Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is set in more than 220 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, on the family run Thorpe Underwood Estate. QE is an Excellent rated Collegiate (ISI 2019) known locally, nationally and internationally as a group of four schools that promotes the highest standards in all that it does.

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    Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

    Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is a vibrant and supportive co-educational boarding and day school for children aged from 3 months to 19 years old.  Our Hill Standard is for all members of the QE Community ’To be the best that I can with the gifts that I have’ and provide every child with a springboard to their individual successes, whichever pathway they choose.

    At Queen Ethelburga’s, our innovate curriculum is both relevant and challenging. QE welcomes girls and boys from three months and supports them on their individual journey through our four schools – Chapter House (three months to Year 5), King’s Magna (Years 6 to 9). The College and Faculty (both Year 10 to 13), with those wishing to board being able to do so from Year 3.

    Our academic results speak for themselves, but what sets QE apart is our wrap-around pastoral care for students and the incredible facilities and accommodation we can offer as part of campus life.  We strive to create the right learning and living environment in which every one of our students can thrive.

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 730 Boys / / 670 Girls

    Day pupils: 500

    Boarder Number: 900

    Age Range: 3 months - 19 years

    Founded: 1912

    Location Description

    Queen Ethelburga’s is in a spectacular rural location, with strong city links. Nestled in the breath-taking North Yorkshire countryside, QE is an incredible place to live, visit and explore. The campus sits between three cosmopolitan centres close by; historic York, once the Viking capital of England and home of the Roman emperor Constantine; Harrogate, the Victorian spa town now renowned for its shopping, fine restaurants and relaxing open spaces; and Leeds, widely considered Yorkshire’s capital city, with a cultural, shopping and entertainment offer to match. York station is 25 minutes by car and a 1 hour 50 minutes direct rail link to London.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Dan Machin

    Thorpe Underwood , York, North Yorkshire, YO26 9SS

    Tel: 01423 333 330

    Email: admissions@qe.org



    At Queen Ethelburga’s we take great pride in our campus, ensuring that it is beautifully maintained, providing students with lots of opportunity for sport, relaxation, exploration and adventure.

    QEs on-campus Sports Village provides state-of-the-art facilities, including:

    • Seven grass pitches and four 3G astro-turf pitches suitable for rugby and football.
    • A water-turf pitch and a sand-dressed turf pitch for hockey.
    • Five tennis courts
    • Fourteen netball courts across campus including ten outdoor courts and a full-sized international standard court with spectator seating
    • Purpose-built cricket ground with six grass wickets and one artificial wicket, alongside a net area comprising four artificial surfaces and two grass surfaces
    • Outstanding Athletics facilities including an all-weather floodlit four-lane synthetic cushioned running track, four long jump pits and high jump and throwing areas
    • An impressive Aquatic Centre including a four lane 25 metre training pool
    • The Genesis Gym is home to a 100-station fitness suite and free weights centre
    • Specialist studios for martial arts, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, archery, fencing and boxing
    • Sports Science Centre and Sports Treatment Centre

    The King’s Theatre is the hub of performing arts at Queen Ethelburga’s; a full scale professional venue with a seating capacity of over 300 which inspires in students a love of performing to different audiences.

    QE has six dedicated play areas across campus, creatively purpose-built for the age groups that use them. This is balanced with a number of tranquil gardens, many home to sculptures by the Yorkshire artist Jeremy Guy, where students can relax and reflect. We also have more formal garden settings for students and visitors to sit and socialise, one of which houses two of the Olympic torches from the London 2012 games.

    The Muggles activity centre is a vibrant and engaging complex designed for all students to relax, have fun and socialise. Facilities include an indoor lounge area, games area and 3D cinema, whilst the outdoor offer includes a BMX track, go-cart track, climbing wall, assault course and trampolines. Students also have access to a range of sporting equipment to use at the various sports pitches and facilities across campus. The Muggles café offers delicious food from Friday evening to Sunday each week.

    We also have excellent facilities on site to support our students and boarders:

    • On site Medical Centre available 24/7, with daily GP access
    • On site QE Shop
    • 24/7 Pastoral support within a specialist welfare area


    Scholarships offered: Academic, Sports, Music and Drama.

    For details visit www.qe.org/home/admissions/scholarships

    Entrance Requirements

    Once an application has been received applicants will be invited to visit QE to sit an entrance test. This is so that student’s talents are understood and where they may need support. This assessment is considered in conjunction with a recent report from the student’s current school, and a meeting with a relevant member of academic staff at QE.

    If an offer of a place at QE is made to a student, and it is accepted, a registration form and a non-refundable fee of £295 is required to secure the place.



    Day fees. Nursery (full time) – Year 5: £2305 – £3790 per term.

    Year 6 – Year 9: £5665 per term.

    Year 10 – Year 13: £6125 – £6565 per term.


    Boarding fees.

    Year 1 – Year 9: £10,490 – £10,950 per term.

    Year 10 – Year 13: £11,490 – £11,950 per term.

    Please follow this link for full details and International Student Fees  


    Sibling discounts are offered at 5% off for a second child in attendance, 20% off for a third child and 35% off for a fourth child and any subsequent children.



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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Our Open Mornings include tours of our campus and the chance to hear from our Acting Principal, Mr Dan Machin, and our Heads of School, key subject and support staff. You will then have the opportunity to meet directly with staff and prefects from the relevant school for your child. 

    We look forward to sharing our approach to education with you and discussing how we can support your child’s aspirations; through the quality of teaching delivered, extensive extra-curricular opportunities offered, and strong pastoral care provided to students here at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate. 

    For further details please visit our website at www.qe.org/home/admissions/open-days or email admissions@qe.org


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