FAQs

FAQs
  • There are 1250 pupils currently studying at Clifton College, with 720 in the Upper School. 

  • No. On entering Clifton College, all day pupils are allocated a House which becomes their home-from-home throughout their school life. Our day pupils are accommodated in single sex Houses of 60–80 girls or boys, all with excellent study and recreational facilities. Find out more.

  • Pupils are assigned single sex boarding or day houses, which form the heart of their school life at Clifton, where they can sleep, socialise and receive pastoral care. Find out more.

  • Yes. We believe co-educational education provides benefits to boys and girls. Pupils are, however, placed in single sex Houses where they receive first class pastoral care. We believe this gives your son or daughter the best of both worlds.

  • We have regular Open Days. We can also arrange personal visits at a time to suit you. Click the link at the side of the page to join us at an Open Day or to arrange a personal visit. 

  • We have, along with most independent schools, considered the alternatives to A Levels. However, we are of the opinion that the in-depth study of specialist subjects at A Level provides the best option for our sixth formers. A levels are academically rigorous; preferred by universities; and understood by employers.

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) has strengths, but can be inadequate as a preparation for some degree courses. It is still regarded by some university tutors as a less suitable preparation for higher education.  By taking four contrasting AS levels a sixth former can study a wider breadth of subjects. The A level system also offers the flexibility for pupils to specialise in the sciences, languages or humanities/arts if they wish, which is less easy in the IB system. 

    The Cambridge Pre-U courses are also of interest, but are still in their early days and are still relatively unknown outside the UK independent sector. The Pre-U is done by only a tiny number of candidates, is barely understood by the elite universities, and is a mystery to all employers.

  • We welcome applications from children at any school, whether a prep school, state school or a school overseas. There are a few schools that send us many pupils each year but we do not give any preferential treatment. Our advice is to look for a school that offers a wide range of activities outside the classroom, as well as good academic and pastoral support. Having said that, if your son or daughter is enthusiastic, bright, and ready to make the most of Clifton's opportunities, it does not matter which school he or she is currently attending.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.