Clifton College

Full-time Education at Clifton College, Bristol, UK

Full-time Education at Clifton College, Bristol, UK

Clifton College is a traditional English boarding school that values very highly the international dimension and the cosmopolitan atmosphere brought to the school by its overseas’ boarders, who represent about 30% of the school’s total number of 1200 pupils.The school welcomes girls and boys from over 30 different countries with a wide range of religious and cultural diversity who are fully integrated into the life of the school. Clifton College is a school in which all of the pupils are valued in all that they do and in every aspect of their intellectual, sporting and spiritual lives. International pupils can join the school at 11, 13, 14 and 16 years of age and should ideally stay for a minimum of 1 academic year. Pupils wishing to take GCSE and/or A-level examinations should enter the school at least 2 years beforehand.


All international pupils must possess a high standard of English, as they will be learning alongside their English school friends. Candidates will be selected according to their general academic level. Those entering at 11 (Year 7) will be assessed in English and Mathematics; for those at 13 (Year 9) or 14 (Year 10) the assessment will be in English, Mathematics and Science. Entry to the Sixth Form is assessed in two of the four subjects to be taken at AS-level plus an English Language paper. School references are very important to us in the Admissions process. All candidates will be interviewed as part of the entry process.

Ten Steps to Gaining Admission to Clifton College – A guide for overseas parents and educational agencies:

Making an Application

1.  Contact the Admissions Department to check on availability

2. If places are available, send an applicant profile, including the most recent school report and a personal statement written by the prospective pupil and preferably hand-written

3. If the profile is acceptable, you will be invited to complete and return the Registration Form with the £150 registration fee

4. Make an appointment for a visit and/or to sit entry tests (preferably at Clifton but in some exceptional circumstances we can send papers overseas for candidates to sit under supervision). Interviews will follow entry tests. At this stage we would also request a confidential report from the Head or Principal of the candidate’s current school

Successful Applications

5. If the application is successful we will write a formal letter making an offer of a place

6. If the offer is accepted, we will require (i) confirmation in writing from the parents, (ii) completion and return of the Acceptance Form, and (iii) payment of the Deposit (£1,650 for EU, a full term’s fees for non-EU)

Joining Information

7. When we receive the Deposit, we will issue a receipt and send out the Joining Document pack. It includes arrival information, lists and order forms for clothing and information about guardians (it is the School’s requirement that all overseas pupils must have a guardian), music tuition, medical records, term dates, insurance etc

8. On receipt of Joining Documents we will then be able to apply for a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number to support visa applications. To ensure this complex area is made as efficient as possible we use our representative, Mark Taylor and the Taylor Partnership, to oversee this and he will deal directly with parents to guide them through the visa application. There will be a charge of £200 for this service

9. The Housemasters and Housemistresses will also write in July with specific information about joining the boarding houses and what boys and girls should bring with them

10. Before entry, the Accounts Department issues an invoice for the first term’s fees.

To request a prospectus and application form, please contact us.

Clifton College

Full-time Education at Clifton College, Bristol, UK