Why choose boarding at Ratcliffe?

‘Excellent’ (ISI 2015 & 2010) – ‘Outstanding’ community (Ofsted 2011)

The School offers full, weekly, part-time and occasional boarding from age 11.

We believe that boarding offers tremendous benefits of a fully rounded education – academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Boarding contributes to the development of important transferable skills, such as personal responsibility, communication, teamwork, self-motivation and adaptability. Most of all, boarding at Ratcliffe is fun – ask the students! There are so many activities available to boarders throughout the week, as well as on weekends.

All students at Ratcliffe are encouraged to participate in boarding during their years at school; as full, weekly, part-time or occasional boarders.

Whatever the level of boarding, all of our students view their experiences here at Ratcliffe as family-centred, and full of fun and happiness, as subsequent inspections of Boarding have recognised. The strength of relationships and community attracts particular praise, as you can see from our most recent inspections by ISI (2015 & 2010) and Ofsted (2011):

Ratcliffe College ISI Report 2010
Ratcliffe College Report for Final Visit

German student Clara, who is returning to Germany at the end of this term, pays tribute to her year at Ratcliffe College in this creative display:

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We genuinely care about every single child, as our Aims of Boarding indicate.

Girls Boarding Handbook
Boys Boarding Handbook
Boarding Weekend Trips and Visits 2017-2018
Boarding Travel Factsheet

Meet the Boarding Staff

Mrs Jo Leite - Head of Boarding and Senior Housemistress

After leaving Sheffield University in 1996 with a degree in Hispanic Studies, I spent five years in Barcelona teaching English as a foreign language and running a small language school. I returned to England with my husband in 2001 and trained to be a teacher, living and working in the London area. I moved to the Midlands when we started a family and joined Ratcliffe College in 2008 as a Learning Support teacher. I joined Girls’ Boarding as Senior Housemistress in September 2010 and have lived at the college ever since with my very supportive family. I always like to set myself a challenge and I completed an MA in Learning and Teaching at Leicester University in 2013. In September 2017, I took up my position as Head of Boarding and I am very proud to lead the boarding team at the school. I teach in the Learning Support Department and I also teach Spanish. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of my role and I am passionate about pastoral care and boarding in the school.



Mr Philip Gilchrist –  Housemaster

I joined Ratcliffe College in 2008 after a very successful and enjoyable professional football career. Highlights included getting promoted to the Premier League twice with West Bromwich Albion and winning the Carling Cup with Leicester City. At Ratcliffe, I have been fortunate to have worked across all the three areas of the school – Nursery, Preparatory and Seniors – in my initial role of Junior Games Coordinator and most recently as Director of Sport. During this time, I completed my Sports Science Degree and my PGCE, which has helped me to understand many of the situations that the students will face over their time here at Ratcliffe. I have a very supportive family; my wife, Nicola, is a Year 6 class teacher in the Preparatory School and both my children, Cameron and Olivia, attended Ratcliffe College, with my daughter completing her A level studies this year. We also have our Chocolate Labrador, Monty, who is a great addition to the boarding house! My family is a big part of my life; I really enjoy the odd game of golf and watching my children play sport (football and netball).


Mrs Helen Grant – Resident Assistant Housemistress – HGrant@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk

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