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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.

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will be on Thursday 8 October 2020 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, you can also follow developments on Twitter@Tiffin_School.

 

Our amazing choir

15 November 2019 by

Even by Tiffin standards, the last few weeks have been incredibly busy for all the School’s choirs. On Tuesday, the Chamber Choir and some of the Trebles performed at the switching on of the Covent Garden Christmas lights, in collaboration with Universal, the film company behind this year’s major Christmas movie Last Christmas, which a number of the Trebles and Children’s Chorus recorded and filmed for last year, and which is being released this week. The event was an enormous and very glamorous one, hosted by Harriet Scott and Ronan Keating, and featuring celebrity guests from Last Christmas, Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Paul Feig. The Choir sang “Walking in the Air” from The Snowman and “Once in Royal David’s City”, in which Jasper Jones (Year 8) sang the first verse solo beautifully. They then sang two arrangements of George Michael songs, “Faith”, and “Heal the Pain”, with a fantastic solo from Emily Jones (Year 12).

 

 

As well as the release of Last Christmas (look out for the Choir in the opening sequence), this month has seen the release of Dunedin Consort’s CD of Handel’s Samson, which eleven Trebles recorded with the ensemble in June 2018, directed by John Butt. The Trebles sing the chorus line throughout the recording.

On the same evening as the Covent Garden event, thirty Trebles made their way to the Cadogan Hall for the second of two performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The boys performed brilliantly, and for many of them it was their first big concert with the Choir.

 

Shortly before half term, the Boys’ Choir also visited Oxford to sing Evensong with New College Choir, performing music by Howells and Jonathan Dove.

 

The Chamber Choir made their debut at the Royal Festival Hall last week, performing in charity concert, ‘Night Under the Stars’, in aid of homeless charity ‘The Passage’. They performed a number of choruses from Italian operas, including the Te Deum from Puccini’s Tosca, which a number of the boys had performed as Trebles.

 

 

For the sopranos and altos of the Choir, this was the second major concert hall they had performed in in the space of a week. Alongside a number of Trebles and Children’s Chorus singers, they performed Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts at the Barbican the previous Wednesday. Unfortunately the composer had become ill during the previous part of the group’s tour and wasn’t able to perform in the concert, but it was incredibly exciting to perform such an important work with the group for whom it was written.

 

 


Harvard and Yale information evening

4 October 2019 by

We were delighted to host a very informative evening given by Janet Irons, Head of Admissions at Harvard and Keith Light, Head of Admissions at Yale, who talked to both Tiffin students and those from other invited schools.  They explained how to apply and the financial help to pay to study in the US.

 


Trampolining success

13 September 2019 by

James Dowrich in Year 12 began his trampolining career 12 years ago and now jumps as a national trampolinist. He has represented Tiffin in the schools’ national events and through his club, and hopes to enter his first international competition next year. Last year he won his first national finals event on 11 November at the EIS Arena in Sheffield. Since then had been working towards his latest competition, which was the National Development Pathway (NDP) finals on 14 July and once again won his 17+ age group. He trains for around 10 hours a week to ensure that he can achieve his goals for the season and now he is preparing for this year’s league finals which will be held in Derby on 10 November.

 


GIRLS JOIN TIFFIN SIXTH FORM

13 September 2019 by

This September we welcomed over 100 new faces into the Tiffin fold, including for the first time, female students. With much excitement from staff and students alike, our annual induction programme started on Tuesday 3 September with students quickly being introduced to Sixth Form life at Tiffin before a slightly more relaxed activities day at our Grist’s Sports Ground on Wednesday. A morning of team building activities saw new form groups get to know each other and in the beaming September sunshine it rapidly became apparent that we as Tiffin staff are in for a treat as all of the students took on the challenges with great enthusiasm and fantastic shared effort. Since then, as normal lessons have begun, our Year 12s have continued to impress as they embrace every aspect of Tiffin life from prefecting duties to having our first female rugby players. Staff too have come to me on repeated occasions remarking on how wonderfully intelligent and engaging their Year 12 classes have been. We look forward to seeing our Year 12s grow into their A Level subjects and increased roles of responsibility across the school.

 


CELEBRATION EVENING FOR LEAVERS

13 September 2019 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 old Tiffinian, Samir Desai CBE, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the peer-to-peer enterprise Funding Circle as our special guest.

 

 

 

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.  The event also marked the inaugural outing of the new Tiffin Chamber Choir.

 

 


Excellent GCSE Results August 2019

23 August 2019 by

Many congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved outstanding GCSE results. Despite the challenge of the new GCSE system, our students performed extremely well, with over 75% of GCSE grades at 9-7 on the new scale, or A*/A on the old scale, and over half the grades being awarded 8 or 9, the equivalent of the old A*. Very well done to all the students for their achievements!

 


IMPRESSIVE A LEVEL RESULTS

15 August 2019 by

We are delighted that our students have had another excellent year for A Level results. We have received the highest number of A* grades ever, and the overall percentage of A*-B grades is again outstanding at 84%. As a result of this excellent performance, most students have been accepted into their chosen universities or courses. We congratulate all the students and wish them the very best as they enter their next phase of life.


SINGING WITH MADONNA ETC

12 July 2019 by

Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Tiffin Children’s Chorus are proud to be performing on three major releases this season. Madonna’s Madame X, her 14th studio album, has reached sales of 100,000 in the US. On this album she performs alongside Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Tiffin Children’s Chorus on tracks which include ‘Come Alive’ and ‘God Control’.

 

 

The Gabrieli Consort welcomed the Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Tiffin Children’s Chorus, alongside youth choirs from around the country, to their residential recording project in Ely last year: Gabrieli ROAR. One of the country’s most eminent ensembles,  the Gabrieli Consort have released the recording: ‘An English Coronation’ with launch concerts in Northampton and London performed by the Gabrieli Consort, DRET Youth Choir and the Tiffin Boys’ Choir. On this release, Tiffin pupils can be heard performing semi-choruses in works which include Walton Coronation Te Deum.

 

 

Also recently released was the Tim Burton film ‘Dumbo’. An estimated 35 million cinemagoers worldwide have heard Tiffin Boys’ Choir perform Danny Elfman’s score in musical numbers which include ‘Pink Elephants on Parade’ and ‘Train’s a Comin’.

 

 

More recent work by Tiffin’s musicians can be seen and heard here:

https://sites.google.com/tiffin.kingston.sch.uk/music/home/media

 


PHYSICS CHALLENGE

12 July 2019 by

11,000 candidates from 205 schools took part in the Year 10 Physics Challenge last month. Competitors sat two 25 minute, 30 mark multiple choice tests and the overall average for all students on both papers was 33/60, the average for Tiffin students was 41.5/60.

 

The aim of the competition is to encourage students in their study of Physics. It is not about practising past sets of questions and short term preparation to get a top mark. Success is achieved by longer term preparation, doing questions regularly at home and at school which stretch and challenge thinking and raise aspirations. It should also be noted that the content of the tests is designed to fit where the organisers believe schools will be in their study of GCSE Physics, but each school will teach the syllabus in a different way and there were a number of questions this year on topics that our Year 10 students have not yet studied.  As a result, all those who sat this Challenge should be praised for their participation and effort. Nationally, only the top 40% of candidates received a certificate of any colour, and only the top 10% received a Gold; nevertheless Tiffin achieved 7 bronze, 10 silver and 7 gold certificates from the 29 boys who took part. The gold winners are listed below, but particular congratulations must go to Oliver Tang in Year 10 who achieved the highest mark of the Tiffin students (53/60), and was in the top 100 nationally.

 


CRICKET SUCCESS

12 July 2019 by

The Oval (3rd July)

It was brilliant to see two Tiffin cricketers at the Oval and particularly to witness their success in helping Surrey Schools to an emphatic win over London Schools by 7 wickets.

 

 

Rayhan Rafiq (Tiffin U15) opened the batting for Surrey and hit a highly impressive 32. Earlier in the day, Alex Cormack (Tiffin U14) had struck with his first ball in a spell of 2-20 which partially helped in reducing London Schools to a paltry 173 all out.

 


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