Clifton C of E Primary School

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Clifton C of E Primary School

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'Let Your Light Shine'

Matthew 5:14-16


Welcome to Clifton CE Primary School, situated on the edge of the market town of Ashbourne.


We are a Church of England village school housed largely in traditional buildings in the picturesque village of Clifton, on the edge of Ashbourne.


Clifton is a fantastic school at the heart of the village, delivering an excellent all round education.  A positive climate for learning has been developed. Behaviour around the school is excellent and attendance is high.  Lessons involve an effective pace of learning with good progress seen in all subjects.


The school continues to strive for excellence in all fields.  Leading with a vibrant, broad and balanced curriculum designed for the needs of our children, we are totally committed to achievement of the highest levels of attainment whilst maintaining breadth of experience through the taught curriculum and beyond.  This means that learning is often outside the classroom and frequently takes place well away from school during carefully planned educational visits.  Sport plays a leading part in the life of the school and, despite its relatively small size, the school's achievement across the range of team games has brought it success at many levels. 


The children are visibly happy, confident and well-presented in traditional uniforms.  They interact well with each other and are courteous and friendly to visitors.  Behaviour is outstanding.  In lessons, they are bright and confident; displaying eagerness to learn and a willingness to co-operate and share.  Relations with their teachers and other members of staff are characterised by good humour and mutual respect.  A strongly underpinned school wide rewards system provides high levels of motivation for the pupils as witnessed by the weight of badges they are proud to carry round on their blazers.


The major part of this outstanding activity takes place in a school environment; the effectiveness of which has been optimised by carefully planned development.  The library, the play areas, the infants' outside area and the garden are all used to great effect.  Reception and Year 1 pupils enthusiastically attend our Forest School every Wednesday morning. Good use is also made of the nearby Village Hall to provide further activity space and our dining room.  Just short walk away is Holy Trinity Church which pupils regularly visit as it provides even more opportunities for inspiration and learning as well as worship.


 Clifton CE Primary School continues to be a great school because it never ceases to strive for the very best for the children who are fortunate enough to spend the earliest years of their statutory education within its community.  The experience enriches their lives and provides the most secure foundations for their future learning.


I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher of Clifton CE Primary School.


This website aims to give you a taste of our school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. 


Please feel free to contact the school directly by telephone with any queries you may have or to make an appointment to look around.


Thank you for your interest.


Mrs. Jeanette Hart

Executive Headteacher


We have spaces in some year groups. If you would like to visit the school please phone 01335 342473.