Aims and ethos
Ratcliffe College is a co-educational boarding and day school for approximately 750 students aged 3–18. Boarding is available from 9 to 18. The school is set within 400 acres of beautiful grounds seven miles north of Leicester and within easy reach of airports and motorways. Whilst we operate as a Catholic school, we welcome children of other denominations and faiths. We place great emphasis on the development of the whole person.
A wide range of GCSE and A-level subjects are available and students are encouraged to achieve their best in a friendly, positive learning environment. Those who can gain the highest grades will be stretched and given every opportunity to shine, but equally we foster a sense of pride and achievement in all our students. Most students go on to their first choice university after completing their A-levels.
Students’ talents and interests are developed through an extensive programme of activities including rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, football, tennis, rounders, athletics, fencing and tae kwon do. Many students learn to play a musical instrument and there are choirs and bands to join. Drama, film-making and other media activities are popular. The Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are both popular.
Chapel; an outstanding Sixth Form Centre; high-quality boarding accommodation; sports hall; indoor swimming pool; superb playing
fields; floodlit all-weather pitch; netball and tennis courts; theatre; music block; ICT suites; art and design centre; fitness suite; squash courts; conference facilities.
Judged ‘Outstanding’ by ISI in March 2010. Separate boys’ and girls’ houses. Years 11–13 have their own modern, well-appointed room; younger boarders share in rooms of no more than two or three. In June 2011 an Ofsted inspection found Ratcliffe outstanding in three areas, good in three and good overall. The boarding Housemaster and Housemistress reside on site, with their own young families, thereby creating a family atmosphere which permeates the School.
Nursery School: Entry is by school report (if applicable) and informal assessment.
Junior School: Entry is by school report and entrance examinations (papers in English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning) for entry to Years 1–6.
Senior School: Entry is normally at 11+, 12+, 13+ and 14+ by school report and successful performance in the College’s own entrance examinations.
Sixth Form: Entrance examinations may be set depending on the applicant’s educational background. Overseas applicants are usually required to take an English test. In general, applicants will be interviewed and entry will also be based on successful performance in GCSE (or equivalent). Applicants should obtain at least six GCSE passes at B grade or better including English and Mathematics. Further to this, GCSE grade A or A* is normally required in order to study the following subjects in the Sixth Form: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and English Literature.
A wide range of scholarships that recognise academic, sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic talent amongst applicants for the Senior School are offered on entry to Year 7, Year 9 and the Sixth Form. A limited number of additional awards are available at the Headmaster’s discretion. A limited number of Bursaries are available, mainly on entry to Year 7. Further details can be obtained from the Registrar.
‘The broad and balanced curriculum aims to identify and provide for individual needs, and recognise and encourage individual talents.’