We believe that residential experiences are an invaluable part of a child’s education and as such we provide these opportunities from they very first year of school. Spending time away from home, learning new skills and taking more responsibility for yourself and others are integral parts of the 7Cs of Clifton.


Reception – Year 2: For the first three years at Clifton School children are invited to an overnight sleepover in the Summer term. An evening meal, outdoor activities, camp fire, sleeping in the classrooms and breakfast with friends all help make our Infant sleepover a favourite with children and staff and is always a night to remember.

Year 3 and 4: The children now venture further afield and in the past have visited Robin Wood near Alston and Barcaple in Dumfries and Galloway. They spend 2 nights away and take part in a wide range of outdoor activities aimed at developing confidence, independence and collaboration. On alternate years they spend a night or two at a local residential centre enjoying activities the Lakes are famous for such as walking and canoeing.


Year 5 and 6: As the children reach their last few years at primary school they are introduced to new experiences as we visit cities such as York or London. The children spend more nights away from home and visit a range of attractions which we link to their learning back at school. The city visits are done on alternate years with a adventurous activity residential on the year in between.