Backco-ed boarding school

Clifton College

School Name: Clifton College
Location: 32 College Road, Bristol BS8 3JH, United Kingdom
Founded Year: 1862
Religion: Christian, Jewish
Motto: "Spiritus Intus Alit" / The spirit nourishes within
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 8-18
Year Group: Nursery to Year 13
No. of Students: 1279
No. of Boarders: 480
School Facilities:
  • Theatre, 2 music schools, dance studio, sport centre, swimming pool and large fitness suite, 60 acre sport grounds, tennis dome, international hockey pitch, 3G football pitch
Entry Requirement:
  • Common Entrance and Common
    Scholarship Examination
Sixth Form Entry Requirement:
  • Entry to the Sixth Form (Year 12) for pupils both from within the school and from other schools is conditional upon achieving 3 A grades and 3 B grades at GCSE.
Extracurricular Activities:
  • CCF — Leadership and Adventure
  •  Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Life Skill programme for the Third Form (Year 9)
  • Life Skills programme for the Fourth Form (Year 10)
  • Social Service — Serving the Local Community
  •  Games — Skills, Health and Fitness for Life,Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country, Badminton,Fencing, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Raquets, Real Tennis, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Football, Squash, Water Polo, Tennis, Triathlon.
  • Activities — Includes Art, Canoeing, Climbing, Cooking, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Photography, Sailing Club, Shooting, House Competitions and many many more!
  • Societies
  • Holiday Activities
  • Easter Revision Courses

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Mr. Simon Tait
32 College Road, Bristol BS8 3JH, United Kingdom
+44 (0)117 315 7109

The School

  • The College has a top 68% placing in A*/A GCSE grades (2012-2013) league tables and sent more pupils than ever to their first choice of Russell Group university. The College has achieved an outstanding Ofsted award (2009-2010). Excellent results are not only what the School strives for, but it places equal importance on personal growth and independence that will last a child ever.


  • The College is made up of three schools; the Upper School, the Preparatory and Butcombe.
  •  The Upper School ( aged 13–18 Years) Pupils sit Common Entrance or the Common Scholarship examination in the summer term. The minimum average mark required for entry is 50%. Entry to the Sixth Form (Year 12) is conditional upon achieving 3 A and 3 B grades at GCSE (or its equivalent). Pupils wishing to join The Upper School in other years will be assessed by means of the School’s own testing procedures.
  •  The Preparatory School (aged 8–13 Years)  Pupils will be assessed in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. The minimum standard normally required is the average national Standard Attainment Test level for the age group. Pupils who do not attain this level cannot be guaranteed a place in The Pre.
  •  Butcombe Pre-Preparatory School (aged 3–8 Years) Pupils will be informally assessed based upon a half-day visit, with an assessment of literacy and numeracy for entry to Reception and above and an appropriate balance of gender within the year group in accordance with the School’s stated aims.

Boarding Houses

  • 11 Houses (7 boys - 4 boarding and 3 day houses) and (4 girls - 2 boarding and 2 day houses). Each Boarding House is home for 55–65 pupils during term-time. Most are full-time boarders involved in the School’s busy life for seven days a week. Each Day House is home of 60–75 girls or boys, all with excellent study and recreational facilities.

GCSE Subjects

  • Biology, Business and Economics, Art, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Civilisation, Dance, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, ICT, Japanese, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Religious Studies, Russian, Single Science, Additional Science, Spanish, Sports/PE Studies and Theatre Studies. Some subjects are at IGCSE.

A Levels

  • Art, Design, Theatre Studies, Economics, Business Studies, English, Geography, History, IT, Mathematics, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Latin, Greek, Music and Music Technology, History of Art, PE, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

2012/13 Boarding Fees# (GBP£) Per Term (3 Terms Per Year)


Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

Bookmark and Share