Examination Results

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.

Basically, Value Added data tells us if students reach their full potential. For ‘A’ levels, an independent company called ALPS (www.alps-va.co.uk) measures our performance.

Based on our students’ GCSE performances, our students have been in the top 10% by A-level and AS-level for the last three years.

In 2015, we were in the top 1% for our AS results. We can, therefore, say with absolute confidence that our students reach their full potential academically at Ratcliffe College.

2016 ‘A’ Level Results

In 2016 we were ranked at No. 52 in a list of Top UK Co-ed Boarding Schools by A level (% of A*-B grades) produced by http://www.privateschools.co/league-tables-coed.asp

Ratcliffe Students achieve 71% A*-B grades at A Level

Ratcliffe students celebrate outstanding ‘A’ level results.

Ratcliffe College is delighted with its outstanding ‘A’ Level results. Last year, the College was awarded ‘Excellent’ in all categories by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and the ‘A’ Level data has reinforced the Inspectors’ comments that the attainment of the students across all external examinations is excellent.  An impressive 5% of Year 13 students gained entry into Oxbridge or Ivy League Universities and 15% scored A*A*A or better. The College provides for a wide range of abilities and yet there was a 100% pass rate at ‘A’ Level with 71% of all grades being A*-B, and 41% of all grades being A or A*.  The majority of students have secured their First Choice University.

Headmaster, Mr Gareth Lloyd, commented: “Our current Year 13 students have been wonderful in every way; I am so proud of them.  They have worked extremely hard to access exciting and fulfilling opportunities after school; they have played hard in a fantastic variety of extra-curricular activities, especially sport, music and drama; and most importantly, they have looked after each other and others both within the School community and beyond.  I am delighted that their exemplary work ethic
has been rewarded with demonstrable academic success.”

Number of students entered: 74
Percentage passed with A* to E grades: 100%
Percentage passed with A* to C grades: 90%
Percentage with A* to B grades 71%
Percentage of grades A or better 41%


2016 GCSE Results

Ratcliffe College is delighted with another impressive set of GCSE results. Following the College’s outstanding inspection, these excellent results reinforce this message.

Ratcliffe College saw a significant increase in A* grades, with 48% of all grades A*/A. The College takes pride in supporting all students, teaching a wide spectrum of abilities; with 87% of all grades being C or better, there is clearly significant value added to all our students regardless of their ability.

Headmaster, Mr Gareth Lloyd commented: “Our examination results have, yet again, proven that we stretch the most able while at the same time supporting every individual, nurturing their own personal strengths. I am immensely proud of my students’ achievements and of the unstinting commitment of my colleagues to each and every child.”

In the very difficult Further Mathematics examination, which is far more challenging than GCSE Mathematics, there was an increase in the A/A*; 23% of the Year group achieved grade A or above (including A**), significantly bucking the national trend.

Top students are Philip Gyesi-Appiah (11A*s, including A* with Distinction in Further Maths), Joseph Smith (10 A*s and 1 A), Tom Cusack and Nathalie Dawe (both with A* with Distinction, 9 A*s and 2 As), Esme Kelly (8 A*s and 3 As) and David Hippisley-Cox (A* with Distinction, 8A*s and 2 As).

Olivia Back achieved 5 A*s and 5 As. A scholar athlete, Olivia is an exceptionally talented hockey player, having successfully earned her place in the Under-16 England Team. Concurrent with her studies at Ratcliffe College, she plays for the Leicester Ladies’ First Team Hockey Club, a National Premiership team. Olivia is currently trialling for England’s Under-18 National Team.

Olivia said, “I’m really happy! My dad says never to fail through lack of effort, and I try to embody that. I tend to do my work as soon as I get in, and then relax. It’s good that I have friends who understand.”

Congratulations are also extended to Jack Nightingale who has achieved 6A*s and 5As. A hardworking and enormously talented young man, Jack is a member of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club Academy and has also been nominated for the England Cricket Board (ECB) Under-19 Long List, for which he will be scouted over the next few years.

Jack said, “It was challenging to balance cricket with my school work.. There is no magic formula, just hard work. I couldn’t have done it without the support of School, the Cricket Club and my parents.”

Congratulations, one and all!




Latest Results Booklet 2016