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  • Tiffin School
    Queen Elizabeth Road
    Kingston
    Surrey
    KT2 6RL
  • Head: Mr Michael Gascoigne
  • T 020 8546 4638
  • F 020 8546 6365
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.tiffinschool.co.uk
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1,213; sixth formers: 382
  • Religion: Church of England/Christian
  • Open days: July, October
  • 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
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 1st November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Three cheers for Thomas and John Tiffin, brothers and wealthy Kingston brewers who between them left £150 in the 1630s to invest in the education of deserving boys. Just one issue of fortnightly head’s newsletter (essential reading if you want a cross section of day-to-day life here) included the latest school trips (GCSE and A level art students to Venice, year 9 classics to Bath, year 7 to London Zoo), sporting success (cross-country) and performing arts, with ‘particularly active’ dancers doing their stuff...

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What the school says...

Entrance criteria for Tiffin School is as follows at age 11 - English and Maths tests. No interview, takes top 180 by results (age-weighted). Age16 - Meeting with Head and Head of Sixth Form. From 2017 the minimum qualification for entry is 8 GCSE grades with an average grade of 6.625 (equivalent to 5 grade A's and 3 grade B's at GCSE). The applicant must have a grade A or A*(or the equivalent grade – 7, 8, 9) in three of the four subjects he wishes to study in the Sixth Form.
Converted to an academy 2011.
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School associations

State grammar school

Sports

Rowing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2015, Michael Gascoigne BA, 40s. Knows the school inside out – joined as history teacher after completing PGCE (Institute of Education) and training in some tough schools (think recreational chair-throwing). Subsequently became head of history here (1999), head of sixth form (2004) and deputy head (2009) – each promotion fortuitously happening just when was debating looking elsewhere (no coincidence, we suspect).

First generation in family to go to university, bursary to independent school firing career ambitions, though initially directed at policing or law. All changed when he took a temporary teaching post and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Humane, as articulate as his pupils (and that’s a big compliment), he’s a thoroughly likeable man who understands how boys tick and values his staff (he ensured teachers’ room...

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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.

Special Education Needs

The school currently has 4 statemented students, one with Speech & Language needs and three with Asperger's syndrome. These students are supported by a team of two part time LSAs. In addition we have one support teacher who concentrates on Literacy. The latter supports students with dyslexia and dyspraxia within her 1.5 days per week. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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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.

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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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