Queen Ethelburga’s College Review – Ranking, Fees And More

Queen Ethelburga’s (QE) Collegiate offers a well rounded academic experience for students in General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and A-Level programmes. The college programme is an intensive traditional curriculum for Year 10 to 13, which is open for UK and international students.

Queen Ethelburga’s College Review
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Summary Of School

  • Type of school: Co-educational
  • Age range: 14-20
  • Pupils: 1062
  • Boarders: 76%
  • Fees: £18,950-£19,950 per term
  • 2023 A Level Results: 79.4% A*-A
  • 2023 GCSE Results: 63% 9-7


QE is renowned for its alumni of highly confident and motivated Sixth Form students with exceptional success in top universities applications. Together with guidance from the institution’s highly connected and deeply experienced Careers Department, QE students achieve great success at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and members of the Russell Group.

QE is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for students from 3 months to 19 years old. The institution takes pride in its personalised approach to teaching by building a community that enriches both the scholar and social qualities of each student. Students are exposed to a wide range of activities in research, arts and music, health and sports, and leadership and community programmes. The institution is located at the esteemed Thorpe Underwood Estate in York, United Kingdom.

Queen Ethelburga's College Courses & Programmes

For this review we will focus on The College (Traditional GCSE and A-Level Curriculum). Here are the programs offered by QE:

  • Year 10 (GCSE Yr 1)
  • Tear 11 (GCSE Yr 2)
  • Year 12 (Sixth Form)
  • Year 13 (Sixth Form)
  • Pre A-Level (Sixth Form)

Queen Ethelburga's College Application Deadline

Applications for boarding places should be submitted to the College before the September prior to the start of the academic year the student wishes to enter. For example, applications for entry in either September 2024 or January 2025 should be submitted before September 2023.

Queen Ethelburga's College Ranking

In our 2023 A Levels League Table, Queen Ethelburga’s College ranked 6th out of nearly 200 schools. QE ranked 61st in our 2023 GCSE League Table. Over the past few years, Queen Ethelburga’s College has maintained its stellar results, consistently achieving above 80% A*/As and 9-7s.

Queen Ethelburga's College 2023 Results

Queen Ethelburga’s College 2023 GCSE Results

In 2023, 63% of Queen Ethelburga’s candidates achieved 9-7s at the GCSE examinations.

Queen Ethelburga’s College 2023 A-Level Results

In 2023, Queen Ethelburga’s cohort managed to score 74.9% A*-A at the A Levels.

Queen Ethelburga's College 2023/24 Fees

The termly fees at Queen Ethelburga’s College for the academic year of 2023/24 are as follows.

International Student Fees (2023/24)Fees
Chapter House (Reception to Year 5)£18,450 
King’s Magna (Year 6 to Year 9)£18,950 
The College & Faculty (Year 10 & Year 11)£19,550 
 The College & Faculty (Pre A-Level, Year 12 & Year 13)£19,950 

UK Student Fees (2022/23)Day FeesBoarding Fees 
Chapter House (Reception – Year 5)£4,100£11,150 
King’s Magna (Year 6 – Year 9)£5,995£11,600 
The College & Faculty (Year 10 & Year 11)£6,550£12,150 
 The College & Faculty (Pre A-Level, Year 12 & Year 13)£6,950 £12,600  

Queen Ethelburga's College Entry Requirements

Students can join the College at the beginning of Year 10 or 12. They follow a traditional academic route towards higher education, through GCSE and A-Level courses.

Once an application has been received, applicants will be invited to visit QE for an entrance test. If an offer of a place at QE is made to a student, and it is accepted, a registration form and a non-refundable fee of £295 will be required to secure the place.

Queen Ethelburga's College Reviews

Sam D., 2018 (Parent to Year 13 Student)

I cannot express how thrilled we have been with every aspect of the school. The school ground and facilities speak for themselves, and of course the teaching is exemplary. However, for us it has been the care and dedication shown by the staff to our daughter that has truly made the last four years so amazing.

Colleen P., 2018 (Parent of Erin Peters, Year 13)

With Erin being a new Year 12 student to the school, she received an excellent induction service which introduced her to the positive and supportive culture of the school. This provided us as parents with the confidence that we made the right school choice. With the schools’ continuing support throughout the year Erin was able to achieve an equitable balance between her sporting requirements and academic work.


It was a special place. Rooms were so good and also all the college in general. Big classrooms. I advise you to go there in summer! There are good “college groups” where you can have a lot of fun and meet new people. Hope to have been helpful


Having come from a smaller school and having to look for another school after we moved areas, we were immediately impressed with the facilities of Queen Ethelburga’s. However, as a parent I was also aware of how large the school is and worried whether my son, aged 6, would cope with such a change. Now, four years later and the benefit of there being four separate parts to the school – I cannot believe the 10-year-old boy he has become! He was given support from the start, gained confidence and was nurtured by his teachers. The best decision we ever made.


We moved to England in 2012 following a visit to QE. We were blown away. Both my children have excelled at QE. QE was the only school who believed and trusted in my youngest child’s hearing impediment and gave us huge amounts of support. This is an amazing school, not just for the academic results but for all support given to students; to build their confidence as they grow, particularly when experiencing challenging situations along the way.


QE has provided my child with a rich learning environment whilst supporting the whole child. There is a strong pastoral element evident through the close connections with the teaching staff and support staff. My child has also enjoyed a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The children are encouraged to be part of the whole school community and even as a day pupil enjoy all the school has to offer. As a parent, the regular parent meetings and email contact with the teaching staff mean that I feel a part of my child’s education and their learning journey.


Being a student here has been an experience to remember. I remember visiting a number of colleges around UK but I chose QE because it felt homely and I was most impressed by their rooms and facilities. I’ve improved a lot in my studies, but it’s the people here that made the experience amazing.

Queen Ethelburga's College Accommodation

The Community

Sixth Form boarders of QE are exposed to a window of opportunity beyond the ordinary. Students will be a part of a highly diverse yet intimately built community as cultures and nationalities from all over the world come together. The community is rich with study groups to support individual academics, clubs for arts and athletics interests, and trips within and outside of the country. The experience and the relationships that students develop here had shaped the lives of QE alumni.

Sixth Form students are role models where the institution selects the Prefects, Peer Mentors, and leadership roles. The community is built for students to interact and learn from each other, while developing an open and kind understanding towards the society.

The Campus

QE actively promotes a healthy lifestyle to all its students. With 31 acres of sports grounds, students have access to state-of-the art facilities supervised by trained gym staff and coaches. Students also benefit from award-winning, healthy diets prepared by resident chefs at QE.

The Apartments

Sixth Form students have separate Court Apartments for male and female students. The Court Apartments is a modern, purpose-built quadrangle set over three floors. The Court Apartments have multipurpose spaces like the glass-roofed Atrium – equipped with air hockey, table tennis, karaoke, and video games – and dedicated spaces like the kitchen, dining room, laundry room, and study room. Staff members are available 24/7 to mentor or socialise with students.Each apartment is fully air-conditioned and can accommodate up to three students.

The Facilities

  • Private Study Rooms
  • Private Toilet and Shower Rooms
  • Wardrobe and Storage Spaces
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Trouser Press
  • Iron
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Playstation

Queen Ethelburga's College Student Services And Extra-Curricular Activities

QE has an enrichment program where students can facilitate their intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development. Here are some of the ongoing co-curricular and enhancement activities at QE:


  • Charity Committee
  • Tea, Cake and Faith
  • Nursing Home Volunteering
  • Zambia Community Project
  • Elephant Conservation Club
  • BBC Young Reporter


  • BAFTA Young Game Designers
  • Mindful Colouring
  • Comic Making Club
  • Cooking for University
  • Embroidery
  • Knitting and Cross-stitch
  • Investor Challenge
  • CREST Awards
  • Chess Club
  • Warhammer and Airfix


  • String Ensemble
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Choir QE
  • French Beyond the Classroom
  • Grade 5 Theory
  • MFL Film Club
  • Orchestra (Junior and Senior)
  • Poetry by Heart
  • String Group
  • School of Rock QE
  • Science and Engineering Club QE

Health and Exercise

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Boxing/Sparring
  • Couch to 5k
  • Kpop Dance
  • Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • Parkour Reception
  • Wrestling
  • Swim Development
  • Swim Squads


  • Model United Nations
  • Young Enterprise
  • Future Medics/Chemistry Olympics Training
  • Girlguiding Young Leader

Queen Ethelburga's College Contact Information

The QE Admissions Team can be contacted between 8:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday.

If you are calling outside of these hours, you can leave a voicemail message and one of the team members will get back to you as soon as they can.

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