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Tiffin School is a grammar school for boys in Kingston upon Thames. Established in 1880, it specialises in performing arts and languages, educating roughly 1,060 pupils in accordance with exemplary pastoral standards and the motto To do without saying. 
Tiffin is a high-achieving, progressive school that prepares pupils for modern life through a stimulating curriculum and effective teaching methods. As a result, children thrive across a rich range of disciplines, such as science, technology and humanities, acquiring skills and knowledge that parallel the school’s strong academic reputation. 
To ensure their moral, spiritual and social development, Tiffin’s offering provides inclusive learning opportunities, supported by a broad co-curricular programme. Dance, MUN, philosophy, STEM, Duke of Edinburgh, Dissection Club and many other pursuits successfully cater for the cohort’s changing interests, boosting their enthusiasm for learning as they explore their unique talents. 
Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024
Address: Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL
Admissions info: email@example.com, 020 8546 4638
School type: Boys’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,059 (approx.)
Number of places in Year 7: 180
Open Day date: July
11+ Exam date: September 2024
Pass mark: Aim for 80% (Stage 1) in our practice tests. See below for more details.
Exam Board type: Two stage exam process with papers created by the school. Stage 1: Maths (partly multiple-choice) and English (multiple-choice) | Stage 2: Maths and English, open answer
Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions
Tiffin has 180 places available in Year 7. To learn more about the admissions process, the school encourages parents and their children to attend Open Evening, typically taking place in July. Tours of facilities and meetings with the staff will be arranged for all visiting families.
At 11+, admission is determined by pupil performance in a two-stage entrance exam process, which is administered by Kingston Local Education Authority (LEA).
Competition for places in Year 7 at Tiffin School is high, so in the likely event of oversubscription, the school applies the following criteria, giving priority to:
- Boys with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs;
- Boys whose permanent place of residence is within the school’s Priority Area;
- Boys whose permanent place of residence is outside the Priority Area.
For further information about the school’s admissions criteria, please follow this link. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:
How to Apply for 11 Plus (11+) Entry to Tiffin School
Parents who wish to register their son to sit Stage One of the entrance exam must complete an online registration form. This can be done through the school’s website when the registration window is open.
Boys who pass this stage will be invited to sit Stage Two of the test, set by the school in November. At this point, parents must complete their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF). Exam results are communicated in March the following year.
Tiffin School Catchment Area
Does Tiffin School have a catchment area?
Yes, they do. For Tiffin School, the catchment area has two sections: Inner Priority Area (pupils who live less than 10 km from Tiffin School) and Outer Priority Area (pupils who live 10 km or more, and less than 14 km from the school).
Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format
The 11+ exam at Tiffin School has two stages:
Stage One: English and Maths. The English test is multiple-choice. The Maths test contains some multiple-choice questions and others where students need to work out the answers themselves and then mark their responses on a special grid.
A number of pupils will then be invited back to sit the Stage Two test.
Stage Two: English and Maths, set by the school. Although no details are given ahead of the test by the school, previous tests have included comprehension, a writing task and standard format maths questions.
All participants in the Stage Two tests will be ranked according to their Combined Score. The Combined Score will be split evenly between English and Maths, with the English component coming from the Stage Two test. The Maths component, on the other hand, will merge the results of both the Stage One and Stage Two tests, in a 2:3 ratio, respectively.
How to Prepare for the Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Exam?
To successfully prepare your child for the Tiffin School entrance exams, we recommend that you utilise resources that provide an insight into the types of questions that he could be asked in the actual exam. Our practice papers offer exactly that and much more.
Aside from reflecting the demands of the Tiffin School 11+ exam, our practice tests will help you identify any weaker areas that require additional work, and thus enable you to adjust your child’s study schedule accordingly. Students who approach preparation in such a methodical way generally have a competitive advantage over their peers who prefer a less structured approach.
Our 11+ resources tend to make the preparation process easily manageable and less demanding in order for your child to feel confident and less stressed about the upcoming 11+ exam. They are age-appropriate, yet challenging, and are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase.
Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores
There is no formal pass mark for the Tiffin School tests. Instead, entry is relative to the performance of the cohort of applicants. Hence, if there are stronger candidates applying in a particular year, the pass mark will be higher.
Pupils who are able to score 80% consistently in our 11+ Stage 1 practice tests should be on track to pass the Tiffin School Stage 1 exam.
Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Tiffin School 11+ exam. Please click here to learn more.
Tiffin School 11 Plus (11+) Practice Exam Papers
Full Practice Tests
The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the Tiffin School 11+ Stage One Exam. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:
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English • Stage 1 Exam
Skill Specific Practice
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:
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Mathematics • Stage 1 Exam
Skill Specific Practice
If you find your child struggling with specific maths topics, you can select the relevant packs below for targeted practice. Detailed video solutions are included with every pack.
11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (This pack requires answers to be written in a similar format to that required in the Tiffin first round Maths exam)
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Full Practice Tests
The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the Tiffin School 11+ Stage Two Exam. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:
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The Stage 2 English exam covers open-answer reading comprehension and a writing test. In a recent exam, the comprehension passages included 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 are in a strikingly similar format.
The Writing task has included provided story endings or specific requirements of how the story needs to be structured. Our Writing Guide covers all known formats of Tiffin’s past writing assessments.
The maths exam covers 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 in standard format, consisted of open-answer questions. In terms of format, timing, question types and difficulty level, the exam is likely to be quite similar to our independent school practice papers listed below.
To learn more about the Stage 2 exam for the Tiffin schools, please click here.
English • Standard format
11+ Complete Writing Guide (Covers all known writing categories that could come up in the Stage 2 test)
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Mathematics • Standard format
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 Tiffin 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 Tiffin School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Tiffin 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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