Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
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Primary & Secondary
Post 16
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Thorpe Underwood Hall
Thorpe Underwood Estate
Thorpe Underwood
YO26 9SS
+44 (0)1423 333300
0 - 19
Other independent school
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
GCSE results at grade 9-7

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3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
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School Description

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.   The school welcomes girls and boys from 3 months and supports them through their 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). Pupils develop at Queen Ethelburga's into resilient, confident and independent young adults who are well prepared for their future.  
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News & events from Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Last update: 03 March 2021


Our next virtual open day is Saturday 13th March 2021(9.30-12.30). Should you wish to book, please register for the event HERE. 

Should you wish to book a tour, please email: [email protected] or call 01423 33 33 33.

In the meantime you can request a printed prospectus or view them online here.

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Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is proud to announce that this year nine student have received offers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. This is our highest ever numbre of offers. We are very proud of all nine students who have successfully navigated a rigorous and challenging application process to gain offers across a range of subjects.

The focus and drive required to succeed, especially in the challenging conditions of the last year, by these students is very impressive. Since September, they have studied hard to gain the highest scores in admissions tests whilst remaining focused on their challenging schoolwork, and were then faced with the experience of online university interviews, given their inability to visit Oxford or Cambridge in person.

Kevin Oldershaw, Head of Queen Ethelburga’s College, said “We are incredibly pleased for each of them, as we are for all of our students when they receive offers and go onto take up places at their chosen universities. This success is testament to their academic abilities and the comprehensive programme of support on offer. The combination of our experienced subject teachers and Sixth Form tutor team, alongside the dedicated Careers Department, means that students are helped to identify their strengths and interests, inspired and encouraged to follow their ambitions, and then supported to achieve them.

Students with high aspirations, aiming for the top universities, can also take advantage of QE-appointed admissions consultants, gaining access to additional online and in-person tuition from subject-specific Cambridge and Oxford tutors. This also helps with admission test preparation and small-group meetings to really stretch and challenge the most able.

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During these challenging and unprecedented times, while students and staff are missing the PE lessons, coaching and training on site at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Head of Sport Rob Rawlinson and Performance Football Coach Tom Newey have been seeking out virtual opportunities to inspire QE’s sporting students. 

Virtual presentations and interactive sessions on Microsoft Teams from a series of sporting stars are taking place, to offer students a direct insight into their journey to success, and the routes they have taken to get where they are today.  

To date, QE’s football students have heard from Paul Warne, Rotherham United Football Club Manager, who discussed his journey to sporting success, and spoke about honesty, humility and how to recover from adversity to keep pushing forwards. He also stressed with the students how it is important a solid academic foundation is to their future. Former RFU Head Coach and current Leinster Rugby Coach Stuart Lancaster openly shared his thoughts on team culture and leadership styles that enable success and England Rugby U20s Head Coach Alan Dickens presented an interactive and informative discussion about the pathway to the England Team.  

Further sessions are planned and are set to include Lee Blackett, Wasps Rugby Head CoachEngland and Wasps Netball player Fran WilliamsStuart Hooper, Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby; and Joe Thompson, an ex-professional footballer who beat cancer twice and scored the winning goal in his comeback game. Joe is taking part in a chat about resilience for an assembly for QE’s Faculty students. 

Feedback about the sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, with one parent commenting ‘What a fantastic job the sports department is doing with remote learning, in particular Mr Rawlinson who arranged a Teams meeting with Stuart Lancaster tonight. Both my children were invited to attend. The meeting was both informative and inspiring and I just wanted to say what an amazing opportunity for young children to be able to partake in such an experience. Credit should be given to all those who are making such an effort during these difficult times.’ 

Rob Rawlinson, Head of Sport at QE, said ‘These sessions have been a great insight for the students at a time when they are unable to take part in their sporting sessions in person. It also presents a good opportunity for them to ask probing questions and use this time positively to think about the future of their own sporting journeys.’ 

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Meet the Head: Jeff Smith

I started my teaching career as a physics teacher at Grace Lady Manners in Bakewell. Then moved through the teaching ranks to Head of Science at Albany High School, Chorley. My first UK senior management post was as Pastoral Deputy Head at Baines School Poulton le Fylde. As a family we then started our world adventure and took three young children to Indonesia to take up the post as Head of Secondary School at the British International School in Jakarta. I have been a Headteacher/Principal for 18 years holding the post as Head of the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre on Guernsey, Director of Deira International School, Dubai and Executive Headteacher of the British School of Bahrain.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

Having been in care as a young child, my safe haven was always school. I remember what teachers did for me in the classroom and by taking me on school camps and adventure training which gave me an outlet to develop my own confidence self-worth. At QE, this feeling is emanated as we create a happy and exciting place to learn for our students. The Collegiate is uniquely made up of four smaller schools, designed to maintain a nurturing family atmosphere and some individuality, each having their own Heads and staff teams. This allows our staff to know their students thoroughly and form outstanding student-teacher relationships based on mutual respect and unwavering support.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Changing the lives of children who are disadvantaged and working with a team of staff to drive a school to achieving excellence.

What does a successful school look like to you?

There are three fundamental elements to a successful school which are intrinsically linked: happy students who know the teachers care about them, who are making academic progress and feel fulfillment; an atmosphere of trust where staff feel valued and can develop professionally; and happy and appreciative parents.

At Queen Ethelburga’s we have established ourselves amongst the top schools worldwide, demonstrated by our outstanding academic results and impressive list of university destinations. We know that the quality of the teacher in the classroom is the most critical component in achieving academic excellence, hence our investment in continuing professional development. We also understand the importance of developing the whole student by presenting opportunities to learn beyond the walls of the classroom through our extensive enrichment programmes that are designed to recognise and celebrate their individual skills and aspirations. The most important person in our Collegiate is the student; the most important asset is the teacher. We believe in placing the student at the centre of their own learning and that learning is a life-long process. Together as a learning community we will continue to set and achieve the highest standards that are expected of us.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

If I had to pick just one - integrity - doing the right thing all the time, even when nobody is watching. Why - because it is all encompassing.

For all our students we promote a culture of self-awareness which encourages and develops individual potential and personal qualities, such as leadership, resilience, critical thinking, and responsibility. One of our core aims is to nurture, educate and equip our students to become considerate, self-assured, independent and resilient adults, respecting and celebrating cultural diversity and ready to take their place in the society in which their future lies.

In addition to this, we provide an enrichment programme that complements the academic curriculum and promotes a sense of fulfilment and achievement in its widest sense. The broad enrichment curriculum we provide ensures students become well-rounded individuals, developing self-confidence and self-awareness, respect for others, and their environment.

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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