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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


Tiffin Win Chess Championship

30 November 2018 by

On Sunday, 4th November a team of 10 Tiffinians entered the South-East England Boys’ Chess Championships held at Sandown Racecourse and came back with the trophy for best school in the South-East of England.  Congratulations to all involved!



Cross Country Borough Championships

16 November 2018 by

60 students took part in the Borough cross country championships on Thursday 8th November to battle it out for the crown and went into the race as defending champions for the last 13 years in a row.


New Year 12 student, Ollie Coppellotti, went off like a rocket, quickly distancing himself from the pack. Behind him, a pack of Tiffin runners was forming as the boys moved their way up through the field. At the end of the first lap there were just two students in the top 20 who were not from Tiffin, and none in the top 10.  The race culminated in a thrilling three man sprint for the finish around the final field of the course with Ollie being hunted down by Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin in Year 11, and Tom Armstrong in Year 10. Ollie did enough to secure the race win and earn the gold medal, while Eyoel was also awarded a gold medal as winner of the intermediate (Years 10 and 11) race and Tom the silver medal in the intermediate race, though they had beaten every senior runner bar one as well.


In the end, the Senior team showed just why Tiffin have not lost this race in two school generations with the ten Tiffin runners making up the entire top ten (second place went to Kieran Desmond and 3rd place to Kai Pishke), securing a perfect score and the team win as well.


In the intermediate competition Tiffin continued their dominance by claiming every spot on the podium (Will Murphy finishing just behind Tom Armstrong for 3rd) and very nearly locking out the top 10 as well, with finishing positions of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th and another emphatic team win. It certainly looks like it will take a miracle to stop Tiffin claiming the senior trophy again next year for the 15th time!


The Juniors also performed brilliantly and Tiffin won the cup overall with four of our Year 8 runners in the top ten, with Connor Foley finishing 2nd and Oscar Luck closely behind in 3rd.


Well done to everyone for representing the School in this competition.




Tiffin teacher wins Gold Teaching Award

16 November 2018 by

Enormous congratulations to Dr Jamie Frost, Maths teacher at Tiffin, on winning the Pearson Teaching Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education.


Pictured below with Anita Rani, one of the presenters on the night.



The @DrFrostMaths online platform provides teaching resources, videos and a bank of exam questions, all for free.


Watch Dr Frost receive his gold Award here (at 56 minutes): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bq15jq/britains-classroom-heroes-2018 …



Choir sing at Remembrance Day Service in Berlin

16 November 2018 by

A little over a century ago the Berliner Dom echoed with sermons rousing the German people to redouble their efforts in the First World War. On Sunday 11 November the arches of Berlin’s cathedral were filled with the voices of 150 choristers from Britain, Russia, France and Germany in a symbol of reconciliation.



The Tiffin Boys’ Choir were fortunate to be there and sang an arrangement of the Justorum animae by Charles Villiers Stanford, the Irish composer: “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the eyes of the ignorant they appear to die, but in truth they are at peace.”



James Day, our choir director, said: “The first interesting thing was a thought about whether we should be wearing poppies or not, because it separates us out as a British choir. We decided that because it’s our tradition it was right to do it. The boys were quite interested to see the lack of military presence at the service, as opposed to the way it is back in the UK.”



The boys spent a fascinating four days in Berlin, and gave most impressive performances.  The whole event was covered by The Times newspaper and featured among their main news articles on the European commemorations.  Link: Tiffin Boys’ Choir in Berlin
















The boys spent a fascinating four days in Berlin, and gave most impressive performances.  The whole event was covered by The Times newspaper and featured among their main news articles on the European commemorations.

Link: Tiffin Boys’ Choir in Berlin




Year 10 Art Trip to Kew Gardens

18 October 2018 by

In late September, the Year 10 GCSE Art students visited Kew Gardens to explore photography of natural forms. There were 67 art students on the trip, which was a brilliantly large GCSE Art group, enabling the students to inspire one another.


In the Art lessons leading up to the visit, the students had learnt about various photographic techniques: rule of thirds, depth of field and impressionist style photography. Further categories included structure, form, colour and texture.  It was a delight to see the students so engaged in the botanical garden, using their new bridge cameras.
We visited the Temperate House, just reopened after a five-year renovation.  It is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.


After lunch, the students sat in corners of the Princess Diana glasshouse and sketched natural forms up close; exploring marking techniques. The students linked their photographs taken to the work of a chosen photographer after the trip, creating photos in a similar style to the photographer.







Pompeii Trip

12 October 2018 by

47 boys participated in the annual Year 8 Classics Trip to the Bay of Naples at the end of September.  Over the course of the 3 days, the boys visited all the major classical sites in the area, including Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as the lesser known gems of the amphitheatre at Pozzuoli and Nero’s wife’s holiday villa at Oplontis.  The weather was very kind to us and the view from the crater of Mount Vesuvius after the hike to the top was spectacular in the glorious sunshine and Mediterranean heat. In addition to sightseeing, the boys sampled lots of delicious local cuisine and even made their own pizzas after a demonstration from a real pizzaiolo. Plenty of gelato was consumed as well! The boys were uncomplaining about the relentless schedule and really appreciated all we did and saw.




Well-known author visits Tiffin

28 September 2018 by

On Wednesday 19th September, all of Year 7 had a fantastic visit from the author Andrew Lane. Andrew is the author of the best-selling ‘Young Sherlock’ series. He came in to talk about his new book, AWOL (Agent Without Licence). The book is about two boys, Sam and Kieron, who end up helping a British Secret Agent working for MI6 when they find some high tech spy glasses.


We had an interview with the author and we found many interesting things about him, such as how he decided to become an author.  He started out as a physicist, but was then asked to work for the British Secret Service. He told us about his life working with the military and his current career as an author. He told us that his experiences and travels in life were his inspiration for his writing. He actually started writing books when he was 25 years old, and wrote books for the ‘Doctor Who’ series. The directors thought he would be perfect to write the books since he was a massive fan. He has also written scripts for Wallace & Gromit.


We really enjoyed his visit and are looking forward to his next AWOL book, ‘Last Safe Moment’, which is coming out soon.


Written by: Visal Yogaraj, Bruno Beheydt, Samuel De Marchi



Andrew Lane also took some time to chat with the Year 8 Book Club members (photo below)



Tiffin Choirs perform with the London Symphony Orchestra

28 September 2018 by

Many congratulations to the choir who have recently performed with the London Symphony Orchestra in some very prestigious concerts at the Barbican, being conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. This has been another tremendous opportunity for them, and with the Boy’s Choir, the Tiffin Girls’ Choir and our Tiffin Children’s  Chorus all performing.





“To open his second season as music director of the LSO, Sir Simon Rattle offered a challenging programme of British music. In addition to the London Symphony Chorus, we had here three Tiffin choirs (boys, girls and an outreach Children’s chorus).  All sang with gusto and exemplary precision.”  (Evening Standard review)



New Sixth Form Centre

14 September 2018 by

The new Sixth Form Centre was completed over the summer.  The Sixth Form now have some excellent new facilities, which they appreciate and are making very good use of.




Year 13 leavers celebrate at All Saints Kingston

14 September 2018 by

It was excellent to be able to see the A level students for the last time as a cohort at their Leavers’ Celebration last night.  We were delighted to welcome Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Buckingham, a contemporary historian, commentator and political author, known in part for his biographies of John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. He was  Master (headmaster) of Wellington College, one of Britain’s co-educational independent boarding schools.


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 Tiffinian Association, which unites the alumni of the School.



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