Our Foundation


Supporting our pupils now and for generations to come

For parents, Clifton Rosarians (alumni) and
friends of Clifton High School.

Our Foundation

The Development Team was founded in 2017, to mark the 140th anniversary of Clifton High School.

The  Development Team's role is to oversee all philanthropic and charitable fundraising for the School through The Clifton High School Foundation. It is also the main point of contact for the Clifton Rosarians (alumni) and the School archives.

Engaging our past and present community, we aim to build strong connections, providing a bridge between our parents, friends, Clifton Rosarians and the School.

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Foundation Day



Pioneers for over 145 years

Clifton High School’s historical foundation does not derive from any generous endowment or legacy, but from the simple will of a few people to provide a first-class education for children. This has enabled Clifton High School, throughout the years, to be responsive to change and dynamic in its approach. It is a School that has never stood still; we are constantly looking toward to the future.

Founded in 1877 by the first Headmaster of Clifton College, John Percival, who's wish was for his only daughter Bessie to be educated. As Clifton College was steadfastly a male-only environment, he joined forces with like-minded visionaries to create a girls’ school nearby in Clifton Village. The initial expenses of the School were met by the issue of 200 shares at £20 each (approximately £2,000 today), the shareholders gaining no dividend, but had the right to nominate a pupil to the School and a vote at the Shareholders' meetings.



Deeply thankful

We are deeply thankful for the foresight of the Foundation’s supporters, whose contributions have made a huge difference to many pupils’ lives, often providing life-changing opportunities. With their support, we fund projects that provide an outstanding learning experience to all our pupils today and for generations to come.

"We are enormously grateful to the generosity of these individuals who have afforded the School the opportunity to support ambitious capital projects, fund life changing bursaries and scholarships. Combined, they have benefited thousands of pupils and together with your support, we can continue to provide an outstanding learning experience for our pupils, today and for the future generations of Clifton High School.”

Mr Luke Goodman, Head of School 

Gifts that have changed lives for thousands of our pupils


150TH Anniversary Appeal

1877 - 2027

We are very much looking forward to celebrating the School's 150th anniversary in 2027. This will be a time to pay tribute to the School's rich history and ensuring we continue to plan for the  support future generations.

If you would like to know more about how we will celebrate the School's significant milestone, please get in touch.


On leaving the School, former students, staff and Governors automatically become a Clifton Rosarian.


Join us!

To join the Clifton Rosarians for free please join the Clifton High Foundation.


On leaving the School, former students, staff and Governors automatically become a Clifton Rosarian. As such they are welcome to attend all occasions organised for Clifton Rosarians, as well as many other School events held throughout the year.

All Clifton Rosarians receive:

  • The Rosarian, the Clifton High School annual publication, full of the latest news from School and our alumni
  • An invitation to attend our annual Clifton Rosarian Day
  • Regular invites to School events including Rose Day celebrations
  • Opportunities to connect with our extensive Rosarian network


Our annual publication

The Rosarian Magazine is our Clifton High School annual publication, full of the latest news from School and our alumni.

  • Publication 2023  - coming soon.