Our History

Now set in more than 220 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s has provided students with a vibrant and supportive school community since 1912.


Steeped in history, Thorpe Underwood Estate supported a stewpond that fed monks on their way to and from Fountains Abbey. The site was also home to literary great, Anne Bronte.

The present Thorpe Underwood Hall, which sits at the heart of the campus, was built by renowned York architect Walter Henry Brierley as ‘a fine modern mansion of Elizabethan design’.

QE began its life in 1912 in Harrogate and moved to its present site in 1991, bringing with it a number of fun traditions. These have remained firm favourites of QE students, such as the annual School Ghost Production, celebrating QE’s birthday, battling it out in the annual School Quiz and singing carols around the huge Christmas tree outside Thorpe Underwood Hall before sitting down for Christmas dinner. QE traditions bring students together from the four schools and from one generation to the next, uniting them in a common heritage and shared memories.

Blending these traditions and family values with modern facilities and a global outlook is central to the QE approach, we welcome girls and boys from 3 months and support them through four schools - Chapter House, King’s Magna, The College and The Faculty – to become successful independent adults who are well prepared for the future.