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The Tiffin Girls’ School

Introduction

Founded in 1880, The Tiffin Girls’ School is amongst the top selective, all-girls grammar located in Kingston upon Thames in London. Situated on a nine-acre campus, the school became an academy in 2011. From Year 7 until Sixth Form, students are split into six houses: Bebbington, Flavell, Nicolle, Orford, Schofield and Watson – all named after previous Headmistresses of the school.

The school emphasises the importance of encouraging their students to aspire to excellence in everything they do, whether it be academic, creative and performing arts, sporting talent, service to others or student leadership, and the school offers a range of extra-curricular activities.

Admissions

Admission to TheTiffin Girls’ School for Year 7 is by academic selection, determined by performance in two rounds of entrance exams. The school typically receives over 2,000 applications for 180 places in Year 7.

In the likely event of oversubscription at Year 7, the school will apply the following criteria, giving priority to:

Girls with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), who name The Tiffin Girls’ School specifically on the Statement or EHCP.

Up to 60 girls whose score in the Stage Two Test is higher than or equal to the 250th ranked mark of all applicants who sat the Stage Two Test.

Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area or within the Designated Area (see below section) and who qualify for receipt of Pupil Premium Funding on the closing date to register for the Stage One Test.

Girls whose permanent place of residence is within the Inner Area.

The Tiffin Girls’ School has a strict oversubscription criteria, so we advise to read the latest policy documents to ensure you always have the most up-to-date information:

Policy Documents

Catchment Area

The Tiffin Girls’ School has a catchment area made up of an Inner Area and Designated Area. Girls living in these areas are given priority.

Inner Area comprising the following electoral wards: Berrylands, Beverley, Canbury, Coombe Hill, Coombe Vale, Grove, Norbiton, St Mark’s, Tudo, Ham (Petersham and Richmond Riverside).

The Designated Area, comprising the following postal districts:

  • KT1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19
  • TW1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • SW13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20
  • W3, 4, 5, 7, 13
  • SM4
  • CR4

Open Days

The open day for The Tiffin Girls’ School is normally held in early July.

Application

How to apply

The school operates a two-stage test procedure. To register for the Stage One Test, the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) must be completed and received by the school. The SIF is available via the school’s website when the registration window is open.

Girls who pass Stage One will be notified by mid-October and invited to sit the Stage Two exam in early November. At this stage, parents must complete their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) by the requested deadline to be eligible for consideration for a place at The Tiffin Girls’ School.

Registration deadline

As soon as online registration opens in early June, we recommend adding the registration deadline to your calendar to ensure important dates are not missed. The registration deadline is typically the start of September of Year 6, but we advise completing the SIF in advance of the deadline (note: the admissions department does not work in the summer holiday and a paper form needs to be returned to the school as part of the SIF registration).

Exam Information

Exam Date

The entrance exams are sat in the Autumn term of Year 6 as follows:

  • The Stage One exam: late September / early October.
  • The Stage Two exam: early November.

Exam Board

The school does not reveal their exam provider for the entrance exams.

Exam Format

The Tiffin Girls’ School has two rounds of exams:

  • The Stage One Test
  • The Stage One Test consists of an English paper and a maths paper and both will be multiple-choice style tests that are marked by a computer.

    The results of Stage One will determine who is invited to sit the Stage Two Test, but will not contribute to the final determination of offer of places at the school.

  • The Stage Two Test
  • The Stage Two Test will test the core subjects of English and mathematics.

    English exam: consists of an open-answer reading comprehension and a writing test. Extracts that have come up recently include a story of a woman who was hiking in the Rockies, a passage from Tom Brown’s School Days and a poem called ‘The Moment’. Question formats included rewriting sections in the first person, explaining the meaning of words and plenty of long-form responses that required evidence to back them up. The Writing task in previous years has included provided story endings or specific requirements of how the story needs to be structured.

    Maths exam: contains arithmetic questions and challenging word problems. The test is standard format and not multiple-choice.

    Places at the school will be offered based on marks from the Stage Two Test only. Applicants will be ranked in order of their Stage Two Test mark and places allocated in accordance with the Selection Criteria, as outlined in the previous admissions section.

How to prepare for The Tiffin Girls’ 11+ exams

The Tiffin Girls’ School is one of the UK’s top-performing grammars for girls, so your daughter is likely to face strong competition for a Year 7 place. For advice on how best to prepare for The Tiffin Girls’ 11+ exams, please click visit the Atom Learning “Grammar Schools” advice page.

Atom’s Education Advisory team holds free parent webinars throughout the year specifically on grammar schools 11+ admissions and exam preparation, including information on The Tiffin Girls’ School. For more information, join one of our free parent webinars.

Atom also hosts specialist clubs over the holidays to cover exam preparation, including the grammar schools’ 11+ examination, masterclasses in English and maths, and creative writing workshops.

If you have any queries on The Tiffin Girls’ 11+ admissions process or exams, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Admissions and Schools experts at [email protected]

Offers

National Offers Day is typically on 1st March (or within the first week of March). Offers made by your local authority via the eAdmissions website.

Stage Two test results are emailed by the school to parents of girls who have not been offered a higher preference school and are on the waiting list.

Pupil Premium

The Tiffin Girls’ was previously the Pupil Premium Awards 2016 Local Winner. Please click here for more information on the school’s Pupil Premium action plan and impact:

Pupil Premium

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