TASIS The American School in England


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 313 (Boys) 343 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1976

General Information

TASIS The American School in England is a leading co-educational, international school educating over 650 day and boarding students. With individualized attention in small classes (average 12), students from over 50 nations thrive in an environment that nurtures their intellectual curiosity. The School’s three sections – Lower (ages three to nine), Middle (10-13), and Upper (14-18) – have their own distinct classroom areas but also have the advantage of sharing the extensive facilities for art, drama, music, and sports.

At TASIS England, we recognize the challenge to see beyond a narrow definition of academic excellence and help our students develop essential attributes such as adaptability, curiosity, and reflection. Inherently linked to the skills of 21st century leadership are the concepts of international-mindedness, empathy, and cultural awareness. TASIS England’s enduring goal is to provide a busy and happy environment in which each student flourishes as a principled, open-minded, and compassionate member of our global community. Our students’ confidence, resilience, and empathy as well as their academic achievements will serve as foundations for their future success in the ever-changing landscape of the world.

TASIS England’s educational pathways include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and a broad-based American curriculum with Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which follow American College Board standards. English-as-an-Additional Language support is provided for students whose first language is not English. A full range of elementary and middle school courses include English, history, mathematics, and sciences, as well as language courses at several levels. Elective classes offer specialized study in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, computer science, theatre, and the fine arts.

Upper School students work on a one-to-one basis with university counselors as they research and apply to the universities that best fit their educational and career aspirations. TASIS graduates gain acceptance to excellent universities in the US, the UK, and around the world.

The focus on academics is balanced by multi-faceted opportunities that enable students to explore their interests and learn new skills. Learning extends beyond the classroom through field trips, our Academic Travel Program, and a wide range of after-school and weekend activities. TASIS England encourages participation in an extensive choice of recreational and competitive sports, and the Arts offering includes studio arts, theatre, dance, music, photography, and film.


Located 18 miles southwest of London, our beautiful 46-acre village campus seamlessly combines historic buildings with modern facilities including well-equipped science laboratories, a library for each school section, an art/music complex, and a 350-seat theatre, and a Centre for Innovation, Inspiration, and Exploration.

TASIS England’s extensive sports facilities include two gymnasiums, a fitness centre, tennis courts, and several outdoor playing fields.

In the family-style boarding community, the pastoral care of each student is paramount. Single-sex dormitories typically include 13 to 15 students supervised by a resident staff member. Our diverse boarding community includes more than 30 nationalities among the students (aged 13-18) who live, work, and learn together in a structured and supportive environment.

Entrance Requirements

The School operates a rolling admissions policy; decisions are based upon applications supported by a transcript with three years’ grades and teacher recommendations.


Our Global Community Scholarships are non-means-tested awards of up to 25% of tuition fees available to students entering from Grade 8 (Year 9) to Grade 11 (Year 12) who are excelling in their academic studies, with the potential to make an exceptional contribution to our School, including in the sports, arts, or extracurricular activities. For full information please refer to our website: www.tasisengland.org/Scholarship and Financial Assistance

Open Days

Every day is an open day. Please contact our Admissions department to arrange for an appointment and personal tour.


2019/2020. Per annum. Day fees: Nursery – £11,570; Kindergarten to Grade 3 – £19,710; Grades 4 to 8 – £22,990; Grades 9 to 12 – £24,620 Full boarding fees: Grades 8 to 12 – £45,300 (includes mandatory Academic Travel in the Autumn)


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Bryan Nixon

Contact for enquiries: Simon Fitch, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions ukadmissions@tasisengland.org

TASIS The American School in England
Coldharbour Lane
TW20 8TE

[t]: 01932 582316
[w]: www.tasisengland.org

Location Description

TASIS England’s 46-acre campus is close to the M3 junction with the M25, with easy access to London (45 minutes by train) and Heathrow (8 miles).

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School News

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TASIS England Lower School celebrated the art of the written form, illustration, and mixed media at this year’s Young Authors and Illustrators Festival. The May

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4 event showcased our students’ work through writing samples, which evidenced the complete process from drafts to fully published works, student art, and illustrations.

Decorated class stands featured individual books, themed class projects, and other writing and associated artwork samples.

“This festival was a culmination of the steps of the writing process in which children learn to share draft pieces with an audience, how to make suggestions in a positive way, and how to praise writing that is interesting, entertaining, and informative,” Head of Lower School Debbie Faasse stated. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the event and with the joy in our students that came from sharing their work with parents, teachers, and friends.”

The Young Authors and Illustrators Festival also gave students the chance to speak with a published author and schoolmate. Twelfth grader Hayley M. self-published a chapter book at the age of ten when she was in fourth grade. Lower School students waited in line, eager to speak with Hayley and share their stories. Some even asked for autographs!

“You cannot help but be impressed when you see this collection of artwork,” Lower School Secretary Margaret Kirwan wrote in the invitation sent home to parents. And she was correct. Great work students!

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International correspondent and current TASIS England parent, Frank Langfitt, delivered the Commencement address for the School’s 41st annual ceremony on Saturday, June 10. The sun

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shone brightly on the 95 members of the Class of 2017 as they celebrated with family and friends on the beautiful TASIS England campus.

Mr. Langfitt covers stories from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and elsewhere in Europe for National Public Radio (NPR), a public non-profit media agency in the United States. As the National Public Radio correspondent in London, Mr. Langfitt beautifully spoke to our graduates to help them understand the world they are entering.

Before serving as the London correspondent, Mr. Langfitt spent five years as an NPR correspondent covering China. In 2008, Mr. Langfitt’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics garnered an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting.

In sending off the Class of 2017, Mr. Langfitt joined recent TASIS England Commencement speakers Lyle Rigg, Philip Hammond PC MP, and Shelby Coffey III, all of whom demonstrate unwavering commitment in their respective fields.



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Each summer students of over 35 different nationalities attend the summer programs held on the Thorpe campus of TASIS The American School in England. This

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past summer, the students participating in the International Business course raised a total of £1,300 by selling handmade products to their teachers and fellow students.

The students elected to donate the money to POD Children’s Charity. This nationwide charity aims to bring magic, fun, and laughter into the lives of children in hospitals and hospices. Its magicians, puppeteers, musicians, and clowns provide shows or visits to the children’s bedsides to entertain them.

Nearly 30 students were involved in the project, putting into practice many of the lessons learned in their International Business classes. They worked incredibly hard, not only making and preparing the products, but also putting together a business plan that included an advertising campaign, financial plan, and marketing strategy.


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In Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, the TASIS ninth-graders put on a robust performance with Michelle C. and Bradey Y. making it to the semifinals. Going undefeated

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in all four rounds, Bradey kept his winning streak intact and can boast an impressive 10-0 record for the year. Olivia H. was named champion of the division, while Josh M. was the runner-up and Gabrielle N. was honored for highest speaker points.

Not to be outdone, the older students kept TASIS pride alive in the Senior Lincoln-Douglas Debate with Niruk De A. and Soham S. tied for third place. In a split-decision final, Anav S. was named runner-up with Patrick C. winning both the division championship and the honor of highest speaker points.

History teacher Jonathan Kendall, who is the coach and instructor for TASIS England’s Speech & Debate Program, was effusive in his thanks to the team of volunteers who helped make the day a resounding success. “Thanks for a smooth-running tournament are due to Brookwood Catering, to all of the teachers who lent the use of their rooms, to Security who processed badges with record speed, and especially to the parents, students, alumni, and teachers who gave up their precious time on Saturday to judge.”

We look forward to the future success of this squad, who will now add the wealth of feedback provided by the judges on Saturday to the experience several team members garnered at last year’s Harvard National Forensics Tournament.



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TASIS England Lower School students participated in the Hour of Code, one of the largest global education events in history. On Wednesday, January 11, students

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were congratulated on their successful involvement in the worldwide movement, which took place in December and reached tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries.

By the end of the challenge, 99 students participated in the event, which comprises 77% of the Lower School! Students spent a total of 11,721 minutes or 195.5 hours coding throughout the week!

Each participant received an official certificate, as well as an elastic armband which reads “LS Hour of Code #CODER.” Two lucky students won their own robots when their names were pulled from the event raffle.

The director of the new Lower School MakerSpace, Kate Dietrich, gave students the opportunity to participate in the global event by extending coding activities from the MakerSpace lessons to the children’s homes.

To prepare for the challenge, each child received an information sheet with instructions and a coding log to keep track of the time spent coding at home during the designated Hour of Code week. The goal was to accomplish a total of 60 minutes, either in one session or in a combination of smaller amounts of time.

Some students chose to work on the coding projects and challenges introduced in their school MakerSpace lessons. Others used the multitude of coding tutorials on the Code.org website to learn a new coding system altogether.

“Our students achieved amazing success with the Hour of Code event, and I hope we will continue to participate for years to come,” Kate stated proudly.

For more information on the Hour of Code, visit the official website: https://hourofcode.com/uk

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It has been a busy time in the Lower School MakerSpace! Ms. Dietrich incorporated the key elements of MakerSpace learning in November’s classes. Students

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used coding, design and thinking challenges, robotics, and engineering processes as they tackled multiple projects.

As the final activity of their Simple Machine Science unit, second grade students were challenged to build a complex machine, made up of at least two simple machines working together, that can move a given object from Point A to Point B. Students discussed plans and made drawings with their partner, constructed their machines, and then tested them and made improvements. The students will be assessed on their efforts, and the project will culminate with a demonstration of the working machines to their classmates.

The third grade have been learning about sound in Ms. Connolly’s science class. During their MakerSpace lesson, students had to use their knowledge of sound to build a unique musical instrument that can play three different pitches. In addition, they were asked to include a mute/muffle to decrease the volume of the sound. The group will continue designing, testing, and making improvements.

Fourth graders were given the challenging task of building a catapult to launch a mini pumpkin as far as possible. The group watched a short video about the Annual “Punkin Chunkin” World Championship Contest held every year in November in the USA. Students then used their iPads to research different types of catapults. With their partners, they planned and designed the machine they think will send the pumpkins the greatest distance.

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The TASIS England Model United Nations team, along with MUN Director Mr. Ware and Assistant Director Ms. Covent, participated in the week-long THIMUN conference at

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the World Forum in The Hague last week. This year the team represented the delegation of Panama.

The TASIS Model United Nations allows students to assume the roles of delegates to the United Nations and to participate in simulated UN committees. For this extracurricular activity, the team met daily for two hours after school from November to January to prepare, learning about the issues to research and the protocol to follow. Along with the preparation and substantial research, students honed their skills in public speaking, debate, writing, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership.

Thousands of high school students from around the world participated in the conference. A particular highlight was the selection of Ian F. to act as a judge on the Internal Court of Justice (ICJ). With only 15-20 students chosen to sit on the ICJ out of 3,200 conference participants, this was a great moment for the group.

“Our students represented their team and the School extremely well, with many students successfully submitting and debating resolutions on a variety of global issues on behalf of the delegation of Panama,” Ms. Covent commented. “With the positive feedback received from conference staff, committee chairs, and directors from other schools, it’s obvious that the countless hours of student preparation paid off!”

Mr. Ware enthused about the benefits of the conference, saying “At the MUN conference, I heard students from all over the world, from all backgrounds, come together to discuss, debate, and collaborate to find solutions to the problems facing our world. The beauty of the THIMUN conference is that it is not competitive. True to the spirit of the United Nations, there are no winners. The only victory happens when, through consensus building, solutions are developed that everyone can get behind. Overwhelmingly guided by empathy, compassion, and the resolve to fight to make possible a world that matches our lofty ideals, I have hope in what these students will one day achieve.”

Upper School student Femi A. appreciated the opportunity to take part in this special experience. “The week was very enjoyable. There was an equal amount of participation by all of the delegates, which was encouraged by the chair. My resolution was the first to pass in my committee, which was exciting. I was proud to be a part of the TASIS England team.”

TASIS, The American School in England - International Admissions Director Ffiona Rees

On Sunday, May 15, Ffiona Rees, Senior Associate Director of International Admissions at UCLA, will discuss the opportunities available and the undergraduate application process at the

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University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The event will take place in TASIS England’s Fleming Theatre at 7:00-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Please register for this event
This year, the UCLA undergraduate admissions office received a record-breaking 119,000 applications for entrance in Fall 2016—more applications than any other four-year university in the United States. Join us to learn more about the reasons why students from around the world want to be a UCLA Bruin, and how to stand out in the applicant pool.

Ffiona Rees will join TASIS England for an informative evening during which she will present the amazing opportunities available at this world-renowned university. In addition, Ms. Rees will offer tips and information on how to navigate the unique University of California application. This is particularly important because the students themselves, rather than their schools, are responsible for reporting everything to the university, including their grades.

UCLA has the 8th largest population of enrolled international students in the United States, and Ffiona’s demanding job includes responsibility for managing the undergraduate international admissions and transfer evaluation process. She has 19 years’ experience in the college admission profession. Prior to moving to California and UCLA in 2012, she worked at The George Washington University in Washington, DC for 15 years.

Ffiona is the current Past-President of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (ACAC), the largest global association focused on facilitating the interaction among counselors, students, and higher education institutions. She has also served on the International Initiatives Committee of the US-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Council of International Students (CIS) Asia Committee.

Ffiona received a BA in Geography and an MBA, both from The George Washington University. She lived in Oxford, England for seven years and travels throughout the United States and the world to recruit students. Highlights of her journeys include riding elephants in Thailand and India, visiting the Great Wall and the Taj Mahal, and accumulating lots of frequent flyer miles!

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Thirteen TASIS England upper school students were invited to participate in WE Day in March. This all-day celebration at the SSE Arena in

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Wembley, London acknowledged the accomplishments of students who make a difference in their local and global communities.

Service to the community, whether it is local or international, is a vital experience encouraged by TASIS England and a requirement of graduation. TASIS is a member of WE Schools, an initiative of Free the Children, an international charity that educates and empowers young people.

Tickets to this event cannot be bought, but are earned through the students’ contributions to service organizations. WE Day is a celebration of their collective commitment to taking action on issues relevant to our changing world.

The TASIS England students represented the numerous upper school service clubs on campus: Fleming

Garden Club, Global Issues Network, Hope and Homes, Turkmenistan Paralympians, Make-A-Wish/Milele, The NO Project, and Redeveloping Hospitals in Ghana. They joined over 12,000 UK students, listening to world-renowned speakers such as the charismatic Spencer West and Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, and being entertained by A-list performers Fleur East, DNCE, and Labrinth.

The future success of today’s students will depend on their ability to solve problems by thinking laterally and working collaboratively. TASIS England complements its traditional

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education in both the Lower and Middle Schools with programs, designed to help students acquire these important skills.

TASIS has partnered with i2 Learning, an international provider of STEAM programs designed to engage and inspire young students. i2 has developed fun, hands-on courses in collaboration with MIT, Harvard, the US Naval Academy, and other world-class scientific and academic institutions to cover a range of STEAM topics, including engineering, genetics, robotics, computer science, mathematics, ecology, and more.

In February, students took part in immersive, hands-on programs that lasted a week, and worked together in small teams to address a series of challenges. With the emphasis on innovation and creativity, students were not tied to finding the ‘right’ answer, but were encouraged to risk, fail, and try again. Along the way, they discovered their own perseverance and problem-solving abilities.

Sixth grade students were introduced to the key concepts and skills of kinetic sculpture, including balance, gearing, energy sources, and design-oriented thinking. They used the work of Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, and Henri Matisse as examples of various forms of moving sculpture. Each day they implemented the principles they learned as the basis for creating their own kinetic sculptures. At the end of the week they displayed their complete array of new skills, with each team demonstrating their large-scale, chain-reaction-type artwork for the community.

Fourth grade students spent their week engineering prosthetic devices. Today, people can regain the function of a missing limb, such as a hand or leg, with the aid of a prosthetic device. Students learned that engineers also use the same technology to create prosthetic devices for animals, such as dogs, horses, sea turtles, and dolphins. Considering important factors such as comfort, durability and functionality, students had the opportunity to develop prosthetic devices for a variety of species. The week culminated with groups using their biomechanical engineering skills to design a prosthetic tail for a unique species of fish, and a variety of limbs for humans and animals. The group proudly showcased their creations for parents to view.

The Upper School Activities Fair, run by students for students, encourages leadership and participation.

Every school year, upper school students have the

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opportunity to join the clubs and after-school activities of their choice. Participation in these clubs encourages leadership and responsibility, while raising money for and awareness of important causes.

Mackenzie ’17, a TASIS Leadership Academy Ambassador and founder and president of the TASIS England Global Issues Network, organized the recent fair. New and returning students had the opportunity to learn more about activities on campus, and to get involved in the student-run clubs, based on their interests, passions, and hobbies.

There are currently 23 clubs on campus that focus on a wide range of interests, from the environment,
to interacting with the Thorpe community, to learning and performing magic. Any student can initiate their own club, and the Activities Fair gives Club Officers the opportunity to market and advertise to potential new participants.

The clubs that took part in this fair included:

Global Issues Network, Investment Club, Aiding India, Footsteps, Business Club, Math and Science Peer to Peer, Milele, Magic Club, The NO Project, Romanian Children’s Relief, Environmental Club, Orbit, TASIS World Issues Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Thorpe Community Link, International Club, Video Production, and Hope & Homes.

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