Life at QE

At Queen Ethelburga’s we take great pride in our campus, ensuring that it is beautifully maintained, providing students with lots of opportunity for sport, relaxation, exploration and adventure. 

Life on campus is a careful balance of organised activities, trips and socials, providing opportunities for students to independently spend time with their friends and make the most of the fantastic facilities on offer. 

Socials are held regularly, with students enjoying spending time with one another, whether it be a formal black-tie event with all its traditions and etiquette, a paint party or a cookery competition. We also run rewards weeks to celebrate success and effort and these are always very popular with the students voting to choose the rewards. 

There are six dedicated play areas across campus, creatively purpose-built for the age groups that use them. This is balanced with a number of tranquil gardens, many home to sculptures by the Yorkshire artist Jeremy Guy, where students can relax and reflect. We also have more formal garden settings for students and visitors to sit and socialise, one of which houses two of the Olympic torches from the London 2012 games.  

QE’s own dedicated Sports Village has a swimming pool and triple-court sports hall which can accommodate multiple games at the same time. Students can also enjoy using the gym during the school day and after school with access to the activities wing that includes a martial arts suite, table tennis arena and dance studios.

The Muggles activity centre is a vibrant and engaging complex designed for all students to relax, have fun and socialise. Facilities include an indoor lounge area, games area and 3D cinema, whilst the outdoor offer includes a climbing wall, assault course and trampolines. Students also have access to a range of sporting equipment to use at the various sports pitches and facilities across campus. The Muggles café offers delicious food from Friday evening to Sunday each week.  

The King’s Theatre on site is run as a professional venue, combining in-house productions with external productions and shows. It has a packed programme of practical workshops, performances, music festivals, talks and presentations throughout the year, providing wonderful opportunities for student enjoyment and participation.  

There are also many opportunities for students to take part in residential trips both in the UK and abroad. 

Queen Ethelburga’s Fast Facts

Small Classes

Passionate teachers and excellent pastoral care


of Faculty's BTEC grades are Distinction* - Distinction in 2022.

31 acres sports grounds

Just one example of the exceptional facilities we have at QE


A* - B College A Level grades in 2022.

150 sports and activities

For students to get involved in

4 School Split

With the choice of two senior schools in Years 10 to 13. 

Inside Queen Ethelburga’s