Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Foundation comprises four schools and a kindergarten, each with its unique qualities, but all sharing a common purpose of providing students with a first class education and the opportunity to work towards higher education and a successful career. There are strong academic standards across the Foundation and students are encouraged to have high expectations for their achievement and career prospects. There is a very wide curriculum available, which enables students to pursue their individual interests and aspirations across a range of fields, alongside a vast array of extra-curricular opportunities which enable students to widen their experience and gain both skills and confidence. Visitors to QE often remark on the productive and cheerful atmosphere that pervades and the purposefulness of the pupils as they enjoy the considerable opportunities that the environment provides.
For young children from 3 months to 3 years of age, the Kindergarten provides a nurturing environment where babies and toddlers can begin to systematically investigate the world around them.
For boys and girls from 3 to 10 years of age, Chapter House lays the foundations of a good education with a strong emphasis on core subjects and a stimulating, wider curriculum to excite the interests of young learners.
For students from 10 to 14, the Middle School seeks to maintain the joy of learning by providing a wide and interesting curriculum pursued with a high level of focus, whilst also introducing a comprehensive range of activities and leadership opportunities.
For students from 14 to 19, the College follows a traditional curriculum of GCSEs and A Levels for students who are looking for pace and academic rigour, and who have high aspirations for university, either in the UK or abroad.
For students from 14 to 19 the Faculty offers a wider curriculum, including academic, creative and vocational options, for those who are looking for a more individual approach to course selection and a supportive environment in which to learn. Unlike most schools we do not believe that a vocational qualification is 'second class'; indeed, we are proud to say that our best performing student in 2013 gained 5 Distinction* (the equivalent of 5 A* at A-level) and is now going on to study Nursing at university.