What to expect from an Open Day - Upper School

What to expect from an Open Day - Upper School

Our Upper School Open Day is the perfect chance for parents and children to visit Clifton College and experience our top facilities and unique ethos.

You will tour round the Upper School campus, visiting several classrooms and departments, witnessing our top-class facilities and talking with staff and pupils about what life’s like for students at Clifton.

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect on the Open Day.

9.45am – A warm welcome

Visitors will register in our East Cloister. Families can enjoy tea, coffee, squash and Danish pastries.

10.10am – Hear our vision

In our calm, striking Chapel, Clifton College’s Headmaster, Dr. Tim Greene, will welcome you officially to the Upper School Open Day and explain what it is that sets Clifton College apart from other schools.

10.20am – Meet your guides as the tour begins

Now it is time for you to see Upper School for yourself. You will be assigned two guides from our Sixth Form to show you around the School. Be sure to get to know them and ask them about their Clifton experience: their favourite subjects, the best after-school activities and how the House system works.

Read more: Clifton Memories: Francis Younghusband’s Expedition Across Asia

All of our pupils have lessons on Saturday mornings, with Saturday afternoons for participating in sports teams, so during your tour you will be able to get a real taste of what exactly goes on during a normal morning at Clifton College.

Your guides will escort you to our languages classrooms, where pupils have the opportunity to learn French, Spanish, German or Mandarin – and always, as is the norm at Clifton, in classes of 16 or less. Sixth Form pupils can also choose to study Italian or Russian.

You can visit our outstanding science facilities. The Stone Library, on the ground floor of the Science School, contains around 5,000 scientific books and rare periodicals, while our computer lab comes complete with the latest scientific software and our zoological artefacts have been accumulated over the last 150 years.

Read more: Clifton Memories: John Pinkerton and the World’s First Computer

The music department above the science department shows first-hand our strong musical tradition. All Clifton College pupils have the opportunity to join bands and orchestras of various styles and there are a number of music classes available for musicians up to Grade 5. Be sure to take a look at our recording studio, which comes complete with a full-time recording engineer and the latest music technology.

Walking down the campus to our dance and drama department, you will be able to see our 300-seat proscenium-arched Redgrave Theatre – named after Old Cliftonian Michael Redgrave – and two dedicated dance studios, where Upper School pupils rehearse ahead of our famous Annual Musical.

After the drama, you will see our enviable sports facilities, including our on-site 25m indoor pool, where pupils enjoy weekly swimming sessions, and the sports hall where your child will develop key skills playing a wide variety of sports. From here you will also be able to see Clifton’s outdoor tennis courts and cricket pitch – the picture-perfect home of the world’s one-time biggest individual score.

Do not forget to ask your guides about our Beggar’s Bush sports complex, which has top-class facilities for football, rugby, hockey, racquet sports and netball, as well as an archery range and a low ropes centre.

Read more: Clifton Memories: AEJ Collins and the World’s Biggest Cricket Score

The design and technology department encourages entrepreneurial and creative minds with the technical software, expert guidance and leading facilities they need to innovate. Take a look at the software and graphics programs we have in our two computer rooms, and browse our engineering and plastics workshops, which have 3D printers, modern lasers and CNC manufacturing equipment.

Upstairs, the art department highlights our commitment to creativity, with facilities available to encourage expression across a range of media. From oil painting and drawing to sculpting, slab building and photography, our varied, experienced art team can get the most from each pupil.

On the Upper School campus, you will see Clifton College’s distinctive Percival Library, a beautiful Grade 2-listed building with more than 15,000 books and a modern computer suite.

12pm – Lunch in a house - understanding the Clifton culture

You will also be shown what it’s like to live at Clifton as well as learn, with the opportunity to have your lunch in one of our day or boarding houses and meet some of the dedicated pastoral staff that make Clifton College such a homely place to be.

While we provide a top-class co-educational learning environment, we are proud of our single-sex House system which provides a unique family ethos and a ‘home from home’ for every Upper School pupil, whether they are boarders or not. While there you will also tour the House’s facilities and find out about rival House’s individual cultures and personalities.. Ask your guides about the Inter-House rivalries and competitions that are part of day-to-day life at Clifton College and how they relax outside of school hours.

There you can talk with the staff and admissions team about any questions you have. You may wish to discuss:

  • Information about scholarships and admissions
  • Boarding options
  • Clubs and after school activities
  • Learning support

1pm – End

Book your place now by calling our Upper School Admissions team or click here to book your Open Day place online.

Can’t wait? Take a virtual tour of Clifton College here.