Head's Newsletter 16 September 2016

Dear Parents Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2016-17 year. I do hope that your son is now settling down to the new term and to his new year group. I would particularly like to warmly welcome all parents of boys who are new to the school in Year 7 or Year 12. All year groups have parents’ meetings or forums during the course of this term and I look forward to seeing and meeting parents at these events. Please do look at the calendar on Insight to check for important dates, terms and events. We also welcome some new staff to the School this term. Miss Sandhu joins the Classics Department, Ms Harris is joining English, Mr Lloyd Maths and Mr Atkinson Modern Languages. In addition we welcome Ms Varley as our new Careers Adviser, Mr Brown as LRC Supervisor and Mrs Kumar as Physics Technician. We also welcome back a number of Year 13 students from 2015-16, who will be spending part of a gap year with us. As we start the new term, your son will already have noticed the change to the House system. By creating two new Houses we aim to give further opportunities for boys to participate and consequently benefit from the many varied activities that we put on. Exam results We were delighted that once again Tiffin’s exam results were excellent this summer.

In particular the A-level results were the best for 3 years with 87% of grades at A*- B. Coming at a time when the top grades are becoming harder to achieve, these results buck a national trend and are all the more impressive. Most importantly the excellent grades our boys achieve enable them to go on to the courses and universities of their choice. The great majority of our boys will progress to Russell Group Universities, including 22 going on to Oxford or Cambridge this year. It was a great pleasure to have our Leavers’ Celebration yesterday evening at the Parish Church when we paid tribute to the achievements of those students who left the School this summer, as well as welcomed them into the Alumni Association with the presentation of the Tiffin Association tie to all students. We thank James Berry, the local Kingston MP, for attending in order to give out ties and prizes and for his uplifting words to all leavers. At GCSE our results were also excellent with 80% of grades at A*/A. Again this is a great achievement, bucking national trends, and stands these boys in very good stead as they progress into the Sixth Form. They are joined by about 80 new boys who are coming to our Sixth Form with excellent grades from other schools. One of the great strengths and virtues of our Sixth Form is the mixing of a substantial number of new students, with their

IMPORTANT DATES—PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR ON INSIGHT

Professional Development Day: no boys in school

Monday 3 October Tuesday 4 October

11+ day; no boys in school except prefects

24 October—28 October Half term EVERY ACADEMY SETS ITS OWN INDIVIDUAL TERM DATES; PLEASE CHECK OUR DATES ON THE CALENDAR ON INSIGHT

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