Clifton College is a boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 2–18.
Clifton College offers pupils an all-round education, pastoral care, the opportunity for true self-discovery, awakening their sense of duty and a thirst for excellence in all that they do, especially in the classroom.
Our aim is to bring out the best in every pupil, enabling them to achieve the highest grades possible and to proceed through our Sixth Form to the university of their choice. Above all, I hope that they will dream the dreams that will shape their lives, make lasting friends, and leave equipped to be citizens of a constantly evolving modern global village, with a strong sense of who they are and what they can contribute. Finally, we want them to have fun doing it for the happy child is a successful child.
Mr M Moore
Balmy sunshine, high class cricket and the beautiful backdrop of The Close at Clifton College was a wonderful recipe for a terrific evening of sporting entertainment.
12th July 2018 — Balmy sunshine, high class cricket and the beautiful backdrop of The Close at Clifton College was a wonderful recipe for a terrific evening of sporting entertainment.
A crowd of over 1000 spectators, were treated to some wonderful T20 cricket on a perfect evening. Gloucestershire batted first and initially struggled against a good opening attack from the Western League. Then Benny Howell who is in wonderful T20 form, hit the ball sweetly, often over the boundary to make an exciting century. Gloucester made 212 in total.
The Western League made a terrific start to the ‘chase’ with 110 off the first ten overs but the quality of Gloucester’s bowling shone through and the League XI were 30 runs short at the close.
A great warm up for Gloucestershire before the T20 Vitality Blast and it was wonderful to see top quality cricket at Clifton College.
Clifton Student Prepares to Become the Youngest Person to Cycle Around the World
Adventurer and keen cyclist, Charlie Condell, is celebrating the end of his A Level exams by setting off on an extreme around the world trip.
12th July 2018 — Adventurer and keen cyclist, Charlie Condell, is celebrating the end of his A Level exams by setting off on an extreme around the world trip.
The 18-year-old will cycle around the world solo and completely unsupported. He is hoping to become the youngest person ever to have accomplished such an expedition.
Charlie plans to cycle 18,000 miles in eight months through 20 countries, climbing over the equivalent of 26 Mount Everest's.
He initially planned to travel just through Europe, doing 10,000km which then increased to 10,000 miles. He then looked at the line stretched out and thought ‘let’s just go for the world.’
Having just finished his A level exams, he has found it hard to find the time to fit in training, however he is confident in his fitness and mental strength.
“I can’t wait for New Zealand, it is going to be amazing. I’m also looking forward to the West Coast of America. I have done a lot of Europe already so it will be good to get going through some areas that I know.
“The College have been very supportive and I was thrilled to be given the Moriarty Travel Award to help fund my travels. The teachers have gotten very involved supporting and following me, Mr Williams, my geography teacher, has helped me with my route,” said Charlie.
Charlie has a carbon-fibre bike that weighs only 7kg and his entire kit weighs under 15kg – including a multi-tool and many, many patches to repair punctures along the way.
Tom Davies, from London, currently holds the title for youngest person to cycle the world when he completed the challenge in 2015 at 19-years-old.
Charlie is funding his trip from his savings and he has also set up a crowdfunding page for people to support him on this bike ride of a lifetime.
He set off on Friday 6th July, just a day after his final day of school.
We are so proud of Charlie, who joined Clifton College in Year 5 and leaves The South Town in Year 13. We cannot wait to follow his progress.
Clifton College Rowing Team Win at Bridgnorth Regatta
The Clifton College 1st XI Rowing team won the prestigious Lieutenant Colonel Marsh Memorial Trophy at Bridgnorth Regatta on Saturday.
12th June 2018 — The Clifton College 1st XI Rowing team won the prestigious Lieutenant Colonel Marsh Memorial Trophy at Bridgnorth Regatta on Saturday.
The team of Louis Powell, Bradley Fletcher, Cameron Watkins, Charlie Condell and Lily Mustin raced superbly in the final men’s open coxed 4’s event against Northwich Rowing Club.
Alessandro Portante also won the open double sculls event, securing his first win in a Clifton College vest.
Kate Scrutton raced impressively in her first regatta to make the final of the women’s open double sculls event, whilst Briden Whitbread, Arthur Sheppard Cappuro and Justin Smith all raced well in their single sculls events but were pipped on the line.
The Junior 15 girls team of Mia Nissam, Daisy Parkinson, Alice Sharpe-Neal, Zhanna Oganesove and Nick Moody also competed at their first ever event having taken up the sport seven weeks ago to show that there is strength and depth to the Clifton College Boat Club.
We would like to say thank you again to OC Lin Wilson and his wife Judith who kindly donated three boats to the rowing club this year. Alessandro used both a single and the double from Lin and Judith and Kate used the second single.
Clifton College Selected as Severn Stars Training Location
We are excited to announce that Clifton College has been chosen as one of the locations for the Severn Stars NOVA academy Netball training sessions.
6th June 2018 — We are excited to announce that Clifton College has been chosen as one of the locations for the Severn Stars NOVA academy Netball training sessions.
Severn Stars are an elite netball team who compete in the Vitality Netball Superleague each year. They will train at our first-class Indoor Tennis and Netball Dome and improve their strength and conditioning in our gym every week.
Laura Rudland, Head of Netball at Clifton College, said: “I am so pleased to be coaching and hosting one of the Severn Stars NOVA academies here at Clifton. There are so many talented Netball players in Bristol and it is an excellent opportunity to develop talent and progress players through the pathway. Hopefully this will help to inspire girls to reach their full potential and play at the top level.”
We value our relationship with Severn Stars highly as one of our pupils, Steph Armour, was selected into their academy and trains with them twice a week.
Dr Anita Navin, Head of School Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "I am delighted Clifton College are now a Severn Stars NOVA Academy and this offers excellent opportunities to develop netball players in Bristol.
“I have been so impressed with Laura Rudland's approach to playing at Severn Stars and to know she is coaching the next generation of players at Clifton and in the NOVA is reassuring. Laura will offer coaching of a high level and Clifton will no doubt have a significant impact on the development of Netball."
We are proud to announce the release of a Clifton College Choir CD which was professionally recorded last term with producer Gary Cole.
16th May 2018 — We are proud to announce the release of a Clifton College Choir CD which was professionally recorded last term with producer Gary Cole.
This is the Chapel was written in 2012 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Clifton College. The inspiration behind recording the CD came from the incredible concert which inaugurated the new 32ft Double Ophicleide extension pipes for the Chapel organ which was installed in August 2017.
The refurbishment of the organ was thanks to the generosity of many benefactors after the successful completion of fundraising for the Willcocks Memorial Appeal (in honour of Old Cliftonian Sir David Willcocks, 1919-2015).
The concert was so well-received by the audience that is seemed appropriate to create a permanent record of the occasion and to allow others to hear the music that was performed.
It took two days to record the Chapel Choirs, Chamber Choir and individual music scholars for the CD and it was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.
The whole Upper School also had the chance to take part and were recorded singing Libera Me (Faure) and the popular I vow to thee, my country.
Dan Robson, Director of Music, said: “Many thanks to the Head Master Dr Tim Greene, Chaplain Simon Chapman, Director of Prep School Chapel Choir David Pafford, staff and students of Clifton College, and all those who performed and otherwise helped to make this recording possible.”