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Queen Ethelburga’s College

Thorpe Underwood Hall, Thorpe Underwood Estate, Thorpe Underwood, York, YO26 9SS

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is situated in North Yorkshire, boasting a 200 acre estate. QE’s is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school, for students from the age of 3 months to 18 years old. The Collegiate’s motto is ‘to...

Phone: 01423333300

Website: www.qe.org

Head: Dan Machin

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is situated in North Yorkshire, boasting a 200 acre estate. QE’s is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school, for students from the age of 3 months to 18 years old. The Collegiate’s motto is ‘to be the best that I can, with the gifts that I have’.

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate comprises four schools. Chapter House is for pupils from 3 months to Year 5. King’s Magna is for students in Years 6-9. QE’s two senior schools are The College and The Faculty. Both accommodate students from Years 10-13. The College is academically selective, and offers the traditional academic routes of GCSEs and A-Levels for higher education. The Faculty offers ‘a personalised pathway of academic, creative, or vocational courses’ in preparation for higher education or employment. Queen Ethelburga’s offers enrichment programs such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and more.

There are 12 boarding houses within Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, with around 75% of the school body as boarders rather than day students. Boarding works on a vertical model for Years 7-10. For the Upper Collegiate, the boarding provisions are known as Court Apartments: for boys, the houses are Skipton, Bolton and Allerton (Y11, 12 and 13 respectively), and for girls, Rievaulx, Whitby and Selby (Y11, 12 and 13 respectively).

Facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate are certainly impressive. For sports, the school boasts its own Sports Village, comprising a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, gym and specialist studios in addition to the 200 acre campus with extensive fields. QE’s has six ‘Performance Sports’: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Netball and Swimming, for which students benefit from higher coaching and further opportunities. Performing Arts facilitate budding aficionados with The King’s Theatre, seating 300. 

The College is very academically selective, and requires superb minimum grades. The College is notable for a few key academic initiatives, such as their maintained offering of AS Levels, and the option of a 1 year GCSE course for students joining from different education systems or other schools.

Sector: Independent

Day/Boarding: Boarding Only

Setting: Countryside

Ages Covered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Gender: Co-ed

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Academically Selective