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.”

General Information

Boarding Management Team

Mrs B. Fairclough

I am Barbara Fairclough.  I am a Boarding Senior Leader at Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate.  I have worked in boarding since my arrival 13 years ago and have worked in both the boys and girls houses.  I have worked in most age groups; my most recent in Chapter House Boarding with our youngest boarders.  My primary role is to ensure the boarding routines and systems are running well within the boarding houses. I am a member of the Enrichment Team which allows me to ensure the students lives are enriched through our after school activity program, leadership opportunities, prefect system and charity events. The team helps encourage students to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered by the College.  I am based within the boarding environment and I also work with the students; assisting them with their daily boarding lives and supporting them where needed.

Where were you born? Glasgow, Scotland

What was your favourite subject at school? Geography

Do you have a favourite hobby? Needlework

Where is the best place you have visited? Alaska

What is your happiest memory from your time at Queen Ethelburga’s? Every speech day – to see the successes of the students is heart warming.


Mr M. Howard

I have been working here at Queen Ethelburgas for 5 years now working in boarding and predominantly with Kings Magna students. In 2017 I joined the pastoral team giving me the opportunity to work with and support students across all year groups in the Collegiate. In addition, I have an important role assisting on the Child Protection team and I am the armed forces co-ordinator bringing with me 23 years’ experience of military service with the British Army. In my down time I enjoy nothing more than getting out and about with my camera shooting landscape photographs and have a real passion for travel photography.

Where were you born? Stafford

What was your favourite subject at school? P.E and History

Do you have a favourite hobby? Playing and watching football and cricket

Where is the best place you have visited? Australia and Cambodia

What is your happiest memory from your time at Queen Ethelburga’s? Watching the boys mature from Year 9s into Year 10s


Mrs L. Ennis

My name is Louise Ennis and I have just joined the Boarding Management Team after spending two years working in boarding at Queen Ethelburgas’ as a house tutor with KS4 girls.  Previously, I have worked in state schools in Food Technology, as a Cover Supervisor and Competitive House Leader. I am here to support students off all ages across the boarding houses and in school ensuring they are happy, safe and getting the most out of all the opportunities they are offered. I can often be found in the cookery room on a Saturday enabling students to learn new skills, spend time with their friends and produce lots of lovely food. Needless to say I love anything to do with food and enjoy being out and about in the countryside

Where were you born? Basingstoke, Hampshire

What was your favourite subject at school? Home Economics

Do you have a favourite hobby? Reading, gardening

Where is the best place you have visited? Swanage – many happy memories of holidays with family and friends

What is your happiest memory from your time at Queen Ethelburga’s? One of my best times at QE was when my mentor group put origami shapes and positive messages on the boarders doors. The girls took it very seriously and really did surprise their peers and spread some happy vibes around the house


Mr K. Lofthouse

Hello! My name is Kev Lofthouse and this is my fourth year at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate. I spent the first two years in the  Year 11 boarding house which was a fantastic experience and I met so many amazing students . I now work in the Pastoral department across the school and boarding houses which is extremely varied but also very rewarding. Prior to working at Queen Ethelburga’s I spent twelve years at Barnardo’s working with vulnerable children from many different social backgrounds. In my spare time my hobbies include cycling, walking, camping or basically anything that involves the outdoors.

Where were you born? Bury St Edmunds

What was your favourite subject at school? Geography

Do you have a favourite hobby? Cycling

Where is the best place you have visited? Thailand

What is your happiest memory from your time at Queen Ethelburga’s? The entire year with the boys in Year 11 as Houseparent


Miss E. Gibson

Hello, my name is Lizzie Gibson and I have worked at Queen Ethelburga’s since 2009.  I started here as an Assistant House Parent in Year 9 Girls and worked my way up to Head of House for KS4 Girls; which was lovely as I was with many of the girls for three years.   Before I came here I worked in catering and still enjoy cooking with students or for the Pastoral team!!  I have worked on the Pastoral Team for a few years now and enjoy the mix of school and boarding. I work mainly in KS5 , however, help out when necessary in all age groups.  When I am not at work I love to walk my dog, garden and read a lot.

Where were you born?   Penrith, Cumbria

What was your favourite subject at school? Maths/Physics – hated sport!!

Do you have a favourite hobby? Dog walking, horse riding, cooking

Where is the best place you have visited? India – with QE to work in an orphanage

What is your happiest memory from your time at Queen Ethelburga’s? The holidays!!!!   Only joking – it’s not really a memory – but the people that you meet, both staff and students that you stay in touch with long after they have left.

Incidental Boarding

The newest form of boarding is flexi-boarding, where girls and boys may opt for boarding on an ad hoc basis. Flexi-boarding enables parents to be away overnight, secure in the knowledge that their child is in a safe and caring environment in which they can continue their academic and extra-curricular activities. It is strictly subject to availability and parents are advised to book it as early in advance as possible.

Please find below the incidental boarding prices for the 2018 – 2019 school year


Occasional Boarding
Occasional Boarding (School Event)
Weekend Boarding (Fri,Sat,Sun)