Provides a profoundly enriching experience for all pupils.


Co-curricular is an essential element of life at Clifton High School, providing a profoundly enriching experience for all our pupils. It serves to broaden horizons, foster new interests and hone essential skills.

With an extensive array of over one hundred and fifty clubs, thoughtfully categorized into Skills Development, Academic Progress and Individual Brilliance, participation in all three spheres is actively encouraged.


Embracing a holistic approach to individual growth, Clifton High School caters to a diverse range of interests, aspiring to ignite in our pupils an engaged and empathetic response to the world around them. Our focus is to nurture well-rounded individuals who thrive on motivation and professional development.


There are many sporting clubs that complement and expand our sports curriculum including Rugby, Hockey, Football, Netball and Cricket; all of which provide additional training opportunities to encompass and enhance our Games schedule and fixtures list. In addition, we offer an array of sports clubs that access the unique trends and interests of our pupils, encouraging each individual to try a sport they may not have considered. These include yet are not limited to: Yoga,Tennis, Golf, Taekwondo, Water Polo, Judo, Badminton, Fencing, Trampolining and more.

Our valued and esteemed sporting partnerships with the University of Bristol, Bristol Henleaze Performance Swimming Club and Bristol Sport afford our pupils world-class training by professionals, facilitated around their academic education. Follow the link below for further information on our Senior Sports programme:

Senior Sports

Music and Performance

With many pupils and staff passionate about the arts, we have a vast number of musical and performance clubs that see our pupils unite to commit to a performance, collaborate and build technical skills. These include: Music Tech, Music Theory and Composition, Cantata, String Group, Hip Hop Dance Class, School Production plus many more. The commitment and effort of pupils culminates in performances at our termly Lunchtime Concerts, Spring Concert, School Production, Piano Concert, Drum Concert, Dance Recitals and many more.

For information on individual music lessons, taught by visiting Music Teachers, click the link below:

Music Lessons

clubs and societies

We ensure that all individual pupils feel that their interests and passions are supported in our co-curricular program. The broad range of clubs include, but are not limited to:

  • Chess Club
  • French Film Club
  • Coding
  • Physics Club
  • Oracy
  • Book Club
  • Fantasy Football Club
  • Model Airfix Club
  • Eco Club
  • School Newspaper  

Year 10 to Year 13 pupils are invited to join societies, a platform of topical ideas and discussions that encourage like-minded individuals to engage and unite with a sense of community.  These independent individuals are afforded the opportunity to take an active role in initiating and leading clubs and societies in School, allowing them to develop their own interests whilst leading others. 

the power of performance and value of community

"The Power of Performance" is a captivating program that fosters essential skills like oracy, storytelling, and self-expression to Year 7 pupils. Weekly choir sessions and rotational activities in dance, debating, drama, film making, photography and public speaking, enables pupils to explore a variety of disciplines. Termly performances for parents and the local community provide a platform for these young individuals to showcase their honed talents and passions, further fueling their love for performing and empowering them with the confidence to express themselves to an audience —an integral skill of immense importance in today's world.

Year 8 pupils explore "The Value of Community” programme on a rotating weekly basis as they unite for choir sessions as well as developing interests in charity awareness initiatives and basic self-defence. 

Excelsior Forum 

The Excelsior Forum is a platform that Clifton High School scholars and other interested pupils attend on a weekly basis. Guest speakers visit to discuss and share advice and experience in their chosen profession, affording all pupils the opportunity to be inspired, broaden their horizons and learn first-hand about the industries or areas they are considering for their future career paths.

world challenge

On an alternating rotation, Year 8 and Year 11 pupils are able to embark upon a World Challenge expedition. This exhilarating experience is one that fosters self-discovery and life-changing moments, developing invaluable life skills, building confidence and forming long-lasting relationships. Future university and employment applications are enhanced by the inclusion of such adventures.

Throughout the World Challenge, pupils engage in voluntary work and thrilling outdoor activities (white-water rafting, trekking) and work as part of a team, taking responsibility and mastering decision-making. They will, inevitably, face mental and physical challenges that push them beyond their comfort zones and be taught to be resilient in the face of adversity on a transformative journey that promotes environmental awareness and cultural appreciation. Previous expeditions have included:

  • 2017: Nepal
  • 2016: Iceland
  • 2015: Costa Rica
  • 2012: Namibia
  • 2010: Nicaragua and Costa Rica
  • 2008: Uganda
  • 2006: Cambodia and Thailand
Duke of Edinburgh 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a renowned and rewarding personal development programme for individuals aged 14-25 years . Clifton High School offers the Bronze from Year 9 and Gold from Year 10. Pupils engage in four (Bronze) or five (Gold) sections that include volunteering, expeditions, physical activities, skills development with a residential component being an essential element of the Gold. Detailed requirements can be found on the DofE website. Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh award demonstrates character and commitment, valued by both universities and employers.


Whilst the Adventure Programme is firmly established and integral throughout the Infant and Junior School, it also crosses over into the Senior School Co-Curricular Programme. End of year and bonding trips, coaching opportunities for individual pursuit sports, natural history and sustainability initiatives all play a part.