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Ratcliffe College Preparatory School

Project Description: 

The new Preparatory School at Ratcliffe College provides the highest standards of education to continue the school’s excellent reputation in providing education and care to children aged 4 – 11. The success of the Junior School and progressively increasing pupil numbers made a new Preparatory School essential to the continued success of the College.

Ratcliffe College was founded in 1847. The main school is a hansom red brick building designed by the renowned architect Augustus Pugin. The School is located in the Leicestershire countryside with expansive grounds and woodland.

Located away from the main school buildings, the design of the new Preparatory School was envisaged to create a sense of ownership and individuality whilst the strong architectural language reflects the architectural style of the main school, promoting cohesion across different parts of the campus. Whereas the design of the School is modern in its use of glazing and other architectural elements, the link to the Schools built heritage is clearly apparent in the use of red brick, stonework, pitched slated roofs, gables and chimneys. The school is arranged around a courtyard, a quad and the focal heart of the school, with the main circulation route flowing around this space offering a continuous visual connections into the courtyard. The new building provides new general and specialist teaching classrooms, external learning spaces, open plan library/resource space, assembly hall and kitchen over two floors.

The School was designed with an adjoining sports hall which will be completed as a later phase of the development.

Location: Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire
Client: Ratcliffe College
Completed: 2015
Cost: £3.5M