Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Scores a Hat Trick for Independent School Awards Shortlist

We are celebrating triple success at being shortlisted in three categories for the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year 2021 Awards: Independent School of the Year for Performing Arts; Independent Prep School of the Year; and Independent School of the Year for Contribution to Social Mobility. 

The aim of the awards is to highlight excellence in student experience across independent schools. Independent schools from across the country have entered nominations into the 24 awards categories.  

Dan Machin, Acting Principal for Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted across three categories for this year’s Independent Schools of the Year Awards. Both our staff and students have shown incredible resilience in the face of what has occurred over the last 15 months, adapting seamlessly to the ever-changing national situation of lockdown, bubbles, online and blended learning.  Our achievements this year are as strong as they have ever been and this shortlist announcement is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of everyone within the QE Community. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the finalist announcement!’ 

This shortlist success comes hot on the heels of many different successes across the Collegiate at the end of another unprecedented year for the education sector. QE Sixth Former and student of The College Cyrus Z was announced as the winner of The Lexden Prize for 2021. This is a prestigious accolade awarded by the Independent Schools Association (ISA), for ‘the most remarkable sixth form student’. In addition, Elijah W, a student of The Faculty, was also added to the Lexden Roll of Honour. Chapter House, QE’s Early Years, infant and junior provision, has also recently been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PQSM) Gilt, an accolade given to schools which can demonstrate how established effective science leadership is having a sustained impact on science teaching and learning within a school.   

Students studying on the BTEC Performing Arts programme also took home three highly-regarded accolades from the North London Festival of Music Speech and Drama.  Three pieces were entered into the competition and QE took the top spot in the Group Acting Category for 16-18 year olds, and first and second place in the 16-18 Monologue competition.  

Staff across the Collegiate have been sharing in the good news: 

Karen Kilkenny, Head of Chapter House, said ‘I am delighted that Chapter House has been shortlisted in the Independent School of the Year awards. It was wonderful to be able to share our many initiatives that support and inspire the children to take risks, reflect on what they have learnt and be ready for any challenge they may face in the future. I am proud of the great resilience and positivity that our children and staff have shown during a challenging year, enabling them to continue to thrive as a school community.’ 

Justine Langford, Creative Director of the King’s Theatre, said ‘We are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted in the Performing Arts Category for the Independent School of the Year Awards 2021. The team are a talented, passionate and inspirational group of creatives and we are grateful that their work has been recognised. We look forward to the finalist selection in September!’ 

Suzanne Mulligan, Deputy Head of Faculty is delighted that we have been shortlisted for the Social Mobility award: ‘At QE we want our students to achieve their best, in every area of school life. We are proud of our diverse community here at QE, which includes a large contingent of local students, students from our families working in the Forces, and our partnerships in the wider community.’   

Independent Schools of the Year finalists will be revealed on 7 September, and judges will then meet again to reach a decision on the winner of each category. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.