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Clifton College

Address: The Avenue, Bristol BS8 3HE
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Description Clifton College

  • Established: in 1862
  • Type of study: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: full board
  • Age of students: 13 to 18 years old
  • Total number of students: 700 people, of whom sixteen are on the Sixth Form (140 people in the boarding house: 240 youths and 180 girls).

Clifton College is located in an hour and a half from London, in the bustling and developed city of Bristol. It was founded as a male boarding house in 1862, coeducation was taken in 1987. The school is constantly being modernized, updated to provide students with all opportunities for comfortable and effective studying, living, active recreation and sports. The buildings of the campus are made in neo-gothic and neo-Gudor style, which are located among the picturesque nature, in a quiet and well-groomed area.

Since 2005, Mark Moore has been director since 2005: he was educated at Cambridge and Wolverhampton Grammar School, formerly Head of the English Language Department, as well as Head of the Department of Pre-University Studies at the prestigious Radley School. Clifton College is an active member of the educational organization HMC (Conference of School Directors). Director personally by a thorough interview appoints prefects and elders who actively participate in student self-management, help to occupy students, organize the educational process and leisure.

About 30% of parents live relatively close, within 30 miles of the campus, and 15% of parents are foreigners and live abroad. The school accepts students of any religion: there is a Jewish community with its own synagogue, and Christians must attend church services. Children of other religions can freely conduct their traditional rituals, observe a diet.

Statistics shows that 90% of graduates successfully enroll in selected higher education institutions (20% continue studying one year after graduation):

  • 5% choose Oxford and Cambridge;
  • 5% become students of medical, dental and veterinary faculties;
  • 35% are defined with natural and engineering sciences;
  • 45% social directions;
  • 12% study art and design;
  • 3% immerse themselves in the world of music.

Students, who choose not to enroll in universities, prefer professional sports or marketing, art, music, participate in the family business or career in the service industry.

All students have a compulsory overall uniform, high school students may prefer dark strict suits. There is a fairly flexible approach to independent rest and leisure outside the school: you can visit the nearest city as part of a student group with the permission of a teacher or curator.

The use of drugs and other banned substances is strictly prohibited on the territory. There is a system of punishments for dishonest students: if the homework was not completed, the student remains after class.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Clifton College

Program name
from 13 525 £ / term

About the educational program: Educational program of A-level is designed according to educational standarts. International students are given the opportunity to choose examination items from 32. In the first year of study (AS) 4 disciplines are studied and 3 disciplines at the second year. Additionally, high school students attend lessons on the development of key academic skills. According to statistics:

  • 24% of students choose a natural science unit;
  • 44% prefer arts and culture;
  • 21% combine both areas of study. 

Do not remain without attention and foreign languages:

  • German;
  • Chinese (Mandarin);
  • French;
  • Spanish.

A student exchange program has been set up that allows students to gain experience of living and studying in Germany, Mexico, Spain or France.

The penultimate year of study allows you to gain valuable practical experience during internships or practice and to establish valuable acquaintances and professional connections.

International students can attend supportive English classes (EFL), take individual consultations and lessons from educators.

According to statistics, 139 graduates have a final score on the results of examinations from 336 and higher.

from 12 380 £ / term

Quick overview: an educational program of GCSE is designed for international students. The program provides ample opportunities in the educational process.

Many students choose to study foreign languages:

  • Italian;
  • Chinese (Mandarin);
  • German;
  • French;
  • Spanish.

Regular student exchanges are conducted with different countries: 

  • France;
  • Mexico;
  • Germany;
  • Spain.

Foreign students are available the course "English as a Foreign Language" (EFL), they can also take individual lessons and consultations with educators.

32 disciplines are available for selection.

According to statistics, 118 students successfully pass the final exams, with 81% receiving an grade not lower than C in 8 or more subjects.

Accommodation and food

Usually children are admitted to the board from 11-13 years of age, but in some cases, an earlier settlement is possible. Approximately a quarter of students occupy private bedrooms, 30% live in rooms for 3-6 people, 45% of pupils are living in rooms for two. Young men and girls live in separate houses, each of which is designed for about 60 people.

The doctor's visits are constantly carried out, professional nurses are on duty around the clock.

The meals are organized according to the principle of self-service, the common dining room is the same in all hostels. Students can prepare a snack and dishes according to their taste in common kitchens.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: business, design, drama, economics, English, English literature, geography, Informatics and Communication, maths, music, philosophy, politics, Religious studies
Events list: badminton, fitness, Squash, Swimming in the pool, tennis

Events Clifton College

Much attention is paid to music, art and athletic development of pupils: many foreign students represent the school in competitions and matches of regional and national level. In their free time, various interesting events, performances, debates, conferences and thematic meetings with other schools are held for pupils. The College closely interacts with schools in Mexico City, affected by a major earthquake, and arranges charitable and volunteer trips.

About half of students play different musical instruments: on campus there are more than 20 bands, orchestras, jazz bands, choirs, you can even take professional exams. Thу international students are part of the National Youth Orchestra and local regional groups.

Dramatic art is presented as an elective and as a separate course for the A-level and GCSE programs. Various school productions, performances in residences, social events are arranged - for the year usually more than 11 plays are staged.

About 20 students annually study art and design, as well as poetry, at the A-level and GCSE levels.

As a separate subject and at the same time as part of other disciplines, ICT is taught (information and communication technologies). For students there are more than 200 modern PCs available for 14 hours every day: each connected to a local network, giving access to the Internet and to e-mail. In the 9th grade all students receive the BTEC Level 2 qualification, and especially gifted and stubborn students can get the prestigious Computer and Information Technology Certificate (CIT).

Sports classes can both be part of the general curriculum, and be presented as electives and sections. Many pupils become members of national teams, separately it is necessary to note the strongest female national hockey team. Among the most popular sports are:

  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Faywes
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Squash.

Also students can compete with other schools for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize, attend military studying courses (CCF), engage in community service and volunteer work. There is a large number of clubs on interests:

  • Philosophy;
  • Chess;
  • Discussion club, politics;
  • Natural sciences and ecology.

Equipment Clifton College

A modern center of information and communication technologies was recently built, a student theater and two extensive libraries, a field for sports with artificial professional cover, appeared. There is also an indoor tennis court and a center for this sport.

There are shopping pavilions on the territory where you can buy school uniforms and necessary office supplies, as well as a social store for students aged 17 and over.

Term dates and fees

The tuition fee is:

  • 9-11 grades = 12250 £ / term, 36750 £ / academic year
  • Sixth Form = 12970 £ / term, 38910 £ / academic year.

The specified price already includes:

  • Studying for the selected program;
  • Accommodation and meals (residence, full board);
  • 24-hour child care and full security guarantee;
  • Medical care;
  • Continuous monitoring of progress and regular reports for parents;
  • Educational trips and tours, student exchanges and their organization.

Please note that there are some additional fees that are not included in the program's main cost:

  • Registration fee = 150 £
  • Tuition fee = cost of one term
  • Initial testing of the level of knowledge
  • Visa fees and services
  • Consular fees (payable at the embassy)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Guardianship
  • Transfer in both directions
  • School uniform
  • Medical insurance.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Most students enter school at 13-14 and 16 years of age. Applicants take the Common Entrance test and the entrance exam of the school. Students applying for a Sixth Form place must submit a GCSE certificate (basic secondary education): at least 6 exams, of which 3 must be submitted for grades B and higher, and three for grades C and higher.

Many students come here from public schools, about 65% arrive after completing primary school.


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