As an English boarding school, Clifton places a high value on the religious and cultural diversity brought to the School by its overseas pupils. At the present time, approximately 20% of our pupils are from overseas, representing over 40 countries, and we work to ensure they are fully integrated into the life of the School.

We are happy to receive enquiries from overseas families, either directly or through one of the many agencies with whom we work. These agencies can provide help with translation, entry tests and admissions procedures, including visa applications.
All international pupils must possess a high standard of English, as they will be learning alongside their British school friends. Candidates will be selected according to their general academic level. Those entering at 11 (Year 7) will be assessed in English and Mathematics; for those at 13 (Year 9) or 14 (Year 10) the assessment will be in English, Mathematics and Science. Entry to the Sixth Form is assessed in two of the four subjects to be taken at A’ Level plus an English Language paper. School references are very important to us in the Admissions process. All candidates will be interviewed as part of the entry process.

Ten Steps to Gaining Admission to Clifton College

A guide for overseas parents and educational agencies.

Making an Application

1. Contact the Admissions Department to check on availability.

2. If places are available, send an applicant profile, including the most recent school report and a hand-written personal statement written by the applicant.

3. If the profile is acceptable, you will be invited to complete and return the Registration Form with the £150 registration fee.

4. Make an appointment for a visit and/or to sit entry tests (preferably at Clifton but in some exceptional circumstances we can send papers overseas for candidates to sit under supervision). Interviews will follow entry tests. At this stage we would also request a confidential report from the Head or Principal of the candidate’s current school.

Successful Applications

5. If the application is successful we will write a formal letter making an offer of a place.

6. If the offer is accepted, we will require (i) confirmation in writing from the parents, (ii) completion and return of the Acceptance Form, and (iii) payment of the Deposit (£1,650 for EU, £11,000 for non-EU).

Joining Information

7. We will send out the Joining Document pack a few weeks before the applicant is due to join us. It includes arrival information, lists and order forms for clothing and information about guardians (it is the School’s requirement that all overseas pupils must have a guardian), music tuition, medical records, term dates, insurance etc.

8. On receipt of Joining Documents we will then be able to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number to support visa applications.

9. The Housemasters and Housemistresses will also write in July with specific information about joining the boarding houses and what boys and girls should bring with them.

10. Before entry, the Accounts Department issues an invoice for the first term’s fees.