At Clifton College, excellent academic results and outstanding success in sport, music, art and drama have led to growing demand for places. Yet our core values remain unchanged: intellectual agility, a capacity for boldness, social confidence, a sense of fun, strength and decency of character
Category: Senior, Sixth Form
Type: Boarding and Day
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Roll: 455 Boys / / 323 Girls
Day pupils: 408
Boarder Number: 369 (flexi and full boarder)
Age Range: 13-18 Years
Clifton College is an independent boarding and day school in Bristol, UK. Offering first-class teaching in a co-educational environment, Clifton is known for academic excellence, myriad opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff who deliver the very best learning and development. At the same time, the College provides a richly diverse school environment. It’s representative of the real world, at one with the vibrant local community and positioned in the heart of the city, where creativity and commerce are in full view.
School Contact Details
Headteacher: Dr Tim Greene
Contact for enquiries:James Hills, Director of Admissions
32 College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3JH
Tel: 0117 3157 000
Clifton College is a traditional English boarding school that highly values the international dimension and the cosmopolitan atmosphere brought to the school by its overseas boarders and Summer Language School students. During term-time, the school teaches over 1,300 pupils (20% from overseas). Pupils who do not speak English as their first language are given full support and EAL lessons are available. In the summer there are up to 430 residential students at any one time, from more than 15 different countries. The Summer Language School runs for six weeks in July and August, and is open to students aged 13-17 for 2, 3, or 4 week stays. We also have a large number of students arriving in groups from their own countries and staying with us.
The impressive Chapel is one of the jewels in the Clifton College crown, and has been the spiritual centre of school life since it was first opened in 1867. The Percival Library is a beautiful Grade II listed building, home to more than 15,000 books and a computer suite. The College also has a dedicated scientific library, Stone Library which houses approximately 5,000 scientific books and journals, situated on the ground floor of the Science School. Sixth Formers enjoy the freedom of their own Sixth Form Centre and Junior Common Room.
Specialised buildings such as the Joseph Cooper Music School, with fully-equipped recording studio, and the Redgrave Theatre ensure our pupils have access to first-class facilities that enhance their educational experience. We have outstanding sporting facilities, including the 90-acre Beggar’s Bush, Bristol’s largest outdoor sports complex. The development of a new state-of the-art sports complex at Beggar’s Bush, ‘The Chellaram Sports Complex’, will house an eight court hall for netball, tennis, basketball and badminton amongst other sports, as well as extensive hospitality and catering facilities, and is set to be completed for the 2024 school year.
All pupils are strongly encouraged to participate fully in the wide-range of available activities. Whether in the CCF, D of E, or Clifton in the Community; playing water polo or rowing; attending society meetings; or acting, singing or performing in a music ensemble. The range of opportunities is such that every pupil can find their niche and develop interests and talents beyond the purely academic.
Both full and flexi boarding options are available and provided a true home away from home. There are seven boarding Houses in the Upper School, including four Boys’ Houses and three Girls’ Houses. Each House is home to 55-80 pupils during term-time.
13+ and 16+: Academic, Sport, Music, Drama, Art and DT.
To find out more about the types of scholarships on offer at Clifton College, visit www.cliftoncollege.com/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries
International pupils: In addition to an interview and current school reference, for entry into Year 9 and 10 there will be assessment in English, Mathematics and Science. Entry to the Sixth Form is assessed in two of the four subjects to be taken at AS-level plus an English Language paper.
2023/2024. All per term.
Years 9-11: Day fees £9,890 Flexi Boarding £13,410. Full Boarding £14,875
Sixth Form: Day fees £10,045 Flexi-Boarding £13,915 Full Boarding £15,480
Occasional Boarding: £54 per night
Clifton College is proud of the support it provides to the children of parents in the British Armed Forces, to find out more, visit: https://www.
The Upper School offers a 5% discount for a second child; a 20% discount for a third child; and a 50% discount for fourth and subsequent children. These are applicable only where siblings attend the School at the same time.
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If you cannot attend an Open Day, you can book a Personal Visit which incorporates a whole school tour and an opportunity to meet with key staff members.
For details or to receive further information, please contact the school HERE
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