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Tiffin is delighted to 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. We aim to admit around 100 new students each year to the Sixth Form, and we therefore expect about 50 per year to be girls, giving at least 100 girls in the Sixth Form overall, and representing approximately 20-25% of the total number of Sixth Formers.

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Wales U19 Debut

29 March 2019 by

Having suffered a serious injury in Year 11, Huw had to sit out school rugby for the best part of 18 months. However being named as Vice-Captain for this year was testament to his professionalism in rehab and determination to get back on the pitch. This hard work was rewarded even further when after a number of camps and opportunities with the Welsh Exiles, Huw was named in the Wales U19 squad for an international fixture vs Japan on 19th March. Huw started the game at scrum half and impressed on debut, showing great control and distribution at the back of the ruck. His running game also came to the fore with a number of snipes and breaks catching the eye of all the spectators who were at Taffs Well Rugby Club to watch the game under lights. As a collective unit Wales put in an impressive performance and came away worthy winners defeating Japan High Schools by 33-12. Massive congratulations to Huw on what is an outstanding achievement.



RCSU Science Challenge

29 March 2019 by

The RCSU Science Challenge is the Royal College of Science Union’s annual science communication competition. It is open nationally to all school students and requires entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning. This year, Sir Robert Winston asked the question “How will A.I. turn art into science?”. Among the entrants were two of our students, Igor Sterner and Minseok Ryu. Their essays were of such a high standard that they were both invited to the final at Imperial College, where Minseok was announced as a runner up in his category and Igor was picked as the overall winner! Congratulations to both.


Success at Year 11 Physics Challenge

29 March 2019 by

This year 23 Tiffin students chose to sit the Year 11 Physics Challenge. This exam is designed to stretch students to their limits, and to encourage students to push themselves in physics. The paper is set to differentiate the strongest pupils at this stage of their studies, from an already select group of students that sit the test, with only the best in the country taking this paper. The paper also requires rather more of a sprint than a typical paper that they would find in a public exam as it is designed to be very difficult to reach the end in the allotted time.


All students that took part in the Challenge should be very proud of their achievement and those that may think they have not done so well should remember that it is no disgrace to be amongst the lower levels of the astonishingly smart bunch who take this test. The Physics Department encourages all of you to continue to challenge yourselves and to continue problem solving.


This year, only the top 48% of students who sat the test nationally received a Bronze certificate or higher and only the top 15% received a Silver or higher, and we congratulate the 6 Tiffin students who earned a Bronze and the 6 who earned a Silver.


However, particular congratulations must go to the three students who have shown themselves to be at the top of this already elite group by earning Gold Certificates, awarded to just 5% of competitors. So well done to Geethaartha Vagga (11RA), Chin Wei Tang (11RCG) and Sebastian Pereira (11AB) who all achieved gold certificates.


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.



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