All students and members of staff are members of a House. There are two separate competitions: one for the Junior Department (Years 1 to 6) and one for the Senior School (Years 7 to 13).
Houses at Ratcliffe exist to provide opportunities for students to compete against each other according to their individual strengths and interests – whether sporting, academic or associated with hobbies or other activities. Each of the Houses – Arundel, De Lisle, Emery and Leetham – is named after a benefactor or highly influential person in the history of the school.
Fortnightly House assemblies are held on Wednesday mornings throughout the year.