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.

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

2017 ‘A’ Level Results

Ratcliffe College celebrates outstanding A Level results with 76% of grades A* – B!

Ratcliffe students celebrate outstanding ‘A’ level results.

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%



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