Ratcliffe College

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Ratcliffe College
Ratcliffe5.jpg
Motto Legis Plenitudo Charitas
(Charity is the fulfilment of the law)
Established 1847
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Roman Catholic (Rosminians)
Headmaster Mr. Gareth P. Lloyd
Founder Blessed Father Antonio Rosmini-Serbati
Location Leicester
Leicestershire
LE7 4SG
England
Coordinates: 52°43′46″N 1°04′33″W / 52.7294°N 1.0758°W / 52.7294; -1.0758
DfE number 855/6001
DfE URN 120316 Tables
Students 792
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–18
Publication The Ratcliffian
Former pupils Old Ratcliffians
Website www.ratcliffe-college.co.uk

Ratcliffe College is a coeducational Catholic independent boarding and day school in the village of Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire, approximately 7 miles (11 km) from Leicester, England. The college, situated in 100 acres (0.40 km2) of parkland on the Fosse Way about six miles (10 km) north of Leicester, was founded on the instructions of Blessed Father Antonio Rosmini-Serbati in 1845 as a seminary. In 1847, the buildings were converted for use as a boarding school for upper-class boys. The college became coeducational under the presidency of Father Tony Baxter in the mid-1970s. As of the 2014–2015 academic years, there were 792 students on roll at Ratcliffe, from ages 3 to 18.[1]

The school buildings were designed by the Victorian Gothic revivalist Augustus Welby Pugin. Pugin, who is associated with Catholic architecture throughout the Midlands and north of England, is also noted for his collaboration with Charles Barry in the reconstruction of the Palace of Westminster. The Square was designed by Charles Francis Hansom, brother of Joseph Hansom, the designer of the Hansom cab. various building works over the years have contributed to Pugin and Hansom's work, and modern buildings include a "new" gothic refectory (constructed in the early years of the twentieth century) and a Byzantine-style church.

Management[edit]

The school, operated by Rosmini's Institute of Charity, used to use the title "Father President" for the most senior member of staff who, up until 1996, was always a Father of the Institute. In 1996, the school appointed its first lay President, Tim Kilbride, and the position was renamed Headmaster. He was succeeded in 2000 by Peter Farrar and in 2009 by Gareth Lloyd, its current Headmaster.

Ratcliffe College, the front

Former Presidents and Headmasters[edit]

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) - Report March 2015[edit]

Ratcliffe College is regularly inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). This is the body approved by the Department of Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations.

A team of ten inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate spent four days examining every aspect of school life. You can download and read the complete report at: www.isi.net/schools/6822/ [2]

The School received 'Excellent' report in all 9 categories:

  • Pupils’ achievements and learning
  • Curricular and extra-curricular provision
  • Teaching
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Pastoral care
  • Welfare, health and safety provision
  • Boarding
  • Governance
  • Leadership and management, including links with parents

Partnership with Leicester City Football Club[edit]

In January 2015 Ratcliffe agreed a deal to educate 16 Thai students who had been selected by Leicester City FC to come to Leicester and who would benefit from regular exposure to the Academy facilities at Leicester City. Ratcliffe's current Director of Sport is former LCFC player, Phil Gilchrist.

Cricket ground[edit]

The college cricket ground is used by the college cricket team. The first recorded use of the ground came in 1948, when Ratcliffe College played King Edward's School, Birmingham.[3] The ground has also played host to a single List-A match, when the Leicestershire Cricket Board played Denmark in the 1st round of the 2003 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy which was played in 2002.[4]

School Combined Cadet Force in the Square

Old Ratcliffians[edit]

Former pupils of Ratcliffe are known as Old Ratcliffians. They include:

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ratcliffe College 1847–1947 edited by Rev. C. R. Leetham with an Appendix at the back entitled 'Alphabetical List of Students 1847–1950'[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ ISI Report -www.isi.net/schools/6822/
  3. ^ Other matches played on Ratcliffe College
  4. ^ List A Matches played on Ratcliffe College
  5. ^ From a copy of book published by the Ratcliffian Association in 1950 which contains black-and-white photographs

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