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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Thorpe Underwood Hall, Ouseburn, York, YO26 9SS, North Yorkshire

01423 33 33 30



Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1912
Principal Dan Machin
Co-ed Age Range 3-19 years
Number of pupils 1,400
Average Class Size 18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations BSA, ISCis, BHS, ISA

Students and staff at Queen Ethelburga’s College and Faculty are celebrating another successful year, following the publishing of the 2021 A level and BTEC examination results. In 2021, students in the academically focused College achieved 85% A*/A at A Level (96% A*/B). The Faculty, which offers a wider range if academic, creative and vocational courses, achieved 77% per cent A*/A (92%t A*/B). The percentage of D*/D grades in The Faculty was 75%. Students are looking ahead to bright futures with an exceptional range of first choice university places achieved at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, King’s College London and Manchester University amongst other excellent UK and worldwide universities.

QE is an Excellent rated Collegiate (ISI 2019), known locally, nationally, and internationally as a group of four schools that promotes the highest standards in all that it does. The Collegiate welcomes girls and boys from 3 months and supports them through four schools – Chapter House (3 months to Year 5), King’s Magna (Year 6 to 9), The College and The Faculty (both Year 10 to 13).

QE also places great emphasis on our students growing into resilient, caring, compassionate and confident adults, who develop independence and initiative, and who can take responsibility for their own learning and futures. We provide opportunities for students to take part in a range of wider enrichment and extra-curricular activities to help them to gain skills in leadership, teamwork and collaboration, and decision making.

Students at QE have access to an impressive 150 sports and activities each week, including popular sports such as rugby, hockey, football, netball, cricket, swimming, basketball, rounders, tennis, dance, gymnastics, trampolining, climbing, athletics, badminton, and volleyball. Our team of sports staff cater for all abilities and encourage each student to make the most of all the fantastic opportunities on offer during their time here. We have a well-honed mix of physical education teachers and specialist sports coaches, many of whom are ex-professional sportspeople themselves. This means there really is no limit to the level our students can train to. Health and fitness is so central to school life for students that many continue with sport and exercise, either recreationally or as a route of study, that it continues to be a key part of their lives long after they have left us for the next step in their education or career.

What enables us to deliver all of this sporting activity so successfully of course is the outstanding range of high quality facilities on campus. We’re pretty unique in that we have a dedicated Sports Village to which all students have access to inside and outside of formal school hours. The Village is home to a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, 100 station fitness suite and free weights centre. Outside we have a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over 30 acres of both grass and artificial 3G pitches. We also have a number of specialist studios used for; martial arts, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, archery, fencing and boxing.

In addition to all this, the students can make use of an eight-metre climbing wall at the campus activity centre, which also houses an assault course and additional tennis courts. There really is something for everyone and for all abilities.

Care is the most important element within the QE community; every member of the Collegiate, staff and student, is responsible for the pastoral care and happiness of the site. QE offers support and guidance to all students and parents to ensure that we are all working to support individual students needs and equipping them with the right skills, not only to be successful in education, but to excel in their chosen career and life in general. Our dedicated THRIVE@QE programme offers all students a huge range of activities to support their positive mental health and wellbeing.

QE’s Hill Standard is 'To be the best that I can with the gifts that I have' providing every child with a springboard to their individual successes, whichever pathway they choose.