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Parents we spoke to are happy with the academic offer, particularly the small classes, work ethic and the way in which good results are achieved through encouraging confidence and not through pushiness. ‘I’m a wiggly kind of learner,’ one girl told us – and she’s allowed to be. The site is relatively compact, although a remarkable amount has been fitted into it, including a brand new beautiful and ingeniously designed…

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What the school says...

Clifton High is a mid-sized, all-through school educating boys and girls from 3 - 18. Our approach is unique, on transition to senior school girls and boys are taught separately in single-sex groups for core subjects, because that is how they have the best opportunity to learn. At the same time, our boys and girls benefit from having personal interaction on a day to day basis which is crucial for their social and personal development. Our philosophy at Clifton High is simple, provide a secure and purposeful environment, deliver first class teaching that inspires and challenge and celebrate each child for who they are and what they do. We aim to provide an environment where pupils can grow and develop into happy and confident young people, where individual talents are recognised and nurtured. It is also our belief that with the privilege of an excellent education comes responsibility and pupils are encouraged to respect those less fortunate than themselves and to strive to make a difference. Whilst we do not offer specialist SEN classes, our recent ISI Inspection highlighted as a strength the help we give to the children with identified minor learning difficulties, who make excellent progress. ...Read more

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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.

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Head of school

Since 2023, Luke Goodman BA PGCE (acting head), previously pastoral deputy, following the sudden departure of the previous head. Mr Goodman has spent much of his life in Bristol: he was educated at QEH and after taking a geography degree and PGCE from Birmingham plus some travels and voluntary work overseas, returned to teach at Bristol Grammar School, ending up as assistant head before joining Clifton High in 2020. A keen sportsman, Mr Goodman also coaches rugby and cricket.

New head from September 2024 will be Will Phelan BA PGCE MBA, currently principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, who returns to his home city of Bristol.

The junior school has been headed by Alice Taylor BSc PGCE since 2021, though she has been at the school...

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Special Education Needs

While we do not offer specialist SEN classes, our recent ISI Inspection highlighted as a strength the help we give to the children with identified minor learning difficulties, who make excellent progress. Nov 09

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

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