Y7/8 Cricket team to face a very strong Wath team in the Cup

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Wath got off to a flyer with some big boundaries and good running between the wickets. To add to their positive start our lads looked nervous, giving away a few wides and dropping 3 crucial catches. However once we settled, our bowling and fielding improved, with Wahleed, Ismael and Jazib all taking wickets. After 20 overs Wath finished on an impressive142-5.
Batting proved just as difficult initially, with Jazib getting caught early on. However a flick down leg side for 4 soon settled Fayzaan down, who battled hard to steady the ship! As the wickets tumbled the lads reminded positive, taking their time and playing some solid defensive shots before trying to get some runs on the board. Unfortunately for us their bowling was relentless, with 4 members of their team who represent South Yorkshire demonstrated their impressive line and length. Our lads all out for a respectable 62.

Our first loss of the season but one that we can learn from! A lot to work on but the lads know they are only going to get better from gaining experience. 

They did us proud and represented the school brilliantly – with their teacher and watching parents commenting on how polite they were. Please give them a well done if you see them. 

Corey S

A Level Art Exhibition at TRC

The Creative Arts Department took 22 creative art students to visit the A level exhibition at TRC. All student were as always a credit to Clifton, listened with intent as work was talked through, asked current students questions and came away inspired for their own work. They even met the mayor who was also visiting the exhibition. It was also great to see 3 past Art students from Clifton exhibiting their work. Elton, Hajrah and Asfa. Photos attached of the past pupils work.

Year 9 DC4 Effort Awards

Well done to our Y9 students in our data collection 4 effort awards.


Lana, Millie, Ellie, Sathurja, Molly, Mahnoor, Zanerrah, Haris, Keegan, Latifah, Fatima, Jamal, Malykah, Tehreem, Iqrah, Shahnaz, Abisha Antony, Hammad and Ndumbey

TOP 20!

Laiba, Tia, Codie, Luke, Kaylen, Ilysha, Parise, Harry, Ihab, Zara, Ruzena, Shania, Shannon, Aminah, Ellie, Alinah and Bozena

The Class of 2014

Friday saw Clifton say goodbye to the Class of 2019 as the majority of the year group had completed their last exam. The fond farewell took place during one last assembly where form tutors, staff and Mr Hardcastle passed on messages of good luck and advice for the future. Students also got the chance to reflect on what the had achieved and accomplished over their 5 years at Clifton.

Sheffield Hallam University Trip

Today we took 64 students to Hallam Uni for a workshop where students thought of ways to use technology to solve social problems. 
For some of them it was their first experience of university and they were amazed at the size of it and the wide variety of opportunities available.
The kids worked hard and learnt loads about problem solving, teamwork and resilience. They also had to present back to the rest of the group at the end of the session. The confidence with which some of them presented and their ability to answer spontaneous questions was great to see. 

Y9 Rounders Tournament at Wickersley

The PE department had the pleasure of taking the year 9 team to their tournament tonight at Wickersley. The girls took on Wales in their first game and fielded excellently limiting them to just a rounder. Some brilliant batting from our girls sealed the first win. Next up was Oakwood same again from our girls in the field meant we limited them to 2 rounders. Some effective batting again made sure it was 2 wins on the board. Last game saw us play Aston which was a tough game, 2 wins out of 3 would normally see a team progress to finals day. Our girls gutted to go out to a point between two teams.

Year 7 and 8 Drama Club

Years 7 and 8 are invited to take part in a new improvisation club in P10 on Mondays, during break 1.
Anyone looking to develop their confidence and communication skills while having fun and making new friends – come along.

Spanish Residential Trip

All students have returned safely from Spain and have been incredible from start to finish. 

Throughout the week they have had the chance to practise their Spanish, learn new skills on the water, explore Barcelona and the surrounding area and have learnt so many new life skills. They have had to manage their money, try new foods, work with new people and persevere with an action packed itinerary. They have done all of this with smiles on their faces and we haven’t had even one complaint about how tired they were! (Not sure how we managed it, but Kian Hatfield slept for about 21 hours on the way home!) 

In the hotel they did us so proud and the hotel staff were amazed at their excellent behaviour and the perfect state in which they left their rooms at the end of the trip. 

The beach and PGL staff fell in love with their unique, fabulous personalities and commented on how much they had enjoyed working with our young people. 

There have been so many firsts for the students and it has been a pleasure to watch them explore new environments with such excitement. In many activities they have shown huge amounts of courage and the majority of students found themselves very far out of their comfort zone yet they still gave it their all. I think Jensen Sidebottom used the phrase “I am going to die, help me Miss!” about a million times yet always came out the water saying it was the best experience of his life. 

On the way home we asked the students to summarise their trip on a piece of paper and this is what they said: 

“This trip has been humorously eye opening and exciting and completely worth the 26 hour journey” Amelia S

“The time of my life” Jordan B 

“Time flies when you’re having fun” Keisha K 

“A sporty, sun-soaked, sandy experience that went swimmingly well” Abigail F 

“Best trip ever” Taylor H   

Sports Residential

This weekend Alex, Gill, Adam and myself had the pleasure of taking Y7 students on our annual sports residential in North Yorkshire, luckily the weather held out and students had a brilliant time. Carlton Lodge staff and instructors were really impressed with our students who were excellently behaved and supported each other really well. Students got the chance to take part in lots of different challenging outdoor activities which included:

  • Kayaking
  • Raft building
  • High ropes
  • Leap of faith
  • Problem solving
  • Bush craft

Bush craft proved to be a firm favourite, students got the chance to work together to build outdoor shelters, start camp fires and toast marshmallows. Team work skills were really tested in raft building when students had to work together to build a raft from scratch and then paddle around the lake on it with the whole team on it. Overall a very successful Y7 sports residential.

Rotherham Armed Forces Day Poster Competition Winner

At the beginning of May, The Creative Arts Department entered some students into the Rotherham Armed Forces Day 2019 Poster Competition. One of our Y9 students Holly Parkinson was selected as the winner. Holly was 1 of 4 winners from local schools. This is a great achievement, well done Holly.

This morning I had the pleasure of accompanying Holly along with her Mum to Clifton Park Museum to the Official Opening of Display at the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum. This was formally opened by the Mayor of Rotherham. Holly received a prize and has been invited as the mayors VIP guest to the Armed forces day on Saturday, 29 June 2019 where she will receive an additional prize.

The designs will now be reproduced and displayed in Clifton Park Museum from 12th June in the run up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29 June 2019. The winning posters will also be displayed throughout the Town Centre prior to the event.

Congratulations Holly!