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Rugby Sevens Success

31 March 2017 by

The rugby sevens season has come to an end and it is a great pleasure to report on a terrific performance by the senior squad at the Rosslyn Park National Sevens. For the first time in over 20 years, Tiffin succeeded in getting through to the second day of this most prestigious national competition. Although we then lost to the eventual winners, the players involved deserve many congratulations for a great end to the season.




Boys sing at Titanic Live at the Royal Albert Hall

17 March 2017 by

Following its sell-out world premiere in 2015, Titanic Live returned to the Royal Albert Hall on 11 March  in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Tiffin School supplied 40 trebles for the day’s double-screening of James Cameron’s 1997 romantic epic, accompanied by James Horner’s timeless score played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ludwig Wicki.



Tiffin success in London Youth Games Dance Competition at the Copper Box

17 March 2017 by

Exciting news … Year 9 managed to secure 3rd place (bronze medal) out of 22 schools in the London Youth Dance Competition at the Copper Box on Wednesday 8 March.  An amazing achievement from the dancers who represented the school so well.


Rugby Sevens success

17 March 2017 by

Tiffin’s U14 Squad have had a wonderful sevens season which has been the icing on top of a thoroughly enjoyable 15s season. The Sevens squad won both the Cedars U14 Plate on Sunday 5th March and the Surrey Sevens Plate on Tuesday 14th March. Along the way we beat Wallington, Wilsons, Worth, Bishop Thomas Grant, St James’, Caterham, Emmanuel, Christ’s Hospital and Halliford (and only lost  to St Benedicts and Trinity). The Surrey semi final and final were televised and can be viewed by following the links: vs Christs’ hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beHgXG147DQ vs Halliford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlKxHFTjHvA . In twenty minutes of footage you will see 10 Tiffin tries shared between Josh Clough (4), Noor Elsheik (3) Jake Craddock (3) and Matthew Cormack (1). Other things to look out for include: Dan Smith catching his own kick off or off-loading a try scoring pass out of the back of his hand while being tackled, Nathaniel Tesfaye twice pouncing on loose ball to secure vital turn-overs and more quality tackles than the Head of Maths was able to count. In addition to all this individual brilliance the thing that really stands out is the teamwork – the defensive shape, the speed with which the ball is shipped wide to take advantage of space, the aggression with which every player goes into support their teammate in the tackle area and the camaraderie throughout the 12 man squad.


Cedar Plate Winners (above)



U14s winning the Plate at the Surrey Sevens

Tiffin in top 5% for progress of pupils from entry to GCSE

13 March 2017 by

The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, has written to the Headteacher to congratulate us on our school’s results which show that we are amongst the top 5% of schools in terms of the progress our pupils make between key stage 2 and key stage 4.


U12 Rugby Success

3 March 2017 by

The U12s competed in the Ibstock Place School 7s on Tuesday. We scored 25 tries in the group stages beating Hampton, Kew House, Ibstock Place, Grey Court and Rutlish, earning a place in the final against Hampton again.




A fabulous first half performance saw us take a commanding 4 try lead, allowing the whole squad to play a part, as we ran out winners by 5 tries to 3. The boys were magnificent, both in attack and defence and were very worthy winners.



(Alex Cormac collecting the trophy)

U15 Surrey League Basketball Champions

3 March 2017 by

The U15s finished the school basketball season unbeaten on Tuesday 28 February winning the Surrey League play-off final 52-44, defeating top schools along the way such as Richard Challoner, St Andrews, Carshalton Boys Sports College and Harris Academy Crystal Palace.


They have shown amazing teamwork and resilience throughout the season and the extra hours before school have worked in their favour when faced with tough opposition. The team have suffered many injuries during the season but always came together to win tough games away from home.


Tiffin boy invited to UK Maths Team Training Camp

3 March 2017 by

In advance of the International Maths Olympiad in Brazil this summer, the best 22 school-age mathematicians in the UK gather at Trinity College, Cambridge over Easter for a four day training camp.  Last week Navonil Neogi (still in year 11) received an invitation to join the squad.  The Maths Department are hugely proud of Navonil’s achievement which follows on from his performance in the second round of the British Maths Olympiad in which he achieved a Distinction.


UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge Success

3 March 2017 by

Most UK schools now enter their best students for the UKMT Intermediate Maths challenge and this year on 2 February about quarter of a million boys and girls in Years 9 to 11 sat this exam. Tiffin entered just over 200 boys. Very few schools, if any, can match the results that this year’s Tiffin cohort achieved; 94 boys achieved Gold certificates (placing them in the top 7% of all those sitting the paper); 24 boys qualified for the Olympiad competitions (which the top 500 students in each of years 9, 10 and 11 are invited to sit) and a further 76 were invited to sit the Kangaroo competitions (for those who just miss out on Olympiad qualification). These follow-on competitions all take place on Thursday 16 March.  These are the best results Tiffin has ever achieved in this competition (see table below) and testify to the enormous amount of hard work and ambition put in by the maths team and the boys alike. Special congratulations should go to Navonil Neogi, who achieved a perfect score of 135, and Year 7 student, Nathaniel Johnson, who achieved 121 despite entering two years early.



Tiffin boys win prizes in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition

3 February 2017 by

Six boys from Years 10 and 11 represented Tiffin in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition at St Paul’s School. This was the first time for a number of years that Tiffin had participated in this competition and our success can be partly attributed to two preceding events. The first was the re-invigoration of Tiffin’s Monday lunchtime Debating Society by sixth formers, Angelo Umashangar and Ujjaval Dhingra, and their enthusiasm to enter several debating competitions of different styles and for different age groups. The second was the Tiffin House public speaking competition; another remarkable event which this year saw 90 boys deliver speeches on an unimaginable variety of topics from ‘Philosophy and Pooh’ to pet snakes which helped identify some of Tiffin’s most talented speakers.


The competition ran from 5pm to 9pm and saw Tiffin’s speakers take on the different roles of chair, presenter and questioner as they grappled with the awkward pre-determined topics. At the end of the evening, although Putney High School won the team event, Tiffin took home two of the three individual prizes: the three judges chose Freddie Maguire as the best Chair and Manuj Mishra as the best questioner. All six competitors spoke with tremendous maturity and represented Tiffin exceptionally well.



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