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.

Entry tests and Interview

Candidates will be selected according to their general academic level. All International pupils must possess a high standard of English, as they will be learning alongside their British school friends. Pupils applying for years 9-11, where English is not their first language who wish to apply to join Clifton College must complete Ukiset. This is an online test designed for International pupils which assesses ability in three areas: Vocabulary, Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning. UKiset costs £295. This includes registration, arrangement of a test date, invigilation fees, results sent to the candidate.

Applicants for different year groups are tested in the following curriculum areas:

Year 7 (11 years old) will be assessed in English and Mathematics

Year 9 (13 years old) will be assessed in English and Mathematics 

Year 10 (14 years old) will be assessed in English, Mathematics and Science.

Sixth Form will be assessed in two of the four subjects to be taken at ‘A’ Level plus an English Language paper. 

All candidates will be interviewed as part of the entry process.

Admissions process 

  • If you are interested in coming to Clifton College please contact the Admissions Department to check on availability: admissions@cliftoncollege.com 
  • If places are available, you will be asked to provide a copy of the applicant’s passport and birth certificate
  • If the information you provide is acceptable, you will be sent a Registration Form to complete and return with the non-refundable £150 registration fee.
  • On receipt of the completed Registration Form and the non-refundable  registration fee you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team to arrange for entry tests, a visit and an interview.
  • If your child is successful we will write and formally offer your son or daughter a place at Clifton College.
  • To accept the offer, we require the completion and return of the Acceptance Form by the parents and payment of the deposit (£1,650 for EU, £11,000 for non-EU).
  • International pupils wishing to study at Clifton College will require a Child Student Visa for the duration of their studies. Further information regarding a Child Student Visa can be found here https://www.gov.uk/child-study-visa

Please note: it is required by Clifton College that all overseas pupils must have a guardian. We ask that Guardians/Guardianship companies are AEGIS registered https://aegisuk.net/.

If you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Team and we look forward to welcoming you son or daughter to Clifton College.