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Tiffin School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Jun 29, 2023, 8:49 AM

Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames

Thinking about applying to Tiffin School? Find out everything you need to know about admissions and how to prepare your child for success in the 11 plus.

Key information about Tiffin School

  • Address: Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 6RL

  • Number of pupils: approx. 1,500

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • 11+ exam: GL Assessment (stage one) and school’s own (stage two)

  • Catchment area: yes

Dates for your diary

  • Stage one registration opens: Monday 3rd June 2024

  • Sport and music aptitude assessment registration closes: Monday 8th July 2024

  • Sport aptitude assessment: Friday 12th July 2024

  • Stage one registration closes: Monday 2nd September 2024

  • Music aptitude assessment: Tuesday 10th September 2024 (first part), 16th–27th September 2024 (second part)

  • Stage one exam date: Thursday 3rd – Friday 4th October 2024

  • Stage one dates released: Tuesday 15th October 2024

  • Secondary school application deadline: Thursday 31st October 2024

  • Stage two exam date: November 2024 (exact date TBC)

  • School allocations: Monday 3rd March 2025

About Tiffin School

Tiffin School is a boys' grammar school with a mixed sixth form in Kingston upon Thames. It dates back to 1638 and inspires students to engage, aspire and excel as they prepare for life in the modern world.

Exam results at Tiffin School are consistently outstanding. Students' results in 2023 place the school within the top 10 grammar schools in London. Most students go on to higher education (with around 20 Oxbridge places each year). There are also occasional applications to universities overseas, including the USA and Italy.

Co-curricular activities are an essential part of life at Tiffin School. All pupils take an active role in the House Championship, working together with children in other year groups. Tiffin's 'Arts College' status indicates the exceptional opportunities available in the performing arts. Meanwhile, the school's sports provision rivals some of the UK's top independent schools. Students are nationally successful in rugby, cricket, badminton, basketball, netball, athletics, rowing, tennis, squash and cross-country.

How to apply to Tiffin School

Tiffin School is a selective school. This means that your child will need to take the 11 plus exam to be eligible for a place. At Tiffin School, the 11 plus is a two-stage process. Boys who perform well in the stage one exam are shortlisted for the second stage.

Registration for the stage one exam opens on Monday 3rd June 2024 and closes on Monday 2nd September 2024. Your child will then be invited to take the exam on either Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th October 2024. You’ll receive your child’s outcome from the stage one exam – and find out if they’ve been shortlisted for the second stage – on Thursday 15th October 2024.

You can use these results to decide whether to then apply to Tiffin School. To apply, you’ll need to name the school as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by 31st October.

The stage two exam will take place in November 2024. Results from the stage two exam are combined with the stage one exam to create a final ranking order of candidates. We’ve included more information about this below.

Remember – passing the exam doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at your preferred school. Many grammar schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Tiffin School below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

The 11 plus exam for entry to Tiffin School consists of two stages:

  1. Stage one (October 2024: GL Assessment English and maths. These are one-hour multiple-choice papers created by one of the main 11 plus providers in the UK.

  2. Stage two (November 2024: Tiffin School English and maths. These are one-hour written papers which are set and marked by Tiffin School.

Guide to the Tiffin 11 plus

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What are the sports and music aptitude assessments?

Boys who demonstrate particular skill in music or sport can be prioritised for places at Tiffin School. 5% of places are awarded to boys who show aptitude in music, and 5% of places to boys who show aptitude in sport. Your child will need to take the sporting aptitude assessment or music aptitude assessment – and still perform to a required level in the standard entrance exams – to be considered.

Registration for the two assessments opens along with the stage one registration on Monday 3rd June 2024 at midday. However, you will need to submit your child’s registration by 9am on Monday 8th July 2024 to enter your child for the sport or music assessment.

The sporting aptitude assessment will take place on Friday 12th July 2024. The first part is an assessment of cardiovascular endurance. Children who perform well in this part will be invited to the second part which consists of further assessments, later in the day. The assessments aren’t sport-specific, so no specific preparation, skills or coaching are required.

The music aptitude assessment will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2024. Children complete a written assessment and listen to a range of pitches, melodies, rhythms and textures, and identify differences between them.

Children who perform well in this first part are shortlisted for the second part, which will take place on a single day between 16th–27th September 2024. They will hear rhythmic and melodic patterns and will need to clap or sing the patterns they hear. Children won’t need to have had musical instrument lessons to prepare for this.

How does place allocation work at Tiffin School?

After the stage one tests, your child’s papers will be marked by examiners at GL Assessment. The raw scores are combined and age-standardised to ensure children born later in the academic year aren’t disadvantaged. This final score is your child’s ‘stage one score’.

Children with the highest stage one scores are invited back to the stage two test. The number of shortlisted children will be at least sufficient to meet 180 after the admissions process has been completed.

The stage two exam papers are also age-standardised and then combined with the results from the stage one test. At Tiffin School, the combined mark is made up of 50% English and 50% maths. The English mark comes from the stage two test only. The maths mark comes from the stage one and the stage two tests in the ratio of 2:3.

Children are ranked in order of their total weighted scores, and within each category of the school’s selection criteria. Disadvantaged children have a 10% leeway applied to their marks. Any child that has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be automatically admitted.

Boys who have a combined score equal or higher than that of the 450th candidate are prioritised for places in this order:

  1. ‘Looked after’ and ‘previously looked after’ children who live within the priority area

  2. Boys whose primary school receives Pupil Premium in respect of him, and who live within the priority area

  3. Up to 9 places are then available for boys who achieve above the benchmark threshold in the sporting aptitude test, in rank order, who live within the priority area

  4. Up to 9 further places are available for boys who achieve above the benchmark threshold in the music aptitude test, in rank order, who live within the priority area

  5. Boys who live within the priority area

  6. Boys who live outside the priority area

What is the Tiffin School priority area?

The Tiffin School priority area includes boys who live within 10km of the school.

Atom’s top tips for 11 plus preparation

The 11 plus is designed to select the most academically able children in the country. Here are our top tips to help you and your child feel confident for exam day!

Bitesize learning

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Read widely

11 plus exams test your child’s ability to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to help your child build these skills.

Encourage them to read books from different genres and by a diverse range of authors. Increasing the variety of your child’s reading will help them understand different styles, tones and purposes. Meanwhile, reading a little every day will help widen their vocabulary, sharpen their analytical thinking, and enhance their imagination.

Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with the topics they’ve learnt in Year 5, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Practice tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and build confidence working under test conditions. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning and highlight knowledge gaps for further improvement.

With Atom Home, you'll unlock online mock tests and printable practice papers. Enjoy automatic marking and progress tracking with the online tests, and help your child get familiar with the real exam experience with printable practice papers.

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Celebrate progress

Setting regular, achievable goals and celebrating your child’s progress – no matter how big or small – will help keep their motivation high.

Make sure to encourage a growth mindset. This means celebrating effort, as well as achievement! When your child makes mistakes or struggles to understand a particular topic, help them understand that they’ll improve through practice. Regular praise will help your child improve their resilience when tackling new and challenging topics.

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