Curriculum Athletics

Queen Ethelburga’s operates an annual athletics itinerary and provides opportunities to compete in Track and Field (T&F) and Cross Country (XC) for students across the school.

QE students are encouraged to join Track and Field Running Clubs and event days such as the annual Queen Ehtelburga's Race For Life 5km run so that they can participate in more athletics outside the curriculum programme


Competitive Athletics

As part of an annual athletics itinerary, QE hosts and competes against local schools. QE students take part in the English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) Track and Field Cup as well as Harrogate and Craven Athletic Club events and the ISA Championships.  

Students on the Performance Sports Programme (PSP) receive additional specialist coaching geared towards their events, as well as strength and conditioning sessions linked to their athletics discipline in order to truly maximise their full potential.  


Past Success

Athletes at QE have represented county, England North, England Juniors and Great Britain Juniors. Post-QE athletes have gone on to represent Great Britain Seniors and England Senior teams.  

York Knights Basketball
Rugby Sports Programme at QE
Athletics Race at QE
Rugby Kick  at QE
Hockey Training at QE
Cricket at QE
Athletics at Queen Ethelburga's College

Coaching expertise  

Coaching is provided by Lead Athletics Coach, Ms Karen Buck, who is a UK Athletics Level 3 Coach with 25 years of coaching experience including a Team Manager for British Athletics at the UK School Games (UKSG). As a former athlete gaining an England Vest, Ms Buck went into coaching after retiring from competition. Ms Buck then supported the athletics development of her eldest son, as he competed for Team GB, including at the World European and Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012.  

Ms Buck is part of the England Athletics Tutor Workforce delivering coaching education to new coaches. She is also part of England Athletics National Coach Development Programme for Speed and Youth development: British Athletics Female coach legacy programme.  



QE has close links with England Athletics, hosting EA events which allow students the opportunity to train with elite athletes and receive specialist coaching.  

QE also has close links to the City of York Athletic Club, which allows individuals the opportunity to compete at local club competitions and national competitions. 



The athletics facilities at QE are of the highest standard and include an all-weather floodlit track, four long jump pits and high jump and throwing areas. Find out more, here.

Queen Ethelburga's Map of Sports Pitches