Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate
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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
Head Master Steven Jandrell
Chair School Board Ms A Martin
Founder Nathaniel Woodard
Location Thorpe Underwood
North Yorkshire
YO26 9SS
Coordinates: 54°01′41″N 1°17′36″W / 54.02800°N 1.29325°W / 54.02800; -1.29325
Ages 3 months–19 years
Houses Cantwara, Derwent, Eoforwic and Lyminge
Colours Blue & Gold
Website www.qe.org

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate is an independent school for girls and boys from 3 months 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, northwest of York, England.

The Head Master is Steven Jandrell BA.

The School is a member of the Independent Schools Association.

Pupil numbers of Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate have risen from a total of 550 in 2007 to 1,590 in 2015. In the same period £80m has been invested in new facilities and resources, including a new sports village, new boarding houses and new classrooms.[1][2]

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate comprises four 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 three.


Queen Ethelburga’s 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 near 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 programme was commenced.

The senior school has been co-educational since 1999 and draws pupils from over 30 countries.[3]


Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate was ranked 10th by the Daily Telegraph, for A*/A A-Level Results, in their 2015 UK Independent School League Tables. The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga's was ranked 11th in the same League Table.[4]

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.[5]

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate was named as the best school in the county for students scoring high GCSE results in 2015.[6]

The 2016 pass rate at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate was 100%, with 98% of its A-Level grades A* to B.[7]


Queen Ethelburga 's rugby union first team secured the 2015 British Colleges National Cup.[8]

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has agreed a partnership with the school. This will include the creation of a joint cricket academy for 16 to 19 year old players.[9]

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Healthy School of the Year in the 2016 TES Awards.[10]

Independent Schools Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport 2015.[11]

Commended for Outstanding Progress Award at an Independent School at the Education Business Awards.[12]


Pupils raise £5,500 in one week for Chinese earthquake appeal.[13]


In March and June 2015 the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) conducted emergency visits. A number of regulations and standards were not met. The report expressed concern about CCTV cameras at the school, numbering approximately 700, some of which were in locations where Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children changed. The report also found that suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors regulations and standards were not met. The section of its report relating to quality of leadership in and management of the schools, stated that the then provost and chair of governors, Brian Martin, had acted contrary to the requirements of current statutory guidance on child safeguarding.[14]

In November 2015 North Yorkshire Police reported that former chair of governors Brian Martin, 66, had been arrested on 20 October in Harrogate on suspicion of indecent assault on a child and on conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and voyeurism. No charges had been brought and Martin stepped down as chair of governors.[15] He was replaced, as a named person with designated responsibility for child protection, by the new Chair of the Collegiate Board, Amy Martin, his daughter.[16]


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 625 AD. She took her Chaplain, Paulinus north with her and converted her husband, who was baptised by Paulinus, the first Archbishop of York, in 627 AD 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 647 AD. 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".


  1. ^ "Queen Ethelburga's | Independent Boarding School for Boys and Girls aged 3 to 19". qe.org. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "New facilities in UK Schools - Study Travel Magazine". www.studytravel.network. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Queen Ethelburga's | Junior and Senior Mixed Independent School | Yorkshire | Guide to Independent Schools". guidetoindependentschools.com. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "A-level results 2013: Independent schools results table - Telegraph". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 secondary schools by A-level results 2013 - Telegraph". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Harrogate district school rankings: See how your school performed". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate – QISAN". www.qisan.com. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Best of British triumph for Queen Ethelburga's". York Press. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Yorkshire teams up with leading independent school Queen Ethelburga's". Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "TES Schools Awards 2016". www.tesawards.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "The ISA Awards 2015 | The Independent Schools Association". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  12. ^ danny. "Winners announced at 2014 Education Business Awards". ebawards.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "College students' fundraising boost for earthquake victims". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
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  16. ^ http://media.qe.org/pdf/2014/child-protection-safeguarding-policy.pdf

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