Curriculum Rugby

Rugby forms part of the core Physical Education curriculum and there are also opportunities for students to be involved in rugby beyond the curriculum, in Years 3 to 13, with lunchtime and after-school activities for senior students throughout the school year. 


Competitive Rugby

At Queen Ethelburga’s, students are offered competitive rugby at all levels with an extensive fixture programme comprising matches against local schools and clubs. At senior level these fixtures expand to include other regional Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Academies.  

We offer an innovative and exciting Performance Sports Programme (PSP) where a higher level of individual learning is undertaken. The Programme involves technical and tactical work, video analysis and a strength and conditioning programme which is specifically designed to meet the student’s individual needs.  


Past Success

Past and present students have played for county, regional and international teams, which is always encouraged at QE.  

Rugby Sports Programme at QE
Rugby Kick  at QE

Coaching Expertise  

Coaching is led by Rugby Football Union (RFU) Level 3 Coach, Mr Rob Hardwick, who has more than 30 years of coaching and playing experience. A former professional player with London Irish and La Rochelle, Mr Hardwick gained International Honours for England and has also represented the Barbarians Football Club.  

For the past 13 years, Mr Hardwick has worked in the independent school sector. He has also been involved in county programmes for U16, U17 and U18, as well as divisional rugby with Midlands U16. There he worked on the elite player pathway, helping many players move into professional rugby and RFU professional academies.  



QE has close links with the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union and strong links with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby.  



The facilities at QE are outstanding with seven superb grass pitches suitable for rugby and four state-of-the-art 3G astro pitches. All are floodlit and looked after by professional grounds staff. Find out more, here

Queen Ethelburga's Map of Sports Pitches

Rugby Testimonials

Stephen Tue - Rugby - Class of 2017
Leona Marshall

Particularly during my final year, I really appreciated the efforts both the academic and coaching staff went to in order to help me balance my time effectively. Moreover, the support I had available to me, not only with regards to my rugby development and academics but also in terms of pastoral care, made sure that my two years at QE were the very best that they could have possibly been.

Sam Pocklington - Rugby - Class of 2017
Leona Marshall

Moving to QE really helped me push on towards my goal of playing full time professional rugby. Mr Rawlinson and the rest of the coaching staff, along with the first-class facilities, enabled the SEP programme to work at a very high level, pushing our performance up week by week.