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Clifton Hall School

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Description of Clifton Hall School

  • Students age: 3-18 years old,
  • Location: Newbridge, Edinburgh,
  • Founded: 1930,
  • Type of institution: private school,
  • Language of instruction: English,
  • Type of training: joint.

Clifton Hall has existed as an independent school since its founding in 1930. Initially, it was a preparatory school for boys - it was founded by Richard Killick and Robert Ainslie, who saw the need for a good private school.

The institution continued to flourish and, under the leadership of George Matthewson, was rightly considered the leading independent preparatory school in Scotland. Under Mark Adams, the school became fully coeducational, made the transition from prep school to elementary school, and opened kindergarten.

To date, the institution offers comprehensive education from 3 to 18 years.

Educational process

The policy of the institution is aimed at helping children in the formation of life skills, which allows all children to become:

  • Successful students,
  • Self-confident people,
  • Responsible citizens,
  • Effective participants in any discussion.

Study areas and subjects that applicants analyze during the educational process:

  • Expressive art

Children learn about color, texture and the use of art to express what they feel or can imagine: it can be drawing, making things, music and dancing. Coloring can teach hand-eye coordination, and crafts like making paper dolls help children learn how materials interact with each other.

  • Health and well-being

Children can improve their fitness, balance, and coordination through active play and opportunities for free outdoor play. They can learn about healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle by "playing" cooking or tending to a vegetable garden in kindergarten.

  • Mathematics and numeracy

Children learn to count through songs and games. They can learn how to draw numbers, calculate base sums with objects, which helps them understand and be able to identify and draw shapes.

  • Language and literacy
  • Religious and moral education

Children learn about the different religions and cultures of the world through stories, pictures and objects, and various religious holidays can be celebrated throughout the year.

  • Science

Children conduct scientific experiments to understand how everything works and why.

  • Social Studies

Learn about different people, times and places: this can be role modeling of the historical past, stories about how people used to live in Scotland, stories or shows and stories.

Things to know about

The school graduated from such well-known outstanding personalities as:

  • Sir David Edward, lawyer and former judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities,
  • Jim Clark - Formula 1 driver,
  • Archie Scott-Brown - racing driver
  • Ewan Stewart – actor
  • Graham Crowden is an actor.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Clifton Hall School

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from 16000.00 £ / year
from 16000.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Children are invited to choose a suitable and convenient format of accommodation for them - in a host family or a comfortable boarding house.

Activities Clifton Hall School

The establishment offers a variety of outdoor activities. Activities are ideal for groups of 8 or more people:

  • Canoeing (half-day, full-day and multi-day expeditions),
  • Archery,
  • Raft construction,
  • Land and water team building tasks,
  • Guided walks,
  • Air Adventure (Aviemore and Loch Lomond),
  • Mountain biking,
  • Multi-day expeditions, i.e. West Highland Way (more than 6 days by bike), boat and on foot, Great Glen Canoe Trail by canoe,
  • Tennis.


  • The school occupies a building of the XIX century, listed as an architectural monument of category A. It was built in 1850 by David Bryce for the Maitland family, who inherited this property in 1786. At the heart of the building is an older house of the late XVI century.
  • Clifton Hall School has never had more than 400 students - children are guaranteed small classes and groups. With the help of this structure, teachers help to discover talents, take care of children and educate them, help in the development of character and self-confidence.

Facilities and equipment at Clifton Hall School

The school has an assembly hall in the main building, converted into two new state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching science.

Also on the territory of the educational institution there is everything you need for active sports:

  • Sports fields,
  • Tennis courts,
  • Indoor swimming pool.

Admission dates and extra charges

Clifton Hall runs for three semesters per academic year.

Additional expenses include school trips, extracurricular activities, school bus rides, and an after-school club. Individual music training is established in accordance with the recommendations of the United Society of Musicians.

After School Club is priced at £8 per session (if booked in advance or £10 per session if booked in a special reservation) and is available daily until 17:30.

Enrolment process

All children and their parents attend the school before they are offered a place to ensure that the school can meet the needs of each child.

During registration visits for primary and secondary school, children spend the day with their peers: this allows them to assess whether the institution is a suitable option for the education of a particular child.


After graduation, students can successfully enroll in leading universities in Scotland and England.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

To enroll in the school, you will need the following documents:

  • Completed application,
  • Paid registration fee,
  • Transcript of grades,
  • Certificate of English Language Proficiency,
  • Portfolio of achievements,
  • Recommendations from the previous school,
  • Passport
  • Scan of Russian passport or birth certificate.

Scholarships Clifton Hall School

Scholarships are offered that cover up to 100% of the tuition amount. Scholarship applications are submitted in October of each year for review by the Awards Commission (4 members of the school's Board of Governors). The amount of the scholarship is reviewed annually.

There are also discounts of 10% for the first sibling of the current student, 20% for the second sibling, 30% for the third and above (applies to all categories).

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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