Clifton College

Clifton College leads the way as one of the best Public Boarding Schools in the country. Clifton becomes the school every pupil needs it to be, preparing them for life in the real world. Our pupils mature into individuals who are ambitious, open-minded and spirited.

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    Clifton College

    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

    Pupils: Co-Education

    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

    Founded: 1862

    Location Description

    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

    Entrance Requirements

    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.


    2024/2025. All per term.

    Years 9-11: Day fees £10,385  Flexi Boarding  £14,205.  Full Boarding  £15,755

    Sixth Form: Day fees  £10,560  Flexi-Boarding  £14,740  Full Boarding £16,395

    Occasional Boarding: £57 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:

    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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