Boarding FAQs - Ratcliffe College

Boarding FAQs

How much does it cost to board at Ratcliffe?

There are various boarding options at Ratcliffe, including Full, Weekly, Regular and Occasional. Visit Boarding Options and Fees to find out more.

How flexible are the arrangements?

We maintain a high level of flexibility without fixed leave arrangements. Regardless of their boarding package, students have the option to go home on weekends once all school commitments have been fulfilled, if parents wish.

Do students only leave to go home?

Students have the flexibility to go to their guardian, visit relatives, or stay at a friend’s house if invited, provided that all arrangements are communicated to us in advance.

What happens at weekends?

While there are no lessons on Saturdays, inter-school sports fixtures are scheduled for the teams each week. On Saturday afternoons, students have the option to visit local towns or retail parks, with transportation provided in the school minibuses – older students can explore Leicester with their friends. Additionally, weekends often host Combined Cadet Force activities, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, and music or drama rehearsals. Boarding staff also coordinate a programme of activities within the school.

On Sundays, all students participate in a morning Mass in the College Chapel, followed by a weekly organised trip supervised by the boarding staff. These trips include a variety of activities, such as visits to the cinema, ice skating, go-karting, the zoo, places of local cultural interest, and more. Additionally, occasional Saturday evening Mass celebrations enable students and staff to enjoy Sunday morning and afternoon off campus. Popular excursions include trips to theme parks and cities such as London, Oxford, and Cambridge.

What is the quality of boarding like at Ratcliffe?

It’s not just good; it’s excellent! This was the overall rating given in our most recent 2022 ISI inspection.

What is living in boarding like?

Experience the excitement firsthand! Don’t just take our word for it; come and discover for yourself! We offer complimentary boarding taster sessions for both Ratcliffe College day students and those considering joining our school. You can enjoy one or two days and nights as a boarder, participating in daytime lessons and immersing yourself in the boarding community during the evening and overnight. With 15 staff and families residing at Ratcliffe, mostly within the main school building where the boys’ and girls’ boarding houses are situated, you’ll truly experience a strong sense of community.

How can I contact the team?

Ms A Newell (Boarding Recruitment Manager):