7 - 19

    Prep / Senior (Co-ed)



  North Yorkshire England

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  A-Level & GSCE / BTEC National Diploma


Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, Thorpe Underwood Hall, Thorpe Underwood Estate, Ouseburn, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 9SS

Key Information & Geographic location in the UK

Queen Ethbelburga’s College is an independent co-educational boarding school and it has set in more than 220 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire.  The College is situated between the image of ancient walls and a cathedral city of York and in a beautiful Victorian spa town of Harrogate. 


School Profile:

The students in QE are highly aspirational, aiming for the highest grades in all their subjects, and challenging themselves to apply to the best universities. All students at QE benefit from a well-resourced and experienced Careers Department who can offer advice and guidance at all stages of a student’s education. Students in the College is well supported in their university applications and enjoy great success in achieving places at prestigious universities in the UK and beyond, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and those in the Russell Group.

Queen Ethbelburga’s College has become a prestigious boarding in the UK and internationally. It has become most popular for Hong Kong, China and South-East Asia.

School Motto

‘To be the best that I can with the gifts that I have’.

Queen Ethelburga’s promotes the highest standards the highest academic standards for all, by providing a challenging, stimulating and varied curriculum, which fosters confidence, enthusiasm and curiosity.  QE Provides an enrichment programme that complements the academic curriculum, building resilience, responsibility, self-belief and skills, and promotes a sense of fulfilment and achievement in its widest sense.

International Scholarships

Queen Ethelburga's has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships to students from all backgrounds, through the support of the Collegiate Charitable Foundation. They strive for excellence and are committed to setting the highest standards of performance and behaviour.  With promise is to provide the right living and learning environment for all our students to thrive. The students are our greatest ambassadors and the scholars regularly shine brightest amongst these.

Academic Scholarship

The Collegiate provides academic scholarships for the students. Scholarships are awarded to those students who show exceptional academic ability and potential. They are available to students entering Year 12.

Sports Scholarship

The Collegiate provides a range of sporting teams and opportunities available to students. Scholarships are awarded to those students who have represented their county, region or national team and can demonstrate a positive approach to both sports and learning. They are available to students entering Years 7, 10 and 12.

Music and Drama Scholarship

The Collegiate provides music and drama scholarships for the students, in addition to a complimentary weekly lesson in their chosen subject with a trained specialist. They are available to students entering Years 7, 10 and 12.

Academic Success:

Academic standards at Queen Ethelburga’s are exceptionally high in the top 10 UK League Table and lead to outstanding results. All flexible curriculum, innovative and dynamic teaching, excellent facilities and professional staff ensure all students have the maximum chance of success in their studies. 

QE has continued on the professional development of quality teaching and one-year A-Level Programme especially for the international students of Hong Kong for those who have a qualification of the diploma of HKDSE.  The students can take the one-year A-Level Programme at QE as a gateway to the top universities including Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.

The Students in the Queen Ethelburga’s Faculty from Year 10 to Year 13 or the aged at 14 can have a variety of bespoke programme of learning which provides high-quality education and more attention to traditional academic subjects. comprises GCSE, A level and a range of BTEC courses. These provide a broad, stimulating and challenging range of qualifications for individual student needs.

It has always a great achievement and excellent results each year for the students. QE also place great emphasis on the 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? 

University Destination:

In 2019 examination results it a great successful year, A level and BTEC examination results. Students in the Faculty achieved 70% A*/A at A level (93% A*/B) and 82% D*/D in Level 3 BTECs, (equivalent in UCAS university points to A*/A at A level).  The Faculty students are also celebrating notable success with an outstanding range of the first choice university places, including Economics at the University of Cambridge and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Students in the academically-focused College achieved 80% A*/A at A level (92% A*/B) and 94% D*/D in the small number of BTECs taken to enrich the A level programmes, again with a strong range of first choice places achieved at Oxford, Cambridge, and other excellent UK and worldwide universities 

Boarding and Pastoral Care for students:

QE boarding has modern facilities which support student development and provide a safe and productive environment to thrive.  All bedrooms are air-conditioned, provide ample room to study and include private en-suite bathrooms with a toilet and shower. Sixth form boarders also have cooking and washing facilities in their rooms to reflect their growing independence.

Every student has access to the well-equipped common room where they can enjoy downtime and opportunities to get together and socialise as well as plenty of outdoor space.

Queen Ethelburga’s has a dedicated Pastoral Team who works to support the welfare and behavioural needs of all students across the collegiate. The pastoral team offer support for a huge range of concerns and worries, including, building self-esteem, exam stress, adjusting to change, homesickness, coping with a loss or bereavement, staying safe online, and help you to acquire the skills to overcome any difficulties for student’s life.

Extracurricular Activities:

The outstanding range of high-quality facilities on-campus enables us to deliver a wide range of sporting activities.  There are eight performance sports at Queen Ethelburga's; Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Swimming.  These sports benefit from higher coaching expertise, the opportunity to compete at a good level across different age ranges and the option to partake in Professional Sports Programmes.

The sports village has a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, 100 station fitness suite and free weights centre. Outside they have a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over 30 acres of grass and 3G artificial pitches. QE also has 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, BMX track and additional tennis courts.



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School Ranking 2019 

A-Level A* - A


A-Level A* - B




GCSE 9 - 7


GCSE 9 - 4




School Fees

 Year 7  - £45,000

 Year 8  - £45,000

 Year 9  - £45,465

 Year 10  - £47,235

 Year 11  -  £48,585

 Year 12  - £49,875

 Year 13  - £49,875






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