Clifton College offers pupils a unique opportunity to achieve academic distinction and personal excellence. Each year, we offer a number of Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries to girls and boys with that spark of potential.

It’s all about the individual

There is no one particular type of pupil that succeeds at Clifton College. The range of opportunities available promotes the discovery of hidden talents, and encourages a higher level of achievement in every subject.

Scholarships and Awards

Clifton College offers scholarships at ages 11, 13 and into the Sixth Form. Awards are offered in Academic, Music, Art and Sport with a maximum value of 25% of fees. Supplementary means-tested Bursaries are available. 16+ Organ scholarship details are available here.

Entry AgeScholarships and AwardsClosing date for entryAssessment date
11+Sport ScholarshipsFriday 15th November 2019Friday 29th November 2019
Interviews for external shortlist: Thursday 5th December 2019
11+Academic ScholarshipsMonday 6th January 2020Monday 13th January 2020 Interviews for external shortlist: Monday 20th January 2020
11+Music ScholarshipsFriday 31st January 2020Friday 7th February 2020
13+Sport ScholarshipsMonday 11th November 2019Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th November 2019
13+Music ScholarshipsThursday 12th December 2019Tuesday 21st January 2019
13+Drama ScholarshipsFriday 24th January 2020Tuesday 10th March 2020
13+Art ScholarshipsFriday 13th March 2020Wednesday 29th April 2020
13+Academic ScholarshipsRound 1: Closing date Saturday 1st February 2020

Round 2: Closing date Wednesday 1st April 2020
Round 1: Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February 2020

Round 2: Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th May 2020
16+Scholarships (Academic, Music, Organ, Art, Drama and Sport Scholarships)Round 1: Closing date Monday 4th November 2019

Round 2: Closing date Saturday 8th February 2020
Round 1:Tuesday 19th November 2019

Round 2: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Assessment Criteria

For more information on the assessment criteria for our scholarships, please click the links below.

Assessment Criteria for 11+ Scholarships 2020 Entry

Assessment Criteria for 13+ Scholarships 2020 Entry
Assessment Criteria for 16+ Scholarships 2020 Entry

Scholarship dates at a glance

For further Scholarship details (age 11+) please contact:

Mr James Breeze,
Head of Marketing and Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory Admissions,
Clifton College Preparatory School,
The Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HE.
Email: Tel: 44(0) 117 3157 118

For further Scholarship details (age 13+ ) please contact:

Mr James Hills,
Director of Admissions,
Clifton College, 32 College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3JH.
Email: Tel: 44(0) 117 3157 109.


Bursaries are means-tested Awards and are made at the School’s discretion. In accordance with the Charities Commission guidelines, Bursaries are made following the completion of a Grant Application Form (GAF) that includes a ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances’. Bursaries may, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded up to 100% of the fees.

Jewish boys and girls are encouraged to apply for any of Clifton College’s Academic, Music, Art and Sport Awards (at ages 11, 13 and 16 ). The Trustees of the Polack’s House Scholarships Fund are also able to award a number of means-tested Polack Bursaries for Jewish children who would not otherwise be able to attend the School. For more information on the Jewish Community within Clifton College, please see our Polack’s House Educational Trust (PHET) page.

We also offer a HM Forces Bursary and sibling discount. Visit our fees page to find out more.

Educational Grants & Charitable Trusts

There are a number of Educational and Charitable Trusts that will consider providing fee assistance. The Educational Grants Advice Service offers information and advice on finding fee assistance.

The Educational Grants Advice Service call 01932 865619.