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

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.

There are also opportunities for part-time and occasional boarding for day pupils, and these can be of benefit to both students and parents. [Read our leaflet to find out more] All students at Ratcliffe are therefore 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 2015
Ratcliffe College Report for Final Visit

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

Girls Boarding Handbook 2015-2016
Boys Boarding Handbook 2015-2016
Boarding Weekend Trips and Visits 2015-2016
Boarding Travel Factsheet

Have you ever thought about trying occasional or part-time boarding?
Read our leaflet to find out more

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 currently teach in the Learning Support Department and I also teach some Spanish. I am the school’s E-safety Co-ordinator and I thoroughly enjoy my pastoral role in the school. 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 Aidan 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 at Leeds, I was Captain of Rugby Union and Hockey, and also a keen golfer and skier. I was fortunate enough to play representative rugby for the Irish Exiles, U21’s and Students, along with Premiership and First Division rugby. My teaching career then followed: at Repton School in Derbyshire and then Downe House School in Berkshire. During these spells I was Head of Department, Master i.c Rugby, Winter Expeditions, Socials, and then Housemaster, before moving to Ratcliffe together with my wife, Sam along with my children who attend Ratcliffe College Preparatory School.