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Clifton College
  • Clifton College
    32 College Road
    BS8 3JH
  • Head: Dr Tim Greene
  • T 0117 315 7000
  • F 01173 157101
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 13 to 18 with a linked junior school
  • Read about the best schools in Bristol
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bristol
  • Pupils: 776; sixth formers: 333
  • Religion: Anglican/Church of England
  • Fees: Day £29,670 - £30,135; Boarding £40,230 - £46,440 pa
  • Open days: Friday 26 April 2024 – Preschool to Year 8 Open Day (ages 3-13); Friday 27 September 2024 – Preschool to Year 6 Open Event (ages 3-11); Friday 4 October 2024 – Sixth Form Open Evening (ages 16-18); Saturday 5 October 2024 – Year 7 to Year 11 Open Event (a
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Clifton College Preparatory School

What says..

It says a lot about the school that the most eagerly anticipated prize on Commemoration Day in June is the Gordon Hazell trophy. Named after Clifton’s former boxing coach and preceded by a huge drumroll when it’s announced, it’s awarded to a pupil who exemplifies the qualities of dedication, loyalty, generosity and gentleness. Behaviour doesn’t seem to be an issue here – pupils are polite and well-behaved – but there’s a marshal who supervises the school’s detention and absentee systems. ‘He’s a softy really,’ whispered a sixth former...

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What the school says...

Established in 1862, Clifton College welcomes boarders from across the UK and the world who join with our day pupils from the vibrant and diverse city of Bristol.

We pride ourselves on providing an education where character is as important as capability.

Through expert teaching, a wealth of co-curricular activities and strong pastoral care, we ensure that every pupil is supported, encouraged and driven to achieve their very best.

We aim to develop open-minded young people with a real understanding of the world around them, fully prepared for their future in a rapidly changing modern world.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.





What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of College

Since 2016, Dr Tim Greene. Educated at Methodist College Belfast (Methody, as it’s affectionately known), which he says has a similar ethos to Clifton College. Read chemistry at the University of Oxford and stayed on to do his DPhil. He became a senior research fellow at Jesus College, taught chemistry and was part of the governing body. He moved to the University of Exeter as a lecturer but seized the opportunity to teach chemistry at Queen’s Taunton as part of a year’s sabbatical. ‘And that was that,’ he says. ‘One of the great things about schools is the positive atmosphere. They’re such joyous places to be part of. You can feel the buzz, the energy and the excitement when you walk in. It lifts the spirits. There’s no better job.’

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Special Education Needs

Clifton College is able to make learning support provision for pupils who have a range of specific difficulties including Aspergers, ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia. The learning support department offers timetabled group lessons and chargeable individual lessons based on the specific needs of each pupil.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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