Clifton Pre-preparatory School

Clifton Pre-preparatory School (often called Clifton Prep) is the pre-preparatory school to St Peter's School, a co-educational independent boarding and day school located in the English City of York, with extensive grounds on the banks of the River Ouse.

Clifton School and Nursery
(Junior to St Peter's)
Clifton Prep School

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YO30 6AB

Coordinates53.96695°N 1.09497°W / 53.96695; -1.09497
TypeIndependent school with boarding
MottoSuper Antiquas Vias
FounderGertrude Singleton
Local authorityCity of York Council
HeadPhil Hardy
Age3 to 8
Enrolmentc. 600
Colour(s)Blue and Gold


Clifton was founded by Miss Miss Gertrude Singleton in 1890 and ran it with her sister. During World War II the school continued operating despite air raids and bombings. By the 1980s, the school had developed a relationship with St Olave's and St Peter's, with many boys from Clifton continuing their education at both schools; St Olave's and St Peter's did not become coeducation until 1987 and the 1970s respectively. St Peter's purchased Clifton in 1994 and retained it as the pre-preparatory section. Clifton moved into its current building – the Chilman Building – in 2001.[1]

In February 2018 it was named as the best pre-prep/prep school in the annual TES Independent School Awards.[2]


The school offers a continuity of education from the Clifton Pre-preparatory School (ages 3–8), to St Olave's School (ages 8–13) and through to St Peter's School (ages 13–18) where there is also a successful Sixth Form.


Clifton Prep is located on the Upper Campus of the school, next door to the senior school which runs along the main road of Bootham in the centre of York. The school campus itself stretches right down to the banks of the River Ouse.

Notable former pupils


  1. "About Us: History of Clifton".
  2. "The winner of pre-prep/ prep school of the year is: Clifton School and Nursery". TES. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. Dench, Judi (2010). And Furthermore. Hachette UK. p. 5.
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