The school is strategically located, situated on the bank of a river in Kuala Lipis. From the school, you can catch the view of Pahang Club, across the field and the District Administrative building on the adjacent hill.
If you are driving towards Kuala Lipis, the school will be on your right, across a large field, about 1 km from the town center. It seem to be an ordinary school, but it is replete with histories. Being the first English school in Pahang, it became a place to educate some of the elites. It is also recognized as an historical building inherited from the British in early 1900.
During the Japanese occupation in 1940, Kuala Lipis became the center of administration for Japanese in Pahang. Then the school was turned into a military head quarters and the classrooms became a place or torture and execution.
Fact Sheets about the SMK Clifford:
- SMK Clifford is one of the premier school in Malaysia, the buildings and set up was a heritage left by the British.
- Two of the existing block, the oldest portion of the school is pronounced as the listed as historical building by the Museum and Antiquity Department of Malaysia.
- SMK Clifford was upgraded to Special School in 1966, with students intake for year 4 to year 6.
- From 2006, it was considered as smart school.
The school started as an English School, using the British curriculum. The students set for O level and A level. In late 1960s, the lower secondary school was given to be be managed by another school. With the change of Malaysian School Curriculum, the Clifford School is a fully in Malaysian Language.