The Tiffin Girls' School

Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom

Location: Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Girls
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About The Tiffin Girls' School

About The Tiffin Girls' School

The Tiffin Girls’ School, a selective state school, is a vibrant and happy community where the girls take centre stage. The school is currently home to 1114 girls, aged between 11 and 18, and for over 135 years has been providing an education where girls can live up to the school’s motto sapere aude – dare to be wise. 

The school prides itself on encouraging girls to aspire to excellence in everything they do, whether that be: academic excellence, a passion and enthusiasm for the creative and performing arts, sporting prowess, or student leadership. A broad and challenging curriculum sits alongside a stimulating and rewarding range of extra curricular activities, many of which are student-led, and these elements of school life combine to develop inquisitive, confident, dynamic and successful young women ready for their future lives as global citizens.

The girls achieve highly because they are incredibly motivated, hardworking and focused. It is, however, the caring and strong pastoral system, complemented by the development of strong friendship groups, which makes them feel happy and safe, allowing them to flourish in their time here. The school also benefits greatly from a very positive relationship with parents, working together in our common aim which is to encourage and support the girls.

The school was founded in 1880 to provide ‘a superior education for girls’ and it continues to fulfil that aim today, ranking among the very best state schools in the country, as we enable our girls to be the very best versions of themselves, challenging them to: Achieve Highly; Participate Fully; and Decide Wisely. 

Further information about the school

The Tiffin Girls' School expanded to six forms of entry in September 2016, and is an entry selective school.

The school has spacious though functional premises, which provide extensive facilities in all areas of the curriculum. Specialist teaching areas include fifteen science laboratories, three art rooms, one of which is a fully equipped ceramics room, a drama studio, music suite and a computer suite of two computer rooms, with laptops and clusters of machines in design technology, music and science. There is a large assembly hall, a separate dining hall, a brand new Learning Resource Centre and two gymnasia. Sports facilities include an astro turf, netball and tennis courts. 

The school's proximity to London makes it possible for students of all ages to attend concerts, plays, theatre workshops, lectures, exhibitions, one-day conferences and international matches. The school makes good use of this facility as trips and activities outside of school form an essential part of the students’ educational experience.  

Parental contributions and fundraising have greatly enhanced the accommodation in the school. In the past, a resources centre, sixth form centre and science laboratories have been refurbished or replaced thanks to our parents. 


The school aims to provide a happy, stimulating and challenging environment in which girls will fully develop their abilities. The school naturally has a strong academic bias, but prides itself on the range of extra curricular activities offered, including sport, music and drama.

In the first three years, all girls follow a broadly based curriculum comprising english (language and literature), mathematics, science (splitting into three separate sciences in Y9) , history, geography, french, spanish, latin, design technology, religious studies, computing, art, music, drama and physical education.

An options system operates in Years 10 and 11 with all girls taking english language, english literature, mathematics, three separate sciences, and a modern foreign language, plus three to four additional subjects of their choosing,  to GCSE level. In addition to their examined courses, all girls in Years 10 and 11 follow a broadly based course in PE, as well as a personal and social education programme which includes careers education, health education, political awareness, economic literacy, religious education and citizenship.

Sixth Form girls follow a wide range of courses chosen from about twenty AS and A-Level subjects to prepare them for entry to higher education. In Year 12, we combine with Tiffin School for a joint programme of activities designed to broaden their general education. Girls also enjoy the social links with the boys’ school. Students also take Higher Education in Y12,  along with pastoral lessons which continue into Y13. 

Pastoral Care

This is implicit in every aspect of school life and all students take part in the tutorial work and a personal and social education programme. Parents are invited to meet form tutors and those who teach their daughters to discuss work, progress and general development. Parents are welcome to arrange further individual appointments at any time with Heads of Year. Newsletters, general information and reports are sent home regularly and we celebrate the success of our Year 9, Year 11 and Year 13 students at dedicated celebration evenings.  


The strong team of highly qualified staff has extensive and varied experience. They share a commitment to high standards of learning, discipline and care for the personal wellbeing of each student. Good liaison is cultivated with local feeder schools, community services, employers and with universities.

Opportunities for professional development are essential and care is taken to ensure all staff have access to training and new experiences through a comprehensive and personalised programme of CPD, both elective and directed through twilight and inset days. Based on the needs identified by appraisal and teaching and learning reviews, our CPD programme offers bespoke pathways.  There is a well-developed programme of induction for all new colleagues and newly qualified teachers and staff are encouraged to join working parties on specific areas of development. There is also an active staff association which arranges social activities throughout the year.

Staff describe The Tiffin Girls’ School as a unique place to work because:

“working here means you teach girls who want to be challenged and inspired and who challenge me every day”

“the attitude and behaviour of the girls makes it a unique place to work – they are willing to throw themselves into everything with enthusiasm”


The school is located in spacious and attractive grounds in a pleasant residential area which is bordered by the River Thames and Richmond Park. It is situated on the northernmost edge of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames with easy access to road and rail networks. The nearest railway stations are at Kingston upon Thames (Zone 6), a fifteen minute walk away, or Richmond upon Thames.

The Tiffin Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Headteacher:  Ian Keary 

Current number on roll – 1114 (305 in Sixth Form)

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Address: Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5PL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8546 0773