Head's Newsletter 13 October 2017

including the art trip to Kew, the Geography field trips and the Duke of Edinburgh practice expeditions. This week has seen the House Dance competition. It has been brilliant to see the boys organising their practices and performing in front of their peers. The standard has been extraordinarily high, demonstrating not just the artistic talent of the boys, but also fostering important skills such as teamwork and confidence. Well done to the many boys involved. It is a particularly significant achievement to be one of very few London schools granted a Gold Award by TfL for our travel plan. This reflects the boys’ interest in the environment, as well as their incredibly high use of public transport and cycling to commute to school. Congratulations to the team of boys who have worked on this. Last week was an incredibly busy week with both the 11+, and our Sixth Form Open Evening. I hope that Year 11 boys and parents found the event useful, and I am pleased to say that once again there was huge interest in joining Tiffin School, both at Year 7, and Sixth Form entry. Next week is the last week of this half term, and is also set to be extremely busy with the sixth form play running throughout the week, and the annual Year 7 inter-form singing competition taking place on Thursday. I look forward to seeing as many Year 7 parents as possible at All Saints Church, and hope all boys and parents have a restful half term break, which starts on 23 rd October.

Dear Parents I was delighted this week that the Government published our provisional Progress 8 score for the GCSE exams this summer. This measure is the Government's new preferred way of assessing schools' results, and shows the progress pupils make from year 7 to year 11. With a score of +0.79, Tiffin's performance is officially 'Well Above Average', which is the highest category we can be given, putting the School in at least the top 12% for progress nationwide. Final exact figures are published later in the year. This means that not only is our raw attainment of 78.5% A*/ A grades outstanding, but so is the progress the boys make. Well done to all the boys, and staff, involved. It's been great to be able to watch the rugby at both home and away matches the last few weeks. After some close games, we now seem to be picking up more wins, which is very good. The grounds at Grist’s are looking splendid; do please come along and support the boys, as well as TIPRA, the Tiffin Parents' Rugby Association in their efforts. Other sports are also going very well and you can read about the excellent cross country successes as well as our new table tennis team. I am delighted that they have done so well in their first fixtures, especially against Coombe who have a great reputation for table tennis. Our thanks go to the staff who led the marvellous trip to Pompeii, which you can read about in the newsletter. There have also been a number of other day trips,

IMPORTANT DATES

23—27 October

Half –term

Monday 6 November Sunday 19 November 24 & 27 November

Y13 Parents’ Consultation; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Oratorio Concert. 7 pm in the Sports Hall.

Professional Development Days; no boys in school

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