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Tiffin Kingston School Transport?

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TheHuntingOfTheSarky Mon 04-Apr-16 14:49:46

We will in the next year be starting the process of applying to Tiffin for our DD1. I've trawled their website but can't find anything out about transport to and from the school. We're in Walton on Thames so outside their inner catchment area but they do I believe regularly accept girls from our postcode, obviously dependent on their test results.

Anyone have any idea if there are other girls from KT12 currently at Tiffin and if do, how they get to and from school?

Thanks in advance!

Floggingmolly Mon 04-Apr-16 14:54:45

Tiffin doesn't have a catchment area, does it? confused. They have pupils from all over London, travelling on existing public transport...

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Mon 04-Apr-16 14:57:06

Oh, I thought I'd read something about an inner and outer area where Walton came under the outer area - I think it's in the selection criteria. I just wondered if anyone local to me might know if there was a minibus service or something like that.

TeddTess Mon 04-Apr-16 14:58:01

yes they do now have an inner and outer catchment
no they do not organise any transport afaik.

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Mon 04-Apr-16 15:02:08

Yes just found it again, they refer to Inner Area and Outer Area. Perhaps sometimes parents organise taxis and split the costs. Will find out soon enough if I need to I suppose!

titchy Mon 04-Apr-16 15:09:18

10 minute train to Surbiton then a bus. It's not far...

TeddTess Mon 04-Apr-16 15:09:21

i think there are some informal minibuses organised. from walton bus to kingston and then walk/65 bus up wouldn't be too bad?

TeddTess Mon 04-Apr-16 15:10:23

get her in first then worry about it would be my suggestion !!

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Mon 04-Apr-16 15:11:41

Lol yeah I know just been thinking about it last few days so thought I'd ask!

TeddTess Mon 04-Apr-16 15:12:14


Strix Mon 04-Apr-16 19:36:56

If you get to either Kingston or Richmond by rail, then the 65 goes to the school. My DD did the exam two years ago. Didn't get in :-(. There was no inner and outer catchment. But it was just in catchment or out. And if you were out you could forget it.

DS1 has just got in to Tiffin Boys for Sept. 2016. There is a "priority area" and if you are not in the priority area you will not get into the school. The priority area for Tiffin Boys is a 14 km radius from the school. I'm not sure if this helps. The two school may well operate different criteria.

Go to the Tiffin Girls website, where they will surely outline the admissions criteria. It is a daunting process. Good luck!

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Mon 04-Apr-16 21:58:26

Thanks Strix. Yep it's a scary process alright but we figure there's no harm in trying, and DD1 is enthusiastic about it. When it comes to the crunch though, both DH and I went to bog-standard comprehensives and it did neither of us any harm, so que sera sera smile

Strix Wed 06-Apr-16 11:07:17

Absolutely. I always said to DD and DS1 that "We aren't going to not go to Tiffin because we couldn't be bothered to try." DS2 will embark on the journey in a few years. Until then, I shall enjoy my break in tutoring duties.

DD is at a local CofE Girls Senior school. And, she is doing well academically. She's happy. And perhaps it all worked out for the best. But, I will say that the opportunities at Tiffin are significantly more than they are at her school, in terms of extracurricular (sport, music, etc.) and in terms of the academics on offer. For example, Latin is core curriculum at Tiffin and it's not even an option at DD's school.

Also, if anyone in the Isleworth/Twickenham area is considering Tiffin, I have a tutor I would recommend. Feel free to PM me.

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Wed 06-Apr-16 18:11:20

Our local secondary has historically been pretty dire but is about to be completely rebuilt and rumour has it they will soon be turning applicants away, and if this turns out to be true then great - but in my heart I feel DD deserves the opportunity to go for somewhere better if it is open to her. She wants to give it a try and is aware that it's going to be tough, but as I tell her, they have to admit a certain number of girls each year so why couldn't she be one of them smile

Wriggle45 Wed 06-Apr-16 23:11:29

Go for it.... If you like the school and think it will suit your DD. Don't think you will have a problem getting into your local comprehensive if you change your mind post getting a Tiffin place.... Not sure a new building is going to change public perceptions so much

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