Queen Ethel­burga’s

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With its best aca­demic re­sults to date, a rank­ing in the top ten schools in the UK, a record num­ber of leavers go­ing to the most pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Oxbridge, and lux­u­ri­ous board­ing and school fa­cil­i­ties, you can see why Queen Ethel­burga’s Col­le­giate in the North of Eng­land has plenty of rea­sons to cel­e­brate. In a re­port by the UK’S In­de­pen­dent Schools In­spec­torate, Queen Ethel­burga’s stu­dents were as­sessed to be “highly con­fi­dent, ar­tic­u­late and ma­ture young peo­ple, ea­ger to learn, with highly de­vel­oped spir­i­tual, moral, so­cial skills and ex­cep­tional cul­tural un­der­stand­ing.” In its 2016 aca­demic re­sults, Queen Ethel­burga’s Col­lege recorded a 100% pass rate. 98% of its A-level grades were A* to B. More than 95% of its Sixth For­m­ers went on to univer­sity or col­lege, the ma­jor­ity at­tend­ing Rus­sell or the for­mer 1994 Group, City or Oxbridge uni­ver­si­ties. The pres­ti­gious UK broad­sheet news­pa­per, The Sun­day Times, has ranked QE Col­lege at sixth in its rank­ing of more than 190 in­de­pen­dent board­ing schools in the United King­dom, based on the per­cent­age of A*/A grades. Set in more than 220 acres of beau­ti­ful North York­shire coun­try­side, Queen Ethel­burga’s Col­le­giate com­prises of four schools: Chap­ter House, King’s Magna, the Col­lege and the Fac­ulty. The Prepara­tory School, Chap­ter House, of­fers the youngest mem­bers of the Col­le­giate a wide and ex­cit­ing cur­ricu­lum, in­clud­ing not just the ba­sics of lit­er­acy and numer­acy, but lan­guages, mu­sic, drama, sci­ence and sport. Mov­ing on to the Mid­dle School, King’s Magna, the cur­ricu­lum broad­ens even more, with stu­dents gain­ing con­fi­dence through in­de­pen­dent learn­ing and ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties af­forded them with age. The Col­lege of­fers older stu­dents a more tra­di­tional aca­demic fo­cused route through the school. This year stu­dents have re­ceived of­fers from uni­ver­si­ties like Ox­ford, Cam­bridge, Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don and Im­pe­rial Col­lege. Stu­dents in the Fac­ulty fol­low a var­ied and be­spoke pro­gramme of learn­ing, al­low­ing them to com­bine A-levels with more cre­ative BTEC sub­jects. 89% of all BTECS taken at QE last year gained Dis­tinc­tion or Dis­tinc­tion * grades. But if the aca­demic side of things sounds im­pres­sive, the fa­cil­i­ties for stu­dents are amaz­ing. The board­ing bed­rooms are some of the most lux­u­ri­ous in the in­de­pen­dent school sec­tor and the en-suite bed­rooms boast plasma screen tele­vi­sions with dvd play­ers and gam­ing ports, di­rect dial tele­phones, air con­di­tion­ing and sun blinds. The sports com­plex has a swim­ming pool with sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzi. There is a mas­sive triple-court sports hall which can ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple games at the same time. The new £1 mil­lion state-of-the-art fit­ness suite has just opened and can take up to 120 stu­dents ex­er­cis­ing to­gether, and our ac­tiv­i­ties wing in­cludes a martial arts and box­ing suite, ta­ble ten­nis arena and dance stu­dios. Ap­prox­i­mately £100 mil­lion has been in­vested into the cam­pus over the few years and with a new ac­tiv­ity com­plex host­ing a go-kart track and karaoke café, an Olympic Court and fan­tas­tic new board­ing for older stu­dents, the in­vest­ment never stops. Hav­ing re­cently cel­e­brated its cen­te­nary, Queen Ethel­burga’s looks set to en­joy an­other one hun­dred years as an im­pres­sive seat of learn­ing.

AIM­ING HIGH: Queen Ethel­burga’s of­fers a world class ed­u­ca­tion at its ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties set on a 220-acre North York­shire es­tate.

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