The Tiffin Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Founded in 1880, The Tiffin Girls’ School is a 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.


Pupils are encouraged to strive for excellence in everything they do, whether it’s academic achievement or an enthusiasm for arts, music or sport. Through a broad curriculum and active pastoral care, students are taught to be self-aware and to act both independently and in cooperation with others.


11 Plus Exam Information for The Tiffin Girls’ School


Address: Tiffin Girls’ School, Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5PL

County: London

Admissions Info:, 020 8546 0773

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,114 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: July

Exam Dates: October and November

Exam Board Type: Stage 1: Maths and English, partly multiple-choice, Stage 2: Maths and English, open answer


The Tiffin Girls’ School 11 Plus Admissions


The Tiffin Girls’ School has reported over 10 applications for every Year 7 place and, as a result, it firmly encourages prospective students and their parents to attend its open evening. At this open event, parents can learn more about the admissions process and have an opportunity to tour the school and speak to staff. Admission at this stage is determined by pupil performance in a two-stage entrance exam process.


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


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Remaining places will be allocated from all applicants who sat the Stage Two Test who have not already been awarded a place


The Tiffin Girls’ School has a strict oversubscription criteria, so parents are always advised to read the latest policy to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to The Tiffin Girls’ School


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 invited to sit Stage Two of the test in early November. At this stage, parents must complete their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) to be eligible for consideration for a place at The Tiffin Girls’ School.


Parents who have questions about the admissions process at Year 7 should email or the school on 020 8546 0773.


The Tiffin Girls’ School Catchment Area


Does The Tiffin Girls’ School have a catchment area?


Yes, they do. For The Tiffin Girls’ School, the catchment area is defined by two areas:


1. 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);


2. 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.


The Tiffin Girls’ School 11 Plus Exam Format


Parents are advised to read the admissions documents on the school’s website ahead of the 11 Plus exam itself.


Previous tests have been split into two stages:


Stage One: English and Maths, partly multiple choice, similar to both GL and CEM style


A number of pupils will then be invited back to sit the Stage Two test.


Stage Two: English and Maths, set by the school. Previous tests have included comprehension, a writing task and standard format maths questions.


How to Prepare for The Tiffin Girls’ School 11 Plus Exam?


The Tiffin Girls’ School does not reveal details of its exam provider for Year 7 entrance exam testing. For parents, this can be a worry, but Exam Papers Plus can help students prepare for the various elements of the assessments.


We would recommend that students begin their exam preparation early with practice exam papers. Not only do these papers give students a general overview of their current abilities, they also enable them to identify their strengths and weaknesses.


As a student’s studying progresses, they can continue to use our practice tests to check on their progress. As the exam date gets closer, we would encourage pupils  to do these practice tests under timed conditions, to get them used to working in this type of environment. Our practice papers come complete with answers, enabling parents to accurately measure their child’s performance and track their improvements.


We have a selection of 11 Plus practice papers that can help students prepare for both stages of The Tiffin Girls’ School entrance exam:




Our top recommendation is to use our Stage 1 specific practice tests for Tiffin Girls’ School:


Full Practice Tests



Based on last year’s exams, we received a lot of feedback suggesting that the first round test at Tiffin Girls’ School was very similar to the first round test used by the grammar schools in Sutton, known as the Selective Eligibility Test. Both exams consist of multiple-choice Maths and English papers with similar timings and question types. The most significant differences seem to be how answers need to be marked on the answer sheet as well as the number of questions in the English section.


As such, our full-length Sutton practice tests will provide great further practice for the Tiffin first round test once the tests above have been completed:



These packs will prove useful for targeted practice of specific question types that have come up in previous years in the Tiffin first round exam:



If you would like further practice, we have plenty of subject and skill-specific resources that will help:



Full Practice Tests + Skill Specific Practice


11+ English (GL) Masterclass


In previous years, there has been a strong emphasis on synonyms and antonyms in the first round English test so these packs should prove especially useful:



Maths/Numerical Reasoning

Full Practice Tests + Skill Specific Practice


The maths and English sections in the packs below cover many styles that are very similar to the question types used in the first round Tiffin tests. The answer sheets included also replicate how some of the maths questions need to be answered. However, please ignore the Non-Verbal Reasoning sections as they are not relevant for Tiffin:


Full Practice Tests CEM




The Stage 2 English exam consists of an open-answer reading comprehension and a writing test. Last year, there was allocated reading time for the comprehension passage before students could answer the questions. 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. Our English papers contain similar questions and passages.


The Writing task in previous years has included provided story endings or specific requirements of how the story needs to be structured. Our Writing Guide covers all known formats that have come up in the past.


The Maths exam contains a few arithmetic questions followed by plenty of challenging word problems, covering topics such as time zones, speed/distance/time, simultaneous equations and algebra. The test is standard format and not multiple-choice. In terms of format, timing, question types and difficulty level, it’s going to be quite similar to our independent school practice papers listed below.


Our recommendations for Stage 2 are therefore as follows:


English (open answer)




Mathematics (open answer)

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice



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Why do some of the recommendations above show me independent school papers?


The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.


Whilst The Tiffin Girls’ School is a grammar school, they actually use the independent school (standard) format for some of their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.



Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in The Tiffin Girls’ School 11+ past papers. The information provided about The Tiffin Girls’ School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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