Clifton College

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We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Clifton College Senior and Prep School in Gloucestershire, England.


School overview

  • Number of students: 800-900 (Senior), 200-300 (Prep)
  • Age range: 2-18
  • Gender: co-educational
  • Religious affiliation: Church of England
  • Exam system: GCSE, A Level and BTEC

School location


School address:

32 College Road

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School profile

Clifton College is a co-educational day and boarding school located in the Clifton suburb of Bristol. It benefits from its proximity to the vibrant, international city of Bristol, whilst also being surrounded by greenery and countryside. Clifton College was founded in 1862.

Best known for...

Clifton College is well-known for its history of outstanding facilities and success in drama. Its 320-seat Redgrave Theatre is named after former pupil Sir Michael Redgrave – an Academy Award and BAFTA nominated actor who opened the theatre in the 1960s. It was the first purpose-built school theatre in the country. The Redgrave Theatre is home to more than 40 productions every year and acts as a popular theatre venue in Bristol. Furthermore, Clifton College has close links with other well-known and established theatres such as the Bristol Old Vic, the Bath Theatre Royal, RADA and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

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Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.

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Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system, accreditation by the Boarding School Association (BSA) and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

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Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

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