Welcome to Clifton Lodge School
Clifton Lodge is described by those of us who have the privilege of working here as a small, family-oriented, friendly school. Originally being a double-fronted Edwardian house enables us to provide small class sizes where each child matters and they receive a tailored education. Both the homely setting and the daily greeting help to make Clifton Lodge feel like a family – every morning children are welcomed by name and with a handshake (pre-Covid!). With class-based and specialist teachers across the school, staff are quickly able to know each child’s name. As soon as you walk into our entrance hall you will understand why we are described as friendly; our lovely office staff will greet you with a smile and a welcome to make you feel at ease. Our pupils are courteous, curious and always willing to help.
Maths and English have their prominent place in our timetable, but we highly value each subject, which is evident in our inspiring Core Knowledge curriculum. We aim to nurture talent wherever it may lie, be it in the classroom, sports field, science lab, choir performance, art room or on the stage. This is also evident in our wide range of extra-curricular clubs which can include activities such as Programmable Robotics and Cookery to Fencing and Ballet.
A school full of scholarly pupils is our aim; but one that goes hand in hand with our Character Education. Our school virtues comprise of Love, Integrity, Self-Control, Wisdom, Fortitude and Justice. These are integrated into assemblies and form times throughout the school and underpin all aspects of school life. In Year 6, pupils work through the Narnian Virtues programme exploring these virtues in detail.
Clifton Lodge is a Christian ethos school and believes that the teachings of the Bible and from Christ’s life and example are firm foundations for living and learning. We warmly welcome children from all faiths and none, greatly valuing the rich diversity of cultures, languages and beliefs we have here at Clifton Lodge.
Optime – Try always to do your best. This is the school motto and is applicable to both academia and character. As one previous headmaster used to say, “Your best is always good enough.” Our pupils feel safe and happy which enables them to take risks and push themselves to see what their best can be.
I look forward to welcoming you to our small, family-oriented, friendly school so you can see for yourself why it is such a joy to be a part of this community.
Our detailed school aims and ethos statement can be found here
We are very grateful and would always recommend families to this nurturing and holistic school. Thanks for the support and a well rounded education.
High aspirations and expectations for all pupils. Children are nurtured to achieve their potential. Small school and attentive teachers.
New Head - Mr Michael Belsito - September 2022
In September 2022 Clifton Lodge School will have a new Head, Mr Michael Belsito.
Please read the attached letter of introduction from Mr James Carroll, Cognita Director of Education.