Sports for all with a pursuit of excellence.


Sport is a social and positive part of life at Clifton High School; it stands as a dynamic force that evokes a sense of joy and belonging within our close-knit community.

In our Sixth Form, amidst this crucial phase of a student's independent learning and future goal-setting, both professionally and personally, sport offers a harmonious balance that also serves as a platform for our students to connect with their peers whilst building relationships beyond their A level studies. The extensive physical and mental health benefits of adolescents participating in sports is known to amplify overall wellbeing and complement holistic growth whilst establishing a profound sense of accomplishment amongst students. As a School, we pride ourselves on our commitment to inclusivity, and this is no more prevalent than in Sport, whereby all students are able to access our timetable, regardless of their individual abilities, experience or interests.

The dedication and investment inputted into our Clifton High School Sports Programme has culminated in Sixth Form students representing our School proudly as part of the first teams. As true ambassadors to the School, they are also regarded as inspirational role models for our younger pupils.



All Sixth Form students have a timetabled afternoon of sports lessons at Coombe Dingle, a facility that offers professional pitches and tracks. Termly sports are allocated as follows:

  • Autumn Term - Rugby and Hockey
  • Spring Term - Football and Netball
  • Summer Term - Cricket

Each sport acquires tactical skills through teamwork, effective communication and practice.

Students are also given the opportunity to utilise games time to train in another sport, such as Tennis, Swimming or Golf. During their dedicated study periods they also have the ability to access the on-site Gymnasium, Strength and Conditioning Suite, Cardio Suite, Climbing Wall and Outdoor Multi-use Games Area, to exercise or train.

Year 12 students are expected to train within Games lessons for our annual Sports Day held within the Summer Term as they compete against each other, with the aspiration and aim of breaking School records. Sports Day is a highlight for all membres of our community and is one that many Year 13 students, who have completed their A level examinations, choose to return to and offer their help and support to younger students and House teams. 


In line with the Clifton High School Sports Programme, students compete in fixtures against neighboring schools to instil a sense of healthy competition, whilst developing friendships and bonds with opponing teams whom they may encounter outside of School. Sixth Form students' dedication and leadership skills are recognised by them being selected for our First and Second teams.


Selected Sixth Form swimmers partake in our After-School Elite Training Programme and Swimming Programmes Elite Adaptations whereby they begin to train for competitive success and have access to dry land and pool-time slots as part of their individual curriculum timetable.

Students are also able to access additional sessions with our partner, Bristol Henleaze Swimming Club or for those who enjoy the sport but do not intend to be competitive, they still have the opportunity to swim at School.

Sports Scholars and Athlete Development Programmes

Clifton High School Sports Scholars are ambassadors of the School, representing us competitively whenever and whereever they are able.  In return, we provide unique opportunities to further develop skills and strengths in their individual fields through trips to specialist sports facilities, visiting speakers, workshops and training sessions. 

The Athlete Development Programme, offered by Clifton High School, is accessible for county or national level students whereby they attend weekly sessions tailored to physical and mental development, in line with their individual needs as athletes. The programme covers power, strength and conditioning, pilates and aerobic conditioning, as well as promoting a deeper knowledge and understanding of nutrition and sports psychology. All sessions are delivered by practicing experts in their fields.

As a School, we are proud advocates of diversity within the sporting disciplines of our student body. We actively work towards supporting them in offering a well-rounded education that achieves success on many levels. 



University of Bristol

In partnership with the University of Bristol, we share Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, an off-site sporting facility. The professional standard pitches, courts, and tracks include 3G Artificial pitches (sand dressed and floodlit), Grass pitches (football and rugby), Cricket squares and nets (including grass), indoor and outdoor floodlit Tennis courts, Lacrosse pitch, and Netball courts.

This comprehensive partnership also provides pupils with pathways to elite tennis coaching with access to ten tennis clubs a week, three county development squads and curricular tennis delivered by specialist coaches.

Hockey coaching is available through this partnership, allowing our players access to University coaches and offering pathways into the University's adult sports clubs.


Bristol Sport is a dynamic, reputable beacon of sporting success and professionalism uniting multiple sports under one umbrella. Clifton High School's partnership with Bristol Sport provides opportunities to our sporting stars of the future. 

The Elite Swimmer Scholarship is a pioneer scheme in Bristol, awarded to young athletes, affording them the opportunity to receive elite, national-level coaching with first-class schooling. Since the programme began two years ago, recipients of this Scholarship have achieved national and international accolades.

Other connections associated with Bristol Sport include an affiliation with Bristol Bears rugby team, with a number of Clifton High boys, aged 14-18 years old, training and playing as part of their academy teams and Bristol Flyers basketball coaches, who took our Under 13's team to success as they were crowned Junior NBA South West Champions. 

henleaze performance swimming club

Clifton High also has a unique partnership with Henleaze Performance Swimming Club, allowing Year 4 and beyond pupils access to the Club's outstanding coaches on a daily basis. As a result of this offering, Clifton High School is developing a reputation as one of the leading swimming schools in the region.

Under the close instruction of Henleaze coaches, pupils have the option to learn at participation level via the School's co-curricular club provision, or as is often the case with our Sixth Form community, by invitation, as part of our elite squad who train every evening.