Life in the Senior School

Moving up to senior school is a natural progression, but for a child is it a major period of transition and the first of many significant changes which will take place between the ages of 11 and 16. Academic work becomes more challenging, extra-curricular opportunities are more plentiful, while at the same time boys and girls experience a period of rapid personal and social development.

The task for any school throughout these crucial years is to provide the right balance between challenge and support; to provide a stimulating and supportive teaching and learning environment and the appropriate level of pastoral care.

We are an academically selective school and our pupils are intelligent, able and creative individuals who work hard to achieve excellent results both in and out of the classroom. At the same time our boys and girls relish the extra-curricular opportunities on offer to them and so school life at Clifton High is busy. The school day runs from 8.35am to 4.05pm and passes swiftly with six fifty minute lessons, four in the morning and two in the afternoon. All pupils are expected to take school lunch which is served in the Dining Hall between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Extra-curricular clubs and societies, individual music lessons and rehearsals take place before and after school and during lunchtimes.  For those pupils who need to stay at school until later, Senior Late Room runs between 4.10pm and 6.00pm in the Senior Library in the Main School Building.

Each year group from Year 7 to Year 11 is grouped into mixed forms of boys and girls. Each form has two form teachers who will take registration and oversee the form as a whole. Each form teacher then takes on the role of tutor for half the pupils in each form. The tutor oversees the pupils’ pastoral care, liaises with parents and provides support on a one-to-one basis. Two Heads of Year also support the boys and girls in the Senior School; the Head of Years 7-9 and Head of Years 10-11 play an active role in the pastoral care of each pupil and support them as they transition through the Senior School. The whole pastoral system is overseen by a member of the leadership team; Head of Pastoral Care (Years 7-11).

For lessons, boys and girls in Years 7 to 9 are split into single sex or mixed gender classes dependent on the subject and may be streamed further into sets. In Years 10 and 11 forms are divided into classes based on their personal GCSE choices. All our class sizes at Clifton High School are small ensuring that our pupils receive outstanding support and an individualised educational experience.

Participation in sport and the arts is encouraged. Sports fixtures take place during the week or at weekends and there are ample opportunities to get involved in Music and Drama from our annual school production to soirees and concerts.

Life is busy at Clifton High School, opportunities are plentiful and levels of support are high. Our aim is for all our pupils to mature into free-thinking young people with belief in themselves, confidence to pursue their ambitions and the resilience, flexibility and adaptability to succeed, whatever life presents.