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As Clifton High School approaches its 150th anniversary in 2027, it is the

perfect time to reflect on our evolution and to imagine

the possibilities of the future. We wish to celebrate

our pioneering history, whilst ensuring we continue

to offer an outstanding and enriching learning

experience for future generations.

Donors may donate to the Appeal overall by clicking

the red donate today button, or one of the Appeal

pillars by clicking on the images below.

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BEYOND A SCHOOL, A PLACE TO BELONG

For us, belonging within our community essentially requires a love of learning. That is why we have worked hard to open our School gates to families with a thirst for education, irrespective of their financial circumstances. This belief, in the importance of accessibility and inclusivity, is woven into the fabric of the School.

Our 150th Anniversary Appeal aims to fund the future by supporting the School’s Bursary Programme, increasing access to pupils from across the Bristol area for years to come.

BEYOND A SCHOOL, A PLACE TO BECOME

Science is a subject in which our pupils excel. Clifton High School pioneered one of the first Chemistry laboratories for girls in 1905, and have significantly invested, adding additional capacity every 50 years. Despite aesthetic improvements, the last major rebuild was in 1978, when the Senior School was still only for girls.

Our 150th Anniversary Appeal aims to fund the future by rebuilding our current science facilities to introduce two new state-of-the-art laboratories, including a space to inspire our younger learners.

BEYOND A SCHOOL, A PLACE TO BELIEVE

Pupils have always been empathetic to a world beyond our School gates. We are acutely aware, more than ever before, of the need to care and protect our planet so to meet our environmental, ethical and social responsibilities.

Our 150th Anniversary Appeal aims to fund the future by leaving a greener school for future generations by improving our current systems and introducing new facilities across the campus, specifically, reviewing our carbon and energy management.

Clifton High School was founded in 1877 by the first Headmaster of Clifton College, John Percival, whose 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. Today, we are a thriving, co-educational school consisting of approximately 780 pupils for children aged 3-18 years.

Our historical foundation does not derive from a generous endowment or legacy, but the simple will of a few people to provide a first-class education. 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 Shareholder’s meetings. The School was incorporated in September 1877, first opening its doors at 65 Pembroke Road on 24th January 1878 before moving to our current site in January 1879, first opening its doors at 65 Pembroke Road on 24th January 1878 before moving to our current site

These humble and ethical foundations have inspired how the School has evolved over the years, enabling us to grow, accommodating change and remaining agile in our approach. We have always been a school that does not stand still, constantly looking toward the future and adapting to stay relevant to our community.

Contact details:

The Clifton High School Foundation and Clifton Rosarian Office

Clifton High School

College Road
Clifton, Bristol 
BS8 3JD


Direct Line: 0117 9339081
School Office: 0117 9730201
development@cliftonhigh.co.uk

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