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Why choose boarding at Ratcliffe?

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

The School offers full, weekly and occassional boarding from Year 7 (age 11).  We will consider applications for occasional or part-time boarding (1 to 3 nights per week) for pupils in Year 5 (age 9) and Year 6 (age 10). Each individual application will be judged on its own merits taking into consideration the pupil’s relative maturity for their age.

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 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 2017-2018
Boys Boarding Handbook 2017-2018
Boarding Weekend Trips and Visits 2016-2017
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 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 withWest 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 thesituations 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 –