Will Hume and Peggotty Moore had the pleasure of visiting Queen Ethelburga’s in November and were amazed at the facilities and the size of the campus.
We were welcomed by Mr Stephen Jandrell and had a meeting with the Deputy Headmaster before being given a tour. It boasts some of the most advanced sporting facilities which includes a state of the art gymnasium as part of their £30 million sports village. Next to the indoor pool were ice baths which we were not tempted by but showed the level of investment in their elite sports programmes.
We were then shown ‘The Atrium’ which is a boarding house which was something we had never seen before. The entrance was lit up with neon lights and at the end of the corridor you come out in to a grand open space with a giant Bumblebee Transformer that must be 20 metres tall! Girls boarding is one side of the block and boys the other side – they can socialise and work in the middle but have no access to each other’s accommodation.
After our tour, we met with the heads of academic and the key contact for pastoral care which was important to see how the school dealt with students who found challenges both inside and outside the classroom.
A morning well spent and certainly a boarding school that is well-equipped for students.
Thank you to all staff for their hospitality at Queen Ethelburga’s from White House Guardianships.