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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


La Boheme at English National Opera

8 March 2019 by

Eighteen boys and girls from Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Tiffin Children’s Chorus have just finished performing in English National Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, which opened in November and ran for a marathon fifteen performances. This is the second production of La Bohème in which some of the children have taken part, as several of them also performed in Royal Opera’s production last year.



Evensong at Jesus College, Cambridge

8 March 2019 by

At the end of January, the Chamber Choir spent an afternoon in Cambridge, visiting various colleges and singing Evensong with the Chapel Choir of Jesus College. After lunch at St John’s, we had a very informative talk about Choral Scholarships in Cambridge from their Director of Music, Andrew Nethsinga. Following a short walk around Cambridge and a look at King’s College and its famous chapel, we went back to St John’s for tea and a performance of acapella songs by some of the current choral scholars, which inspired an impromptu Tiffinians rehearsal later before our joint Evensong rehearsal with Jesus Choir. The repertoire included Sumsion in A and Elgar’s Light of the World. It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to think about the possibilities of university choral scholarships, and a lovely chance to catch up with a number of Tiffinians currently living in Cambridge.



The U13 Rugby Sevens

8 March 2019 by

The U13 Sevens continued their wondrously unbeaten season with a 55 – 5 win in the rearranged fixture against Harpenden. They finish the season with 20 wins and 1 draw. At the time of writing they had also just taken their first Sevens scalp, winning the Ibstock Place Sevens. Along the route to the final they secured victories against Ibstock, St James, Portland Place, Gunnersbury and Hampton. A season to be cherished.



A Tiffin Production

15 February 2019 by

A wonderful 4 nights of Oliver!, the musical, with huge congratulations to the cast, the crew, and the music and dance departments.






Tiffin pupil selected for Cross Country Nationals

8 February 2019 by

Ollie Coppellotti in Year 12 came in the top 5 in Surrey at the County Championships held at Reigate on the second weekend of January. This top position also gained him selection for the English School Championships. This is  the first time this decade we have had an athlete at the Nationals.  Very well done, Ollie.


German Exchange trip

8 February 2019 by

Sixteen intrepid students of German in Year 10 were brave enough to push themselves out of their comfort zone to go on the German Exchange to Neuwied, in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.  The school has had an arrangement with the Rhein-Wied Gymnasium (Grammar School) in Neuwied for more than 10 years.



The Tiffin students got to observe German life close at hand, staying with a German family for a week, attending lessons in schools, and (crucially) eating large portions of German food!


They improved their German listening and speaking skills, kept a written diary in German of their efforts, and made great friends. Our hosts were wonderfully welcoming. They organised social gatherings, meals, pool tournaments, and in some cases even drove their Tiffinian guests to the Nürburgring!


We visited the famous Cologne cathedral, climbing to the top to get a view of the city. We went to the Lindt chocolate museum and attempted (with partial success) to escape from an Escape Room alongside the Rhein. We visited the birthplace of Ludvig van Beethoven in Bonn, visited the museum of calculation, and had a pitstop at the home of Haribo!



We went to the Rhein museum, saw the famous Deutsches Eck at the confluence of the Rhein and Moselle rivers.  We also had a monumental snowball fight on the banks of the Rhein in Koblenz.





School trip to Berlin

8 February 2019 by

This year we extended the German Sixth Form trip to Berlin from 3 to 4 days, and for the first time both, Year 12 and Year 13 students, went together and this new format worked really well.



Our schedule was packed and on the first day we went straight to the DDR-museum. where we engaged in an interactive exhibition showing us the reality of everyday life in former communist East Germany. As with so many other communist countries, East Germany referred to itself as the German Democratic Republic (GDR), in stark contrast to life explained at the museum.


On day 2 we saw the Berlin Wall and the famous museums on the Museumsinsel. The highlight of the day was our late night tour of the Reichstag, the German parliament building. Our guide led us on an enthralling tour of the building, and we all agreed that the graffiti, left by Soviet soldiers after they stormed the building in May 1945, was the most memorable part of the tour.



Next morning, we took the bus to the Alexanderplatz and the TV-Tower. Built inthe late 1960s in East Germany, the viewing deck is 200m above Berlin and provides great views and despite being 50 years old, it is still one of the tallest structures in Europe. The Brandenburg gate and the Holocaust memorial were both full of historic meaning and providing us with plenty discussion material.



A key part of the A-Level curriculum is the Oscar winning film “Das Leben der Anderen” (“The Lives of  Others”) and visiting the Stasimuseum on Friday gave us a lot additional information and a deeper insight into the secret police and their control over life in the GDR.


The trip was a great success and all 13 students agreed that it has enriched their cultural knowledge.


Tiffin pupil in Hansel and Gretel at the Rose Theatre

23 January 2019 by


Tiffin pupil, Billy Rilot in Year 10, had a starring role in Hansel and Gretel at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, which ran from Thursday 6 December to Sunday, 6 January.



Photos: Mark Douet



Big Bang Competition Success

18 January 2019 by

Sanchit Ajmera in Year 13 was awarded a place as a finalist in The Big Bang Competition to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13/14 March 2019.  The award of a place at the Finals is a great achievement and testament to the hard work of Sanchit.  The Finals are a unique opportunity for young people to present their STEM projects to a panel of judges.  Previous winners have gone on to represent the UK in international competitions in the USA, China and across Europe, to appear on national television; to study STEM at the highest levels; to work in some of our biggest companies; and to set up their own businesses.


Boys sing at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera

14 December 2018 by

The Tiffin Boys’ Choir have had an even busier time of it lately than they normally do, performing in La Bohème at the Coliseum with the English National Opera and in Carmen at the Royal Opera House.


Here are the boys (and girls from another choir) having had a Secret Santa visit on their final night at ENO.



And here they are preparing for the opening night of Carmen at the Royal Opera House.



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