International Admissions

Set in more than 220 acres of beautiful English countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s has provided students with a vibrant and supportive school community since 1912.  

We welcome girls and boys from 3 months and support them through our four schools - Chapter House (3 months to Year 5), King’s Magna (Year 6 to 9), The College and Faculty (both Year 10 to 13) – to become resilient, confident and independent young adults who are well prepared for their future.  

QE is known locally, nationally and internationally as a place that promotes the highest standards in all that it does. Our reputation has grown considerably over recent years, and we believe this is due to our drive to ensure that our outcomes for QE students, across all areas of their endeavour and aspiration, match those of the world’s best schools. 

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the Collegiate the top grading of Excellent across all schools and areas, following an inspection in February 2019, praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development. 

Our exam results speak for themselves, consistently ranking us amongst the top 10 day and boarding schools in the UK, with students benefiting from wonderful study, boarding and leisure facilities as part of campus life. 

Academic standards at Queen Ethelburga’s are exceptionally high and lead to outstanding results. Our flexible curriculum, innovative and dynamic teaching, excellent facilities and professional staff ensure all students have the maximum chance of success in their studies. 

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QEGUK Accreditation

Achieving excellence in international student provision 

QE is the first school in the UK to have achieved the QEGUK Quality Assurance Validation.

The QEGUK logo denotes an educational establishment's commitment to the highest standards of performance, covering all aspects of international student provision, through adherence to a robust, holistic quality assurance process, culminating in a rigorous audit, once every three years. QEGUK identified Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate as an outstanding example of quality practice with regard to international students and in the context of the care provided to all of its pupils.

The report highlighted:

  • The same level of provision and protection is afforded to international students as to those students placed from within the UK.

  • Careful attention is paid to cultural issues and the connection between care and education/ learning. 

  • The Collegiate’s approach to pastoral care is of a high order and illustrates forward-thinking with regard to the outcome dimensions underpinning well-being. 

  • Leadership of boarding is not only highly effective but also ensures that arrangements for accommodation, care and support are fit for purpose in the modern world. 

  • Effective links are formed between boarding and the wider Collegiate, with an encouraging understanding that pupils also need personal space and relaxation at times, and benefit from highly dedicated staff who perform a ‘parenting’ role. 

  • International students commented on the way in which they are made to feel immediately at home and welcome; the high level of pastoral and academic support they receive; the facilities and opportunities available to them; the concern staff show for their safeguarding and mental health needs, (‘the staff are always keeping us safe’)


The Boarding environment is crucial in supporting student’s personal development and helping students grow in all areas of their lives. At the heart of boarding at QE, are three central characteristics; opportunity, individuality and a caring community.

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The international department is here to help those students who have English as an additional language to develop their speaking and writing skills and to improve in listening and reading English. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered as a subject to students throughout the Collegiate. An intensive approach to teaching, focused on student production, means that learners are able to make rapid progress. Through student-centred lessons in small groups, learners are able to access expert advice and personalised tuition which enables them to work on, and develop, their individual areas of weakness. 

Our primary focus is the development of a strong awareness of grammar and vocabulary in order to help learners to access and make the most of the English-speaking environment around them and ultimately achieve their potential in their core subjects across the school. Our younger students take the Cambridge First or Preliminary exams which, alongside grammar, teach our learners how to write in specific genres and how to navigate and incorporate native speaker aspects of the language such as phrasal verbs and idiomatic language into their linguistic repertoire. 

As students progress through the school they are trained on IELTS preparation courses where the focus is on the study of academic texts, and fully preparing students in the rules of academic writing in preparation for higher level studies. Our IELTS courses offer an in depth task based approach which provides our students with hands on practice of every possible task type and ensures they are able to meet the university entry requirements for their chosen course in the future. 

Pathways to Further Education in the UK

Our staff are experienced and well qualified, and they can offer a range of advice with regards to university applications, and the next step in a student’s educational journey. Enrolment at QE will offer the opportunity for students to integrate into the UK educational system in a safe and supportive environment. 

The majority of our students leave us and move on to their first-choice universities around the world with most starting degree courses in the UK. London universities such as University College London, the London School of Economics, King’s College and City University are very popular choices for our students, but we also have a high success rate with Oxford and Cambridge too.

Strong links have also been established with institutions which offer Hospitality courses in Switzerland and every year we send students to other countries, such as the USA, Australia and Hong Kong. 

Tutors, school teams and the careers staff support students with their individual applications, personal statements, predicted grades and references and we have a range of guest speakers who come to school each year representing different high-profile universities.

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Recognising the Importance of Effective Careers Education

Students at QE 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. 

For students intending to apply to G5 universities (Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, Imperial College London) or medicine/dentistry/veterinary courses, a comprehensive programme is offered in support of providing a strong and successful application.

For Oxbridge students, this comprehensive and unique 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.

All students choose super-curricular and/or enrichment options at the start of each year. These may link to certain academic subjects such as economics or history, may allow them to develop their skills within a particular creative area such as music performance or playing high level sport, or may support them in entering specific careers in the future such as medicine or law. Students will be able to explore current issues in their area of interest, gain valuable experience and work to a higher level than anything they would be doing in the GCSE or A Level classroom. This is an invaluable experience in terms of developing student curiosity and enthusiasm, and the ability to engage in debate and discussion, and all of which contribute to a strong and successful Oxbridge application.

International Student Fees 2023/2024

Fees for the academic year are in UK Pounds Sterling, and you can pay by cheque or bank transfer. Please note that there are three terms in each academic year.

Please note: Fees for the following academic year are released in the summer term of the preceding year. If you are looking for a September 2024 start or thereafter, please note the fees are subject to change.


Term Fee

Chapter House (Reception to Year 5)


King's Magna (Year 6 to Year 9)


The College & Faculty (Year 10 & Year 11)


The College & Faculty (Pre A-Level, Year 12 & Year 13)


Download the International Prospectus