Ratcliffe College

Key aims, ethos and location
Ratcliffe College is a co-educational boarding and day school for approximately 750 students aged 3–18. Boarding is available from 9 to 18. Located just seven miles north of Leicester and within easy reach of airports and motorways, the school is set within 400 acres of idyllic grounds. Ratcliffe operates as a Catholic school, though children of other denominations and faiths are warmly welcomed. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person.

Entrance requirements:
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 entrance examinations set by the College.

Boarding
With separate boys’ and girls’ houses and a warm home from home atmosphere, it is hardly surprising that ISI reports have rated boarding facilities as ‘outstanding’. Along with their own young families, the boarding Housemaster and Housemistress reside on site. Students from years 11–13 have their own modern, well-appointed room, while younger boarders share rooms with one or two other pupils.

Facilities
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.

Extra-curricular activities
Students’ talents and interests are developed through an extensive and intensive programme of activities including rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, football, tennis, rounders, athletics, fencing and tae kwon do. Drama, film-making and other media activities are popular, as are the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Aside from opportunities to join choirs and bands, many students learn to play a musical instrument.

Sixth Form
Overseas applicants are usually required to take an English test. Applicants are interviewed and entry will also be based on successful performance in GCSE (or equivalent).

‘The broad and balanced curriculum aims to identify and provide for individual needs, and recognise and encourage individual talents.
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