A well-rounded education that focuses on preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.


Clifton High School's senior curriculum provides a comprehensive and diverse education that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, practical skills and curiosity -- allowing all our pupils to grow a true love of learning.

In a rapidly changing world, we aim to provide pupils with direction for their future academic pursuits and equip them with the tools required to succeed. 

Our curriculum goals are underpinned by the School's overall aim to realise individual brilliance. Each pupil benefits from small class sizes, receiving an exceptional level of support alongside a tailored educational experience from subject teachers that enable them to achieve their full individual potential.

There is compelling evidence of progress and significant value being added to a pupils' learning journey as they consistently improve on targets and surpass expectations to achieve throughout their learning journey at the School.

To enhance our stimulating curriculum, teachers draw upon a wide range of resources with iPads allocated to each Senior School pupil and beyond the classroom learning opportunities that help them engage and relate with a more mindful perspective. As a School, we also provide diverse opportunities for national and international experiential trips. These excursions aim to broaden perspectives and deepen understanding of subject matters as pupils progress through the Senior School, preparing for their examinations.



In Year Groups 7 to 9 we operate the well-established and esteemed Diamond Edge Model of Education whereby pupils are taught in single sex groups for Mathematics, English and the Sciences. Success for both boys and girls is widly documented and is evident in our own academic results which consistently sees all pupils within these year groups improve and achieve more equally. For all other subjects and co-curricular activities, pupils benefit from a traditional co-education structure. 

YEARS 10-11

In Year Groups 10 and 11, pupils study towards their chosen GCSE examinations which requires a sense of ownership and independence in their education and responsibility over their own learning. To ensure a well balanced education, we encourage all pupils to select nine GCSE subjects, as well as take advantage of the extensive co-curricular programme that is offered to them. Further details on GCSE options can be found in the booklet below:: 

GCSE Options Booklet

senior school core subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Art and Design
  • Music