Inspiring a passion for learning.
Ratcliffe College’s Catholic ethos is at the centre of all that we do at the Preparatory School, enabling the children to feel valued, safe and secure; inspiring them with a passion for learning and a heart for caring for each other.
In September 2014, Ratcliffe College Junior School became the Preparatory School in our wonderful, state-of-the-art building. Every member of staff here is committed to making each child’s time in the Preparatory School a happy one. We aim to develop each child’s full potential in all areas of life, so that by the end of Year 6 they are ready to embark upon their secondary education at Ratcliffe with confidence and enthusiasm. We strongly believe that education is a partnership between home and school, with the child at the centre. Many opportunities are given for parents to be involved in their child’s learning journey to ensure Ratcliffe pupils become in time well-rounded, self-confident, independent learners.
Our last School Inspection fully recognised how well the needs of our pupils are addressed in all areas of life, from teaching and learning, to sporting, musical, dramatic, spiritual and moral development. The report also recognised that we are an exceptionally happy and caring school which nurtures confidence in our pupils and where the quality of learning is excellent.
Ratcliffe College Preparatory School has expanded rapidly in recent years and offers a full, all-round education where every child thrives. The small class sizes of 18 (maximum), together with the warm and friendly environment in which the children work and play, enable them to reach their full academic potential, whilst having the opportunity to experience many extra-curricular activities.
The curriculum is broad and balanced including extensive provision for Drama, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Latin, taught by specialist teachers. Each classroom has the most up-to-date teaching and learning resources, with specialist classrooms for Art, Music, Science, Food Technology, ICT and Performing Arts. As the children move into Year 6, approximately half their timetable is taught by Senior specialists. This enables the highest academic standards at the end of Key Stage 2, which means that all pupils move very happily into Year 7.
We benefit enormously from sharing the campus of the Senior School; this allows us to make use of the many wonderful extra facilities, from the School Church to the swimming pool and sports fields.