Head Boy & Head Girl

Head Boy – Jack Nightingale Head Girl – Beatrice Waters
Hello, my name is Jack Nightingale and I have been a student at Ratcliffe College since 2002, when I started my first year in the Cygnets. During my 15-years at the school, I have been blessed to receive the care and support I need to flourish in my studies, sporting ambitions and most importantly; as a person. I have, since a very young age, been eager to succeed in all aspects school life, and with the enthusiasm of my teachers and peers alike the opportunity to do so has always been available.

The nurturing community I have grown up in has allowed me to recognise that each person is unique, deserving of respect and support; whilst instilling a key sense of dignity and self-worth. Not only does this create an aspirational mentality, but has prepared me for life beyond school.

Being awarded Head Boy is extremely humbling and exciting, and I hope to continue to give back to the school in as many ways as possible. Ratcliffe College holds a special place in my heart and will do for the rest of my life.

Next year, I am hoping to go to University and undertake a course in Sport and Exercise Science, whilst continuing to pursue my dream of playing professional cricket, at the highest level. It is an exciting time in my life, and I am extremely grateful to be part of this amazing community!

I expect when my parents chose Ratcliffe College for me back in 2003, their purpose was to find me a school where I would be educated well, where I would achieve my potential in a caring environment and most importantly, where I would be happy. Ratcliffe has ticked all these boxes and so many more.

As Head Girl I do my best to set a good example to younger students, encouraging them to work hard and immerse themselves in all the wonderful opportunities Ratcliffe has to offer. I have taken full advantage of these opportunities, representing the school in sport teams and completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. I also attend the VSU club with disabled adults on a weekly basis, and volunteered this summer at Lourdes caring for two disabled ladies. This was a challenging yet incredibly rewarding and unforgettable experience that shared with a number of my classmates.

My time at Ratcliffe has shaped me as an individual and I’m truly grateful to all the staff who have supported me over the years. While I’m excited to see what my future beyond school holds, I will never forget the friends I have made here and hope to return alongside them as old Ratcliffians.

Sports Captains

Girls’ Sports Captain – Olivia Back Boys’ Sports Captain – Harry Heaney
Sport has always been part of my life. One of my earliest childhood memories is watching my Dad lift the Rugby World Cup in 2003. To be successful on the sporting field and in life in general I have learnt you need to work hard, be committed, passionate and enjoy what you do. My mantra ‘never fail through lack of effort’ I believe defines me. Sport has taught me to embrace challenges, work for others and never give up.I joined Ratcliffe College at the age of four and I have represented the school in every sports team since before I can remember. Sport has played a major role in my journey at Ratcliffe and I have great memories of triumphant successes and momentous disasters, some I’d rather forget! One thing that has remained constant throughout is our overwhelming team spirit at Ratcliffe. We play fair, do our best and hold our heads high in success or defeat. This is what makes our school special. I am thankful to Ratcliffe for the years of support and encouragement in helping me fulfil my dreams of representing my Country; I have represented England in the U18 Hockey squad and most recently I have been invited to trial for GB U21 Hockey Squad.I am proud to be a Ratcliffe College Sports Ambassador and help others maximise their potential in sport in a fun yet competitive environment. To be named Ratcliffe College Sports Ambassador is a great honour. My sporting career began at the age of seven when my Dad took me to Melton Rugby Football Club and I remember loving every second of it. My addiction for rugby then continued to grow as I played for my primary school teams’, captaining our tag-rugby team to a district and county championships. Even though my main sport is rugby, I would say that I am quite a “well-rounded” athlete playing in all three school teams leading up to Year Eleven; playing in the 1st Rugby team in Year Eleven, and being part of the 1sts for Hockey and Cricket in Year Twelve.Whilst at Ratcliffe, I feel that sport has taught me personal skills that cannot be learnt anywhere else but on the sports field. As a player you learn how to motivate yourself and others to continue and battle through a tough situation but also how to lose as a team and how to celebrate a victory as a team. Everything that I have learnt through sport at Ratcliffe has in the past, or will in the future, benefit me and I am sure that it has shaped the person I am now.