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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!

Excellent A Level Results

17 August 2017 by

We are delighted that once more our students have achieved outstanding A Level results.  With almost 86% of grades at A* to B this has been another excellent year, particularly in the light of all the A Level changes.  Many congratulations to all the boys for their terrific efforts and we wish them all the best for the next phase of their lives.

Maths successes

18 July 2017 by

Tiffin enjoyed its best Junior Maths Olympiad and Junior Maths Kangaroo results on record. These competitions are follow on rounds for students performing exceptionally well in the Junior Maths Challenge (taken by roughly 200,000 students nationally), with only the top 0.5% of entrants invited to the Olympiad.


Of the Olympiad qualifiers, only the top 25% (of this already elite group) are awarded a Distinction, with 5 boys at Tiffin achieving this accolade this year. 3 boys achieved ‘Book Prizes’ (photo below), awarded to the top 50 nationally of all Year 7 & 8 students, an incredible achievement!


Congratulations to the following boys:

Ojas Gulati (Yr7): Gold Medal

(top 30 nationally)

Nathaniel Johnson (Yr7): Gold Medal

(top 30 nationally)

Jack Yu (Yr8): Silver Medal

(top 50 nationally)

Benedek Svilvasy (Yr8): Bronze Medal (top 150 nationally)

Arlo Mckillop (Yr7): Distinction

(top 25% of entrants)


Those with high scores in the JMC but just missing out the Olympiad go through to the ‘Kangaroo’. In addition to the 10 boys who achieved ‘Merit’ in the Olympiad an additional 10 boys attained ‘Merit’ in the Kangaroo, awarded only to the top 25% of entrants. Congratulations to Osako Caleb (Yr7) for achieving close to full marks.


We are incredibly proud of what our boys have achieved.


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