“The College offers a focused and dynamic academic curriculum. Students follow a traditional GCSE or A Level pathway alongside an exciting range of super-curricular and enrichment options. Our students are academically stretched and challenged and encouraged to aspire to excellence. They leave us as confident, independent learners, well prepared to succeed in higher education and their future careers.”

Head of the College, Kevin Oldershaw -

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The College welcomes students from Years 10 to 13. 

College students are expected to be strongly self-motivated and have a pro-active approach to their studies. They take responsibility for their learning and have the academic ability to succeed on the traditional GCSE or A Level curriculum, following a demanding study programme.

Our students are highly aspirational, aiming for the highest grades in all their subjects, and challenging themselves to apply to the best universities. All students at QE benefit from a well-resourced and experienced Careers Department who can offer advice and guidance at all stages of a student’s education. Students in the College are well supported in their university applications and enjoy great success in achieving places at prestigious universities in the UK and beyond, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and those in the Russell Group.

Life in the College is demanding, yet exceptionally rewarding, for those students who are determined to rise to the challenge. Enrichment options allow students to broaden and deepen their knowledge in areas of interest and give a challenging and stimulating experience. Some of these lead to additional qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification, highly prized by universities and helping to build on students’ independence and research skills. Students in Years 12 and 13 can benefit from super-curricular courses in subjects such as medicine and law, to extend them beyond the curriculum and develop a greater knowledge of, and interest in, fascinating and rewarding subject areas.

Benefiting from excellent teaching and facilities, students are able to achieve outstanding results, whilst taking full advantage of all the opportunities that you would expect in a day and boarding school, including a huge range of music, drama, sporting and co-curricular activities. Students also have many opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and contribute to the community, with roles as Prefects, Peer Mentors and as members of the various school councils.

The College is a diverse community made up of students from all walks of life. It is fully representative of the world today and helps to create a stimulating, enjoyable and caring community in which they can thrive. 

Take a tour of the College with our students