Clifton Featured in the Prince’s Trust Newsletter

Clifton Community School is now proud to announce that we are featured in the Prince’s Trust Newsletter.

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Trust Talk Bulletin September 2016

The following article has been written and sent out by The Prince’s Trust.

“Qualification Success at Clifton Community School”

Written by Keith Grainger

“During the summer holidays, the Achieve club at Clifton Community School in Rotherham were celebrating some outstanding qualification results. Not only had the group achieved the PDE Award qualification with flying colours, it is believed there are the very first club in the North to successfully complete the new two unit award programme. This pairs up two units, Teamwork and Interpersonal and Self-Management Skills, over a course of twelve sessions and is designed as a whole ‘package’ with workbooks, session plans and suggestions, resources and tracking sheets. The school really took to the programme, and the club members responded in an overwhelmingly positive fashion, resulting in some fabulous feedback on the EV verification report. ‘Learners have participated in a variety of engaging activities that support development of assessment criteria. Witness statements and mind maps are fully annotated and have been used to great effect. All Evidence fully meets assessment criteria’. Achieve club Adviser Rita Marshall and colleagues at the school are really proud of their young people’s achievements and the attached photo shows the display which was the first thing they saw on returning to school last week! ‘Completing the Princes Trust level 1 in Personal Development and Employability Skills has given our students a target to achieve over the summer term. The incentive that we as a group would be one of the first in the North of England to complete the award was a challenge they relished – The award has seen our students work as a team to complete their own work and support and encourage others to do the same. It has created discussion and raised aspirations, reflection on personal development, skills and future plans. It has been a great programme which stretches students in a positive way’. Cranworth Road Team @ Clifton Community School The below reactions and comments of some of the young people sum up the pride they feel in successfully completing the qualification. Dezidera- ‘I’m good then after all’ Maria- ‘I’ve never had a certificate before’ Katirina- ‘ I’m so happy’ Alex- ‘That’s good init’ Robyn- ‘My mum will be pleased’”

Y7 Students Enjoy the STEM Trip

Year 7 students have recently attended the fun and informative STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) trip at Wales High School. Each student had a great day designing, building, modifying and testing cars powered by elastic bands and trebuchets, to throw as far as possible.

The students did a fantastic job working together as both the designs worked. They did a great job of representing Clifton, their behaviour and enthusiasm was fantastic.

Well done, guys!

Students who attended the trip:


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Y10 Collograph Printing

The Y10 Fine Art class have been busy Collograph Printing.  Read more

Y9 Sealife Clay Tiles

The current Year 9s have been creating tiles based on Sealife. Read more

Great result for Cross country

We have continued to have a strong turn out at Cross-Country club recently with around 50 pupils taking part.

Once more we were comfortably the highest represented school in the borough at the Rotherham schools Cross-Country competition at Dinnington and had some strong results throughout.

Noteable finishes were from:

Year 7 Girls

Porscha Peach 16
Ellie Hodgson 17
Ellie Haywood 18

Y8/9 Boys

Alex Mace 6
Connor Brookes 7
Ibrahim Bostan 14
Chad Carney 18

Y10 Boys

Erik Bunda 15


School Music Leaders

Congratulations to special group of students who have been selected to be Music Leaders for the school.

Music Leaders are talented musicians who have consistently demonstrated commitment to the Music Department and are dedicated to their development as a musician.  They will become ambassadors for the department.

Each Music Leader will receive a badge and a letter home.

Well done to our lucky students:


Alice Hardy

Alijah Mustafa

Charlotte Caprani


Jan Karala

Danielle Brownlow

These are just some of the responsibilities our leaders will be taking on around school:

  • Mentoring younger musicians
  • Leading ensembles
  • Managing practice room bookings
  • Supervising at breaks
  • Looking after equipment and space
  • Helping backstage at events

Heres a short introduction to each of our successful candidates.

Alice Hardy

Alice is now in Y9. She started playing piano five years ago, inspired by watching her mum play. Alice spends hours practising every night, learning pieces by ear and from youtube tutorials. She is always in the Music Department and has been working with other girls from Y9-11 developing their own versions of harmonised pop songs.

Alice will be leading ‘Harmonix’ – a new vocal ensemble taking place on Tuesdays after school in P5. All pupils are welcome!


Charlotte Caprani

Charlotte is in Y9 and has been an integral member of the Soul and Rock bands since Year 7. She is incredibly committed to her development as a session musician, playing drums, piano and singing. Charlotte is tutored by Mr Riley and can always be found in the Music Department, either practising piano or helping younger musicians.

Charlotte will be helping Alice lead ‘Harmonix’ and mentoring younger musicians in Y7 and 8.


Alijah Mustafa

Alijah is in Y9. After joining Clifton in Y8 he quickly gained a reputation as a talented rap artist. Alijah is a perfectionist and works incredibly hard to memorise his lyrics and develop his performance skills. He has performed at several music events this year as part of 2Barz, and will be leading on developing the performance of rap music at Clifton.


Jan Karala

Jan is an incredibly talented musician. Now in Y11, he started his musical career at the tender age of 6 when he was practising drum rhythms. He started playing guitar five years ago and spends hours practising every day. Strongly influenced by heavy metal, Jan’s role models include Jimi Hendrix, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine and his father, who told him that to truly be a musician you must be able to play music of every style and genre. Jan is incredibly dedicated to becoming a true musician and is already developing his own material.

Jan will be leading the Ukulele Orchestra on Tuesdays after school in P9 – all pupils are welcome.


Danielle Brownlow

Danielle is now in Y11 and has always loved singing. She has had several lead roles in school productions, and this year was Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Danielle has singing lessons with Mr Cowley and recently achieved a merit in her Grade 3 Popular Music exam. Danielle is not only talented, but she is also a great dancer and wants to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Danielle will be supporting the Y9 Music Leaders and mentoring younger musicians in Y7 and 8.


Whole School Football Results

Year 7:

Fantastic morning of football for the Y7 boys and a well deserved 5-4 victory against Oakwood.

The boys started well with a few dangerous attacks and deservedly took the lead after Dylan Whatley latched on to a long throw in to slot home from a couple of yards. Mid way through the first half Oakwood drew level and with the momentum on their side took the lead. Late on in the first half we got back into the game after a corner whipped in by Josh Humphries was slated in at the back post by Omar Shafia. Within a few minutes we took the lead after a through ball from Jensen Murr which was latched on to by Finley Chadburn to make it 3-2 at half time.

We started the second half like a house on fire and quickly doubled our lead with a fantastic run down the wing and a cross shot went in from Omar again. Still on top the lads continued to press on and after a procession of attacks the pressure told and got the 5th goal from Marian Ziga. More attacks followed including hitting the post and crossbar and a number of fine saves from the Oakwood keeper. Oakwood got back into the game after a number of substitutions were made converting home from a few yards after a fine save from Luke Steane. Oakwood started to push on and scored again with a few minutes left. The lads dug deep and held on for a first and well deserved victory. Looking forward to press on in the next few weeks and see how good the team can become.

Year 8:

Y8 had a difficult tricky encounter with Oakwood today which was really a game of two halves.

Clifton conceded early through a set piece, when the defence failed to clear their lines. This however caused a resurgence in attack, as Jamie Hartley demonstrated his blistering pace down the left flank and firing a low drive past the keeper from 20 yards.

Hartley, then turned provider, as the team captain for the day put Jack Swales through on goal as he converted a half volley from close range, Swales scoring his first of the season.

Clifton then battled hard through the first half, Tomas Sivak and Chad Carney dealt with continued pressure as centre backs, sweeping up the long balls.

Clifton conceded two late goals in the first half, one individual effort was too much for Mason Ox to handle, despite a fantastic effort.

The second half saw Clifton battle once again, Alex Ward, Karl Atkinson, Roman Bogdan and Jake Allen working hard in midfield. The lads fell to sleep at the back and let in some sloppy goals, something that the new back 4 partnership will be working on In training to improve!

They did not lose heart however, pulling back a late goal from the penalty spot where Alex Ward was brought down going clean through on goal, Hartley converting from the penalty spot.

The game finished 8 – 3. Plenty of positives to take away from the game. This team has potential! Man of the match goes to Jamie Hartley and Chad Carney for their performance!


Year 9:

Decent turn out of 13 for our first game. Lads played well and importantly for each other. Tried hard against a Dinnington side who had five or six subs to keep rolling on and off. They had some good, strong players too so 4-0 at half time wasn’t too disheartening. First part of second half was excellent. We were up for it and scored first through Julius Gazi (much to their displeasure) to make it 4 – 1. They then got another but we continued to battle well. Tired towards the end and it finished 7 – 1 but much more positive than last year with the lads seeming to enjoy it and definitely playing for one another. Special mention to Ibby for his tireless energy and enthusiasm in midfield fully deserving Man of the Match and Julius for his goal on full debut!!

Year 10:

A good performance against a strong Dinnington side. We kicked off up the slope and Rio Barker in goal was forced into brilliant early save. We took the lead through Ethan Oxborough on his return to the side. Louis Waterhouse swung in a corner for Ethan to meet with a powerful header.
We had the better of the first half but 5 crazy minutes before the break saw us lose concentration and we went in 3-1 behind.
Dinnington were the better side in the second half and only more good work from Rio in goal kept the score down. We got ourselves back into the game through a brilliant finish from last years leading scorer Josh Woodcock. We couldn’t make it count though and two further goals from Dinnington saw the hosts run out 5-2 winners.
Man of the match went to Rio Barker for his excellent work in goal.


Year 11:

Unlucky to lose 2-1.
Dominated second half.
Well captained by Luke Rodwell.
Excellent performances Elton Tsmuni and Ebi Baraki
Score Danny Clarkson.

The Results Are In!

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for this years Clifton Factor, it was great to see some many people taking part and also everyone who came to support our acts!

The results are in and the following students have made it through to our Quarter finals!

Well done to:

Alijah and Shohaib
Alice Hardy and Rhian Hart
Leigh-Anne Clarke
Danielle Brownlow
Vaniya Farooq
Isabelle Smith
Kristian Horvath
Amy Burling
Emily Wilkinson
Kye Oliver
Sunnah Hussain
Jack Johnson
Alicia Walker
Ross Denton
Codi Hodby
Jodie Cooper

Well done and good luck to all, we hope to see you in the semi finals!

Modern Foreign Legends

Congratulations this week to our Modern Foreign Legends, who have all impressed their teachers in a wide variety of different ways in French, Spanish or English Language Acquisition.

Ellie Haywood

Ellie Bullen

Michal Bily

Morgan Whitehead

Dylan Sanderson

Well done and Keep up the hard work!

Scientists of the Week

Each week, every Science teacher will nominate one KS3 and one KS4 pupil to be named ‘Scientist of the Week’.

Winners will receive pride of place on the ‘Scientist of the Week’ display board on the Science corridor, as well as a mention on the ‘big screens’ in school, the website and the schools social media pages!

Well Done to all this weeks finalists!

This week’s winners are:

Tia Drabble
Sarah Slepcikova
Tomas Kandrac
Faisal Khairy
Samera Mazhar
Marek Ziga
Estela Tarelivte
Finley Chadburn
Muneebah Khan
Keaton Davies
Daniela Cervenakova
Kieran Wilson

Please visit the Scientist of the Week display board on the Science corridor for more information.