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Our Story

A school where children come first. 


Find out more about our admissions process.

Welcome to

Clifton Preparatory School

Clifton Preparatory School, affectionately referred to as “Clifton Notties,” is a co-educational day and boarding primary school set in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

We welcome day scholars from Grade 00, and boarders from Grade 1.

Our breath-taking rural setting, in the foothills of the Drakensberg, offers our children opportunities and adventures that cannot be replicated in urban schools. The freedom and safety on our 40 hectare estate and the surrounding farmlands has to be experienced to be understood.

Ours is a school where children come first and where fun and intrigue is a daily menu.

If you are interested in boarding, day school or merely would like to satisfy your curiosity, browse away and then come and visit us in Nottingham Road.

Clifton Prep offers children a sense of freedom that makes a lasting impact. 

In addition to world-class academic and sport facilities, homely boarding houses and a beautiful campus, Clifton children are blessed with forests, dams, streams and wide open spaces in which to “grow,” both on and off campus. The 40 hectare school grounds offer a wonderful and secure in-house environment that fosters every aspect of development.

Clifton boarding offers the opportunity to live in a community.

Clifton offers co-educational boarding from Grade 1, with options for weekly, termly and casual boarding. We can accommodate just over 100 boarders, with boys living in Usher House and our girls in Sutcliffe House. Our boarders share the campus with a number of full-time academic and boarding staff, who make sure they are well looked after.


Guided by nurturing and passionate teachers, our curriculum engages students with lessons that go far beyond the classroom.

Creativity and self-expression are championed at Clifton. Our children are given numerous opportunities to experience the joy of expressive arts. 

Our Barefoot Brave Hearts have exciting opportunities to be active, to work as a team and to participate in competition against local schools.

Clifton Riding School, based on our beautiful estate, offers a wide range of options for children that wish to pursue horse riding at any level.


Keep up to date with life at Clifton; read the latest from our Headmaster.


Important year dates and school events to mark on your calendar.


Discover more about our Parents Association and their incredible work.