Queen Ethelburga's School

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Queen Ethelburga's College
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Entrance to Queen Ethelburgas College.jpg
Motto "Luce Magistra" meaning Light being the test (from the Preface to Ode to the Emperor Honarius by Claudian)
Established 1912
Type Independent Boarding & Day School
Religion None
Head Master Steven Jandrell
Provost Brian Martin
Founder Nathaniel Woodard
Location Thorpe Underwood
North Yorkshire
YO26 9SS
England Coordinates: 54°01′41″N 1°17′36″W / 54.02800°N 1.29325°W / 54.02800; -1.29325
Ages 3–19
Houses Cantwara, Derwent, Eoforwic and Lyminge
Colours Blue & Gold
Website www.qe.org

Queen Ethelburga's is an independent school for girls and boys from 3 to 19 years old, offering day, weekly and full boarding places. Founded in 1912 in Harrogate it is now located in Thorpe Underwood, near Little Ouseburn. north west of York, England.

The Head Master is Steven Jandrell BA.

The School is a member of the Independent Schools Association.


Queen Ethelburga’s School originally belonged to the Woodard Corporation, founded by Nathaniel Woodard. The sister senior school was Queen Margaret’s School at Escrick and the Junior School was Queen Mary’s at Baldersby Park in Thirsk.

The School foundation stone was laid on 21 October 1910 by Viscountess Mountgarret, its inscription was ‘Pro deo et ecclesia’ – For God and the Church. It was laid on the right hand side of the school door facing the building.

The school was opened on 27 September 1912 by the Duchess of Albany, with Derwent and Lyminge opened by Lord Halifax on 18 June 1932. The Chapel was given by Lord Mountgarret and dedicated to St Aiden. Its foundation stone was laid on 8 May 1911 by the Archbishop of York and its inscription is ‘Jesus himself being the chief corner stone’. In 1991 Queen Ethelburga's School left the Woodward Corporation and became truly independent, owned by an International Trust, and renamed Queen Ethelburga's College. At this time it moved from Harrogate to the present campus at Thorpe Underwood and a huge investment program was commenced.

Queen Ethelburga's College was ranked 15th by the Daily Telegraph, for A*/A A-Level Results and equivalent qualifications, in their 2013 UK Independent School League Tables. The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga's was ranked 43rd in the same League Table.[1]

In the Daily Telegraph 2013 Top 100 Secondary Schools in the UK, including all State and all Independent Schools, Queen Ethelburga's College was ranked 44th.[2]

Pupil numbers of Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate have risen from a total of 550 in 2007 to 1100 in 2012. In the same period £65,000,000 has been invested in new facilities and resources.[3]

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate comprises 4 Schools:- Chapter House Preparatory School, King's Magna Middle School, Queen Ethelburga's College and The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga's. It also has a Kindergarten for children under 3.


Queen Ethelburga was the daughter of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha of Kent, (both were Christians). She married Edwin, the heathen King of Northumbria in 625AD. She took her Chaplain, Paulinus north with her and converted her husband, who was baptised by Paulinus, the first Archbishop of York, in 627AD on the site where York Minster now stands. Edwin was killed fighting for Christianity against Penda of Mercia. The people became heathen again and Queen Ethelburga and her children fled South. Queen Ethelburga founded an abbey at Lyminge, near Folkestone, where she died in 647AD. The school is named after Ethelburga because she first brought Christianity to the North and because she founded a school for maidens which was attended by St. Hilda, later Abbess of Whitby.

  • School Crest – an eagle
  • School Motto – ‘Luce Magistra’ meaning ‘Light being the test’ This motto comes from the Preface of the poet Claudius’ Ode to the Emperor Honarius.
  • School Legend – Young Eaglets are made to look at the sun, if they cannot do so without blinking, they are thrown out of the nest and killed. Light should be our test as it is theirs.
  • School Flower – Bronze Chrysanthemum
  • School Lesson – Isaiah 55 vv 6 – 13
  • School Psalm – 121
  • School Collect – Trinity 20
  • School Colours – Blue, Purple and Gold
  • The Hill Standard: "To be the best I can be, being what I am, with the gifts I have".


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