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Queen Ethelburga’s Sixth Form: a perfect choice

Across both schools, QE achieved 80% A*-A at A Level and 76% Distinction in BTECs in 2023, making QE Collegiate the top two schools in York for A Level results. What’s more, is they offer an extensive enrichment and careers programme to help set their students apart from their peers.

Finding a curriculum to suit you and your goals

At QE, we have two senior school routes; QE College and QE Faculty. Whilst our QE College offers an A Level route made up of traditional academic subjects, our QE Faculty college offers the opportunity to create a bespoke curriculum that can mix traditional A Levels with modern A Levels and BTECs and can also facilitate extra time within the curriculum for performance sports or performing arts.

QE Faculty also offers two pathways for success; the Performance Sport Pathway (PSP) or the Academy of Dramatic Art (ADA) Pathway. These pathways combine high-level coaching with additional support with trials, auditions, careers, strength and conditioning and more.

QE College and QE Faculty ranked 1st and 3rd in the north for A level results

In the Sunday Times Parent Power 2023, QE College ranked 2nd nationally for A Level Results and 17th for overall Academic Performance. This means that QE College retains its position as the Top School in The North for Academic Performance and the top school in York for A Level Results for a third year in a row. QE Faculty ranks 7th in the The North for Academic Performance and 2nd in York for A Level Results.

High-level careers guidance for all

Our excellent careers department guides our students on which subject options to take, what extra-curriculars to do to widen their knowledge and improve their applications, and most importantly, what career options are available to them that use the skills and subjects that are most suited to them. They provide each student with as much support as is needed across areas such as career and subject choices, applications, student recommendations, interviews, work experience, entrance exams and auditions. They will also work across departments to open up other opportunities including sport scholarships to American Universities.

In both schools, a dedicated Personal Supervisor is assigned to each student to help with UCAS applications and to facilitate careers discussions. In QE College, support is provided through the Early Applicant Programme for competitive applications for Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary or Dentistry courses and includes support with preparation for admissions tests, STEP exams and interviews.

Encouraging leadership, responsibility and entrepreneurial spirit

Leadership roles help children to grow in confidence, organisation and responsibility whilst developing soft skills such as communication, cultural understanding and compassion. QE offers a variety of trained roles including peer and academic mentoring, anti-bullying and eco-friendly initiatives along with the opportunity to be in student groups responsible for student voice, the yearbook and the school newspaper. In addition, the QE Outreach programme allows students assist younger students from the local community and volunteer in areas such as community care or restoration projects.

For budding entrepreneurs, QE also offers clubs such as Tycoon in Schools and the Student Investor Challenge club which encourages students to collaborate and work creatively and strategically to build an investment portfolio or create and manage a business.

Support in the Sixth Form

At QE, classes are limited to 15 students but are often much smaller so that one-on-one teacher time is readily available. Both schools offer a vast amount of peer and staff support including our Whole School Revision Project where each and every student is taught a variety of essential study skills and can find the most effective revision method for them. Many students have transformed from low level grades to top grades using our study methods and training.

As sixth form can be a challenging time for students, we offer a lot of different wellbeing initiatives and support in our dedicated pastoral space including how to effectively deal with exam stress.

Facilities to get ahead

At QE we have a rural campus of over 220 acres that houses professional sports pitches, a fitness suite, a 312-seat professional theatre, a 25m swimming pool and a variety of excellent educational settings including libraries, study rooms, computer suites, laboratories, creative art studios, and practice spaces for performing arts.

Extra-curricular learning experiences on offer

Universities and companies are increasingly looking for a wide range of interests from students. For competitive courses, it is not always enough to have the highest grades, they need to show a breath of other experiences and passions that show who they are as a person. Luckily, at QE, we have over 100 enrichment clubs and activities onsite including our own Combined Cadet Force, Student Motorsport Team and Esports Team. We offer regular trips throughout the UK and overseas and have a Stretch and Challenge programme to push students academically through national competitions, lectures by professionals and certification courses in areas such as Lifeguarding, Gym Instructing and Mental Health. Our Stretch and Challenge societies also enable our students to produce their own lectures, compete in school conferences and internal competitions and learn additional topics such as Law, Economics, Medicine and Veterinary Science.

Our facilities are available outside of the standard timetable, allowing for extra practise or study time. In addition, the Creative Arts department run the Queen’s Academy where students can have extra time and support in any creative subject, whether they have chosen for A Level, BTEC or just for fun.

Setting your child apart from their peers

QE students are encouraged to be well-rounded and we are regularly recognised for excellence in a variety of areas. Some of the 2023 highlights included wins in the ISA KS5 Photography competition, the ISA Shakespeare Monologue competition, the ISA Senior Musician of the Year and a published business research paper in Atlantic Press. Our sports teams thrive with recent wins in the ISA Senior Football National Cup, the Basketball National League North Conference and the ISA Netball National Cup.

All students can take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to complete and present their own research in a topic that they are passionate about. In addition, QE participates in a large number of academic competitions including the Bebras, Olympiads, ICE CityZen and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, with successful students each year. All these opportunities are just one of the many ways QE provide students with exciting, differentiating experiences for their personal statements and applications whilst also encouraging them to develop and grow.

Preparing students with life skills

QE takes pride in fostering future readiness in our students through instilling transferable life skills. We offer a vast programme of lectures, courses and lessons covering a wide range of topics including effective studying, setting a good routine, balancing work and life, building self-belief, tackling procrastination, practising mindfulness, managing finances and cooking for university.

About QE

The QE ethos is ‘to be the best I can be with the gifts that I have.’ We run our campus based on striving to help students achieve wherever their strengths and passions lie.

Contact us

For more information about QE’s high-achieving and well-rounded sixth form, visit our website, attend an open morning on 9th March or 27th April. Alternatively, you can email to book a private tour.

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