Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

About Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is internationally renowned for its high academic standards, wide co-curricular opportunities and excellent facilities. Situated in the Vale of York, close to the historic city of York and attractive spa town of Harrogate, its campus is widely regarded as one of the best in the UK.

Academically, the school offers a choice of the College and the Faculty for post 14 students. This enables students to select the highly focused academic curriculum of GCSE, A level and EPQ (in the College) or a more varied diet of academic, creative and practical options (in the Faculty), including GCSE, A level and BTEC qualifications.

Students in both senior schools access strong university courses across a very wide range of subjects. The exceptional co-curricular programme is designed to help students develop their talents to a high level across a range of activities and enable students to gain the soft skills and confidence that will allow them to be highly successful in their future lives. The school motto: ‘to be the best that I can with the gifts that I have’ is at the centre of all that Queen Ethelburga’s tries to achieve by offering a varied, inspiring and aspirational range of academic and co-curricular opportunities to its diverse student population.

Boarding at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga’s welcome students wishing to Board from Year 3 to Year 13 with weekly and full boarding options.

Being a boarder at QE gives you opportunities beyond the ordinary. Whether that is in the field of academia, in the clubs that you choose, in the trips you attend or in the friends that you make, your experiences will shape your life.

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate celebrate the students and the successes they have in a range of fields and areas. Whether it be in sports and drama, academic success, Peer Mentoring or citizenship, they recognise all achievements and strengths in the boarders. There is no fixed pathway that they must follow, they are guided and supported as they find the route that suits them best.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, Thorpe Underwood Estate, Thorpe Underwood, York YO26 9SS
Number of Pupils 1420
Pupils Prep 461
Number of Boarders 1082
International Boarders 679
Age Range 0 - 19 years
Religious Tradition Non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Leeds Bradford – 23 miles; Manchester – 85 miles; Heathrow – 214 miles

Distance from London

200 miles

School Links

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate has 4 schools: Chapter House (ages 0-10), King’s Magna (ages 10-14), Queen Ethelburga’s College (ages 14+),The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s (ages 14+)

Educational Programmes

GCSE iGCSE AS Level A Level BTEC One-Year GCSE Sixth Form Preparation course Foundation courses from Year 8 upwards

Co-Curricular Programmes

We offer 120 Co-Curricular activities per week, ranging from Art and Poetry to United Nations and Rock Climbing clubs. Our activities provision is tailored to give students the opportunity to gain qualities such as problem-solving, communication and leadership skills. Activities include: The Duke of Edinburgh Award, at Bronze, Silver and Gold level Combined Cadet Force Volunteering activities in the local area, nationally and internationally Scouts and Brownies Extensive weekend activity programme including Segways and Zorbing Extensive Performing Arts opportunities including the King’s Academy Extensive UK and Overseas Residential trips Vast array of creative, academic and sporting clubs Elite sport courses in many major sports which run alongside academic programmes.