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QE shortlisted for Independent School Award

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Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate celebrates as Independent School Awards Shortlist is announced

North Yorkshire Independent School Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is celebrating being shortlisted for the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year 2021 Awards, including the categories: Independent School of the Year for Performing Arts; and Independent Prep School of the Year. The aim of the awards is to highlight excellence in student experience across independent schools.  


Dan Machin, Acting Principal for Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this year’s Independent Schools of the Year Awards. Both our staff and students have shown incredible resilience in the face of what has occurred over the last 15 months, adapting seamlessly to the ever-changing national situation of lockdown, bubbles, online and blended learning.  


Our achievements this year are as strong as they have ever been, and this shortlist announcement is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of everyone within the QE Community. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the finalist announcement!’ 


This shortlist success comes hot on the heels of many different successes across the Collegiate at the end of another unprecedented year for the education sector. QE Sixth Former and student of The College Cyrus Z was announced as the winner of The Lexden Prize for 2021. This is a prestigious accolade awarded by the Independent Schools Association (ISA), for ‘the most remarkable sixth form student’. In addition, Elijah W, a student of The Faculty, was also added to the Lexden Roll of Honour. Chapter House, QE’s Early Years, infant and junior provision, has also recently been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PQSM) Gilt, an accolade given to schools which can demonstrate how established effective science leadership is having a sustained impact on science teaching and learning within a school.   


Students studying on the BTEC Performing Arts programme also took home three highly-regarded accolades from the North London Festival of Music Speech and Drama.  Three pieces were entered into the competition and QE took the top spot in the Group Acting Category for 16-18 year olds, and first and second place in the 16-18 Monologue competition.  

Independent Schools of the Year finalists will be revealed on 7 September, and judges will then meet again to reach a decision on the winner of each category. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.  


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