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'Everybody knows everybody else.' This was the remarkably consistent message we received during our visits, with parents, children, staff, leaders and governors all agreeing that it was what made Clifton High special. Strong commitment to eco issues. First all-through in south west to gain Eco Schools Green Flag. Grounds, used as extension to classrooms, include a pond, an insect hotel known as Bugingham Palace, beehives, bird boxes, compost areas and a wildflower meadow. Remarkable number of…

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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 September 2020, Matthew Bennett, previously deputy head at Bristol Grammar School, where he was responsible for the development of the academic, pastoral and staffing aspects of the school. Before that head of biology and head of middle school at Denstone College in Staffordshire, where he also ran a boarding house for the younger pupils. A keen bee-keeper, he is the owner of two hives. Also an avid reader, ardent traveller and a keen runner, as well as finding time to enjoy theatre and film.


Nursery, non-selective; reception to year 2, informal assessment by class teacher; years 3-6, formal assessment in English, maths and reading, school report. Year 7, entrance exams in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning for external candidates, meeting for child and parents with head or deputy; similar for years...

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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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