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The division between College and Faculty, though, is not as simple as that. Some College pupils do a BTEC among their A levels; one 2015 Faculty student who went to read engineering at Imperial had four A*s at A level. There’s a difference in style – e.g. self-motivated vs needs mentoring

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What the school says...

As soon as you arrive at Queen Ethelburga's you sense that, here is somewhere special, friendly and pleasingly different. Our campus is exceptional, with a range and quality of facilities few can equal and an unparalleled variety of courses to suit all tastes and aptitudes. Pupils, past and present, will tell of our successful commitment to them as individuals, our dedicated caring staff and the practical completeness of the education we provide. We ask every student to strive for the Hill Standard - 'to be the best that I can with the gifts that I have'.

For those who wish to pursue a traditional academic education, the College offers E Bacc subjects at GCSE and a large number of A level subjects. It suits those looking for rigour and a dynamic pace in their learning. Supplemented with a range of enrichment and super-curriculum options, the dual aims of widening the education provided and allowing specialist preparation for many of the more popular university disciplines allow students to prepare effectively for entry to top universities.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Chinese at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Russian at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 2006, Mr Steven Jandrell BA (50s), married to Margaret, with a young son at Chapter House. Warm, friendly, genuine and approachable, he understands education and enjoys discussing it. Well-respected and liked by staff and pupils, he’s part of the furniture, having been here for many years as head of music and deputy head. Long-standing parents describe him as ‘the best head so far'; ‘He’s a good listener who doesn’t bat you away with standard answers’.

Academic matters

Splits into two streams at age 14, the College and the Faculty.

The College is the straightforwardly academic stream, with all students aimed at the EBacc at 16 and A levels (a choice of 23, but no classics) at 18. In 2017, 80 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades at I/GCSE (overseas students’ English accounts for a...

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Special Education Needs

We have qualified staff who can support students with a range of mild learning difficulties. Each student is treated as an individual and is supported to reach his or her potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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