Applications - Ratcliffe College


When you feel that Ratcliffe College is a strong possible choice for your son or daughter, you are encouraged to apply for a place with us.  

The School experiences high demand for places in many year groups so, early application is advisable.

By applying you are expressing an interest in Ratcliffe College, it does not commit you to accepting a place, nor does it commit the School to the offer of one.

For some of the younger year groups, for example the Nursery, Years 1 and 2, you may wish to contact our Admissions Department to check availability, as some waiting lists may be in operation.

To apply, complete our Application Form by clicking the button above and pay a non-refundable Application Fee of £99 (UK) or £125 (Overseas).

You can make an application for your child at any age on the understanding that completion of the Application Form and payment of the fee does not constitute a binding contract for admission to Ratcliffe College.

The Application Form should be signed off by both parents. If only one signature is provided, then legal proof of sole custody should be provided.

The School reserves the right to refuse entrance based on any aspect of the Admissions process. Please inform the Admissions Department of any change of address, telephone number or email address, to promote effective communication between us.

Offers of places are always subject to availability and the admission requirements of the School, at the time offers are made. A copy of the current edition of the standard terms and conditions can be supplied upon request.


The following criteria are used, in no particular order, to help determine a student’s suitability for admission:

  • By the very nature of the School, priority will always be given to Catholic families, and to families sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of Ratcliffe College;
  • Performance in the School’s Entrance Examination/Assessment;
  • A willingness and/or ability to participate in the rich variety of extra-curricular activities;
  • A positive report from the applicant’s present school and, if applying to the Senior School, an interview with the Headmaster or a member of his Senior Leadership Team.
  • The presence of a sibling already in the School and/or previous family connections;
  • In all circumstances, the School’s aim is to admit students with academic ability and a range of qualities to gain the maximum benefit from the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities available at Ratcliffe College.

The Headmaster, in consultation with the Board of Governors, is responsible for all decisions relating to the admission of students.  If there is a waiting list for entry to a particular age group, applicants will be considered strictly according to the fulfilment of the criteria and to the date order of application for each child.  All formal offers of places will be made in writing, either by the Headmaster or by the Admissions Manager acting on his behalf.