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Ratcliffe College invest £4.5 million in Preparatory School
Find out here what happened when HRH Duke of Gloucester came to officially open our Preparatory School.
Building upon its burgeoning success in all aspects, Ratcliffe College has just invested £4.5 million in a new, state-of-the-art building for its Junior pupils, which has been completed for 1st September 2014. Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, as the new school will be known, provides the latest and best technology and teaching facilities for children aged 3-11 years, in the safe, secure and beautiful setting of the College’s 200-acre estate in North Leicestershire on the A46.
As part of the new building, twelve classrooms are located over two floors, as well as a dedicated technology and languages centre, science and food technology laboratory, arts and crafts room, performing arts centre, library and central assembly hall for the young pupils. “The new, larger building will not only help the School to satisfy the current waiting list, which has been a source of frustration for many of our parents, but more importantly will offer the opportunity of a wonderful Ratcliffian education to yet more children”, said Mr Gareth Lloyd, Headmaster, Ratcliffe College.
The new building has been developed to be sympathetic to the original school building, opened in 1847, which itself was designed by the famous architect of the Houses of Parliament, Augustus Pugin – whose descendant, David Franklin, is coincidentally the architect of today’s splendid building! Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, like the original College, has been designed around a ‘Quad’, ensuring that the new classrooms are bathed in natural light.