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The College is the straightforwardly academic stream, with all students aimed at the EBacc at 16 and A levels. The Faculty has a much broader remit, with an emphasis on BTecs. There are quite a lot of pupils here who struggle even with English and maths at GCSE. The division between College and Faculty, though, is not as simple as that. Some College pupils do a BTec among their A levels. There’s a difference in style – eg self-motivated vs needs mentoring...

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Meet Queen Ethelburga's College at the Independent Schools Show 2019, Stand 553

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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2006, 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 2018, 71 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades at I/GCSE (overseas students’ English accounts for a large...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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