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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


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.



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.


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