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


Clifton High’s Senior School curriculum provides a comprehensive and diverse education for our pupils that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, practical skills and curiosity -- allowing our students to develop a true love of learning.

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

Our curriculum goals are underpinned by the Schools aim to Realise Individual Brilliance. Each pupil benefits from small class sizes and therefore receives an exceptional level of support and a tailored educational experience from their subject teachers, allowing them to achieve their full individual potential. That is evident in the continual high value added in which pupils at Clifton High, substantially improve upon the targets and expectations they join the School with to achieve more. 

To enhance our stimulating curriculum, teachers draw on a wide range of resources, from national and international trips to iPads allocated to each Senior School pupil. Clifton High pupils feel a sense of progress as they move through our Senior School.


This starts in Year 7-9 where we operate the Diamond Edge Model of Education. Pupils in these year groups are taught in single sex groups for Mathematics, English and the Sciences. Success for both boys and girls is well documented and is evident in our own Academic results that have seen both boys and girls improve and achieve more equally since the model was introduced.  Year 7-9 pupils still benefit from a co-education structure in all other lessons and social settings. 

YEARS 10-11

In Years 10 and 11, pupils study towards their GCSEs, taking more ownership and responsibility over their education and choices. GCSEs Pupils are encouraged to choose nine GCSE subjects, as well as taking advantage of co-curricular programmes to ensure a well balanced education. You can find out more about the GCSE subjects we offer in our booklet:

GCSE Options Booklet

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