The Boarding Houses and Staff - Ratcliffe College

The Boarding Houses and Staff

The Boarding Houses

Our Boarding Community consists of two houses: a Boys house and a Girls’ House. Our houses, although located in different areas of the main school building, are very much united and part of the Ratcliffe Boarding family. There are 3 Senior House Staff for each boarding house, two matrons, three medical staff and 6 Graduate Assistants.

Our community is based around support, encouragement and trust and we cherish our family ethos and atmosphere where we all grow and learn together. We all eat together in the main School Refectory and we have the Boarder’s Lounge and Activities Room as well as the Snack Shack as shared communal spaces. We have no Exeat weekends: we never close in Term Time and we guarantee a lovely and varied weekend programme. Houses do close during the holidays, so boarders are expected to return home or stay with guardians. The School of course provides and organises transport services to airports whenever necessary.

Girls’ Boarding

Mrs da Costa is the Housemistress of the girls house and she runs the house with the Resident Assistant Housemistresses. Our house is full of laughter, dancing, studying, biscuits, tea, giggling and determination. We believe in striving for success and helping each other achieve our individual goals: when one succeeds we all succeed.

We have our wonderful Matron Hayley and our Housekeepers who look after us and our boarding house beautifully. We take pride in pushing ourselves to excel in and out of the classroom and we love nothing more than celebrating what someone has achieved. Shakespeare’s Hermia is an inspiration for us in Girls’ Boarding, ‘Though she be but little she is fierce’ – we are a small, intimate community who should never be underestimated.

Boys’ Boarding

Mr Gilchrist is the Housemaster and is assisted in the running of the house by two Resident Assistant Housemasters, Mr Turner and Mr Thorpe. Essential to any boys’ boarding house is Matron and we have a special one in Mrs Riley, who helps the boys’ in many different ways, especially keeping them all supplied with goodies after school and at weekends. The house is a hive of activity throughout the day and night, with boys enjoying all the Co-curricular activities on offer, while others love a chat in the office with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

In the evenings there is plenty of opportunities to watch a film, play on the playstation and of course watch our beloved Leicester City Football Club. We pride ourselves on being able to help each and every boy become the best all-rounded person they can be and giving them the platform to follow thier dreams. ” A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work ” Colin Powell.

The Boarding Staff

Girls Boarding

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Mrs A Da Costa
Assistant Head, Head of Boarding
Mrs H Grant – Resident Assistant Housemistress
Miss L Chapman
Resident Assistant Housemistress
Teacher of Chemistry
Miss A Ridley
Boarding Assistant
Graduate Sport Assistant
Miss C Waldin
Boarding Assistant
Graduate Sport Assistant

Boys Boarding

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Mr P Gilchrist
Resident Senior Housemaster
Co-Curricular Coordinator
PE Teacher email:
Mr S Thorpe
Resident Assistant Housemaster
Teacher of Biology
Mr D Turner
Resident Assistant Housemaster
Prep School Class Teacher
Mrs L Riley
Mr H Stamper
Boarding Assistant
Graduate Sport Assistant
Mr D Deery
Boarding Assistant
Graduate Sport Assistant

Boarding Staff

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Miss Emma Hall
School Chaplain
Sister Debs
School Nurse
Sister Caroline
School Nurse
Sister Helen
School Nurse
Hayley Large
Girl’s Matron