Clifton Pre-preparatory School

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Clifton School and Nursery
(Junior to St Peter's)
Motto Super Antiquas Vias
Established 1890
Type Independent school with boarding
Head Phil Hardy
Founder Gertrude Singleton
Location Clifton Prep School
North Yorkshire
YO30 6AB
Coordinates: 53°40′33″N 1°03′12″W / 53.6758°N 1.0532°W / 53.6758; -1.0532
Local authority City of York Council
DfE number 816/6002
Students c. 600
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–8
Colours Blue and Gold

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. Founded by St Paulinus of York in 627, it is one of the oldest schools in the United Kingdom.


The main senior school, St Peter's was founded in the English City of York by St Paulinus of York in the year 627. 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]


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.

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  1. ^ a b "About Us: History of Clifton". 
  2. ^ Dench, Judi (2010). And Furthermore. Hachette UK. p. 5. 

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