The Faculty is one of our two Senior Schools, welcoming students from Years 10 to 13. Students in the Faculty follow a varied and bespoke programme of learning which provides a high-quality education. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to follow an academic route, more creative and vocational options, or a combination of both.
The Faculty: Rated Excellent by ISI
The latest ISI report awarded The Faculty the highest rating of 'excellent' along with the other three schools; Chapter House, King's Magna and The College. The glowing report stated that the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent, as is their personal development.
"Pupils have well-developed communication skills. They are highly articulate and confident speakers, and listen and respond maturely. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and are hardworking and resilient."
Independent Schools Inspectorate, February 2019
The mainstream curriculum in the Faculty comprises GCSE, A level and a range of BTEC courses in both Key Stages 4 and 5. These provide a broad, stimulating and challenging range of qualifications that cater for the needs of each individual.
Across both Key Stages The Faculty offers variety, depth and challenge and we are proud of what our students achieve at the end of each stage.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students study the compulsory subjects Mathematics, English Language, Trilogy Science, Physical Education and Personal Development. Students then select 3 optional subjects which allow them to personalise their curriculum and learn more about their areas of interest. There is also the opportunity for those with the necessary aptitude to also study separate sciences and/or English Literature. Strong mathematicians may have the option to study for examinations beyond GCSE Mathematics.
Key Stage 5
Students can choose to follow a wholly A Level or BTEC route, or one that combines both qualifications. Students who wish to specialise in one subject are advised to consider the BTEC options, where study can be in greater depth in areas such as Art and Design, Performing Arts, Sport, Fashion, ICT, Music, Business or Science.
Students and staff from The Faculty are proud, ambitious and responsible. They all take pride in, and celebrate, the many achievements of the community. Our students develop the self-awareness to recognise strengths and strive to be successful in all that they do. Importantly, members of The Faculty community take responsibility for their own achievement, overcoming difficulties and making the most of the numerous leadership opportunities which allow them to contribute more broadly to the life of the Collegiate and develop their own character and skills.
Throughout their studies all students have access to a strong network of pastoral and academic support including Tutors, Heads of Year, and Academic Learning Mentors. Students are taught responsibility and resilience, and challenged to achieve at the highest level.
Boarding at QE offers facilities which support our students' development and allow them to thrive.
Year 10 boarders enjoy the advantages of being the most senior students in our 'vertical' boarding houses. These are for students from years 7 to 10 and ensure the oldest students act as role models for the younger ones. Students respond well to this level of responsibility and also provide the house with a strong family atmosphere.
In Year 11, the boarding students have a specific transition house; they have increased privileges and an environment dedicated specifically to them as they prepare for their examinations at the end of the year. The routine is changed to mirror some aspects of Sixth Form boarding life to ease the transition into Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13).
Boarding facilities in our Sixth Form reflect that our students are now independent adults, with the need for more private, personal and study space.
Beyond the classroom, enrichment provision is extensive and varied, including General Studies in Year 12 and the optional Extended Project Qualification. The co-curricular programme is extensive and there are many educational visits and residential trips on offer, such that students can experience aspects of life and education beyond the school campus. As well as extra-curricular activities, there is also the option to extend their knowledge and passion for their favoured subjects through our super-curricular programme. Whether related to the arts, sports or academic subjects, the programme encourages student higher-level learning and enhances their university application and future career prospects.
Students are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and contribute to the wider QE community through Peer Mentoring, within Prefect roles, through many outreach and charitable activities and as members of the various school councils.
For students to thrive in a school environment, welfare and care are exceptionally important. In The Faculty we work to support students in all that they do, both in school and out, so that they feel happy, safe and well cared for.
We have an excellent pastoral team which run our industry-leading THRIVE@QE programme, ensuring that our students' mental health and resilience is priority. The team is available for students at any time of day or night.
As part of our pastoral provision we have an extensive Buddy and Peer Mentor team, comprising over 150 trained students, who are very happy to chat to younger students and offer their support. This offers the opportunity for Faculty students to access support should they need to and to support other students. This is invaluable and we greatly encourage students to offer their help and support to others.
The majority of Faculty students move on to university and specialist courses at high ranking institutions both in the UK and abroad. Popular destinations include the colleges of London University, Warwick, Exeter, and Durham, and overseas at Swiss, French and US universities. Due to the breadth of skills and abilities in the Faculty, students choose to study a wide range of subjects or, in a smaller number of cases, move straight into employment having secured apprenticeships. The Careers Department provides extensive support for all students and staff are experienced in all progression routes, to support each student as they follow their individual educational journey and into their chosen career pathway.
The Faculty is very proud of its students and the young adults they become. Faculty students enjoy great success in their sporting, creative, and academic endeavours. They leave us ready to face the challenges and opportunities ahead as confident, mature and well-rounded citizens, with very bright futures.
"The Faculty has improved me as a person, and has allowed me to achieve more than I could have ever thought in all different aspects of both school, and everyday life. The lessons taught inside and outside the classroom shape students to flourish and succeed in later life."
Year 10 Student
"I spent two lovely years in The Faculty at QE and now I am reading economics at the University of Cambridge. Looking back I am grateful for all the support I had. All my teachers taught me well and supported me at any time. I would recommend this school to anyone."
Old Ethelburgian, Class of 2019
"Our daughter has been so well supported in her time at The Faculty at QE and as a result she has achieved extremely pleasing grades in her GCSEs, allowing her to pursue all the A Levels she wanted to study. The Faculty really has been a wonderful place for our daughter to grow and learn, and we are very grateful for all that the school offers."
Parent of a Year 12 student