We went for a quick look but only at Humanities as we didn't get round to them last time. Hmm. Still v unimpressed second time around, which is a big disappointment. At least it wasn't heaving to the point of needing oxygen.
The boys were friendly, polite and studious but there was no verve about the place. The teachers in particular really lacked zest. The language department was lame -one poor soul of a boy standing in front of a cartoon karaoke version of Alhouette, singing along. He had a pretty voice, but the only good thing we could find to say about this was that he seemed confident to do it. How does this demonstrate a top grammar's modern languages' teaching? Kids of six know that song. There were no pupils engaged in work, as there had been at, say, Wallington, where they were all on hand everywhere, loving every minute of working on stuff and showing us what they were up to. The boy in languages took a while to recall the name of the book (one book???) he was studying in French to A level, and although he talked for a while, he picked at his spots more energetically than he discussed his A level work and didn't once meet our eyes. The material on the walls was also really uninspiring and dry.
English was a tad better, so was maths. There were some great maths problems set up, but after my son had spent a while working out one of the more complex questions, and plucked up the courage to ask a teacher if he'd got it right, the reply (from both teachers on duty) was, 'Don't know - I haven't done it yet.' So why was it there? Are they not showing work they use with students? If not, why not?
Went to the drama dept where during the performance a sixth former spoke so loudly to a parent about his own favourite subjects that he drowned out all of the kids on stage and i had to ask him to be quiet. He lowered his voice a tiny bit and kept on yacking. Not sure I want my sons going to that school, even if it is the nearest. Wallington was far more impressive, and my husband thought Wilson's was too.
Do look around at several places Vasu. There's no denying Tiffin teaches some of the brightest boys in the country, and their exam results are outstanding, but there seemed to be little life in them. They were not socially adept (except your Dan Radcliffe
But maybe we're after different things, so you have noticed its strengths in areas I've probably overlooked. Am I right in thinking you didn't get a good impression of Wallington? Whereas we loved it, except for the music dept. To me, Tiffin looked like a dull school. Hard working, exam-oriented but lacking the verve and stimulus that a certain type of curious, creative but scientific child needs. They all looked bored. But I noticed you said in another post that the boys you met were bright and boisterous - just what we'd hoped to find. It's so subjective a glimpse.