University Destinations

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is an Excellent rated group of schools, across all schools and areas (ISI 2019). The ISI praised the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development, saying that, exam “performance has been well above the national average for maintained schools.”  

Students at Queen Ethelburga’s benefit from a whole school approach to careers guidance which begins at an early age through the QE Futures Programme. The Collegiate’s dedicated careers department is testament to the importance it places on effective careers education, advice and guidance for its young people. They are available five days a week and offer one-to-one careers interviews and guidance. The careers team work closely with a number of higher education institutions, apprenticeship providers, employers and with the armed forces to ensure that students have the most up-to-date information and knowledge of career opportunities. 

Our list of universities and courses is extensive and each student has individual aspirations for the future. By nurturing and supporting them, by providing superb facilities and surroundings, and with the outstanding teaching and results, we help them to realise their ambitions. 


Supporting Oxbridge Aspirations

In 2021, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate has received its highest ever number of offers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Nine students (6 Cambridge, 3 Oxford) successfully navigated a rigorous and challenging application process to gain offers across a range of subjects.  

For those academic scholars applying to G5 universities, including Oxbridge, LSE, UCL, Imperial or medicine/dentistry/veterinary courses, a comprehensive programme is offered in support of providing a strong and successful application. 

For Oxbridge students, this comprehensive programme consists of a combination of online and in-person tuition from experienced consultants and subject-specific Cambridge and Oxford tutors to maximise the students’ chances of admission. Students also benefit from access to interview practice, admission test preparation and small group meetings take place to discuss their wider reading and work experience plans to ensure they remain on track to produce a competitive application.

Hear from our students below as they talk about their journey through the application process:


QE University Destinations 2020


Both The Faculty and College enjoy strong academic results achieving impressive value added across both Key Stages 4 and 5. Our students achieve at a high level which allows them to move successfully to the next stage of their education, across many of the world's top universities.

Our University Destinations Guide gives you a full insight into the higher education establishments QE students went on to in 2020.