In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, St Peter’s School, York has implemented a strict visitor policy to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the whole school community. Following instructions from the government, the school site will be closed to pupils (apart from children of key workers) from the end of the day on Friday 20 March with no indication given of when that situation will change. We ask that all non-essential visitors also stay away from the school at this time. If your visit is essential, please read our visitor policy before you visit the school.

Read Visitor Policy

Why choose us?

Clifton School and Nursery

Why choose us?

Children at Clifton School and Nursery

In February 2018, we were declared the Prep/Pre-Prep School of the Year in National Awards.

Judges were impressed with how the school embedded the values of compassion, trust, humility, hope, wisdom, endurance and friendship.

The school’s approach is a synthesis of learning theories from around the world. Clifton is becoming a “beacon”, in the words of one judge, with many state and independent schools visiting to learn more. 

Innovative teaching, an outstanding learning environment and endless opportunities for adventure and discovery make Clifton School & Nursery a truly exceptional place for your child to begin their education.

As part of St Peter’s School, the fourth oldest in the world, Clifton benefits from an excellent educational heritage, a valuable sense of community, and a location which offers both natural wonder and an awe-inspiring city, right on our doorstep.

If you think Clifton might be the right school for you, we’d be delighted to show you around our excellent facilities and the magnificent St Peter’s campus – please do get in touch to arrange a visit

If you’re ready to apply, please click here.

Read our ISI Inspection Report, which found our provision in all four areas of EYFS outstanding.

Clifton School and Nursery is a full member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).

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