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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 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.


Tiffin pupil in Hansel and Gretel at the Rose Theatre

23 January 2019 by


Tiffin pupil, Billy Rilot in Year 10, had a starring role in Hansel and Gretel at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, which ran from Thursday 6 December to Sunday, 6 January.



Photos: Mark Douet



Big Bang Competition Success

18 January 2019 by

Sanchit Ajmera in Year 13 was awarded a place as a finalist in The Big Bang Competition to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13/14 March 2019.  The award of a place at the Finals is a great achievement and testament to the hard work of Sanchit.  The Finals are a unique opportunity for young people to present their STEM projects to a panel of judges.  Previous winners have gone on to represent the UK in international competitions in the USA, China and across Europe, to appear on national television; to study STEM at the highest levels; to work in some of our biggest companies; and to set up their own businesses.


Boys sing at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera

14 December 2018 by

The Tiffin Boys’ Choir have had an even busier time of it lately than they normally do, performing in La Bohème at the Coliseum with the English National Opera and in Carmen at the Royal Opera House.


Here are the boys (and girls from another choir) having had a Secret Santa visit on their final night at ENO.



And here they are preparing for the opening night of Carmen at the Royal Opera House.



Tiffin boys representing Surrey U18 and Wales U19 at Rugby

14 December 2018 by

Two individual success stories of the season so far are Seb Asbridge who is representing Surrey U18s a year young and Huw Morris who is not only representing Surrey U18s but also Wales U19.  A truly impressive achievement.


U13 and U16 Table Tennis Success

30 November 2018 by

On October 18th the Tiffin Table tennis teams entered the Borough Championship at Coombe Boys’ School. In a round robin format the U13s, consisting of Aarya Karthik, Ewan Brett, Qais Kamaraldin and Gavin Tsui impressed from the start and dominated all opponents, successfully defending the title Tiffin won here last year. The U16s, consisting of Darshan Kumaresan, Krushan Krishnananthan, Ashrith Behara and Harshil Shah showed superb skill and determination, beating all comers to win Tiffin’s first U16 title.



German Debating Competition Win

30 November 2018 by

The 4th annual German Debating competition was held at Ibstock Place School on Tuesday 20th November, with a Tiffin team comprising 4 experienced Sixth Form veterans and 8 keen Year 11 rookies. The Debating Competition is entirely voluntary, and is offered above and beyond the normal German curriculum. With significant interest in Year 11, Tiffin were permitted to enter 4 teams in that age group. With 12 competitors, this Tiffin team was the largest team from any school in the history of the competition.


All competitors engage in very formal debates against students of the same age from other schools on a number of contentious issues. All the debates are held entirely in the German language, and are scored by independent umpires. This year’s motions included making school uniform voluntary, the EU as an  anachronism, and the negative impact of the fashion industry on the young.


The standard was again fierce, and a number of prestigious schools were involved in the process, including Lady Eleanor Holles, Kingston Grammar School, Highgate and Ibstock Place.


The Tiffin German Debating Team won both the Year 13 and Year 11 competitions, (both finishing undefeated after 3 debates) with a creditable 3rd place in the Year 12 competition. All the entrants in the Year 11 competition were highly commended.  Euan O’Connor and Laurie Kenney won their category for the 2nd year running, and Euan has now won at all levels in the 3 years he has competed.  The competition highlights the wonderful dynamism, enthusiasm and rigour that our students of German possess. Well done to all involved!




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!



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