Our Review of Clifton Lodge School
We have travelled around the country to review the UK’s leading independent schools, as part of our Advice for Parents blog. One of the schools we had the pleasure of visiting was Clifton Lodge School in Ealing, West London. If you are interested in sending your child to this school or wish to find a school similar to Clifton Lodge, please call one of our education consultants today.
Clifton Lodge School is an independent prep school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13. The school is small, welcoming and takes the time to really get to know each of its pupils and their families. This not only helps the children feel safe and secure, but it encourages a friendly, inclusive environment. Head, Mrs Beth Friel is currently on maternity leave, so Mr Graeme Smith has joined as Acting Head during this period and shares the same ethos and educational philosophy.
The school is dedicated to providing the perfect educational experience for every student with specialist subject and age group teachers in both the Lower School and Upper School. Every one of these teachers appears to be engaging and inspiring. At Clifton, they believe that academic success and pastoral care are completely interdependent and therefore don’t just provide a broad range of opportunities, but rather mentor and support the pupils to make the most of these opportunities.
Class size varies depending on the year group with classes becoming smaller and more rigorous as the children progress. The girls, and some of the boys leave the school once they have they have completed their 11+ exams. The remaining boys are then fully prepared for their 13+ Common Entrance exams.
Sport is a high priority at Clifton Lodge School along with other extra-curricular activities. Pupils are given the opportunity to join a variety of before and after school clubs during term time. Examples of clubs include: Chess, Cookery, Robotics, Spanish, Art, Mathematics, English, Tag Rugby, Football, Dance & Movement, Science & Nature and, a regular homework club. The Early Reception and Reception classes take games lesson in the school’s main building. Students from year 2 onwards are alternatively taken to a nearby sports ground for games and athletics, and visit a nearby swimming pool for swimming lessons from specialist swim coaches.
For more details or to find a school similar to Clifton Lodge, speak to one of our education consultants today.