For the first time in Ratcliffe College’s history, the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate has rated the school to be excellent across all nine categories.
The independent day and boarding school, for girls and boys aged three to 18, was visited by a team of inspectors at the beginning of March and its report has just become available.
Inspectors said: “The quality of academic and other achievements is excellent. Pupils develop excellent knowledge, skills and understanding. The curriculum is appropriate at all stages and offers flexibility which meets the needs of pupils in the school.”
They also commented that: “The pupils’ social awareness is outstanding and their very strong affection for their school community is profound and was very strongly evident in the pupils’ interviews. For example they were drawn into the school as it felt like a family.”
The report adds: “The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent throughout the school. Pupils are mature, articulate and confident by the time that they leave the school.”
Headmaster Gareth Lloyd said: “Needless to say, we were delighted to be judged ‘excellent’ in every single category, a remarkable achievement. It is both a true reflection of the exceptional teamwork, collaboration and commitment of all stakeholders, and a just endorsement of the teaching and learning, in the deepest sense, that distinguish Ratcliffe College and the values that we hold dear.
“Of course there is always room for improvement and, under the guidance of the senior leadership team, we shall be addressing recommendations in a timely and appropriate manner.”