Ratcliffe College in Leicester, Leicestershire, England is one of affordable co-educational boarding schools in England.
Ratcliffe College 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 Berry on the design of the Houses of Parliament. The buildings have been continuously added to, a process which continues today, preserving the glories of the old buildings whilst adding the modern teaching and boarding accommodation our students now require.
Ratcliffe College is an HMC, Co-educational Catholic school based in Leicestershire that welcomes all from the ages of 3-18 (boarding from the age of 9) under the trusteeship of the Institute of Charity.
The Sixth Form Lounge (with a full screen cinema facility) and Sixth Form Cafeteria on the ground floor provide a most pleasant environment for free time and social activities, as well as for meetings of the numerous Sixth Form societies.
Our Sixth Form students are drawn from a wonderfully diverse range of social and ethnic backgrounds, yet all share a thirst to achieve their full academic potential to attain their varied hopes and ambitions for the future. We believe that our school community is strengthened by this variety and that all individuals benefit from living and working in such an environment.
Life in the Sixth Form is a new, exciting and challenging experience. Dressed in suits rather than school uniform, students are given greater freedom and responsibility, but within a secure framework of support and guidance. The Sixth Form is an ideal preparation for higher education.
While we give support and guidance to students on an individual basis, we have several aims which apply to all. In particular, we genuinely offer all of our students a true preparation for life, by enabling each student:
• To obtain his/her best possible public examination grades;
• To develop as an individual within a supportive, Christian environment;
• To take on and manage extra responsibilities;
• To participate in extra-curricular activities – sporting, musical, dramatic, cultural, hobbies, social, etc. – according to interests and abilities;
• To develop the skills and characteristics required to be able to enter wider society as a confident, well-rounded individual having consideration for others.
The Sixth Form curriculum is enriched with complementary studies, which includes a general Religious Studies programme, lectures on moral and ethical issues and talks on Higher Education and Careers, Physical Education and an extensive extra-curricular programme. Sixth Formers have their own personal tutor who will monitor their academic progress. Classes are small and relationships with staff are relaxed; independent study habits are fostered and Sixth Formers are encouraged to think of themselves as senior members of the school community. Many will be offered the opportunity to assume responsibilities as Monitors or Prefects and to share with staff the organisation and leadership of House activities and extra-curricular clubs.