Welcome to Clifton High School. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this truly special School. It is my great privilege to be Head of Clifton High and each and every day I never fail to be impressed by the wisdom, energy and humour of our children and young people, our committed staff, our beautiful buildings and our stunning grounds.
If you choose Clifton High School you will become part of something very special. Since it was established in 1877 the School has been described as forward-looking, nurturing in its approach and academically strong. We are a dynamic organisation, fleet of foot and always ready to move with the times. We are the only school in Bristol and were the first in the South West to operate the Diamond Edge Model of education where at certain key stages in their learning boys and girls are taught separately in core subjects. This helps them achieve maximum potential in the classroom, but at the same time benefits them by retaining a socially educational environment in some subjects and outside the classroom.
Our community is important to us at Clifton High; visitors frequently express how special and warm a place it is and they recognise how full of laughter and productivity the classrooms, corridors and social areas are as they walk around the School. Parents comment on the excellent relationships between staff and pupils - relaxed but always respectful. The rapport, encouragement and support available to every single child, pupil and student create an atmosphere where children can develop happily and progress successfully.
Academic success is also integral to us at Clifton High School, but we do not measure success through league tables alone. We put as much emphasis on who our pupils become as on what they achieve. With this in mind, social and personal development are crucial. We celebrate individuality and our aim is to produce free-thinking young people with belief in themselves, confidence to pursue their ambitions and the resilience to succeed, whatever life presents. Alongside this we believe that the privilege of excellent education brings with it responsibility and we send young people out into the world who are ready to make a real and positive contribution to society.
This website can only give you a glimpse of Clifton High School. If you would like to find out more do come and visit us, we would enjoy showing you around.
Dr Alison Neill, Head of School