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Clifton C E (Controlled) Primary School
Cross Side, Clifton Village, DE6 2GJ Ashbourne
01335 342473


Clifton is a Church of England Controlled Primary School, financed by Derbyshire County Council.

It is a co-educational day school.

The age range covered is 5 - 11 years.

At the age of eleven the children normally transfer to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne.

The Governors' Annual Report to Parents will contain a summary of any changes to information contained in the prospectus since it was last published and these changes will be available on this site.

Clifton School comes under the authority of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales Area Education Office.

The address is: High Peak & Derbyshire Dales Area Education Office Kents Bank Road Buxton Derbyshire, SK17 9HJ

Telephone Number: (01298) 26121

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"Clifton C E School will continue to be a leading small school synonymous with excellence, particularly in the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and oracy.

We offer the children individual care, a wide range of broader curriculum activities and a chance to develop their individual personalities in a well-disciplined, caring family environment, based upon a Christian foundation".


School Dinners
These are eaten in the village hall. The current cost is L7.00 per week, that is L1.40 per day. Dinner money is collected weekly on Monday morning.
The correct amount in a purse or envelope is much appreciated as change can sometimes be difficult. Could you please write your child's name on the envelope or inside the purse.

Sandwiches are also eaten in the hall. Could you make sure that drinks are in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid.

Draw Club

We operate a 50/50 Draw Club as a means of fund raising. This involves a payment of L1.00 per week, with a weekly draw for two small cash prizes.
The main draw takes place at our Summer Fair in June. The Draw Club is not compulsory but your support would be appreciated.

Important: With the younger children, if more than one amount of money is included in the purse, please put a note in giving the details.


Children are given an opportunity to come into school on a full time or part time basis.

Parents are able to telephone or write to make an appointment to visit the school and talk to the Headteacher before formally applying for a place at the school for their child.

Governors' Criteria for Admissions

1. Children living in the normal area served by the school.

2. Children not living in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their admission.

3. Other children whose parents have requested a place.

In the case of 3., those children living nearest the school measured by the nearest available route will be given preference.

Numbers Admitted

The maximum intake during the year beginning September 05 will be 15.

There is a two point entry;

1. Children who are five between 1st September and 30th April will be admitted in September.

2. Those whose birthday lies between 1st May and 31st August will be admitted in January


Each year group covers the following subject areas during the course of a year:-

1. Mathematics
2. English
3. Science
4. Craft, Design and Technology
5. Environmental Studies
6. Art
7. Information Technology - Computing
8. History
9. Geography
10. Music
11. P.E and Games
12. Swimming
13. Drama and Dance
14. Religious Education
15. Country Dancing
16. Percussion and Recorder
17. Health and Sex Education.


Our aim is that by the age of eleven the child should be able to work accurately in the areas of number, shape and measurement. They should be able to carry out practical activities involving addition, substraction, multiplication and division. Problem solving, calculator work and computing is also incorporated.

English Development
Language development includes reading, writing, listening and speech. Each one is equally important and develops side by side throughout all aspects of the curriculum. English and all its components reading, writing, listening and speaking are taught separated as well as integrated into all subject areas included in the curriculum.

History, Geography, Science, Art & Craft, Technology, Environmental Studies
Young children have a great interest in their surrounding environment, everything that grows, moves or changes. The teachers' main aim is to encourage and develop this interest and help them to further their understanding of both their own locality and the wider world.

The above subjects are taught both individually and within a topic framework, which might include some aspects of history, geography, science art and craft. Integrating subjects in this way helps children to be able to plan work and compile information from different sources.

Each child is able to enjoy and appreciate all aspects of music - singing,
playing, listening. The curriculum is planned and realises the musical potential
of all pupils. All children at the school are given the opportunity to learn to
play the recorder from Year 1 onwards.

Physical Education
Movement and physical activities are taught and encouraged at every stage. Children are introduced to various games, introducing and enhancing many physical activities.

There are organised games and events held with other schools, including swimming, football, skittleball and athletics.

The Church Hall is used for P.E. and the playing field for other activities.

Religious Education
The School is a Church of England (Controlled) School which means we have
two Foundation Governors from the local Church.

Clifton School does have a set syllabus for religious education based upon
the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus which includes some knowledge and understanding of other religions which exist throughout the World.

Religious Education is taught to all pupils including a daily service/assembly.
If, however, you wish to withdraw your child from this area of the curriculum, please contact the Headteacher who can discuss any arrangements which need
to be made.

Collective Worship
Pupils participation a daily act of collective worship and as Clifton is a
Church of England School, this daily act is predominately Christian in nature.

Health and Sex Education
This is taught throughout the School and includes all aspects of keeping
healthy and growing up. Sex education of a more specific nature is taught to
the children during their last year at Clifton. However, before this takes place, parents are consulted and given a preview of the content of the lessons that
take place. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education.

Information Technology
Information technology is taught throughout the School, following a broad
syllabus which includes all aspects of this curriculum area, i.e. word
processing, data collection and use, control etc. The School has at least one computer in each class.


During their years at School, the children may be asked to complete tasks at home, usually with the guidance of their parent. The older children may be asked to do certain pieces of work at home by themselves.

We do ask that a certain amount of time is given at home to reading - usually a specific book allocated by the teacher and that the children are encouraged with any work brought home.


These usually take place during lunchtimes or after school.

Opportunities are given for children to meet children from other schools.
Events are arranged by the Dove Valley Primary Schools Association such as a Swimming Gala, games evenings, athletics days, music and drama festivals.

Football and Netball Practice
We also arrange matches against other schools.

Recorder Lessons
These are given to every child throughout the school during normal lesson time.

Watch Club/Conservation Area
Watch Club is an environmentally friendly club for the juniors with quizzes, games, gardening and observation work on the school conservation area, and organised visits and walks to increase the child's awareness of its' environment and work towards protecting it.

Musical Instrument Tuition
This is organised on a private basis with a company called Normans. A fully qualified teacher visits school on a weekly basis and takes children for tuition in the following instruments - clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, flute, cornet etc.

Advice is given without any obligation as to which instrument will suit your child. A charge is made for this activity, including the lease/buying of an instrument.

We also offer stringed instrument tuition; violin, viola, guitar etc. which is organised on a similar basis to Normans by individual qualified teachers.

French Classes
These are organised on a private basis and take place either on Monday or Thursday after school. Details will be sent to you when the classes begin.
Lessons are for Year 1 pupils and above. A charge is made for this activity.
Year 6 pupils have French lessons on Wednesday lunchtimes, there is no charge for this activity.

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