Life as a Boarder

Queen Ethelburga’s welcome students wishing to Board from Year 3 to Year 13 with weekly and full boarding options.

“Here at Queen Ethelburga’s, our approach is unique. We are very lucky having the facilities we do which help our committed and ambitious students make outstanding academic progress. 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.

Being a boarder at QE gives you opportunities beyond the ordinary. Whether that is in the field of academia, in the clubs that you choose, in the trips you attend or in the friends that you make, your experiences here will shape your life.

We celebrate our students and the successes they have in a range of fields and areas. Whether it be in sports and drama, academic success, Peer Mentoring or citizenship, we recognise all achievements and strengths in our boarders. There is no fixed pathway that they must follow, they are guided and supported as they find the route that suits them best.

We have a community here unlike any other, a unique blend of cultures and nationalities, where friendships are formed that last a lifetime. We have a strong foundation built on listening to the needs of others, engaging with life and all it has to offer, attending every commitment with enthusiasm, respecting each other and never giving up on attaining our goals.

We create a second home for our students and try to emulate the boundaries and expectations that you as parents would want to implement.

At the heart of boarding is the desire to help our students to develop the life skills they need to be the very best that that they can be and to prepare them for their undoubtedly successful futures.”

QE offer lower collegiate boarding for ages 6 to 16 years and upper collegiate boarding for ages 16 to 19 years. 

Boarding Facilities

QE boarding is known for its modern facilities which support student development and provide a safe and productive environment to thrive.

All bedrooms are air-conditioned, provide ample room to study and include private en-suite bathrooms with a toilet and shower. Sixth form boarders also have cooking and washing facilities in their rooms to reflect their growing independence.

QE's life-long learning programme supports our boarding students with invaluable skills for future life and our dedicated boarding team understand that the soft skills they promote outside the classroom are every bit as valuable as the academic skills gained during the school day. Every boarder has access to a well-equipped common room where they can enjoy downtime and opportunities to get together and socialise as well as plenty of outdoor space.

Students are actively encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage their own fitness. As well as benefiting from award-winning, healthy meals in our dedicated dining areas, student also have access to our fantastic sports facilities, which are supervised by trained gym staff, teachers and coaches. 


Dedicated pastoral areas on campus are accessible for students throughout the day and well into the evening and are supervised by qualified pastoral staff. Students can come and meet a Peer Mentor or Buddy, chat to staff and can get help with anything they might need. Boarders also have access to tutors during prep and homework time so that they can get academic assistance when they need it.

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