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: 22 March 2021


Whole School Virtual Open Day on 8 May 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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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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