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  • The Tiffin Girls' School
    Richmond Road
    KT2 5PL
  • Head: Mr Ian Keary
  • T 020 8546 0773
  • F 020 8547 0191
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1,239; sixth formers: 343
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th October 2021
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pupils are studious, charming and (well) opinionated. One mother said she felt some were ‘a little socially immature’, adding ‘it’s quite usual for my daughter to not see any school friends in the holidays as their parents expect them to study so much’. Academic outcomes speak for themselves. School is in the top one per cent nationally for Progress 8 (indicating value added beyond the high starting bar), third in the country for GCSE results and in the top 30 UK schools for Oxbridge offers. Parents say that ‘it’s the school you choose if you want your daughter to be a medic’. Apparently, years 7 and 8 are ‘relatively relaxed’ once pupils reconcile with the fact they’re no longer the smartest in the class. One parent explained…

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What the school says...

Entrance criteria as follows: Year 7 - two stages of entrance tests which test maths and English. No interview, takes top 180 by test results in line with the school's selection criteria. Selection criteria include priority to those who qualify for receipt of pupil premium funding when they register for the tests and who live within catchment area. For sixth form, minimum entry is eight GCSEs, four at grade 7 or better and four at grade 6 or better. Students must have achieved at least a grade 7 in the subjects they wish to study at A-Level, with further requirements for some particular combinations of subjects. In certain subjects that have not been studied at GCSE, grades in other facilitating subjects are used as entry criteria. ...Read more

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2016, Ian Keary BA NPQH. Previously head of school at highly rated Glyn, part of a multi-academy trust in nearby Ewell. Prior to that, eight years at Tiffin School (the boys’ grammar down the road), four as assistant head. Degree in sports science from West London Institute of Higher Education.

School has recently secured a rare outstanding judgement from Ofsted – something he forgets at first when asked what he’s proudest of at Tiffin Girls’. Instead, he talks of the micro moments. ‘Hearing girls singing the school song or helping a student with a cry for help, and of course seeing a pupil be first in her family to get to Oxbridge,’ he says, almost misty eyed.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The school has an experienced SENCo who takes a lead on supporting students with different learning needs and matters to do with pastoral care. The school operates a graduated approach to differentiated learning ensuring students requiring a more personalised learning experience are catered for. Tracking and monitoring of student progress is key in identifying and ensuring that strategies are in place to ensure that all students achieve their potential. Central to the success of all students is the close working relationship that the school has with parents and the co-ordinated approach to learning taken by all staff.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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Who came from where

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