Clifton Lodge School

Clifton Lodge is an independent Nursery & Prep School in Ealing for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 Promoting good manners and kindness is a key focus.

We inspire each and every child to achieve their very best, with small class sizes with dedicated staff. Our nurturing Early Years, located in a dedicated building with its own playground, includes a wonderful Nursery from age 3. The learning process in our nursery is carefully embedded into every session and by the time our children move on into Reception they have a true love of learning. We hel

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Our Pre-Prep Choir visited Threen House Nursing Home this week to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents. In addition to the choir, we had soloists and instrumentalists performing.

It was lovely to see how enthusiastically the children sang and played. The residents were waiting for them, eagerly. The pupils performed so well that after the last song, one of the residents asked for: “One more song please!” They also sang along to “Silent Night”, which our children performed in English, Danish, Gaelic, Polish, French, Greek, Russian and Hindi.

Two siblings performed at the event, Arisa accompanying her sister Karen playing the violin. There were also two piano duets from Haruya and Merrie playing we wish you a Merry Christmas and Chuhang and Freya playing Jingle Bells.

It was a very happy afternoon and the residents didn't want the singing to end! Thank you to Threen House for welcoming the children and staff, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas.


We are delighted to share a song from our Early Years Nativity that took place on Monday at St John's Church. Thank you to all the parents who joined us and to our staff who worked so hard with the children to create such a festive event. The children did so well, learning their lines & songs and they loved performing in front of their families. We are sure this has helped to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.


The Year 4 class were treated to a wonderfully entertaining and interactive performance by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre
It was themed around the story of Diwali and gave the children an excellent opportunity to learn a little more about some of the instruments on show as well as the Diwali festival itself.


Some of our children in Years 5 & 6 had an amazing experience at the A.I.M. High Writing Day workshop delivered by the experienced author Stephen Davies.
The children enjoyed this challenging day, designed to stretch pupils to their authorial limits! The aim was to reinforce what they have learned in their English lessons and challenge them with advanced writing techniques.
The workshop supported our children to – Achieve, Inspire and Master.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 27/11/2023

On Tuesday, 7th November, our Year 2 pupils spent the day absorbing themselves in a fun and interactive workshop which concluded their learning in school on the fascinating and enigmatic world of the Ancient Egyptians.
Throughout the morning, the children created a number of artefacts to bring home. These included, a mummified peg, ushabtis dolls, mini clay canopic Jars, clay scarab charms on a bracelet or necklace, scarab carving on soap stone, and ink making. They even wrote passages from the book of the dead on papyrus paper and finally made perfume cones with crushed spices and melted bees wax.
In the afternoon, pupils recreated the festival of Wepet-Renpet: The Opening of the Year. They also practised and then performed the dramatic stories of The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys, The Tale of Osiris and The Dance of the Wax Crocodile. Others were slaves and attendants, Chuhang was chosen to be Pharaoh Tutankhamun and Freya, Queen Ankhesenamun.

Pupil Quotes:

Freya- "I liked acting out the stories because they were very dramatic"

Alaiya- "I liked experimenting with different materials to create things like the Ancient Egyptians did"

William- "I liked making a solid perfume from herbs, spices and bees wax".

Shreya- "I loved carving a soap stone scarab beetle".

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 24/11/2023

Year 1 enjoyed a wonderful workshop in school where they learned about the different continents and oceans of the world. The children sailed around the different continents with a facilitator pirate and created scenes exploring the culture and landmarks in each continent. During the workshop, they explored all the wildlife across the world, learning about the different terrains and habitats.

Dagmar: The workshop was very fun and we learnt a lot about different countries.

Dominic: I enjoyed the workshop because it was really fun and we were explorers traveling the world.

Parisa: I enjoyed sailing across the Indian Ocean because I felt like I was really there!

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 23/11/2023

As a part of their history unit on Ancient Greece, Year 3 had their Ancient Greek Day at school on Tuesday and dressed up in traditional costumes!
The pupils were taught by the Greek God Dionysus and the first session consisted of stories of myths and legend where the children were transported to a Greek theatre to re-enact tales of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Other morning activities included, a Greek quiz, Archimedes’ Stomachion (the oldest known mathematical puzzle), and Petteia (the Greek strategy game).
After lunch, the Greek hoplite soldier demonstrated his weapons and armour. He taught the children the differences between the city states of Athens and Sparta, the children took a lesson in democracy and competed in a mini–Olympic Games as well as practising battle commands!

A***n – I loved getting to play Poseidon in the myths and legends stories.

Aila – All the Ancient Greek games were really fun!

Finley and Lenny – We enjoyed playing Petteia against each other.

Theodore – Acting as Cronos was really cool!

Tara – I loved acting and I played Hera!

Jahnara – The Olympic Games were awesome! We learnt how to throw and how to march like a soldier!

Ashan – I loved everything. It was a great day!!


Clifton Lodge School is so proud of Arisa in Year 5 who performed last week at the Music for Youth Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall
Well done Arisa, we are sure you have a great musical future ahead of you.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 16/11/2023

This week it is Anti-Bullying Week and this year’s theme is ‘Make Some Noise’. Our pupils have been taking part in an activity each day, kicking off the week with Odd Socks Day on Monday. They have taken part in workshops about ‘Kindness, Respect and Cyber Safety’ delivered by Bigfoot Arts Education - HQ as well as completing activities linked to Anti-Bullying week!
Anti-Bullying Week helps our school to shine a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers, and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. Last half-term at Clifton Lodge we had been concentrating on our School Virtue of Love, thinking of how we can positively work with each other and grow together as a family. From parents and carers to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference. We must all work together to be ‘United Against Bullying’. Here are some of our Year 1 children's thoughts about the workshop they took part in:

Sasha: I learnt that I should be kind to others.
Saki: I have to be brave to help children that need it.
Yuna: It was calm and it helped me think about bullying.
Dominic: I learnt that I have to talk nicely to others.


Congratulations to Haruya in Year 2 for passing his Grade 1 Piano Examination with a Distinction - we are so proud of you at Clifton Lodge School 🙂

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 10/11/2023

We are so proud of Noah, one of our Year 6 pupils who visited Norway to participate in some running races during the half-term break. These were the results:

Hytteplanmila: 10k race
Noah won the M11 category against boys one year older than him, in a time of 42.11. He ran superbly, the conditions were windy with snow in the air.
Minigubben, Svalandsgubben: 5k trail race
Noah won the M10 category and was 5th overall (competitors in the age group M10-M15). The conditions were even worse! Sub-0 degrees, snow and wind, so he did an amazing job. Well done Noah! 🙂


Our pupils at Clifton Lodge School have been remembering those who have suffered or given their lives in war. The children have been learning about the significance of wearing a poppy and the importance of never forgetting all those who fought for our country, demonstrating their empathy, sensibility and understanding. Together with our parents we held a special assembly at Christ the Saviour Church today. This Remembrance Assembly included performances from our choir and pre-prep choir, instrumentalists, whole school singing and poetry. Our Deputy Head Boy & Deputy Head Girl recited the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and our Head Boy & Girl read a prayer. We were delighted that Father Richard joined us. Thank you to everyone who took part and to our parents for their support.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 19/10/2023

Today our children and staff have worn their national or cultural dress to school so we can all celebrate the wonderful diversity we have at Clifton Lodge. The costumes as always have been amazing, thank you so much to our parents for supporting us. Languages & Cultures Week is almost over and we have all enjoyed learning about South American countries and experiencing and engaging with the different cultures and languages in our school.


In Music, Year 2 is exploring rhythm and pulse. To celebrate 'Languages & Cultures Week' the children have learnt a singing game from Guyana about the Essequibo River. This year our whole school week and lessons are focused on the amazing variety of languages and cultures around the continent of South America.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 17/10/2023

Last Thursday Year 5 went to the Unicorn Theatre to watch a performance of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. They had front row seats for the engaging and entertaining show. The audience participated enthusiastically, singing, dancing, and cheering on the actors as they performed. The class learned valuable dramatic techniques as well as interesting information about Shakespeare’s work.

Afterwards the pupils went to Potter’s Field Park where they discussed the characters and the performance. They used their senses to describe what they could see, hear, and smell, and imagined how characters from their class novel (Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”) would react if they were shipwrecked and landed in London (in reverse of how Prospero and Miranda landed on a wild island).

The children had a lucky viewing of Tower Bridge opening for a large ship to pass through. Most of the class had never seen this before and were very excited.

Here are some of the class comments:

Eleeza – “I would definitely recommend the play to everybody! I’m also very glad that I read the book (“The Tempest”) – it is very descriptive and has lots of twists.”
Taiyo – “I really liked this trip. I was impressed with their acting skills.”
Arisa – “ I enjoyed the trip very much. My favourite part was the ‘CALIBAN’ song.”

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 16/10/2023

Last Monday, our Nursery & Reception children walked to Walpole Park to enjoy the autumn scenery. The classes looked for signs of autumn and searched for acorns, conkers and different coloured leaves. They also learnt about why the leaves change colour at this time of year. It was a fun activity for all the children and we were lucky to enjoy lovely sunny weather.


Year 2 have been learning about colour mixing in their Art lessons. We think they have done some wonderful work. Well done Year 2 🙂

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 12/10/2023

Some of our Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to visit Merchant Taylors' School on Friday 6th October for an afternoon of Maths.
The session started with a Maths trail, the children thoroughly enjoyed walking around the grounds and answering all the questions. This was followed by a Maths quiz, in their dining hall. 10 schools took part and we were delighted that Clifton Lodge came 4th overall. Well done Year 6!

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 11/10/2023

Pupils from Years 5 & 6 attended the Cross Country trials at Berkeley Fields on 5th October. All our children made a great effort, and parents got involved in warm ups and race preparations. There were runners in the Yr5 boys, Yr6 girls and Yr6 boys races. Every runner put in a tremendous effort and represented Clifton Lodge well. Congratulations to Noah, who managed to place 7th in the highly competitive Yr6 boys race. Some tears were shed, which shows just how much this event means to the pupils. All smiles on the journey back.


Harvest Festival 2023
Yesterday our Reception to Year 6 pupils joined together at ChristtheSaviour EalingBroadway to celebrate the Harvest Festival, giving thanks for all we have and thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to the parents who came along and to the families who contributed to our Harvest donations which will be given to the Ealing Foodbank
We enjoyed singing from the Prep and Pre-Prep Choirs & from Years 3&4 and 5&6. We had group poetry readings and some wonderful piano playing and a cello performance.
Well done to all the pupils who took part and to our Reception children who behaved beautifully throughout the event.
Finally a special mention for Mrs Velkova, our Music Teacher who worked so hard with the children to ensure they gave wonderful performances and thank you to Father Richard who was able to join us at the end to give a blessing.


On Friday, in assembly, the Year 6 positions of responsibility were announced and badges handed out to pupils. We had already chosen the Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputies at the end of the summer term, now was the time for the other roles. These included House Captains, ICT Lead, Librarians & Sports Captains. Good luck to you all in your important new roles and thank you for supporting the school with these responsibilities.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 29/09/2023

Happy Global Be Well Day 🙂
One of our favourite days of the year at Clifton Lodge School! We started the morning with warm up exercises and a quick dance routine in the playground. The children then joined an assembly which has been followed by activities in the classrooms. Year 2 are focussing on healthy diets and have a wonderful array of fruit and vegetables on the tables for the children to create their own healthy kebabs. We will be linking with another Cognita school in Spain to enable pupils to talk to fellow students about their experiences of school life. Other years are learning and creating around this year's topic of 'Digital Wellbeing' including staying safe online. Our Chef, Rohan has a super healthy lunch planned for the children, this will be followed by an afternoon of sports, swimming or forest school. We hope all our pupils have a wonderful day.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 28/09/2023

Congratulations to Dylan and Sienna who competed in the Ealing mini mile at Walpole Park last weekend. Sienna ran in the family mile with her dad and both children did extremely well, even though they did no training! Well done Dylan and Sienna, we hope you enjoyed the day.


Huge Congratulations to the Clifton Lodge Eco-Committee, on achieving an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Distinction. Achieving the accreditation demonstrates the school has gone above and beyond to improve our local community and protect our planet. The Eco-Committee has worked hard to find new ways to help our environment and educate our Clifton Lodge family on the importance of the climate crisis, they will continue to use their voice in school to support Eco initiatives and reduce the risk to our planet.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 27/09/2023

On Monday, Year 6 visited Kew Gardens for their Maths in the Outdoors workshop.
The children had a great day and the learning was fun. They mapped their way around Kew using directions, the children measured how far they travelled using a scale, estimating and measuring the girth and height of different trees and thinking how a right angle triangle can help. They used a clinometer and measuring tape and also sampled the percentages of the different types of grass that can be found using a quadrant.
It was a very enjoyable day, blessed with sunshine, which ended with a play in the children’s garden, a treetop walk, a visit to the hive and a walk through the Palm House.

Udham - I liked the hive and seeing all the different types of grass.
Zacahary and Dylan - it was great to learn how to measure the height of trees.
Enara - Maths in the outdoors - best day ever!!

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 22/09/2023

Forest School has started again for our Nursery and Reception children. Everyone had a great time at their first session last week. The children were climbing a tree, swinging in the hammocks and went bug hunting. They also had fun playing in the mud kitchen and making fun creatures out of clay, twigs and leaves. Forest School is so much fun! 🙂🌳

GBWD 2023 - 1 week to go, video 3 (English subtitles) 22/09/2023

We are so excited about our Cognita Global Be Well Day on Friday 29th September. This year the theme is 'Digital Wellbeing' and our whole school will be taking part in activities to celebrate this special day in our academic calendar.

Our day will start with the whole school joining in with a fun exercise routine to music which will energise us all with some physical activity. This will be followed by a themed assembly to give all our children an outline of the day ahead.

In Early Years, activities will be set up around the classrooms encouraging the children to independently and in groups investigate, solve and create around the theme of Digital Wellbeing.

Our older children will be focussing on the themes of the day: Diet, Exercise, Connecting, Doing & Giving. There will also be sessions on staying safe online.

We are also very excited to be able to link up online via Teams video calls with other Cognita schools from around the world, giving our pupils the opportunity to speak and see children in other countries.

Our Chef, Rohan will be making everyone a super healthy lunch before our afternoon activities where Early Years will go to Forest School, Years 1 & 2 will be swimming and the children in Years 3 to 6 will be at the sports field.

Only one week to go! 🙂

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Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 21/09/2023

In Science Club this week, the pupils explored the properties of Oobleck or to give it its proper term, non-Newtonian Fluid.

A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid that does not follow Newton's law of viscosity. In non-Newtonian fluids, viscosity can change when under force to either more liquid or more solid.

While experimenting with Oobleck students identified that normally solids have a definite shape whereas a fluid can change shapes because it flows.

They really enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to their next activity.


Our next open day is on Saturday 7th October from 10am to 12 noon. If you are interested in joining our school, we would be delighted to welcome you to visit us. You will have the opportunity to meet our teaching and leadership staff and have an informal tour of the school.
Please either phone, email or visit our website to complete an online booking request:

Tel: 020 8832 7542

[email protected]

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 14/09/2023

Our Year 3 class has had a great start to the term. The pupils were so excited to receive their personal 1-2-1 devices which they will use at school and at home. They have already managed to access Teams and learnt how to open, save and close word documents.
In Maths yesterday, the children were using concrete manipulatives to explore the place value of different 3-digit numbers. A good start to their mathematical learning in Year 3.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 13/09/2023

Yesterday, our Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 children enjoyed wonderful drama workshops from Perform
The children went on an adventure around the globe through movement, singing and dancing. They learnt how to say hello in different languages, finishing off with a stop 'Down Under' in Australia.
Everyone had so much fun; a big thank you to Olga for making the sessions so enjoyable for the children.

My favourite part was flying to Australia and exploring the sites. (Haruya Y2)
I liked trying to find the missing boomerang and learning how to say hello in Māori. (William Y2)
My favourite part was when Bruce the crocodile saw us standing still like trees, when he was asleep, we were trying to find the boomerang, but every time he woke up we were still like trees. (Alaiya and Freya Y2)

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 08/09/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight for our wine and canape evening. It was wonderful to catch up with so many of our parents and get to know some of the new faces whose children have just started at Clifton Lodge this term. We hope you all enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you again at some of the events we have planned over the next few months. Wishing all our families a sunny, relaxing weekend.

Photos from Clifton Lodge School's post 07/09/2023

Our Early Years children have been settling into Nursery and Reception, making friends and getting to know their classrooms and routines. We are delighted to have so many new joiners and look forward to a very busy and exciting new term together.


Welcome back to school - Wednesday 6th September - we look forward to seeing all our existing and new families and hope everyone has had a wonderful summer.

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Our Story

We are a small, independent preparatory school in Ealing, for boys and girls aged from 3 years. We help all of our pupils to achieve their best academically so that they can gain entry to the senior schools of their choice at 11+. Our motto - Optime: 'try always to do your best' summarises what is expected of everyone at Clifton Lodge. Our emphasis on a character education develops resilience and a sense of self-awareness which enables our pupils to succeed. We focus on all our pupils being happy and confident in a secure, nurturing environment.

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Our Pre-Prep Choir visited Threen House Nursing Home this week to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents. In additi...
We are delighted to share a song from our Early Years Nativity that took place on Monday at St John's Church.  Thank you...
Clifton Lodge School is so proud of Arisa in Year 5 who performed last week at the Music for Youth Proms held at the Roy...
Our pupils at Clifton Lodge School have been remembering those who have suffered or given their lives in war. The childr...
In Music, Year 2 is exploring rhythm and pulse.  To celebrate 'Languages & Cultures Week' the children have learnt a sin...
Year 2 have been learning about colour mixing in their Art lessons.  We think they have done some wonderful work.  Well ...
Harvest Festival 2023Yesterday our Reception to Year 6 pupils joined together at ChristtheSaviour EalingBroadway  to cel...
Our next open day is on Saturday 7th October from 10am to 12 noon.  If you are interested in joining our school, we woul...
Thank you to all our pupils for taking part in this morning's Harvest Festival Assembly at The Church of Christ the Savi...
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Thursday 8am - 6pm
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