At Clifton, every day is open day.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus. Our aim is to make the admissions process as friendly and welcoming as possible.

Applications from all over South Africa, Africa and overseas are welcome.


Step 1

Come Visit Us

Come and visit us, meet our staff and children; experience our campus.

To book a tour, please contact the admissions office, Mrs Caireen Laing, on +27 (0)33 266 8212 or via email Alternatively, you can submit the form on our Contact page and we’ll get back to you.

Step 2


Complete the Application Form by downloading or completing online. Return the form to us together with a copy of your child’s:

  • Birth certificate
  • Most recent school report
  • Proof of payment of the application fee

Step 3

Interviews and Assessments

Parents and children will be invited to an interview with the Headmaster.

Children entering Grades 2 to 7 will need to be assessed.

  • Prospective day scholars are required to spend a morning in class for assessment.
  • Prospective boarders are required to spend a night in boarding and a day in class for assessment.

Step 4

Offer of Place

Places are only offered by the Headmaster after the interview and assessment. The return of the Acceptance Forms and fee will secure a place for your child.

Step 5


Children from Grades 1 to 7 will need to book a uniform fitting with our School Shop. We will arrange for the school shop to contact you and make the necessary arrangements.

Financial Assistance

Clifton does afford parents the opportunity to apply for financial assistance from Grade 4 to 7. Please discuss with the Headmaster at your interview.

Howick Bus

Clifton runs a shuttle between Howick and Clifton on academic school days. The bus departs from the Greendale Spar complex in Howick at 06:45. Departure from Clifton in the afternoons will be determined by the extra-curricular programme per term. Junior Primary children will be supervised whilst waiting for departure. The cost is R1 763 per term or R48 per one way trip. Bookings are to be made through the School Secretary, Mrs Cheryl Coetzer.

Boarder Transport

Clifton provides a bus between JHB and Clifton at the beginning, half and end of term. The meeting place is Zoo Lake. There are also buses to the Pavilion in Westville and transport to and from King Shaka International and Pietermaritzburg airports.

School Shop

To contact the School Shop, please call +27 (0)33 266 8202 or email

Moving to the Area

A move to Nottingham Road is a lifestyle change. Relocating to a new area is always exciting. It signifies new beginnings alongside a time when there are a number of new things to learn about your new community.

At the beginning of each year, our Parents Association holds a welcome tea. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents as well as share in their learning about the Clifton Notties and the broader Notties community. 

We invite you to make use of our Parent Network as well as refer you to the Midlands Meander Online, Notties Tourism and to the local Notties Network as sources of information to assist during your transition to becoming a Nottingham Road local.

What Our Parents Say

My brother went to Clifton and I always wished I could go as a child, but in those days it was a boys only school. I wanted my children to have the opportunities Clifton offers that I didn’t have.  At the same time I didn’t want to force them and then they chose it anyway!

It is the one school I know where “children can be children” without so many of the modern pressures.

We chose to live in Nottingham Road as a lifestyle choice, but would not have made this move had we not had a top quality school such as Clifton Notties close by.

Clifton is a happy school where children thrive and grow in confidence to reach their potential.