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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation

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

01423 33 33 30

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation

School type Coeducational Day & Boarding

Head of school Steven Jandrell

Co-ed Age Range 3-19

Number of pupils 1,550

Curriculum A Levels, UK, IGCSE, GCSE, Natl

Language of Instruction English

Average Class Size 18

Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10 Founded in 1912, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate is a day and boarding school with 1650 pupils aged from 5 years to 18 years and from over 40 different countries.

Set in 220 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, the campus has some of the most impressive study, boarding and leisure facilities in the independent school sector.

In September 2015, QE celebrated 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 2015 League Table for percentage A*/A A-Levels and equivalent qualifications. It scored 81% which ranked it top in the North of England and the 6th independent boarding school in the UK.

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 adult-led activities to foster their skills in reading, language and number work.

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.

When the school day is over, there are hundreds of activities including regional coaching in sports such as archery and fencing; various arts and music based clubs which regularly perform in QE's King's Theatre, debating societies, science forums and a very active Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and Combined Cadet Force.

QE also runs four sporting academies – the Rugby Academy, supported by Leeds Rugby Academy and Foundation at Yorkshire Carnegie, the Netball Academy run by Yorkshire Jets and Cricket Academy Programme Supported by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. There will be further development of existing programmes in football, hockey and basketball.

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.