|Motto||Faire sans dire
(To do without saying)
|Founders||John and Thomas Tiffin|
|Location||Queen Elizabeth Road
Kingston upon Thames
|DfE URN||136910 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Former pupils||Old Tiffinians|
Tiffin School is a selective boys' grammar school, situated in Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, England. It has specialisms in the arts status and languages, even though until recently, boys in year 7, 8 and 9 could only do French or German, and take up Spanish as a GCSE option in year 10 - now pupils in year 7, 8 and 9 study both French and German but can choose to drop one of these languages at GCSE.
The school moved from voluntary aided status to became an Academy School on 1 July 2011. In order to maintain existing facilities, the school raises additional income through special events. Founded in 1880, Tiffin School now educates over 1,000 pupils.
- 1 Admissions
- 2 Identity
- 3 Uniform
- 4 House system
- 5 History
- 6 Present day
- 7 Ofsted report
- 8 Academic achievement
- 9 Music
- 10 Sports
- 11 Old Tiffinians
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Entry into the school is by academic selection, using both a verbal reasoning test and a non-verbal reasoning test. 1644 candidates applied for 11+ entry in 2013 for 140 places.
The school colours - red and blue - date from the time of its original foundation in the 19th century. The school's crest with three salmon is based on that of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
The school motto is Faire Sans Dire which, literally translated from French, means "to do without saying". This calls to mind the phrase "Actions speak louder than words", and shows that students should perform, showing the world what they can do, rather than telling the world what they can do. The vision statement is "A leading creative community; an enduring love of learning".
For Years 7-10, students wear a dark blue blazer with maroon stripes,which are known as "stripeys", a white shirt, tie and black trousers. In Year 11, pupils switch to a dark blue blazer with a three-fishes crest on the left hand breast pocket. Sixth formers are required to wear a plain business suit of their colour choice, black, blue or grey, with a blue or white shirt. The school tie is blue with red stripes, with six additional house ties and various ties for membership of teams or achievements, and a separate tie for sixth formers.
There were originally six houses, named after famous British explorers. Churchill and Montgomery's names were added after the Second World War to two houses. Every pupil is a member of a house throughout their time at the school.
Each house has a house master, with house captains selected from the Upper VI each September who are responsible for overall control and organization of house activities throughout the year. Houses compete annually for the House Trophy which is awarded to the winning house at the end of the competition, which consists of academic and sporting events. The house with the highest points score is presented the trophy on Sports Day, usually the Wednesday of the last week of the Summer Term. The name of the winning House and year is recorded for posterity on the gallery in the school hall.
|House||House Colour||Tie Colours|
|Churchill-Gordon||Black and White|
|Drake||Black and Red|
|Kingsley-Montgomery||Black and Green|
|Livingstone||Blue and Yellow (formerly Brown and Yellow)|
|Raleigh||Maroon and White|
|Scott||Blue and White|
The school also operates a head boy and prefect system. Boys in the upper sixth are appointed prefects. When on duty, the head boy wears a blue gown and the senior prefects a red gown.
Two prosperous brewers from Kingston, John and Thomas Tiffin, left money in their wills in 1638 for the education of local people. At first the money was used for scholarships to attend local schools. However, the fund grew through investment returns and additional donations, so by the 1820s nearly 110 children were benefiting from the fund.
By 1869, when the charity schools had closed and the money was no longer needed by the Public Secondary School, the charity's trustees proposed to support Kingston Grammar School. There was a debate until 1872 when it was decided that Kingston Grammar School should receive no more than a quarter of the income from the charity.
Plans were therefore 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.
In 1929 the Boys' School moved to its present site, in Queen Elizabeth Road near the centre of Kingston. It became a grammar school under the Education Act 1944. Later the school changed from being voluntary-controlled to being grant-maintained in 1992. On 1 July 2011 the school achieved Academy status.
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.
The school site campus has expanded and now has a Sports Centre, an Arts block, the South Building and the Judge Lecture Theatre and Learning Resource Centre (named the Dempsey Centre after a former head). In 2011, an all-weather AstroTurf pitch was erected over part of the old grass field. This was funded by Jim Dixon and a National Lottery grant. The cricket nets were refurbished and named the Neil Desai cricket nets in honour of his passing.
There are plans to replace the old 1940s refectory with a modern canteen and sixth-form centre, which will be connected to the Dempsey Centre. The project has been named LRC2 and is currently awaiting planning permission.
There are between 140 and 150 boys in each year, and about 340 in the Sixth Form, taught by 65 teaching staff. 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.
In September 2009, Hilda Clarke became the first female head of Tiffin School. She was the former head of Langley Grammar School in Slough and former deputy head of Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames.
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.
The school is strong academically and regularly sends approximately 20 boys to the Oxbridge Universities each year, and for posterity their names are recorded on wood paneling in the main school hall. The majority of boys do end up going to either the Russell Group or the 1994 Group of research intensive universities. In 2011, 71% of boys went to these selective universities according to The Times Good University Guide.
According to the Sunday Times, Parent Power Guide, the school is ranked 10th in the top 100 State Secondary Schools based on 2011 examination results. The 2011 results for the school are:-
A-level %A*-B: 90.9
GCSE %A*-A: 82.8
According to published data from the Department for Education released in January 2012, the average score per pupil at Key Stage Five (KS5) in 2011 A-level exams was 1137.7
The school has a choir and several musical ensembles, including a swing band, and many of its pupils are members of Thames Youth Orchestra. 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 either the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players or the Sinfonia Britannica.
Tiffin Boys' Choir
The Tiffin Boys' Choir, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007, performs at notable venues including the Royal Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican with London orchestras, and it regularly goes on tour. The choir has also 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. In addition to this, the choir has featured on the last ever 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". The choir has made tours to Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, China, Australia, Italy and New Zealand. Currently, the Conductor and Director for the Tiffin Boys' Choir is Simon Toyne - the Director of Music at Tiffin School.
Thames Youth Orchestra
Tiffin school contributes a significant number of the musicians in the Thames Youth Orchestra.
Tiffin School is active in all the main sports, however the school does not operate a competitive football team. It has facilities for rugby, football and cricket at a large area of ground near Hampton Court, known as Grist's (named after a former headmaster). Tiffin School Boat Club is based at the boathouse, which is shared with Kingston Rowing Club along the Thames at Canbury Gardens. The school is particularly strong in rugby, cricket, basketball and rowing.
The school has a sports hall, which is open to the public after normal school hours.
Former pupils are known as Old Tiffinians. The Tiffinian Association seeks to arrange reunion events such as dinners and sports fixtures. All alumni, parents of alumni, former staff, governors, and friends of the school are welcome to participate in these events.
Notable former pupils
- Gethin Anthony, actor
- Captain Douglas Belcher, Victoria Cross recipient
- Tom Bloxham MBE, founder of Urban Splash and currently Chancellor of the University of Manchester
- James Boyden, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland
- John Bratby, painter and writer
- Reginald Foster Dagnall, founder of RFD and British aviation pioneer 
- Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum
- Herbie Flowers, musician
- Arun Harinath, cricketer Surrey CCC
- Chris Heaton-Harris, Conservative MP for Daventry (1979–86)
- Rob Henderson, rugby union player
- Andrew Lawrence, comedian
- Dennis Lindley, statistician
- Neil McDermott, actor
- Jonny Lee Miller, actor
- Alec Stewart OBE, former England cricket captain
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