Just like boarders, day pupils are assigned to a House, which becomes their base throughout the school day. They have the same access to tutors, matron and the Housemaster or Housemistress as the boarders.
Our Houses feature comfortable modern facilities set in beautiful historic buildings.
Many day children board occasionally and the school’s flexible approach to this not only meets the needs of increasingly busy parents, but also helps to enhance the 24-hour care ethos in which we all take pride.
Mansfield’s is a Day House for Girls in Years 4, 5 and 6, located on The Avenue, next to Matthews’ House. It is run by the House Mistress, Mrs Shannon Schrijver, who works closely with a fantastic team of staff to provide a warm, homely environment for all pupils.
The House is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm and is the place in which the girls can relax, study, do prep or play between lessons. There is a kitchen which provides healthy, mid-morning snacks to keep the pupils going until Lunchtime. There is also a study area with computers for pupils to complete their prep and a comfortable sitting room for the girls to read, listen to music, socialise and relax.
Housemistress: Shannon Schrijver
Situated close to the Main School Building, Tait’s bears the name of C.W.A Tait, former master in the Upper School in the time of Percival. His stern photo portrait adorns the hallway. The House itself predates the Pre Building. The Rose Garden behind the house is an oasis of calm every day as well a popular venue for summer gatherings serving the whole school.
Tait’s, as a Lower Pre house, has Year 4 & 5 classrooms directly upstairs which is awfully convenient during inclement weather. We are also fortunate to have Whatley pitch immediately adjacent for use at break times and for the football club. Many music teachers confirm that we have the best upright piano in the school, complete with Royal Seal of approval. Finally, we are also the hub for the Team Lego Club, the Hornby Railway Club & the whole School Chess Club.
We have two goldfish, which receive tons of attention and too much food. How they tolerate us, I cannot imagine.
We organise lots of activities for the boys. House trips are primarily at the end of the Michaelmas term for the whole House, and at the end of the summer term for the departing Year 6 boys. Occasionally we attend plays. The annual House Song performance is always a high priority.
Housemaster: Oliver Jones
Wollaston’s House is named after George Hyde Wollaston Esq (1844-1926) who was assistant master at Clifton College from 1870 to 1899.
As a Day House, the boys can arrive any time after 8:00am, and can stay until 6:00pm in the evening if they need to. The House is the boy’s base during the day and they come back to the House for break time and after lunch before going off to play, read or relax.
There are several communal rooms in the House, which have been recently decorated and upgraded. The Registration Room is a very comfortable and welcoming room, with sofas and armchairs and two separate bookcases for fiction and nonfiction books. Boys also have use of the upstairs Games Room, which houses two snooker tables, a table football game and a piano. The Year 4 children always seem particularly attracted to this room. Downstairs (along with the Changing room, showers and Bathroom) there is the Table Tennis Room, where you will usually find the Year 5 and 6 boys practising their skills.
The staff in Wollaston’s House understand the demands of trying to balance School and home life. It is our aim to help the boys stay organised so that they are able enjoy their School life, and all the opportunities it presents, to the full. All the staff and Tutors make the boys feel that the House is their home-from-home. Wollaston’s offers a warm, family atmosphere where each boy feels valued and their specific needs are catered for.
In addition, the boys themselves are very aware of their duty to each other. They are encouraged to look out for one another wherever they may be on the school campus, and to always offer help to a Housemate in need.
House master: James Averis
Founded as a Lower Pre Girls’ House in 2012, Matthews’ prides itself on its warm and welcoming atmosphere. The aim is to make it a home from home, encouraging the girls as they strive to fulfil their potential academically and supporting them with their co-curricular programme.
The House system is one of the greatest strengths of Clifton College. The provision of individual pastoral care is second to none. In Matthews’, with our enthusiastic team of mentors and matrons, we offer a highly trained staff, who work with dedication to ensure the happiness of each girl.
Although we are a Day House, we work closely with Poole’s, the Prep Boarding House to offer a seamless transition to occasional, flexi or full boarding.
The co-curricular programme offers a wide range of activities. On the performing arts side, the girls are drawn to dance, drama and music groups and they enthuse about the plethora of sporting activities on offer. We also have inter-house competitions, the highlight of the year being House Song Competition. The girls love both the singing and dressing up.
There is a real family atmosphere in the House, welcoming the girls and their parents, with a warm and friendly ethos set by the staff.