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No entry would be complete without the celebrated lines of Sir Henry Newbolt: ‘There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight, Ten to win and the match to make’, and the later exhortation to ‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’ Cricket in summer and rugby in winter are played by girls and boys on this hallowed turf, overlooked by the school’s fine Victorian buildings. Pupils hearteningly down to earth and aware of how very fortunate they are – and not, we hope, just because they are instructed to ‘check their privilege’ in PHSE lessons. They appreciate the importance the school places on the whole person...

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What the school says...

Clifton College is a co-educational boarding and day school, for 0-18. The school is nestled in the heart of Clifton, and takes advantage of the many cultural and educational activities on offer in the modern and vibrant city of Bristol, with plenty of countryside nearby.

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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 MA DPhil (early 50s), an inorganic chemist by academic discipline and indeed by occupation in his earlier life, as a senior research fellow at Oxford (his alma mater), before moving on to Exeter. During his time there he involved himself in outreach to schools, widening access to higher education in particular, and grabbed an opportunity to fill in for a member of Queen’s Taunton’s chemistry department on a year’s sabbatical – ‘And that was that,’ as he put it. Teaching seemed upbeat and positive, and Dr Greene still loves to do it, putting A level chemists through their paces and wanting to extend his reach to lower years, time permitting. ‘It’s a huge mistake for heads not to teach,’ he avers. He also does duties in boarding...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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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