Boarding School

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

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. Catch up with all the latest boarding news in our Boarding Newsletter.

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

There are also opportunities for occasional boarding for day pupils, to support modern-day living and the occasional demands upon parents to travel in term time. 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 Ofsted (2011) and ISI (2010):

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/SC001834

Ratcliffe College Report for Final Visit

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

Girls Boarding Handbook 2014-2015
Boys Boarding Handbook 2014-2015
Boarding Weekend Trips and Visits
Boarding Travel Factsheet

Meet the Boarding Staff


Mr Graham Sharpe - 
Head of Boarding

I arrived at Ratcliffe with my wife and two very young sons back in 1987, and my work here has always been a combination of Chemistry teaching and Pastoral responsibility. I am currently Head of Sixth Form and of Boarding. My wife and I live in a house in the school grounds.

When time permits, I enjoy both cycling and grappling with the Times crossword puzzle, and I play Chess quite regularly which gives me an interest out of school.

Mrs Jo Leite - 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. I joined Ratcliffe College in 2008 as a Learning Support teacher, after having had two children. I joined Girls’ Boarding as Housemistress in September 2010 and now live at the college with my family. I continue to teach in the Learning Support Department and thoroughly enjoy my pastoral role in boarding. I completed an MA in Learning and Teaching at Leicester University in 2013 and I like to spend my precious free time with my family!


Mr Aiden Cooke –  Housemaster

I was born in Belfast, grew up in North Wales then attended Leeds University where I read Educational Studies, Technology and Physical Education. While there, I was Captain of Rugby and Hockey, and also a keen golfer and skier. I was fortunate enough to play representative rugby for the Irish Exiles, U21s and Students, along with Premiership and first division rugby. My teaching career then followed: at Repton in Derbyshire and then Downe House in Berkshire. During these spells I was Head of Department, Master i.c Rugby, Skiing and Socials, and then Housemaster, before moving to Ratcliffe together with my wife, Sam, and my children Ciernan, who attends the Nursery School, and twins Aoife and Finian.