Butcombe Nursery and Preschool now open for children from 3 months

We are excited to announce a new offering at Clifton College. We will now be welcoming babies from as young as 3 months old into our Butcombe Nursery, offering comprehensive care within our first class learning environment. Visit the link below to find out more
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Clifton College is one of a very small number of Preparatory Schools in which every boy and girl, whether day or boarder, is attached to a House that becomes their home-from-home during the School day.

These Houses give the children a secure base throughout the day, as well as affording parents a point of daily contact with their children’s pastoral staff.

Every child is part of a small tutor group within the House, and the tutor has a key role to play in the regular monitoring of his or her group’s educational and social progress and development.


Clifton College enjoys magnificent surroundings in a historic setting, but combines this with the most up-to-date modern facilities.

Our boarding House, Matthews’ House, provides a comfortable, safe and secure home-from-home for your son or daughter, where they will form close bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.

It is run by a dedicated team of caring and professional staff, including a Housemaster and his fiancee and a team of tutors. The matron acts like a surrogate mother to the children. They know the whereabouts of every item of clothing, provide enormous emotional support, and will be a constant fixture in the pupils’ lives.

We offer full, weekly or flexible boarding options to suit the needs of increasingly busy parents, and parents are encouraged to pick up the phone or email their children whenever they want.