Our Pastoral Care mantra

On the Clifton College Performance Sports Courses, it is our aim to provide the same high-standard of pastoral care as provided by Clifton College Sports Coaches, along with Housemasters & Housemistresses during term-times.

At the forefront of all of our courses are the safety and security of your children. We will sign all attendees in each morning via a register system, and sign them out upon departure each afternoon.

It is of vital importance that all attendees report to registration staff upon arrival/departure each day so that they can be signed in/out. Please do not simply turn up and take your child away without letting us know you have done so!

Drop off/pick up locations can vary from course to course, so we ensure that attendees are moved between locations in groups, with staff accompanying at all times. There will be situations where attendees are given a certain amount of ‘freedom’, but always within the safe confines of our campus, and always under the watchful eyes of our staff.

Whilst the Performance Sports Courses are designed to be fun and enjoyable, they are also intense and tiring at times, so it is important that attendees are taking care of themselves by eating correctly. During the courses, our staff will ensure that attendees are making informed choices with their meals, and will monitor the intake of any ‘snacks’ that attendees purchase throughout the courses.

Sleep is an important part of all sporting activity, and adequate rest will produce better performance. Our staff will ensure that attendees are aware of the importance of a good nights sleep to help them relax and unwind, and ‘reboot’ for the next day.

On residential courses, our staff within boarding houses with make sure all attendees are relaxing and within their own bedrooms at a sensible time each evening, and ‘lights-out’ will be a strict set-time each evening. With the setup of the Boarding Houses at Clifton College, we ask attendees to be mindful of the wishes of others they may be sharing bedrooms with.

Pastoral staff always appreciate the importance of attendees wanting to share bedrooms with friends, and that for many this is an essential part of the boarding experience. But we encourage parents and guardians to speak to their children before attending our Performance Sports Courses and explain the importance of sufficient rest and sleep whilst attending. Our pastoral staff are resident in the Boarding House overnight, and it is their duty to ensure all attendees are safe and secure within their bedrooms and going to sleep at a suitable time.

Attention to our pastoral care on residential courses is very much at the heart of what we offer…

  • Traditional boarding houses with modern comfortable facilities
  • Single & multi-bedded rooms available throughout each boarding house, with individual wardrobes & desks
  • Modern bathrooms on every floor, with washbasins, showers and toilets
  • Common room with television, games console, DVD player, communal kitchen and payphone in every boarding house
  • Boarding houses all with full WiFi coverage throughout, between the hours of 0700 – 2300

Clifton College House Leaders resident in every boarding house, to supervise and assist with student pastoral care, and make sure that students are getting their sleep overnight!

Why people love our courses…

Thanks to all those who made my daughters first residential experience such a positive one! She had only ever stayed away from home the odd-night here-and-there, so 5 days was a challenge! After a wobbly start, the House Leaders really made her feel settled, and helped her make new friends!

Sandra Johnson, Summer 2018

My son found your Performance Rugby Course a good mixture of fun and hard-work. Some boys found the coaches were “working them too hard”, but to me there is no such thing! Your courses are aimed at those kids who want to improve, and that’s exactly what we wanted!

Geraint Williams, Summer 2018

My son and daughter have attended the Holiday Club for years, there is a slightly different atmosphere with the Performance Sports Courses, but the staff in charge are responsible and caring towards the kids. It is great i can drop off early and pick up late too!

Connie Whittaker, Summer 2018