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Jack Petchey Awards

25 November 2016 by

On Monday 21st of November, Tiffin’s Jack Petchey Award winners were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Richmond and the Deputy Mayor of Kingston at the Richmond Theatre.


Jack Petchey


These boys were nominated by their peers for these awards for their contributions to the Tiffin community. They were then chosen by the Jack Petchey committee of the School Council. Mr Martin Williams was also given the prestigious Jack Petchey Leader Award for his phenomenal contribution to school badminton and cricket over the last 40 years.


Tiffin teams win Borough Cross Country Championships

11 November 2016 by

The Cross Country Borough Championships took place on Thursday 10
November at Surbiton playing fields in Hinchley Wood. This was a challenging course, as there was a very muddy, steep hill, which hindered even the strongest runners. The sun was shining, but it was bitterly cold, but this did not put off our dedicated Tiffin cross country team.

The year 7s put in a tremendous effort, especially Joseph Dickinson, but Richard Challoner were strong opposition, with two of their students achieving 1st and 2nd


The Juniors ran impressively with Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin gaining 1st  place, Tom Armstrong 2nd and Will Murphy 3rd.  Tiffin further secured 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th place in the Juniors race, leaving the other schools astonished.

Eric Williams came 3rd
in the Inters race, with Luca Jackson, David Mason and Anish Hussain closely behind, running with determination and pace.  Arthur Morris and Humphrey Allen put in a tremendous effort to secure overall 4th and 5th  place.   

There was tough competition, with ten schools competing in the championships.  Tiffin triumphed and won overall, gaining the cup for yet another year.  Overall Tiffin won the Juniors, Inters and Seniors team races, which is a remarkable achievement. 



X-country champs

Rugby League Half Time Dance Performance at the Olympic Park

11 November 2016 by

Our dancers are very much looking forward to performing at the half-time interval at the England v Australia Rugby League International this Sunday; what a fantastic opportunity for these talented individuals.


Tiffin boys reach Maths Challenge National Final

11 November 2016 by

On Thursday 3rd November, an elite team of some of our best senior mathematicians, Hosouk Lee, Jim Tse (both Y13), Maxi Purewal (Y12) and Navonil Neogi (Y11) competed in the Regional Final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge. On paper it was our strongest team yet and our reputation clearly preceded us after our perfect score of 180/180 last year, with Wellington looking downcast after they enquired what school we were from.


The event consisted of 3 rounds: a group round consisting of 10 difficult maths problems for the team to solve together, a cross number (the maths equivalent of a crossword), and the dreaded ‘relay’, where students have to work against the clock and where each answer feeds in to the next question.


The boys lived up to their reputation, with a commanding performance that saw them achieving 1st place and hence a place in the National Final in February. Tiffin saw off competition from Wellington College (in 2nd place) among other schools such as St Paul’s Girls’ and Tiffin Girls’.  Congratulations to the four of them.


Maths Challenge



Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for Tiffin student

10 November 2016 by

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. 413 sixth form Scholarships were awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.  One of these scholarships went to Tiffin student, Manish Manoj.


Manish Manoj Arkwright


The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline.


The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their awards at Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Cyber Security Industry, spearheaded by Principal Sponsors GCHQ and supported by Gold Sponsors Thales Cyber and Consulting and HMGCC.


The Scholarship was awarded to Manish by Principal Guest Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre.


Dr Martin Thomas CEng FIET, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the young men and women receiving their Scholarships this year. It is well-documented that the country needs 100,000s of new engineers to take the economy and society forward. But some of these newly-trained people need to also act as outstanding leadership beacons within industry and academia. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road to achieving such a vital position within UK engineering. Congratulations to our 413 new Scholars!”


Robert Hannigan, the Director of GCHQ said: “Congratulations to all this year’s new Arkwright Scholars. I was delighted to meet such a vast pool of young talent: our future leaders in engineering, computing and technology. We need their innovation and invention to meet the cyber security challenge, helping to keep the UK a safe place to live and work online.”


Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are gauged through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview.  The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.


The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his school, and enrichment activities such as mentoring and industry visits that enhance a Scholar’s experience of engineering in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by university admission tutors and industry recruiters and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can receive.


The Scholarships are supported by nearly 200 different sponsoring organisations: commercial and industrial companies, industry regulators, Government universities, professional institutions, trade associations, training boards, Worshipful Companies, all three armed services, charitable trusts, personal donors and schools.



Piano Competition Winners

21 October 2016 by

Tuesday, 18 October saw the return of the Piano Competition, adjudicated by Gareth Owen, Head of Piano at Eton College.  The preliminary heats took place the previous week with a record number of entries, particularly in the junior category.  The competition itself included 6 competitors in each of the junior and senior categories with Chopin proving to be the composer of choice by both of the winners, whose photo is below:


Junior category:  Daniel Lim (11KO)         Waltz in A Minor  Chopin

Senior category:  Maxi Purewal (12MH)  Etude in E Op.10 No.3  Chopin



piano comp


All the pianists were highly commended on their performances and received invaluable feedback from Gareth Owen.  Special thanks go to James Dalgleish (Head of Piano at Tiffin School) for helping the Music Department organise the competition and to Tiffin Music staff, Matthew O’Malley and Simon Ferris, for auditioning all the applicants.


England U15 fencer

21 October 2016 by

Luca Plastow Budapest 0916

Luca Plastow in Year 10 has achieved quite some success in 2016.  He has consistently finished in the top 3 when he has competed in the national Leon Paul Junior Series U16 competitions as well as performing very highly in ranking competitions at U17 Cadet level.  At the beginning of the year he was selected to represented England at U15 in competition in Paris and in September was one of only two boys in his age group who has been selected to fence for the Great Britain Cadet team at International competitions in Hungary and Austria.


The photo shows Luca at the competition in Budapest when he first represented GB. He did very well beating boys from Poland, Germany and Italy before losing out to another Italian.




Tiffin dancers to perform at half time in the England vs Australia Four Nations Rugby Tournament

10 October 2016 by

Tiffin dancers have been invited to participate in ‘Join the Momentum’ performance at Olympic Park Stadium on Sunday 13 November.  The performance will take place at half time of the England VS Australia game, the only London fixture in the Four Nations Tournament (http://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/fournations), which is one of the biggest international Rugby League tournaments to come to the UK in five years.

Harvard and Yale Evening

10 October 2016 by

On Friday 30 September we were delighted to welcome Janet Irons, Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard, and Keith Light, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale, who gave a very informative and enjoyable talk  to sixth formers thinking of applying to American Universities, about their respective universities, their undergraduate liberal arts programmes, admissions criteria, qualities they seek in candidates, and also in general about opportunities for higher education in the U.S.


At least 250-300 students and parents from over 25 south west London schools attended the event.


Tiffin Drama Sixth Form Play

10 October 2016 by

Tiffin Drama present the annual Sixth Form production. This year we will be staging ‘Jez Butterworth’s’ ‘Mojo’. A modern classic that is both humorous and tragic in equal measure. It was most recently performed in the West End featuring Ben Whishaw and Rupert Grint. The production will be running from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 October 2016 at 7.00 pm in the drama studio. Ticket prices are £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for students and concessions. The show will run for approximately 2 hours with an interval. Minimum age requirement 15 years.


Tickets sold at the following link:



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