Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation
Thorpe Underwood Hall, Ouseburn, York, YO26 9SS, North Yorkshire
01423 33 33 30
Coeducational Day & Boarding
|Date Appointed||September 2006|
|Co-ed Age Range||3-19|
|Number of pupils||1,550|
|Number of boys||780|
|Number of girls||770|
|Number of boarders||1,128|
|Number of sixth formers||595|
|Average Class Size||18|
|Associations||BSA, ISCis, BHS, ISA|
Founded in 1912, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate is a day and boarding school with 1500 pupils aged from 5 years to 18 years and from over 40 different countries. Set in 120 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, the campus has some of the most impressive study, boarding and leisure facilities in the independent school sector.
2016 saw QE celebrate its best ever A-Level results. Queen Ethelburga's College was ranked the top day and boarding school in the North of England, according to the Daily Telegraph 2016 League Table for percentage A*/A A levels and equivalent qualifications. It scored 85% which ranked it top in the North and the second UK day and boarding school overall.
The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga's, the Collegiate's other Sixth Form school, scored 81% with its percentage of A*/A A levels and equivalent qualifications in the Daily Telegraph table, placing it second in the North and fourth in the list of UK day and boarding schools.
Younger pupils study from the age of three years in Chapter House Preparatory School, starting with the Early Year Foundation Stage and child-led and adultled activities to foster their skills in reading, language and number work. By the time the children progress through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 they will be competent readers, with good verbal and writing skills and excellent number and data handling.
King's Magna Middle School takes pupils from age 10 years to 14 years. Here the transition is made from classbased teaching to specialist teaching, so that by Years 8 and 9, all subjects will be taught by specialist teachers. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, but extends beyond this with a comprehensive programme of sports and creative activities.
By Year 11 students will choose to attend the College, which offers a more traditional academic route of learning with GCSEs and A levels, or the Faculty, which offers GCSEs and A levels but also more vocational BTEC subjects such as performing arts, fashion or sports science.
For many students though, Queen Ethelburga's is more than a school, it is their home too, and the boarding facilities are simply exemplary. Student bedrooms and apartments are all air-conditioned and have their own en-suite facilities and for the older students, their own kitchen area. Each room has a direct dial telephone, satellite plasma television with timed gaming port and DVD player. House parents are on hand 24 hours a day to help with prep, heat up hot chocolate or to listen to career ideas.
We run a Cricket Academy which is being run in partnership with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. This runs alongside our existing sporting academies - the Rugby Academy, supported by Leeds Rugby Academy and Foundation at Leeds Carnegie and the Netball Academy run by Yorkshire Jets. There will be further development of existing programmes in football, swimming, hockey and basketball, all will have the advantage of use of the facilities in our £30m Sports Village.
When homework is done, the new QE activity centre opens its doors. Complete with a go kart and speed skating track, assault course, climbing wall, 3D cinema, DJ and music area, game consoles and even a stunt bike track - there's something for everyone.
Queen Ethelburga's motto is about ambition and excellence - "to be the best that I can with the gifts that I have" - it is a school rich in talent and opportunities and well deserves such a maxim.