The arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practising them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. That is why, in any country, the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’

At Clifton, we recognise the importance of encouraging participation in and appreciation for The 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.


The Clifton School of Music offers individual tuition in a wide range of brass, string, percussion and woodwind instruments as well as in piano and voice. Subject music is also available in the Senior Preparatory School and the College. Our choir and our musicians perform regularly on a variety of stages.


Clifton boys are able to choose from a variety of clubs and societies that take place as part of the formal school curriculum and in the co-curricular programme. In this way, they are able to experience new challenges and extend their interests in activities that lie well beyond the bounds of the classroom.

Clifton boys may choose one or more of the following:

  • Dramatics/Theatrical Productions
  • Music
  • Chamber Choir
  • Marimba Ensemble
  • College Choir
  • College Orchestra
  • College Art
  • Quizzes and Olympiads
  • Prep Choir
  • Prep Orchestra
  • Photography Society
  • Prep Art Club
  • Spoken Word Society
  • Film Academy
  • Debating
  • Public Speaking


What is STEAM?
Leonardo Da Vinci was on to something years ago when he stated, “Study the science of art. Study the art of science.” More recently, students and academics at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have spearheaded the concept of STEAM—which brings the elements of STEM together with arts to guide students’ critical thinking, inquiry, and dialogue. Proponents of STEAM education recognize the importance of creativity and innovation in the future to solve our problems.

From www.forbes.com
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During the last week of Term 2 each year, the entire school celebrates The Arts with a festival called ‘Cultural D@ze’. Workshops in dance and theatre are offered to the Prep boys, and many musical performances, music, art and poetry competitions are held.

It is a week in which visiting artists are invited to share their talents and passions, and the week concludes with a live concert and night market. The video below is a short clip of the 2022 Concert on the Lawns.


The Clifton Film Academy produced a video to kick off our ‘Cultural Daze’ week in 2019 entitled “Culture Shock”. Acted, voiced, filmed and edited by the boys, it showcases the hard work and commitment that goes into the wide variety of cultural activities on offer at our school.