What Our Boarders’ Parents Say

Mr Randolph Chow from Hong Kong:

“My daughter joined year 9 at Ratcliffe College in February 2018.  I was initially a bit worried if she would adapt to the UK boarding school life, as this was her first time to study abroad.  She found the boarding staff and boarders are friendly, helpful and caring, with their great help she settled and adjusted well to boarding life at Ratcliffe within the first few days.  The boarding house is spacious, neat and well equipped.  There are boarding weekend activities like visiting museums, go karting and shopping in nearby towns that are new to my daughter and she enjoyed the trips very much.  She loves the boarding life at Ratcliffe College, and her younger brother is looking forward to joining year 9 at Ratcliffe College in coming September!”

Mrs Munoz from Spain:

“Our daughter Inés went to Boarding in Ratcliffe when she was fourteen. She was going just for an academic year but in the end, she has been there for four years. From the very start, she was welcomed into the community and we were sure that she was at home. The Staff are very praiseworthy; they are kind but have high expectations, protecting and looking after our daughter whilst at the same time teaching her to take care of the younger boarders. Activities during weekends are fantastic and most of the times are educational and supportive but always amusing for students.

Communication with the staff is fluid and constant and the security that it gives to parents is priceless. They also have a lot of control over academic performance, something that is very important when we are so far.

During these years our daughter has become a mature and responsible person, empathic, caring and autonomous and we think Boarding is one of the reason for that. Very soon she will go to University and we will close an important stage that, as a family, we have lived with homesickness because the distance, but also with serenity and happiness to see everything has gone by in the best way.

Our true hearted gratitude goes to all the Boarding Staff who have contributed during these four years of the growing up of our daughter.”

Mrs Adaku Abel Osuji from Nigeria:

“What I dreaded most when my husband and I thought of sending our daughter Ihuoma to a boarding school abroad was the thought of my daughter, then 13-year-old, going through her teen years without a mother figure around.

My fears quickly melted away when my daughter returned after the first term and recounted how the senior Housemistress, Joanna Leite, would sit in their room and encourage them to share their feelings with her, thereby, helping them to cope with their initial shock and longing for home.  The Ratcliffe College Girls’ boarding house is indeed a “home away from home”.

I have met Mrs Leite on few occasions. She is approachable and puts a firm and motherly tenderness to her duties. She cares for the boarders’ all-round well-being.  She teaches the girls to support and care for each because she has first loved and cared for them like a mum would do. The girls do not miss an occasion to celebrate each other; for instance, during their birthdays.  The Senior Housemistress understands and cares for the girls equally and supports them in their struggles. She played this role very well through the emotional support she provided my daughter in her period of grieving the loss of a family member.  Mrs Leite is thorough and pays attention to details. She has her eyes on all the girls and is always aware of their movements. She responds to all correspondences which is very reassuring to international parents.

I will confidently recommend Ratcliffe College Girls’ Boarding because of the quality of care given to the borders.”