We are proud of the achievements of our school and our pupils. On this page, we celebrate some of our successes.

International Schools Award

Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are delighted to say that we have once again achieved the highly prestigious International School Award, managed by the British Council, in recognition of our commitment to bring the wider world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates and accredits outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning. Fostering an international dimension is at the heart of our curriculum so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school.
  • A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work.
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools.
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects.
  • Year-round international activity.
  • Involvement of the wider community.

We look forward to continuing to develop our links with schools around the world this year.

Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

Rights Respecting Schools Award

In June 2015, Clifton achieved The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). This is an award scheme run by Unicef. It recognises our school's achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our planning, policies, practice and ethos.

There are three stages to the award and we have achieved the Recognition of Commitment. We will continue to strive to develop our children's knowledge of their rights and develop their sense of global citizenship.

Paul Shoesmith Award for Innovative ICT

Receiving the award at the Link2ICT Conference.

In March 2014, Clifton were successful in winning the Paul Shoesmith Award, which is given to schools by Link2ICT for their innovative use of ICT.

Everyone is delighted that the forward thinking ICT approach at Clifton has been recognised and the £500 prize fund is being used for a Now Robot workshop!

'Deputy Head, Dr Allen, Assistant Head, Miss Redhead, ICT Support Officer, Mr Mahmood and Governor, Mrs Whitting, all attended the Link2ICT Conference in March to receive the award.

Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award

Primary Science Quality Mark - Silver

The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award scheme that helps schools develop and celebrate the quality of their science teaching and learning. It aims to raise the profile of science and recognises schools that demonstrate good practice and an excellent range and quality of teaching and learning in science. It provides a framework for evaluating, planning and developing the quality of science teaching and learning and celebrates a commitment to excellence in science.

Ofsted have been very complimentary about the PSQM in their report about science education: "Inspectors' interviews with staff in the schools that participated in the initiative confirmed the improvements in teachers' confidence and ability to teach science, with a consequent positive impact not only on pupils' performance but also on their engagement and enjoyment."

At Clifton, science is an exciting and valued subject that children enjoy, and one in which they also develop their numeracy, ICT and literacy skills. Children enjoy exciting lessons, take part in an annual Science and Health Fortnight and we even have Science clubs which are run in school with the help of Year 6 Science Ambassadors.

A big thank you to all the teachers for their super Science work, which has helped enthuse children and create scientists of the future.

Artsmark Gold

Artsmark Gold Award

We are delighted to announce that the Arts Council England has awarded us the Artsmark Gold Award in recognition of our commitment to, and excellence in music, art, drama and dance education.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of the Arts Council England said: "Arts Council England is committed to great art for everyone and we believe that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art. Artsmark sets the standard for an outstanding arts offer in schools and it's great to see so many new schools attaining the Artsmark this year. The award recognises Clifton Primary School's passion for the arts and belief in the power of creativity".

Basic Skills Quality Mark

Quality Mark

The Basic Skills award is made up of 10 elements:

  1. A whole school strategy, including an action plan, to improve the performance in basic skills.
  2. An assessment of pupil performance in basic skills in school.
  3. A target for the improvement of the school's performance in basic skills.
  4. Basic skills improvement plans for pupil's under-attaining in school
  5. Regular review of the progress made by each pupil under-attaining in basic skills.
  6. A commitment to improving the skills of staff in the school to teach and extend basic skills.
  7. The use of a range of teaching styles to improve basic skills.
  8. The use of appropriate teaching and learning materials to improve basic skills.
  9. The involvement of parents in developing their children's basic skills.
  10. An effective procedure for monitoring the action plan and assessing improvement in the performance in basic skills.

We passed with flying colours confirming all our good practice in developing essential literacy and numeracy skills in all children from Nursery to Year 6.

Birmingham Sustainable School Programme Gold Status

'Staff and pupils receiving the award from the Lord Mayor.

We are pleased to have been awarded a Gold Status certificate for the Birmingham Sustainable Schools Programme.

This programme covers modules including Energy and Water Management, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Transport and Road Safety, Waste Management and Recycling. The programme aims to educate Teachers, Finance Managers and Site Managers to improve sustainability practices using a whole school approach.

Headteacher, Mrs Mitchell, Strategic Business Manager, Mrs Brownsword, and Lead Teacher for Sustainability, Mrs Bhachu, accompanied by School Eco Warriors from Clifton, were awarded the Gold status certificate by the Lord Mayor at the Council House in July 2017.

Healthy Schools

Healthy School

To achieve the National Healthy Schools Award we, as a school, had to demonstrate that we could meet set criteria in the following four areas: Personal Social Health Education, Emotional Health and Well- being, Healthy Eating and Physical development.

Many of the extra curricular activities that we offer at Clifton show that we are a Healthy school. We foster an understanding with our pupils about how to follow a Healthy lifestyle. Pupils are consulted at all times, through the school council, to ensure that their views are taken into consideration before decisions are made.

Birmingham Mail School Awards

Birmingham Mail Schools Award

Our website won the award for the Website/News category in the Birmingham Mail School Awards 2009, on Wednesday 16th December 2009.

The Birmingham Mail says about our website: "Clifton Primary School has raised the bar with their exciting, interactive and very informative website. Instantly appealing to parents and students, it's design proves that learning and fun are a great combination."

We agree and think that our website is amazing – definitely a true winner! Read more about the awards ceremony.



Clifton Primary School have been awarded the Activemark 2008. This is a highly prestigious award that rewards exceptional delivery of the National School Sport Strategy assessed through the annual school sport survey.

We achieved the mark because at least 90% of pupils across the school were doing at least two hours high quality PE and school sport every week.

Special Pupil Achievement - Ballet Dancing Success

Ballet Success - Summer 2009.

We are very proud of our Year 3 pupil who after her audition was invited to take part in the Dancetrack programme with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Since then she has gone on to get better and better and staff went to see her perform in the summer term at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Very recently she was invited to further auditions and has been selected to continue training with the Royal Ballet. Her sister and another child from Year 1 have been selected to take part this year. They are really excited and can't wait to begin.

What talented dancers we have at Clifton Primary School.

Clifton Weekly Awards

At Clifton Primary we celebrate weekly achievements through our special awards and assemblies. One child from every class across the school is picked out by the class teacher each week, for a special achievement which can be a good piece of work or for excellent behaviour.