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Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Ratcliffe College is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the village of Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicestershire. Occupying 100 acres, the campus is home to the cricket ground used by the college cricket team. The recent ISI inspection for the school rated Ratcliffe College as ’excellent’ in all assessed areas. [1]


The curriculum in the Prep School covers the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, enhanced with lessons for religious education, art & design, geography, history and ICT. Specialist teaching is provided for music, art, MFL, Latin, drama, PE and games.


The co-curricular offer is rich in diversity, aiming to introduce children to as many activities as possible. The programme covers everything from meditation, music theory, LAMDA and Quiz Club to yoga, swimming, ballet and fencing.


Offering a robust pastoral care and a top-class education, Ratcliffe College centres its ethos on Christian values, aiming to enrich children’s emotional, social and intellectual growth. The school’s primary goal is to cultivate confident, responsible and compassionate members of society, who will access the world beyond school with resilience and the capacity to make a change.


Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Leicester, LE7 4SG

County: Leicestershire

Admissions info: or +44 (0) 1509 817031

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school 

Open days: March and October

7+ Exam date: January of Year 2


Open Events for Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Open Mornings offer the opportunity to meet key members of staff, tour the different departments on campus and hear an address from the Head.


You can also schedule an individual visit (of similar format) on a normal school day.


Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


7+ assessments take place in late January of the calendar year of entry. Your child’s numeracy and literacy skills will be assessed and school reports will be requested. Please note that priority will be given to Catholic families and families sympathetic to the school’s Catholic ethos.


Registration includes a payment of a non-refundable Registration Fee of £99. To accept an offer, you will be asked to pay a £1000 deposit, held until your child leaves the school. Parents of Catholic students will also be asked to send their child’s copy of a baptism certificate.


Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and Bursaries are not available to 7+ applicants.


Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics


The English exam tests comprehension and writing skills, including inference, punctuation and grammar, as well as the fluency of your child’s reading and oral skills.


The Maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including their knowledge of times tables.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Ratcliffe College 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Ratcliffe College 7+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 7+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Ratcliffe College 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Ratcliffe College 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Ratcliffe College 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing


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The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Ratcliffe College entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the Ratcliffe College 7+ entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Ratcliffe College 7+ past papers. The information provided about Ratcliffe College was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for Ratcliffe College:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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