Grades 8 – 12

At Clifton, we know, love and understand boys. We are cognisant of the fact that we are responsible for preparing boys to enter and lead in a dynamic, interconnected and exciting world. For close to a century, Clifton has continued to evolve, remaining committed to educating the whole boy – in mind, in body and in spirit.

Clifton College boys are confident, self-disciplined, courteous, capable and well-rounded individuals who are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity on offer at our school.

Boys are encouraged to think creatively, to take intellectual risks, to engage with others, to question and to discover. Our educational vision is underpinned by the pillars of scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship, culture and community, which our boys live out each day.

Whether in the classroom, on the stage or on the sports fields, our boys work in an environment of excellence and rigour. Every boy is encouraged to involve himself to the full in order to ensure that he makes the most of all that the College has to offer.


“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”

– Barack Obama

Over the past 5 years, our Sciences (both Physical and Life), Information Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design and Mathematics, have achieved averages above the IEB average. This coupled with the fact that 70% of our Matric cohort study Core Mathematics, enables our boys to enter fields of study such as medicine, engineering, finance and computer programming.The Arts, which are so much a part of a Clifton education, also achieve excellent results.

Over and above our excellence in STEAM subjects, our humanities department (History and Geography) are popular subject choices with averages over the IEB average in the last 5 years. The Business departments of Accounting and Business Studies, prepare the boys for commerce degrees as well as entrepreneurship. These subjects have also achieved averages above the IEB over the last 5 years.


Clifton College boys benefit from individual care and attention that small classes bring and they learn in well-equipped and stimulating environments. Experienced teachers, the use of advanced educational technology and the ability to employ an independent, innovative, modern and creative methodology mean that our boys are exposed to a dynamic academic programme in which they are challenged constantly to achieve their very best.

Clifton College boys write the Independent Examination Board examinations in Grade 9 and Grade 12 and are well equipped to take on the challenges of tertiary education.

We know that our boys will be living in a global environment and we walk this educational journey with them as they become young men of significance.



  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Isizulu
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering, Graphics & Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Life Orientation
  • Physical Education


From platforms and podia, and from stages and screens, the arts are thriving at Clifton College. At Clifton College, we recognize the importance of encouraging participation and appreciation for the performing and fine arts. To this end, a wide variety of opportunities exist for each boy to find a niche for self-expression and a chance to explore his creativity.


We believe that participation in sport at a competitive and social level is the cornerstone of a young man’s development. Our boys participate in a modern and innovative sporting and exercise curriculum that makes full use of our highly experienced coaching staff as well as extensive use of specialist professional coaches.