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Click here to see Alec Stewart, former England and Surrey cricket captain, and former Tiffin student, open the new gym in our virtual opening.



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.



21 June 2019 by

The construction on our fantastic new gym, which will contain two new fitness areas, new changing facilities, and a fantastic new gym, will be starting on the 1 July.



With both our main and subsidiary  sports, and our regular fixtures, as well as a focus on health and fitness, sport is very important at Tiffin, and brings multiple benefits to our students, all of whom are encouraged to participate at one level or another. This exciting development will mark a significant improvement to our already strong sports provision, and will transform the breadth and quality of what we are able to offer.



The bulk of the funding for this project is coming from our government grant but as with the new dining hall we aim to raise a further £200,000 in order to fit, finish and furnish the extension.  If you would like to donate to this specific project please see the fundraising page of the Tiffin website.



I am very grateful that our fundraising campaign is being supported by former England cricket captain, and Tiffin student, Alec Stewart.



21 June 2019 by

Himmat in Y8, pictured below, has been accepted to trial for Junior England Hockey.  Very well done, Himmat, and best of luck!






21 June 2019 by

On 30th April, 264 boys in Years 7 and 8 sat the Junior Maths Challenge, a maths exam taken by around 200,000 students across the UK. The exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty.


The results are the School’s best yet: 134 Golds (thought to be the highest in the whole of the UK), 90 Kangaroo qualifiers and 9 Olympiad qualifiers. Only the top 6.7% of entrants nationally achieve a Gold medal, and roughly the top 0.5% for the Olympiad. Students have subsequently sat the follow on rounds and we eagerly await the results. A special congratulations goes to Lucas Bowman in 8KBA, who achieved the top score in the school.


Tiffin has seen a dramatic increase in performance in the Junior Maths Challenge in the last 7 years, with almost three times as many Golds as the 49 achieved in 2012.


Well done to our fantastic boys!




National Volleyball Championship winner

10 May 2019 by

Pictured below is Yoan Kuzmanov in Y13 who, with his team, Richmond Volleyball, won the National Volleyball Championship Under 18.  Yoan was the team captain.  A marvellous achievement!



Exciting Choir News

10 May 2019 by

Pictured below is the Boys’ Choir recording the music for the enormously popular programme, Fleabag, Season 2, back in December.



Some time ago, the Choir recorded the sound track for Dumbo, Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the 1941 classic, which has just been released.   Shown below with the boys is the composer of the music,  Danny Elfman, renowned American composer, singer, songwriter and  record producer.  One of his notable compositions is The Simpsons theme.




Alec Stewart greets boys at The Oval

10 May 2019 by

Lovely day out for the hugely talented Year 7 cricket squad at the Oval with the added benefit of two ex-Tiffinians joining the boys for autographs and a chat at lunch.  Pictured below with the boys, Mr Graham and Mr Balasubramaniam, who organised the trip, are Alec Stewart, former England captain and current Director of Cricket at Surrey, and Arun Harinath who plays for Surrey.




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.