Ratcliffe College facts - Ratcliffe College

Ratcliffe College is an independent, HMC, co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 3 – 18, with boarding available from age 11 to 18. The School is thriving – there are currently over 800 pupils of which around 100 are boarders, about half of these are international. Our aim at Ratcliffe is to create a learning community in which young people may grow to become confident, competent, articulate members of society. The School was founded in 1847 by the Institute of Charity. Founder Antonio Rosmini was renowned as an educational innovator and that spirit has propelled the College forward ever since.

The College ‘Victorian Gothic’ buildings were designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, who co-operated with Sir Charles Barry on the design of the Palace of Westminster. The school is set within 200 acres of beautiful grounds seven miles north of Leicester, in the Midlands and within easy reach of airports and motorways. Whilst we are a Catholic school,children of other denominations and faiths, and none, are welcome. In the latest ISI inspection in March 2015, the School was judged to be “Excellent”, the top accolade, in all nine categories.


Academic Success

We are extremely proud of our excellent examination results record, both in GCSEs and at A Level.
You can find the most recent examination results brochure here.

Our value-added performance has consistently put us in the top 10% of schools nationally for the last three years with regard to A Level results.

Co-curricular activities

We firmly believe that a good school is about much more than academic success alone. Students’ talents and interests are developed through an extensive programme of activities that include rugby, hockey,cricket, netball, swimming, rounders and athletics.

Drama, film-making, the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are also popular and over a quarter of our students play a musical instrument, with a plethora of choral and instrumental ensembles to join. This year we offer 57 different activities. You can discover more about our Co-curricular offer here.


We are constantly improving and developing our wonderful facilities and recent years have seen a significant investment in this area, delivering and award-winning preparatory school, wellbeing garden, refurbished science and maths departments and improved refectory. Also we are incredibly proud to have a brand new sports centre, fitness suite and gym and many more enhancements to our sporting provision.

You can discover much more about all of our facilities here.

Also check out our wonderful 360 experience here.

School Boarding

There are separate boys’ and girls’ houses. All Years 11–13 students have their own modern room;younger boarders share rooms of no more than three. The boarding Housemaster and Housemistress reside on site, with their own families, thereby helping create a family atmosphere. Ratcliffe College offers an outstanding boarding community, enjoying a comprehensive programme of activities and trips, arranged for evenings and weekends.

Why not check our our Twitter page for all the latest news and updates from the Boarding Houses @rcboarding

You can learn more about our Boarding offer here.