Ratcliffe College is first and foremost a vibrant, purposeful and happy community, a leading co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 3 – 18, with boarding available from age 9 to 18. 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, faiths and none are welcome.


Ratcliffe College’s aim is to achieve excellence through happiness, and to create a learning community in which young people may grow to become confident, competent, articulate members of society. We firmly believe that a good school is about much more than academic success alone.

– Ratcliffe College is a Catholic School for boys and girls aged 3-18, taking boarders from the age of 9.

–  We are currently 823 students of which about 100 are boarders.  About 50% of boarders are from overseas.

–  We are a Catholic school yet with a universal welcome to everyone, regardless of creed.  Our exceptional pastoral care brings out the best in everyone and provides a real sense of community.  Our overseas boarders have the same opportunities as all our students, for example, holding Prefect and Head Boy/Girl positions.

–  Examination results are excellent:

At ‘A’ Level in 2016– 72% grades A*-B, 42% grades A* or A.

83% students went to first choice of university, most of which are Russell Group.

3 students gained Oxbridge places, 1 went to US Ivy League university.

–  We offer a wealth of Extra-Curricular activities, including our “Big Six” – Duke of Edinburgh Award, CCF, Music, Drama, Sport and Chaplaincy/Charitable activities.

– Our fees include EAL lessons where necessary and all weekend trips throughout the year.

– Our Prep sessions, after school, are fully supervised by staff.

– In Sixth Form, there is opportunity for three students at a time, to spend some time in our Sixth Form flat, learning to live independently, doing their own laundry and cooking etc., to help prepare them for university life.

–  We don’t have specific, compulsory Exeat weekends, but offer a full programme of trips and activities for boarders every weekend throughout the term.

–  In our Inspection last year, we were awarded the top accolade of “Excellent” in all 9 categories.

Tuition Fees : Average £28,728 per year
Type of school : Boarding School
Location : Midlands
Size : 823 students
Airport service
Athletics track
Cricket pitches
Dining hall
Fitness centre
Floodlit hockey pitches
Netball courts
No exeat weekends
Playing fields
Purpose built theatre
Resident Houseparents
Safe, secure location in the countryside
Sixth form
Sixth form flat to encourage independent living
Special diets
Sports hall
Squash courts
Staff living onsite
Swimming pool
Tennis courts