Clifton Hall Girls' Grammar School

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Clifton Hall Girls' Grammar School
Clifton Hall from Beeston Marina.jpg
Established 1958
Closed 1976
Type Grammar school
Location Clifton, Nottingham
52°54′30″N 1°11′53″W / 52.9082°N 1.1981°W / 52.9082; -1.1981Coordinates: 52°54′30″N 1°11′53″W / 52.9082°N 1.1981°W / 52.9082; -1.1981
Local authority Nottinghamshire
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18

From 1958 until 1976 Clifton Hall, the seat of the Clifton family on the Clifton Estate in Clifton, Nottinghamshire was a girls school, Clifton Hall Girls' Grammar School.


There were two buildings: the old Clifton Hall and a new building further up in the grounds. The Hall had some great rooms and was reputed to be haunted. The head teacher at the school when it first opened was Miss Heron; she died of cancer around 1970. She was succeeded by Miss Squire.

On 13 January 1970, sixth-former 17-year-old Sandra Simpkin married 22-year-old Alan Barnes, a window cleaner, at a register office. She was given a day off lessons to attend the ceremony. Marriages such as sixth-formers at school were and still are rare.


When the school finally closed in July 1976, a large model of a Phoenix - (the school's emblem) - was burnt to signify the end of the school. The uniform was all purple, skirt, blazer, purple/yellow tie and a white blouse. On closing, the buildings became part of Nottingham Trent University. In 2004 they were up for sale for £500,000.

Nearby to the school is a cliff that overlooks the River Trent. It is said that a lady of the Clifton family jumped off the cliff and died when she was jilted by her lover.