One of the reasons for the high demand for places in the Sixth Form is the School’s reputation for success in gaining places at the UK’s top universities.
About a dozen students each year go on to Oxford or Cambridge, and many others go to Imperial or University College London — these being the four UK universities ranked in the top ten globally.
Places in the Sixth Form are in high demand due to the School’s reputation for success in gaining places at the UK’s top universities. About 80% of leavers progress to one of the UK’s elite institutions.
As a result, academic expectations are high and students are expected to work to the best of their ability at all times.
We require internal and external entrants to have at least 3 A and 3 B grades at GCSE (or equivalent for overseas candidates).
In all cases, the Head Master will review each pupil’s performance on an individual basis and admission to the Sixth Form will be at his discretion.
Individual departments also have minimum entry criteria, which are set out in the curriculum booklet.
Outside the Classroom
At Clifton College, Sixth Form students benefit from an unusually large selection of cultural and recreational amenities. Few schools have access to such an array of museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, cafés, restaurants and shops.
Sixth Formers benefit from our regular lecture series which sees them introduced to a variety of inspiring and motivational speakers.
Sixth Formers enjoy greater privileges and independence than other pupils, and have access to the Junior Common Room, or JCR, which provides a social café-style space in which they can meet, talk and relax.
The teaching is excellent, all the teachers are really motivated to help us learn something from each lesson, besides just completing the syllabus.Lea Van der Zwalmen, 16
Sixth Form FAQs
- Why should I choose Clifton College? Clifton College is one of the country’s leading independent boarding schools and offers first-rate teaching and outstanding educational and co-curricular facilities for boarders and day pupils. We will help you fulfill your potential and achieve your goals. We have high academic standards and places in the Sixth Form are in high demand because of our reputation for success in gaining places at the UK’s top universities. However, we also realise that being in the Sixth Form isn’t just about hard work. There are many clubs and activities to help you relax and develop the confidence and social skills that will serve you well in later life.
- What qualifications do I need to study at Clifton College? Pupils joining the Sixth Form need a minimum of 3 A grades and 3 B grades at GCSE (or equivalent for overseas candidates). In all cases, the Headmaster will review each pupil’s performance on an individual basis, and admission to the Sixth Form is at his discretion. Individual departments also have minimum entry criteria, which are set out in the Sixth Form booklet.
- Can I get a scholarship? Academic, Music and Sport scholarships are available to outstanding students. For more information, see Admissions.
- Many of the other Sixth Formers have been at Clifton College. Will I feel left out?
No. Clifton College is a friendly and decent school, and we pride ourselves on our warmth. Our staff are also on-hand to offer support and ensure new students settle in well.