Clifton College

Clifton is a school that encourages a lust for life and all that it offers. We are housed in some splendid grand buildings but everything about the education we offer is modern.

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Clifton College

At Clifton, ever improving 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: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Church of England

Roll: 700 Boys / 549 Girls

Age Range: 13-18 Years

Founded: 1862

Location Description

Clifton benefits from the fizz and buzz of being in the vibrant city of Bristol and is also surrounded by spectacular countryside.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Tim Greene

Contact for enquiries:Kati Haldon, Registrar

32 College Road, Clifton, Bristol

Tel: 0117 3157 000



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 Stone Library is situated on the ground floor of the Science School and contains approximately 5000 scientific books. Sixth Formers have 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 superb sporting facilities including the 90 acre Beggar’s Bush, a recent addition, which is Bristol’s biggest outdoor sports complex. It provides the latest sporting facilities including a water-based Olympic standard hockey pitch. There is also a 25m on-site swimming pool.

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 his or her niche and develop interests and talents beyond the purely academic. Recent overseas expeditions have included: Arctic Circle 2009, Borneo 2010 and Ecuador 2011.

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. Flexi boarding is available.

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 its Summer Language School students. In term-time, the school teaches over 1300 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 years 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.


13+ and 16+: Academic, Sport, Music, Art. Some bursaries are available – please contact the College for details.


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.



Nursery – Year 13: Day, £3,780 – £8,785 per term. Boarding, £8,300 – £13,525 per term.

The Upper School offer a 20% Forces Bursary for the sons and daughters of serving members of HM Forces.

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.



All visits are welcome, please contact the school


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