David Knowles  

Welcome to Clifton School

Clifton, the independent boys' school in Durban, is situated in the beautiful suburb of Morningside.  

At Clifton, we are proud to offer a world-class, holistic education for boys from Grade R through to Grade 12, catering specifically to the development of boys into responsible, confident and competent young men.

A boys' school by conviction, Clifton provides an educational environment that is designed to facilitate learning and assist in developing young men of character, who share an uncompromising belief in the power of family values, who thrive on competition, delight in discovery, exercise compassion and are courageous in their choices.

We walk this journey of progress and development with our young men and, as you will see from these pages, there are numerous activities and opportunities from which our boys can choose and grow. At the same time, we are conscious of our motto, “ prodesse quam conspici” – to accomplish, rather than to be conspicuous. As such, our boys remain humble and well mannered. 

I invite you to take some time exploring our website. Better still, I would invite you to visit us at our campus in Morningside, where you will be warmly received. I hope too that you will experience the sense of enjoyment that our boys and staff feel from being part of this wonderful school.  I invite you to join me for the next Executive Headmaster's Tour.


2019 CLIFTON MATRIC - Top Academic Achievers







Clifton's Four Pillars

Grow with us

Clifton is the independent day school for boys in Durban, offering a holistic and exciting curriculum for boys from Grades R to 12. 

At Clifton we provide a safe, progressive environment, underpinned by justice, service, and opportunity, which nurtures each young man on his journey to maturity in an ever-changing world.

Our mission

At Clifton we encourage each boy to achieve his full potential in every area of school life...

Our values

Integral to our value system are a commitment to a Christian ethos...

Our vision

Clifton boys are proud South Africans who will succeed in the world...



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