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If you have a Tiffin Boy (preferably couple years in) what is it like?

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Strix Fri 01-Apr-16 19:29:37

I'm hearing stories of lots of homework... is this true? How much is a lot?

What do they need in terms of a computer?

Is there anything you'd do differently looking back?

To be honest, my biggest worries are:
1- the commute (absent minded he is!)
2- being separated from all his friends who are headed to the local comp.

BrexitentialCrisis Fri 01-Apr-16 19:32:20

Sorry I am no help at all but was so puzzled about what a Tiffin boy is! I thought it was some kind of new snack!
Hope you get some good advice soon. IME kids tend to come up trumps at crunch times like these, so I hope he has a great start and does you proud smile

Strix Fri 01-Apr-16 19:35:21

Tiffin is a Grammar School in Kingston Upon Thames. I said Tiffin Boy so it wouldn't be confused with the Tiffin Girls school.

I know, he'll be fine. But I just like to put my own mind at rest by getting some other views from parents of boys who are a couple of years in.

IdaJones Fri 01-Apr-16 19:41:34

A Tiffin Boy is a bit like a Choco Boy snack you can buy in Morrisons.

PettsWoodParadise Sat 02-Apr-16 03:18:22

The Elevenplusexams site for your region may help:

Zhabr Sat 02-Apr-16 09:59:14

Hope that those with Tiffin boys will come up soon. I have a Tiffin girl. Some of her former primary schoolmates are now in their fourth year at Tiffin boys and doing well. Parents are quite happy as well.

Savagebeauty Sat 02-Apr-16 12:15:15

How long is the commute? Has he done the journey?

SAHDthatsall Sat 02-Apr-16 17:05:27

A Tiffin Boy is a bit like a Choco Boy snack you can buy in Morrisons

That is so funny. At little racist some would say but essentially so true.

IdaJones Sat 02-Apr-16 17:10:17


IdaJones Sat 02-Apr-16 17:21:20

Brexit said she though Tiffin Boy was some sort of snack and I cracked a (rubbish) joke relating it to an actual snack with the word "boy" in it. If you want to relate that to race that's your choice, but nothing racist about it from my side.

Clavinova Sat 02-Apr-16 17:43:41

I thought the joke was a little racist as well - both the image on the snack and the link to the school.

Drinkstoomuchcoffee Sat 02-Apr-16 18:02:42

Struggling to see how a cartoon boy of indeterminate colour wearing a chocolate hat can be construed as rascist. confused

Savagebeauty Sat 02-Apr-16 18:05:04

Oh for gods sake.
Only on MN...

IdaJones Sat 02-Apr-16 18:06:29

Ok. I hadn't made that link at all. I bought some in our local Morrisons about a year or so ago. They are Korean. Perhaps they shouldn't stock them if the image is considered racist.

IdaJones Sat 02-Apr-16 18:10:50

And definitely not a reference to the race of people at the school which never crossed my mind. If other people want to make that mental connection go ahead

Floggingmolly Sat 02-Apr-16 18:18:24

Racist? confused. Tiffin is also a Cadburys chocolate bar made in Cadburys Ireland but also available in... Morrisons.

Clavinova Sat 02-Apr-16 18:34:38

Well if I have to spell it out - 'Choco Boy' and at least 70% of the pupils are not 'White British'. I cringed because I know the school well - even if no offence was intended. Fantastic school by the way.

Floggingmolly Sat 02-Apr-16 18:41:42

Does your son actually have a place at Tiffin, op? Didn't you think about the commute before you applied? I don't think anyone on the thread can advise you on this; we don't know where you live, for a start...

Strix Sat 02-Apr-16 22:15:40

Ok... Moving on from chocolate treats....

Yes, I knew about the conmute. Other factors outweighed this one, but still a bit of a worry -- for me not him.

Most children who get into Tiffin:
Have considerable commute
Are separated from most of their friends.

Just looking for stories/experience from those who have been there. Hoping they will tell me it's all fine.

I am absolutely delighted with his place. I couldn't be prouder or happier.

I hope he doesn't eat too much chocolate. smile

Savagebeauty Sat 02-Apr-16 22:42:43 long is his commute???

notagiraffe Sat 02-Apr-16 22:46:52

DS1's close friend is there. He loves it. He's doing well, has really nice friends (who happen to live near him too) and certainly doesn't get loads of homework. At one point they cancelled all homework to try and get boys who lived far away to join in more after school extra curricular stuff. They seem to have back tracked on that a bit, but no more than any school with high academic expectations. He does lots of sport and extra curricular, and is thriving.

errorofjudgement Sun 03-Apr-16 08:00:06

My Godson went to Tiffin, he enjoyed it very much, and his parents were delighted with the school. I got the impression that the school was very proud of its academic success and this is v highly prized. And referred to at all school events.
We don't live in the South East so I have no strong views re the school. But as an aside, my DSs went to our local comp and got as good (DS1), of better (DS2) A-levels without all the pressure that our Godson seemed to be have.

Savagebeauty Sun 03-Apr-16 10:36:22

error yes I agree with friend's ds went there. My ds is the same age but at local better GCSEs and is so far predicted better As levels.
Ds turned down going to sixth form there which was the right decision.

Strix Mon 04-Apr-16 19:45:53

Travelling from Twickenham. So one train. And that's fin assuming:
- they aren't on strike
- there is no trespasser on the tracks
- there's no rugby match
- etc.

I'm sure hell be fine with the travel, but I still worry a bit.

And of course his friends are all headed to the local comp (which is a great school), so he's a but sad not to be going with them. But, overall, I truly believe Tiffin is the right school for him.

I'd just like some company I guess. And, yes, it's probably me and not him who needs company.

Glad to hear homework is not overwhelming and there is focus on the the extracurricular.

Savagebeauty Mon 04-Apr-16 20:39:50

Oh that's nothing! Thought you were going to say the other side of Hounslow.
Make sure he does the train journey alone in the summer and also has a back up bus route.

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