Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!


Curriculum is the vehicle; learning is the destination


At Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School our children in both the Pre-School and Reception year follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).  Children follow the EYFS framework from birth to 5 years old and all professionals (nurseries, child-minders, teachers etc.) use this framework to plan for children’s next steps and support their holistic development.  The EYFS is a very important stage for children as it helps prepare them for more formal teaching and lifelong learning. Children’s early years’ experience should be a happy, active, exciting, fun and safe time which enables every individual child to achieve their full potential.


Here at Cliftonville Primary School we aim to ensure that all children learn by ‘doing’ and leave both our Pre-School and Reception year with a love of learning and feeling safe and excited by the opportunities that learning offers.


When our children enter year 1 they will find that our curriculum is deeply rooted in our mission, vision, values and ethos. The principles on which our curriculum intent is founded were developed as a whole staff in November 2017. Governors contributed to the policy in July 2019. There was an opportunity for parental input via the Parents’ Forum in December 2019. 


As a very large school, catering for an increasingly diverse community, it is our responsibility to enable each and every individual to achieve their best, both academically and personally. This diversity brings a richness to our school which we celebrate and capitalise on. Reading and vocabulary development are at the core of our curriculum to enable children from all backgrounds to achieve academic success.