Independent School in York

Set in more than 220 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s has provided students with a vibrant and supportive school community since 1912.

We welcome girls and boys from 3 months and support them through our four schools – Chapter House (3 months to Year 5), King’s Magna (Year 6 to 9), The College and Faculty (both Year 10 to 13) – to become resilient, confident and independent young adults who are well prepared for their future.

QE is known locally, nationally and internationally as a place that promotes the highest standards in all that it does. Our reputation has grown considerably over recent years, and we believe this is due to our drive to ensure that our outcomes for QE students, across all areas of their endeavour and aspiration, match those of the world’s best schools.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the Collegiate the top grading of Excellent across all schools and areas, following an inspection in February this year, praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development.

Our exam results speak for themselves, consistently ranking us amongst the top 10 day and boarding schools in the UK, with students benefiting from wonderful study, boarding and leisure facilities as part of campus life.

Students in the Faculty follow a varied and bespoke programme of learning which provides a high-quality education. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to follow an academic route, more creative and vocational options, or a combination of both. The mainstream curriculum in the Faculty comprises GCSE, A level and a range of BTEC courses in both Key Stages 4 and 5. These provide a broad, stimulating and challenging range of qualifications that cater for the needs of each individual.

Throughout their studies all students have access to a strong network of pastoral and academic support including Tutors, Heads of Year, and Academic Learning Mentors. Students are taught responsibility and resilience, and challenged to achieve at the highest level.

The majority of Faculty students move on to university and specialist courses at high ranking institutions both in the UK and abroad. Popular destinations include the colleges of London University, Warwick, Exeter, and Durham, and overseas at Swiss, French and US universities. Due to the breadth of skills and abilities in the Faculty, students choose to study a wide range of subjects or, in a smaller number of cases, move straight into employment having secured apprenticeships. The Careers Department provides extensive support for all students and staff are experienced in all progression routes, to support each student as they follow their individual educational journey and into their chosen career pathway.

Beyond the classroom, enrichment provision is varied, including General Studies in Year 12 and the optional Extended Project Qualification. The co-curricular programme is extensive and there are many educational visits and residential trips on offer, such that students can experience aspects of life and education beyond the school campus. Students are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and contribute to the wider QE community through Peer Mentoring, within Prefect roles, through many outreach and charitable activities and as members of the various school councils.

The Faculty is very proud of its students and the young adults they become. Faculty students enjoy great success in their sporting, creative, and academic endeavours. They leave us ready to face the challenges and opportunities ahead as confident, mature and well-rounded citizens, with very bright futures.

Principal: Mr Dan Machin