April 2018 by

Our splendid new building is now open for use.


The next phase of the School’s infrastructure masterplan is now complete and the building is open for our students.


A kitchen, a servery and a large multifunctional dining hall are located on the ground floor of the building. The area has natural light flooding  in through the glass walls and is incredibly versatile as it has been designed without the need for central columns. On the first floor are five new classrooms as well as departmental offices.


The School is very grateful to the many Tiffin alumni, parents and friends whose contributions achieved our £200,000 target and enabled the building to be completed and equipped to an excellent standard.















Secretary of State for Education visits Tiffin

30 March 2018 by

We were delighted to welcome Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, to Tiffin School on Thursday 29 March, who met the Headteacher and toured the new building, which opens after Easter, alongside Simon Tupper, our Architect.  He was accompanied by Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council.




Latin Reading Competition

23 March 2018 by

Congratulations to Duncan Tarboton who came second in the Senior Section of the prestigious ARLT Latin Reading Competition and to Euan O’Connor, Georgiy Lesyuk and Will Tillotson who were all highly commended in their sections.  A large number of students participated in this national event so the boys did extremely well in what was Tiffin’s first entry into such a competition in some time.

Tiffinian reaches National Final of the British Informatics Olympiad

23 March 2018 by

Back in January, a number of Tiffinians took part in the British Informatics Olympiad, a 3 hour exam involving the writing of code to solve 3 difficult algorithmic problems. We are delighted to hear that Vincent Trieu (Year 12) has been invited to to the National Final, a feat achieved by only the top 15 students in the country. He will be given a VIP treatment at Trinity College, Cambridge University in April, where he will spend 3 days for this final stage of the competition. We wish Vincent every success as he competes. This adds to his continued success in the British Maths Olympiad, where he has previously reached the exclusive Round 2 (top 100 students nationally).


U14 Basketball Surrey Cup Champions

23 March 2018 by

On Thursday 15th March, the 14-man U14 Basketball squad travelled to Surrey Sports Park at the University of Surrey to compete in the finals of the Surrey Cup. Having qualified via wins against Glenthorne High School (41-26), Wimbledon College (49-29) and St. John the Baptist School (37-30) the boys were cautiously optimistic as they prepared to face up against a strong Coombe Boys’ team they had edged out earlier in the year (50-43). However, from that win the boys were all too aware of the danger posed by Coombe’s outstanding point-guard (no.11) who would prove to be a key player once again. By the end of the first quarter, Coombe had established a solid 20-14 lead that they managed to extend to a 42-28 point lead by half time. This lead was built on the exceptional play of the Coombe PG whose consistency of shooting made him almost impossible to stop. At half time the boys were noticeably frustrated with their inability to shut down the prolific no.11 but having already turned around a half time double-digit deficit earlier in the season, remained confident they could do the same this time. Forced to rest their no.11 due to an accumulation of fouls, the Tiffin boys made hay by shutting down the Coombe offence and going on a scoring run of their own, thanks in large part to the outstandingly aggressive play of Roman Price (8RG) who, despite playing up a year, physically dominated and drove towards the basket at every opportunity. Even the re-introduction of Coombe’s no.11 could not slow the Tiffin onslaught to the point that by the end of the 3rd quarter Tiffin had established a slim 2-point lead, 58-56. A nervy 4th quarter followed where both teams struggled to stem the other’s attack but Gideon Afreh (9RH) used his stamina and athleticism to force Coombe’s prolific PG into more and more contested shots. With less than a minute to go Tiffin held the lead by a single point. Crucially the Coombe’s no.11 committed his fifth foul that saw him fouled out of the game and Tiffin secure two free throws of which one was converted. This gave Tiffin a 2-point lead that they managed to defend with great aggression and energy shutting out the Coombe attack once more to hold out for a magnificent 73-71 win (64 of their points scored by their PG!). Throughout a fantastically well-fought match, the Tiffin boys demonstrated superb determination, persistence and athletic ability. It was a fantastically fitting way to end a great season that saw the team lose just a single game. They should be as proud of their achievements as I am to coach them.


Mr D Brown


OFSTED 2011-12 NPQH Language College Arts College CREST International School Award Arkwright EES