Tiffin School

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Coordinates 51°24′41″N0°17′46″W / 51.4115°N 0.296°W / 51.4115; -0.296
Information
Type Grammar school
Academy
MottoFaire Sans Dire
( French: 'To do without saying')
Established1880
FoundersJohn and Thomas Tiffin
SpecialistsArts (performing) and language
Department for Education URN 136910 Tables
Ofsted Reports
ChairPhil Phillips
HeadteacherGarth Williams
Staffc.95
GenderBoys (Co-Ed 16-18)
Age11to 18
Enrolment1,418
HousesChurchill-Gordon, Darwin-Wilberforce, Drake, Kingsley-Montgomery, Livingstone, Raleigh, Scott, Turing-Nightingale
Colour(s)Red, blue
Former pupilsOld Tiffinians
Website http://www.tiffinschool.co.uk

Tiffin School is a boys' grammar school in Kingston upon Thames, England. It has specialist status in both the performing arts and languages. The school moved from voluntary aided status to become an Academy School on 1 July 2011. Founded in 1880, Tiffin School educates 1,400 pupils as of March 2023.

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Admissions

Entry into the school is by academic selection, using both an English and a mathematics test. [1] The school admits 180 students each year in year 7. Since at least 2002, [2] students have been able to apply to join Tiffin for Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13); approximately 35-40% of the boys are 'new boys', from other schools. Admission to the sixth form is based on GCSE results. [3] From September 2019, the Sixth Form became co-educational and admits around 80 girls. Tiffin remains an all boys’ school from Years 7 to 11.

History

Tiffin School Main Building, taken from the Head's Garden. Tiffin School.jpg
Tiffin School Main Building, taken from the Head's Garden.

Plans were drawn up in 1874 for two new schools; Tiffin Boys' School and Tiffin Girls' School, each taking 150 pupils. A single building by the Fairfield housing both schools was opened in January 1880. [4]

In 1929, the boys' school moved to its present site, in Queen Elizabeth Road near the centre of Kingston. [4] It became a grammar school under the Education Act 1944. The school changed from being voluntary-controlled to being grant-maintained in 1992. On 1 July 2011, the school achieved Academy status.

New buildings

In 1937, a new building was opened for the Girls' School for 480 pupils. They had previously been in the same building as the Boys' School. [5]

In 2011, an all-weather AstroTurf pitch was erected on part of the old grass field, funded by Jim Dixon and a National Lottery grant. The cricket nets were refurbished and named the Neil Desai cricket nets to commemorate his death. [6]

Over the course of late 2017 and early 2018, a new building attached to the existing Dempsey Centre was opened. [7]

Present day

The Dempsey Centre DempseyCentre.JPG
The Dempsey Centre

There are between 180 and 190 boys in each year, and about 500 in the Sixth Form. In 2019, the school began admitting girls to the sixth form, with an aim to have at least 100 girls overall between the Lower and Upper Sixth. [8] The Dempsey Centre, named after Dr Tony Dempsey, who retired as head in 2004, was opened in September of that year. It contains ICT suites, a lecture theatre, a library and a new careers office. [9] [10]

In 2004, Sean Heslop took over as head of Tiffin School, due to Dempsey's retirement. Heslop subsequently left the school in 2009 to take a position at Folkestone Academy. He was subsequently arrested and bailed by the police on the charge of abusing a position of trust with a minor. He was acquitted of all charges. [11]

In 2009, Hilda Clarke became the first female head of Tiffin School. She is a former head of Langley Grammar School in Slough and former deputy head of Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames. In November 2014, it was announced that Clarke had stepped down and was replaced by the former deputy head and longstanding history teacher Mike Gascoigne.

Ofsted report

The Ofsted report in 2002 stated that "the school is very popular; annually, it receives around 1,300 applications for the 140 available places. Very nearly all 16-year-olds continue into the Sixth Form and around 40 more join the Sixth Form each year from other schools. On entry, the pupils’ and Sixth Form students’ attainment is very high compared with the national average." In the 2007 Ofsted Report, Tiffin was rated outstanding (grade 1) in every area. [12]

In the 2013 Ofsted Report, pupils' exam results overall were in the top 40% of similar schools' results, and in the top 20% of all schools. [13]

In the 2022 Ofsted Report, Tiffin was rated 'good' (grade 2) overall.

Academic achievement

According to the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide, the school is ranked 10th in the top hundred State Secondary Schools based on 2011 examination results. [14] The 2011 results for the school are:

In 2022, the school achieved its "best set of grades" for GCSEs and A levels in the last 10 years. [15]

Music

The school has a choir and several musical ensembles, including a swing band, and many of its pupils are members of Thames Youth Orchestra. [16] Every year, the school performs an oratorio either held in the Rose Theatre or the Tiffin Sports Hall, which consists of students, parents, staff and friends and is accompanied by the London Mozart Players or the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra or the Sinfonia Britannica. [17]

Tiffin Boys' Choir

The Tiffin Boys' Choir (directed by James Day), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017, performs at venues including the Royal Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican with London orchestras, and it regularly goes on tour. [18] The choir has recorded CDs such as Rejoice in the Lamb and Christmas at Tiffin. It has also appeared on recordings of Mahler with Klaus Tennstedt, Puccini's Tosca with Antonio Pappano and Britten's War Requiem with Kurt Masur. The choir was featured on the last episode of TFI Friday , on the soundtrack of A Christmas Carol starring Kate Winslet, and on the subsequently released top-ten Kate Winslet single "What If". [18]

Sports

Tiffin School is active in all the main sports. [19] It has facilities for rugby, athletics, football and cricket at a 29-acre (119,000 m²) site in East Molesey near Hampton Court, known as Grist's (named after a former headmaster). [20] Tiffin School Boat Club is based at Canbury Boathouse, which is shared with Kingston Rowing Club along the Thames at Canbury Gardens. [21] The school has a sports hall and all-weather AstroTurf pitch which are used by external sports clubs after and before school hours. Tiffin School [22] provides ball boys for The Championships, Wimbledon.

Notable former pupils

Former pupils are known as Old Tiffinians. The Tiffinian Association arranges reunion events such as dinners and sports fixtures.

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