Students and staff at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near York are once again celebrating results that should see them near the top of national academic league tables.
The independent school at Thorpe Underwood, which had its two sixth form schools - the College and the Faculty - ranked first and second in the North of England in last year’s Daily Telegraph independent school league table, welcomed a 100% pass rate for both schools.
A-levels: Harrogate District results in full
“The quality of this year’s results is wonderful and rewards our students’ hard work and conscientiousness with excellent university places and opportunities for the future. The strong partnership between staff and students is key to our success and I congratulate them all,” said QE Principal, Steven Jandrell.
Students in QE’s College, which follows a more traditional, academic curriculum, returned 85% of A level grades at A* or A and 98% of grades at A*to B. An impressive 78 of the 128 students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A level. Last year’s rankings saw the College named the top school in the North of England and the second placed co- educational day and boarding school in England based on A level results.
Faculty pupils, who can take more vocational BTECs alongside A-Levels, celebrated 81% of A level grades at A* or A and 96% of grades at A*to B. 91% of BTECs taken in the Faculty were awarded a Distinction * or Distinction grade – the equivalent of A* and A grades at A-Level in UCAS points. Last year the Faculty was ranked as the second placed school in the North of England.
“I believe our success is down to our individual approach to our students and the wide range and quality of our curriculum which allows students to find courses that capture their imaginations. Their courses offer a variety of ways forward for them and cater for their specific interests,” added Steven Jandrell. “This, along with the breadth of our extra- curricular programme which develops the wider skills necessary for success, gives us a winning combination,” added Steven Jandrell.
Six students have secured Oxbridge places this year and a large percentage will be attending prestigious Russell Group and former 1994 Group Universities. The most popular destinations include: King’s College London, University of Warwick, University College London, Imperial College London, University of Exeter, Durham University, University of Manchester, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Leeds. Particular mention should be made of Megan McEveley from Frodsham who achieved full marks on 18 of her modular examinations and Lucy Ferguson from Sherburn in Elmet who gained a full 400 out of 400 marks in French A level and an A* in her Extended Project.