Founded in 1880, Tiffin School is a selective boys’ grammar located in Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. Previously voluntary aided, Tiffin School became an academy in 2011 and has specialist status in both performing arts and languages.
With a traditional heritage, Tiffin prides itself on being a forward-thinking, progressive school that prepares its pupils for modern life. Boys are able to participate in a range of extracurricular activities including sport, musicals and art.
For an insight into life at Tiffin School, take a look at this short video, showcasing a day in the life of new pupils:
Address: Tiffin School, 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
Exam Date: October and November
Exam Board Type: Stage 1: (Multiple-choice Maths and English), Stage 2: (Open answer Maths and English)
With 180 places available in Year 7, the Tiffin School encourages prospective students and their parents to attend its open evening, which usually takes place in July. At the open evenings, you can learn more about the admissions process and have an opportunity to tour the school and speak to staff. 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:
For details about the school’s Priority Area and further information about its admissions criteria, visit the school’s website directly.
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 via 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 stage, parents must complete their Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) for their child to be eligible for consideration for a place at Tiffin School.
Parents will receive notification of places in March the following year via post.
Parents are advised to refer to Tiffin School’s FAQ document for more detailed information about the 11 Plus exam format. In previous years, the tests have been split into two stages:
Stage One: English and Maths, both multiple choice
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.
Tiffin School chooses not to reveal details of its exam provider for Year 7 testing. Understandably, this can cause concern among parents and students who are keen to prepare for the exam. At Exam Papers Plus, we have resources that can help students prepare for the Tiffin School 11 Plus tests. Our practice papers can help you identify any weaknesses or gaps in your child’s preparation. This will enable you to adjust your child’s study schedule accordingly.
Tiffin School is a hugely competitive grammar school, with over ten applicants for every Year 7 place, so students need to be properly prepared before the exam. To give students the best possible chance of gaining a place in Year 7 at Tiffin School, we would recommend using the following practice papers:
Our top recommendation is to use our Stage 1 specific practice tests for Tiffin School:
Based on last year’s exams, we received a lot of feedback suggesting that the first round test at Tiffin 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:
In previous years, there has been a strong emphasis on synonyms and antonyms in the first round English test so this pack should prove especially useful:
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)
The maths and english sections in the two 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:
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:
The Complete 11 Plus Writing Guide (Covers all known writing categories that could come up in the Stage 2 test)
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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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