Why Choose Queen Ethelburga's for your child?

Bringing up a child when you are a serving member of the Armed Forces has its challenges, one of the most challenging being where you educate your children. At Queen Ethelburga's we work hard to make this decision easier and we welcome Forces' children from all over the world to our school.

QE is now home to more than 200 children from service backgrounds. So what makes our school so attractive to children from military families?

We are set in two hundred acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside and our location provides all of our children with a secure and caring environment in which they can learn, grow & develop.

At A level we have 100% pass rates with 98% of our Year 13 pupils going on to university or specialist colleges. What is most important, though, and what contributes to our excellent sixth form results is the range of courses available that enable students to follow their individual talents and aspirations into a huge variety of careers

Working alongside our excellent academic staff, our pastoral team are committed and professional people dedicated to settling your children into their new home. Our house parents are very experienced in understanding the pressures under which military families find themselves, from time to time, and often provide that extra care and support at difficult periods, such as when parents are in theatre.

It is not just the pastoral care that makes Queen Ethelburga's outstanding, our boarding facilities are fantastic too. Our bedrooms are modern, comfortable and equipped to an excellent standard. All of our bedrooms have direct dial telephones and voicemail so there is no danger of missing that precious phone call from mum or dad.

Queen Ethelburga's also has a Combined Cadet Force. About 70 pupils presently train once a week in various sessions such as drill, weapons skills, navigation and first aid. The cadets regularly attend parades, camps and events outside school.
Many of our Forces' children like the idea of joining the CCF, Not necessarily because they want to go on to a career in the Armed Forces, but because they are attracted to areas such as self-discipline and attention to detail which they might be used to from home. Some students also enjoy the opportunities for gliding and flying and a few have used this as preparation for a career in aviation. CCF is just one of a huge range of extracurricular activities on offer at the school which includes a multi-million pound sports complex.
Bringing up a child when you are a serving member of the Armed Forces has its challenges, one of the most challenging being where you educate your children. At Queen Ethelburga's we work hard to make this decision easier and we welcome Forces' children from all over the world to our school.
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Every sport is catered for with the boys primarily playing rugby, football and cricket and the girls taking netball, hockey and rounders. Each child swims regularly and an advanced sports science laboratory and state-of-the-art gymnasium were opened recently on the campus. After school clubs include fencing, archery, judo, chess, art, cookery and very many more.

If you are entitled to claim the Forces' Boarding Schools Allowance - Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) you will be pleased to know that our school is on the approved list. The allowance is for children who start in the school year in which they turn 8 years old, up to when they turn 18/19 years old. Children up to 18 years of age at school in the UK could also be entitled to three free return journeys a year to visit their parents serving on accompanied tours overseas. (Please note - you must claim before your child reaches year 12, as new awards are not given to years 12 and 13.)

With our Charitable Foundation’s backing, parental contribution is no more than £795 per child, per term. If you also use the MOD’s ChildCare Voucher Scheme your termly contribution could fall to just £541 per term. Our aim is to increase the £795 maximum personal contribution per child, per term, in following years, in line with the % Forces pay increases. This very low personal contribution now means we rank as one of the most competitively priced boarding schools in the UK for Forces children!

Please note - Although our Schools are on the list that qualify for the Allowance, there is no guarantee you will receive CEA. If you register your child with us and do not get CEA entitlement, we will refund the £295 registration charge in full.

Don’t just take our word for it, pay us a visit and see for yourself. Call us on 01423 333330 for a prospectus and DVD. Alternatively visit us at: www.qe.org
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