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  • Clifton College Preparatory School
    The Avenue
    BS8 3HE
  • Head: Mr Jim Walton
  • T 0117 315 7160
  • F 01173 157504
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Read about the best schools in Bristol
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Bristol
  • Pupils: 464
  • Religion: Anglican/Church of England
  • Fees: Day £12,300 - £21,315; Boarding £20,190 - £35,475 pa
  • Open days: Pre-Prep Open Day: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Clifton College

What says..

The prep is keen on pupil voice and two children per year group attend the regular school council, offering suggestions and making requests. Recent triumphs include an annual picnic for prep pupils held on the lawn at Clifton College Close and new climbing frames. We spoke to a sparky group of year 5 to 8 children and they were buzzing with excitement about the school, from the new books in the library to the food (‘amazing’) to the uniform (‘we love it’). ‘Parents here are the most low maintenance I have ever worked with,’ says the head. ‘Apparently the parents’ WhatsApp group is very...


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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Jim Walton BA PGCE. Educated at the Croft Preparatory School in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick School and the University of Sheffield – ‘because I wanted to do rock climbing,’ he jokes, before adding that he read business studies and languages. His mum was a primary teacher in the state sector so he suspected all along that he’d go into teaching but after university he worked as a buyer for Sainsbury’s (‘it wasn’t for me’) and then spent a couple of years as an education officer at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. ‘I’m just happier being with children than adults,’ he says. ‘Even now, when we have the family round at Christmas, I’m on the kids’ table.’ After a PGCE at Manchester Met he took up his first teaching post at...

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Special Education Needs

Learning development at Clifton College Preparatory School is provided through in-class support, learning support group lessons, and one-to-one or shared tuition in our specially equipped department. Our dedicated and friendly staff are trained to help children with mild/moderate learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia. We also have a school counsellor and a visiting speech and language therapist as part of our team. Learning support is charged as an extra.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder 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 Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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