Clifton School and Nursery, York, North Yorkshire
Clifton School and Nursery, York, North Yorkshire
Clifton School and Nursery, York, North Yorkshire

Clifton School and Nursery offers outstanding education for children from rising 3, and has been shortlisted for Pre-prep/prep school of the year at the Tes Independent School Awards 2018.

From the beginning, the children are looked after by a highly experienced team of qualified teaching assistants, led by a trained teacher. The emphasis is on learning through play and discovery, with a focus on developing social, language and physical abilities. As pupils become ready, they are encouraged to develop their number and reading skills.

The bright nursery and its cleverly landscaped grounds provide endless inspiration for learning, with ponds, play areas, gardening, a jungle gym, a water pump and even a frog tunnel keeping young minds engaged and enthralled.

The School’s own Forest School is at the edge of its 47-acre site, just a few minutes’ walk away from the nursery building. At the pre-prep school for St Peter’s School, York, the children also have access to all the facilities of the Senior School – including pitches and astro-turf facilities, the swimming pool and games hall, and the Chapel, where pupils and their parents enjoy a beautiful Christingle service every year.

Clifton has its own specialist early years catering team, providing nutritious, tempting meals in its own dining hall, and catering for all dietary requirements.

Clifton children are happy, confident and curious. They learn to think about others and to work together in the School’s safe, highly creative environment.

Taking care of parents is as important at Clifton as the care and wellbeing of pupils. In addition to daily communication and regular newsletters, the School runs a free weekly Parent, Baby and Toddler group, and has an active parents’ group, which runs social events and supports school activities.

Owner: St Peter's School

Person in charge: Phil Hardy (Head)

Local Authority / Social Services: York City Council

Number of Staff: 5

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 1141329

Total Places for Children: 40

Age Range: from 2 years 9 months to 3 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1800

When Closed: School Holidays


The School is accessed from the A19. Coming from the west, the entrance is a few hundred yards beyond Clifton Green, on the right hand side immediately before the public footbridge that crosses the road. Coming from the east (York city centre) the entrance is shortly after the Grange Hotel, on the left immediately after the public footbridge.

The postcode for Sat Nav is YO30 6AB.


Clifton School and Nursery welcomes visits at any time during term time, and is happy to arrange an individual visit for your family. Two open mornings a year take place on Saturdays. More information is available on the school website.


Free parking is available on site.


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