Why choose Ratcliffe?
Our aim at Ratcliffe is to maintain high academic standards as part of an all-round balanced education. We are very proud of the academic achievements of our students. But do our students achieve their full potential?
Assessing the School’s examination results, using value-added measures, helps us to judge exactly how good these results are, taking into account the prior achievement of students prior to commencing their A Levels or GCSEs.
Based on our students’ GCSE performances, our students have been in the top 10% nationally by A Level for the last three years. We can, therefore, say with absolute confidence that our students reach their full potential academically at Ratcliffe College.
2017 ‘A’ Level Results
Ratcliffe College celebrates outstanding A Level results with 76% of grades A* – B!
Ratcliffe College is, once again, delighted with its exceptional A Level results. The College achieved a significant increase in the percentage of A and A* grades compared to last year, with 49% of all grades A or better. At the top end, 23% of all students achieved A, A, A* or better, including Charlie Nicholson who attained four A* grades and full marks in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Charlie has attended Ratcliffe since Year 8, achieving outstanding GCSE results, all of which were at A* and he is applying to read Mathematics at Oxford University for September 2018, following a flawless display, scoring 1200 UMS marks across all his Mathematics papers. In preparation for his application, the School is delighted that he is joining its Mathematics Department this September as a Teaching Assistant while honing his impressive skills as he sits the demanding additional examination papers required by Oxford University. As a talented musician, younger students will also benefit from Charlie’s musical flair as an accomplished brass player and from his choral skills.
Charlie said, “I’m a bit shell-shocked! I’m very proud of myself and my peers and thankful to the school for supporting us in achieving these amazing results. I’m looking forward to coming back in September and helping other students.”
The College provides for a wide range of abilities and yet attained a 99% pass rate, with 76% of all grades being A*-B, and 90% of all grades being C or better. The majority of students have secured their First Choice University.
Headmaster, Jon Reddin, commented: “These are fantastic examination results which are testament to the dedication and hard work of the students, their teachers and the College’s ethos. This reflects Ratcliffe’s national top 5% placing for value-added at A Level. We are incredibly proud of our Year 13 students who have contributed so much to the College over so many years, and we wish them all every success as they embark upon much coveted university courses or Gap Year programmes in the autumn.”
Number of students entered: 66
Percentage passed with A* to E grades: 99%
Percentage passed with A* to C grades: 90%
Percentage with A* to B grades: 76%
Percentage of grades A or better: 49%
2017 GCSE Results
Continued Excellence at Ratcliffe College
Ratcliffe College students have achieved another superb set of GCSE results. Following on from the College’s outstanding A Level results, which placed them in the top 10% nationally by value added, these splendid GCSE results reflect the excellent standards of teaching and learning at Ratcliffe, underpinned by the College’s inclusive ethos.
The College is delighted with the increase in this year’s overall pass rate, with 92% of all grades C/4 or better and 44% of all grades were A*/A or 7/8/9 on the new grading system. The Mathematics Department achieved a 100% pass rate in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, whilst there was a 100% pass rate in English Literature, which included 64% achieving the new grade 7 or above and 16% achieving the new top grade 9, five times the national average.
Headmaster, Mr Jon Reddin commented: “Following the government’s changes to Mathematics and English syllabuses and the grading system, our superb GCSE examination results have, yet again, proven that we stretch our most able students while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their God-given talents. We are incredibly proud of the students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of our teachers and support staff, and we look forward to the year group’s continued success as they begin their next phase of education in the Sixth Form.”
Krishan Gupta achieved 8 grades at A* or A and grade 9 in English Literature, and will study Mathematics, Economics, German and Physics at A Level. Krishan also expressed shock, “I didn’t think I would do so well and was nervous about the way some of my exams went. I’m so pleased!”
Sarah Astill and Nicole Spencer achieved 8 grades at A* or A, in addition to the top new grades in Mathematics, English Language and Literature. Sarah said, “I’m quite shocked and glad the wait is over. All the teachers have made time for us when we needed it, including bringing in chocolate at exam time!”
Head of English, Dr Luanda Stannard, commented, “I’m immensely proud of all our hardworking students and staff, especially considering the increased difficulty of the examination. These are an incredible set of results.”