Boarding Options and Fees - Ratcliffe College

Boarding Options and Fees

Full Boarding

Ratcliffe College welcomes full boarders from local areas and across the globe. Full boarders stay seven nights a week without any exeat weekends, allowing them to remain on campus every night throughout the term. However, boarders are still free to go out and visit friends and family, provided they have obtained the necessary permissions.

Our boarders engage in a diverse range of activities throughout the week and at weekends, including a Community Boarding trip every Sunday. 

Boarding trip examples:

  • City visits to Oxford, York, Cambridge, Nottingham, Leicester and many more!
  • Peak District
  • Outdoor watersports (Rutland)
  • Theme parks
  • Belvoir Castle
  • Cultural experiences
  • Paintballing, Laser-Tag, Go-Karting, Tree-Top Golf
  • Christmas markets

Weekly / Regular  Boarding

Students have the option to start with weekly or regular boarding. As they progress through the school, gaining confidence and independence, they may decide to increase their boarding frequency. This allows them to share the boarding experience with friends and dedicate more time to their co-curricular interests.

Weekly boarders have the option to stay for five nights a week, choosing to either arrive on a Sunday or a Monday. For those participating in school fixtures on Saturdays, staying overnight on Fridays is beneficial to ensure they are on campus Saturday morning.

Weekly boarding is gaining popularity among families residing in the nearby areas. Students can maximise their educational and co-curricular experiences from Monday to Friday before returning home to spend weekends with other friends and family. Despite not staying full-time, they remain integral members of the boarding community.

Regular boarders have the flexibility to stay at school for one to four nights per week, with a designated space in the house where they can securely leave their belongings even when not staying overnight. Additionally, students have the option to board, subject to availability, during weekends with scheduled activities that they wish to participate in.

Occasional Boarding

Occasional boarders have the choice to stay when needed, whether for one night or several. Reservations can be made through the Senior School Reception. However, due to limited bed availability, it is advisable to book well in advance to secure accommodation.

This option is available to all students at Ratcliffe College. Subject to house space availability, day students have the opportunity to stay with us on a more ad-hoc basis. This service proves valuable for families with busy schedules and unforeseen circumstances that may arise.


Boarding Fees

Boarding Fees Per Term Per Annum
Weekly Boarding (Years 6 to 8) £8,955 £26,865
Weekly Boarding (Years 9 to 13) £10,019 £30,057
Full Boarding £13,452 £40,356


Regular / Part-Time Boarding Charged at £62 per night where at least one full term’s commitment is given for two or three nights in each week and at £57 per night where at least one full term’s commitment is given for four nights in each week.
Occasional Boarding Charged at £61 per night.

All fees cover the midday meal and afternoon tea for day students, while boarders receive all their meals as part of the inclusive package.

Fees are charged at the same rate each term, irrespective of the number of weeks in the term.

Full boarding fees include the cost of all boarding weekend trips scheduled throughout the year.

Where EAL lessons are required for day and boarding students, lessons are charged at £1,020 per term.

Boarding enquiries

We offer more flexible packages to suit the varying needs of modern families. Boarding is a great support mechanism for busy family schedules, or a one-off family emergency. We are very happy to help families with their individual requirements so please do get in touch with, Amie Newell (Boarding Recruitment Manager):