queen ethelburga's summer school

Queen Ethelburga’s College is a luxurious boarding school set in 100 acres of beautifully kept grounds. The school is built around a traditional manor house but everything about the school is completely modern and it boasts accommodation and facilities that most hotels cannot match e.g. all en-suite rooms with satellite TV, telephones and games consoles.

QE is a short drive to the historic city of York, with its beautiful cathedral, castle walls and narrow medieval shopping streets. York is also home to some of the most interesting museums in England. It’s the perfect centre to host our Explorer Programme.

York Explorer Excursion Programme
Great School Facilities
Professional Tennis Coaching

Explorer Programme

Queen Ethelburga’s is the perfect base to visit Yorkshire and its lovely towns and cities. The Explorer programme includes two half-day excursions each week – one into York so that students can visit its many attractions and one of the local towns. At the weekend we have full day excursions which may include trips to Manchester and Liverpool - northern England’s cultural capitals – visiting the hometowns of Manchester United or The Beatles!

Intensive English course

Students who want to accelerate their English learning can elect to take our Intensive English Course with four more hours of afternoon lessons each week. Students get more time to develop their English in smaller more personal groups. Alternatively, you can also sign up to the Trinity GESE Exam course and have the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification in spoken English*.

Tennis Coaching Course

Enjoy three hours of Tennis coaching with a professional tennis coach improving your skills and technique on the court.


Get involved with our multisport activity programme playing Kwik Cricket, tag rugby, volleyball, basketball, football or trying modern dance.

For Dance

Have fun and learn a variety of dance moves with your new friends with members of our staff.


Our summer English courses are designed to give students the opportunity to practise their English in a friendly, multicultural environment. Students are actively encouraged to practise their English with students from other nationalities, both in class and outside. We concentrate on raising their confidence and fluency, and bringing out the English they already know, but can’t yet use.

About our courses:

  • Five levels from Elementary to Advanced
  • All students are tested on arrival to grade their spoken and written English to place them in the class of the correct level
  • 15 hours of teaching per week from qualified teachers including project work to allow them to use their English creatively and learn more about British culture and history
  • A certificate on completion of their course
  • Full activity programme including 5 afternoon activities and 7 evening activities
  • Two half day excursions to local towns and cities
  • One full day excursion to more prominent towns and cities further away

All courses include the above


Half day excursions may include: York City centre, Harrogate, Leeds, Knaresborough

Full day excursions may include: Manchester, Liverpool, Lake District and Whitby with Scarborough

Possible Optional excursions: Castle Howard, York Chocolate Factory, Chatsworth

Sample Activity Programme

queen ethelburgas college sample programme

Key Facts:

Highlights: Luxury premium en-suite accommodation. Large TV and games consoles in every bedroom
Location: Yorkshire
Nearest City: York
Closest Airports: Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool
Services Included: 24 hour Welfare and Student Support, WIFI and small laundry service
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:8
School Size: 176 students per week
Age Range: 10-14 year olds. 15-17 year olds
Full board accommodation is included as standard

Courses Available:

Explorer Programme
Tennis Coaching Programme
Intensive English Course


FREE Premium shared en-suite rooms included on all courses
FREE Multi Sport activity programme: including Kwik Cricket, tag rugby, modern dance, arts & crafts, basketball, swimming, football and volleyball.
FREE Dance – learn new moves with your new friends and our friendly staff


Trinity GESE Exam £200

Student Testimonials

"It [the food] was so yummy and if I could I want to come back next year."
Royal Russell School
"I love the excursions and the activities."
Prior Park College
"It was really cool! You are a very nice team."
Royal Russell School
"I had 2 amazing weeks. Thanks for everything."
Royal Russell School
"I like the teachers and the staff."
Prior Park College
"It’s a relaxing, enjoyable and meaningful stay because I know a lot of teachers and friends."
Royal Russell School
"Next summer I would like to stay 3 weeks."
Prior Park College
"I love this school. My favourite excursion is Brighton."
Royal Russell School
"People are very friendly and polite. Students are my new friends. I’ll come here next year, if it’s possible."
Prior Park College

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