Our school values: ‘The Seven Cs of Clifton’, have been chosen to underpin everything we do as we endeavour to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect these values and skills which we believe are needed to promote responsibility for learning and future, life-long success.


‘Knowledge’ is our NORTH

Children’s acquisition of knowledge and vocabulary is developed rigorously and over time, in order for children to retain and use – research suggests that the knowledge and vocabulary children ‘own’ has a significant impact on their future life-chances.

Our ‘Clif’s Nosey Knowledge’ approach (see below) is used to help children to be aware of what they will learn through each unit or topic and help staff and pupils to make an assessment of what has been learned. We share key knowledge that we would like to ‘stick’ in the children’s long term memory, present vital vocabulary they will come across to encourage the children to expand and develop their use of a wide range of words.

Nosey Knowledge Notes’ (which include word banks, diagrams and other important information) are often used to support the children in the short term in their learning.

‘Skills’ are our SOUTH

As Guy Claxon and Bill Lucas stated in ‘Education Ruby’ (2014), “Bluntly, you can teach the Tudors in a way that develops the habits of independence, imagination, empathy and debate; or you can teach them in a way that develops passivity, compliance, credulity and memorisation.” (p.76) Hence our values are ‘The Seven ‘Cs’ of Clifton’: Communication; Collaboration; Confidence; Commitment; Creativity; Curiosity; Craftsmanship.

Click here to find our more about our ‘Seven C’s’

‘Excellence’ is our EAST

Our curriculum is underpinned by excellence. We have high expectations and aspirations for all of our children and, in doing so, we expect the highest quality of learning design and the highest quality of learning produced. These expectations are delivered and reinforced daily through adult modelling, peer learning and celebrating successes. ‘Clif’ our ‘Hedgehog of Excellence’ regularly visits classrooms to see success and high expectations ‘in action’.

‘Worldliness’ is our WEST

Experiential learning, be it our school’s unique ‘Outdoor Learning program’, visits, visitors, working with the local community …are at the heart of our curriculum in order for our children: to develop their thirst for new learning and experiences; to experience ‘awe and wonder’ , and to widen their  own personal ‘cultural capital’. We want children to enhance their knowledge and experiences of the world and their place within it and how they can all contribute as valuable and respectful 21st century citizens. The children of today are the adults of tomorrow. The children of our school are our future.

Click on each area of learning below to find out more:

‘RESPECT’ areas of learning Subject specific areas
R Respect for ourselves and others RE, PHSE, SMSC, RSE
E English Reading, Writing, S & L, Phonics, Drama
S Science Chemistry, Biology, Physics
P Physical and Health Education PE, Mental health and wellbeing
E E – learning ICT, Computer Science, Design & Technology
C Core Numeracy and Maths Mastery Core Numeracy, Maths Mastery
T The World History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, French, Outdoor Learning


Clif’s Nosey Knowledge

Examples of Knowledge Organisers, Knowledge Notes and Quizzes children use to help retain knowledge over time.