Curriculum Basketball

Basketball is played throughout the various age groups as part of the curriculum. QE students are also encouraged to play extra-curricular basketball for fun or to compete.


Competitive Basketball


Basketball at QE has grown exponentially over its 5-year existence and QE is now considered one of the top academies in the country with opportunities to compete at senior level in the invitation-only Academies Basketball League as well as the English Schools’ Competition across different age groups.

York Knights

In addition to academy competitions, QE is one of a few select schools that boasts a national league club, made primarily of students from a singular school. The opportunity to compete at club-level is in association with QE York Knights, who compete in the National Basketball League and are in the North Premier Division. With the recent addition of both U16 and U14 teams, QE York Knights now also compete in the North Conference of the National League. This enables students lower down the school to have the same opportunities as senior teams.

Performance Sport Programme

The Performance Sport Programme (PSP) is available to students from Year 7 that wish to improve their basketball through small group development sessions and strength and conditioning programmes and is based on personalised individual needs. Basketball is heavily represented in the curriculum school-wide and is supported by after school and lunch time activities for all. These include sessions for students looking to develop to the highest levels, alongside inclusive activities for all to enjoy.  

The combination of access to world class strength and conditioning facilities and personalised skill development sessions during school time, has enabled an individual developmental focus for all athletes to thrive and improve. This is supplemented by after-school team training sessions, which focus on tactical improvement and match preparation.  


Past Success

In previous years, the QE team has reached the National Finals of the English Schools’ Competition.

Present and former students have represented Great Britain, England and Wales at junior level and many have been awarded scholarships to US universities upon graduating from QE.  

Coaching expertise  

Lead Basketball Coach, Mr Josh Metcalf, has experience playing and coaching in England and the USA. Mr Metcalf has led QE to multiple English Schools’ Finals, Academies League Quarter Finals, and National League Conference Championships. He is currently the Head Coach for both U19s in the Academies League and the U18s in the National League.  

Mr Metcalf is supported by Mr Oliver Hylands, who boasts playing experience in England’s top flight, the British Basketball League, with team Leeds Force. Mr Hylands has coached Yorkshire teams, at the Regional Tournament, in multiple age groups. He specialises in skill development for the U16 level, where he acts as the Head Coach for QE York Knights. He was also a Statistician at the Olympic Games in London.  



York Knights are a national team represented by predominantly QE students.



The QE basketball programme benefits from facilities including a triple-court sports hall, 100-station fitness suite and a free weights centre. Find out more, here.

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