Scholarships and Bursaries

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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. The number of awards will depend on the quality of the field and candidates may enter for more than one award.

Scholarship dates at a glance

Entry age

Scholarships and Awards

Closing date for entry

Assessment date


Sport Scholarships

Friday 9th November 2018

Friday 30th November 2018


Academic Scholarships

Monday 7th January 2019

Monday 14th January 2019 Interviews for shortlisted candidates: Monday 21st January 2019


Music Scholarships

Friday 1st February 2019

Friday 8th February 2019


Sport Scholarships

Monday 15th October 2018

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th November 2018


Music Scholarships

Thursday 13th December 2018

Tuesday 22nd January 2019


Art Scholarships

Friday 15th March 2019

Wednesday 1st May 2019


Drama Scholarships

Friday 25th January 2019

Tuesday 12th March 2019


Academic Scholarships

Round 1: Closing date 1st February 2019

Round 2: Closing date 15th March 2019 

Round 1: Assessment dates 25th - 27th February 2019

Round 2: Assessment dates 7th-9th May 2019 

*Candidates will be asked to enter just a single session and should take advice from their current school in making that decision.


Scholarships (Academic, Music, Organ, Art, Drama and Sport Scholarships)

Round 1: Closing date 29th October 2018

Round 2: Closing date 8th February 2019

Round 1:Tuesday 20th November 2018

Round 2: Tuesday 5th March 2019

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

Mr James Breeze,
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.

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.