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!

EID Party

On Friday 7th June, Clifton Culture Squad hosted their first Eid Party. An impressive turn out, delightful food and a wonderful atmosphere made the event enjoyable for everyone who attended. The students are eager to plan the next event to continue celebrating diversity and multiculturalism within Clifton. 

SHE CAN Visit To London

We had an amazing, day accompanying the girls from the HEpSY SHE CAN programme to London yesterday. After a tour of the Urdang Academy for Musical Theatre and Dance where they learned of alternative ways to study at degree level rather than through a University, we were treated to seats to see ‘School of Rock, the Musical’ to see where graduates of Urdang progress to in employment. Our girls conducted themselves exceptionally well and were a credit to Clifton.

Y8 DC3 Effort Awards

Well done to our Y8 students in our data collection 3 effort awards.


Chisom, Abigail, Darcie, Bridie, Aldisa, Connie

TOP 10!

Boris, Neve , Hina , Ellie, Logan, Tehmeed, Shnyar, Talha, Daniel, Aneta

TOP 20!

Frankee, Alisha, Kelsey, Denisa-Mihaela

Year 9 Trip to the Holderness

Year 9 Geography Students went to the Holderness Coast on Friday 17th May. Students visited the Seaside town of Hornsea and Mappleton. This is the first of 3 Fieldwork experiences our GCSE Geography students will have over their 3-year course. Students were investigating Coastal Erosion and the Sea Defences put in place to try to reduce the erosion. They will be completing a project on their findings that they will be able to use both in their Paper 1 and 3 of their GCSE exams. Students were a credit to the Clifton and enjoyed the day many sampling the local Fish and Chips or Ice Cream.

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

At the start of this term, our top mathematicians in year 7 and 8 took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge – a national competition of 25 challenging maths problems that really stretched them! All took part with a good level of determination and showed the Clifton way in their approach.

This week we’ve had the results, and 8 kids have done exceptionally well and won awards.

They are:
Said Jamal – Silver certificate
Logan McCloud – Silver certificate
Eman Abdulrahman – Silver certificate
Phoebe Roberts – Silver certificate
Abigail Foord – Bronze certificate
Ayesha Abrar – Bronze certificate
Jack Walker – Bronze certificate
Dawid Rutkowski – Bronze certificate

Well done to everyone who took part!

Y7 DC3 Effort Awards – May 2019

Well done to our Y7 students in our data collection 3 effort awards.

Eman, Veronika , Aiysha, Maryam, Piper, Lucy, Lailaa, Sophie, Ester, Anna, Sienna, Mohja, Sofia, Gejza, Hamna, Phoebe, Ruksaar, Zahrah, Kiya, Caitlyn and Amie-Lea.

Translation Bee TRIUMPH!

Yesterday afternoon Tehreem (y9) and Tehmeed  (y8) competed in the Translation Bee Regional final at Sheffield Hallam University.

This competition is similar to Spelling Bee but this time students are expected to translate entire sentences in three tenses in one minute. 

The talent was incredible and standards were so high and consequently there were tie breakers at every stage. Despite this, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our girls placed 2nd (Tehmeed, y8) and 4th (Tehreem, y9) out of 4440 students!!!

They will both go onto represent our school at Cambridge University.