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While handily located down its very own junction off the busy A46, the school’s imposing red brick facade feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of normal life, with the impressive and ancient building sitting in an expansive 200 acres of grounds. ‘Encouraging big ideas’ is the stand-out approach here. Parents say children are encouraged to ‘have visibility of the wider world and its challenges’ and ‘form their own opinions’...

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Ratcliffe College is an independent, co-educational, Catholic boarding and day school, for pupils aged between 3-18, located in the heart of England, Leicestershire. Founded in 1847 by the Rosminian Fathers, and set in 200 acres of beautiful, rural grounds on an enclosed campus, pupils benefit daily by working and playing within a truly inspirational physical environment.

Ratcliffe's inclusive Catholic ethos is complemented by the outstanding quality of the School's community through which the School's Mission, “Learning and Growing in the Light of the Gospel”, serves to nurture resilience and develop maturity.

Ratcliffe College is renowned for getting the very best out of young people and providing every opportunity for pupils to exceed expectations, as well-rounded individuals. Ratcliffe boasts a winning combination of community-feel, excellent teaching, small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care, and state-of-the-art facilities in which to learn and grow within a rich learning environment.

Ratcliffe College has repeatedly ranked in the top 1% nationally for value added results at A Level.

Typically, over 95% of students move onto their first-choice career pathway after A Level, with a clear majority of students winning places at Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. Young people leave Ratcliffe with a strong sense of who they are and their purpose in the world, equipped to make a difference to the communities in which they live and work.

Ratcliffe benefits from a vibrant, warm and welcoming boarding community that has long been part of the School's history. Its close-knit community of friends and teachers’ is a supportive environment where young people can thrive. Boarding at Ratcliffe provides a world of opportunities and benefits to support students alongside their studies, with a wide breadth of trips and boarding activities available during the week and at weekends.

The school’s latest ISI Inspection [in 2022] achieved the highest grade of ‘Excellent’ in all areas.
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Since 2017, Jonathan Reddin, previously deputy head. Studied sports science, PGCE and master’s all at Loughborough. Drawn to teaching as a result of coaching football in the US. Started his career at Kimbolton School, where he appreciated ‘the privilege of moulding young people's lives’, thence to LVS, Ascot, before moving to Brentwood School as director of sport. Describes moving to Ratcliffe as a happy coincidence that he was in the ‘right place at the right time, doing a good job’.

A devout Catholic, his faith is front and centre to everything he does: ‘I’m a great believer in teachers modelling the behaviours that they want to see in their students.’ Down-to-earth, calm and earnest, parents say he is ‘very sincere about the student voice’ and ‘always present and happy to listen’....

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Ratcliffe College has a Learning Support Department that can provide small group tuition in place of language options. In addition, we have qualified dyslexia teachers who can provide specialist tuition on an individual or paired basis.

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