Queen Ethelburga’s students follow a sports programme with the values of fair play, honesty and determination at its heart. Our motto of ‘to be the best that I can, with the gifts that I have’ is never more evident than through the work we do as TEAM QE.
Queen Ethelburga's has a dedicated Sports Village, completed in 2016, to which all students have access to inside and outside of formal school hours.
The Village is home to a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, gym and specialist studios. Outside we have a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over 30 acres of grass and 3G artificial pitches.
QE's Sports Village is built to a professional standard for students to practise competing at an industry standard. The Sports and Leisure Teams regularly host Premier League football teams, like Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, at the Village through the school holidays.
All Queen Ethelburga’s students follow a sports programme designed to stimulate the values of fair play, honesty, determination and application through a wide variety of pursuits.
Health and fitness is a vital part of school life for QE students with many continuing with sport and exercise, either recreationally or as a route of study, through to their chosen university or career pathway.
There are a wide range of sports and activities available including:
The facilities on campus are outstanding, with the recent development of our dedicated Sports Village, to which all students have additional access outside of formal school hours. Staff cater for all abilities and encourage each student to enjoy all the fantastic opportunities on offer during their time at QE.
There are five performance sports at Queen Ethelburga's: Rugby, Basketball, Cricket, Football and Netball. These sports benefit from higher coaching expertise, the opportunity to compete at a good level across different age ranges and the option to partake in Performance Sport Programmes.
Specialist high-level coaching, as part of a Performance Sports Programme, is provided for students attending The Faculty, wishing to pursue their chosen sport and represent that sport at the county level or above.
Each student's programme follows a unique scheme of work, including the latest tactical, technical, physical and mental training. They are designed with individual talent development as the key component and present opportunities for students to develop their skills through to UK and international competition.
Our Sports Science Centre provides students with a movement analysis testing and monitoring facility, together with equipment designed for assessing a broad range of health and fitness indicators. To help the rehabilitation and post-training recovery of our students, we also have our Sports Treatment Centre, where we use tools such as cryotherapy cold spa baths.
All of our Performance Sport students are enrolled within The Faculty, where the flexibility of the curriculum allows them to combine their sporting programme with a range of options in GCSE, A level and BTEC courses in both Key Stages 4 and 5. This enables them to maintain a well-rounded education whilst pursuing their passion. They also have access to a strong network of pastoral and academic support, including Tutors, Heads of Year, and Academic Learning Mentors.
Students are taught responsibility, resilience and leadership skills and challenged to achieve at the highest level at all times.
Watch Dara's story to see how the Performance Sports Programme has helped him pursue his career in basketball.