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Tiffin Grammar School for Girls

Tiffin Grammar School for girls in London is one of the most prestigious and selective schools in the country. It has a long history of academic excellence and a rich curriculum that offers a wide range of subjects and activities for its students.

The school motto is Sapere Aude, which means “Dare to be Wise” in Latin. The school aims to foster a love of learning, a sense of community and a strong character among its students. The school values are respect, responsibility, integrity, curiosity and resilience.

History

The school was founded in 1880 by Thomas and John Tiffin, who were prosperous brewers in the 17th century and left money for the education of the poor. The school was originally located in a single building by The Fairfield, which also housed the Tiffin School for boys. In 1987, the school moved to its present site in Richmond Road, which was previously occupied by The Tudor School.

Admissions

The school is a grammar school and an academy, which means it selects its students based on academic ability and receives funding directly from the government. The school admits 180 girls each year at age 11, and has a total of about 1200 students from year 7 to year 13. The admission process involves taking an entrance test that covers verbal reasoning, mathematics and English. The competition for places is very high, as the school receives about 200 applications for each available place.

Curriculum

The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that covers the core subjects of English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities, arts and physical education. The school also offers a range of optional subjects such as computer science, drama, music, psychology and sociology. The school follows the national curriculum until year 9, and then offers GCSEs and A-levels in years 10 to 13. The school has an outstanding record of academic achievement, with most students achieving top grades and progressing to leading universities.

Facilities

The school has excellent facilities that support the learning and well-being of its students. The school has a modern library, a spacious hall, a sports centre with an astro turf pitch and tennis courts, a music block with practice rooms and a recording studio, an art block with studios and a kiln, a drama studio with lighting and sound equipment, a science block with laboratories and a greenhouse, and a sixth form centre with study areas and a café. The school also has access to nearby facilities such as Kingston University’s sports ground and Rose Theatre.

The school provides a wide range of co-curricular opportunities that enrich the students’ experience and develop their skills and interests. The school has over 100 clubs and societies that cover academic, creative, sporting, cultural and social activities. Some examples are chess club, debating society, orchestra, choir, drama club, dance club, eco club, charity committee, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and Model United Nations. The school also organises trips and visits to places such as museums, theatres, universities and foreign countries.