Queen Elizabeth’s is a co-educational state boarding school for ages 11 - 18.
As a boarder here, students will join a small, close knit, international community. We currently have around 50 boarders, a third of whom are in our Sixth Form.
State boarding simply means that the education is free and fees apply only for the accommodation and live-in costs. The government funds the education expenses as it would at any other state school in England.
As a member of the State Boarding Schools’ Association, you can be sure that QE is a well-resourced school that provides top quality education in an environment that encourages well-being and happiness. Our students not only achieve excellent academic qualifications, but they also enjoy a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Busy families, where parents may well be working long hours or who live in more isolated rural locations, often welcome the opportunities that weekly boarding can provide for their children.
Weekly Boarders enjoy all the benefits of a ready-made group of friends in a caring environment with great facilities for after school activities and learning during the week, returning home at the weekend to spend quality time with their family. They typically stay four or five nights a week from Monday to Thursday or Friday.
Weekly Boarding is especially popular in the Sixth Form for students from further afield in the South West, enabling them to access a school with an Outstanding Sixth Form.
The Mount is home to the boys. It is set within its own large grounds overlooking the town of Crediton. The Mount is an Edwardian building which has many period features such as wood-paneled walls and external gargoyles. As well as bedrooms, it has some large social and well equipped play areas.
St Martins is the hub of Boarding and is home for all the girls. It is a large house right at the top of the school campus. The majority of rooms are en suite and the building houses the main dining room and office.
Mountside is a semi-independent house set in the grounds of the Mount. It is designed to give our Year 13 students a taste of independence within their own living room, bathroom and kitchen. This is a privilege and responsibility that can be earned over time and is much sought after.
Hillbrow is a detached cottage that is used as home for our three Gap students. Each January, we are lucky enough to acquire these students from Australia and New Zealand to compliment the existing staff team and add a new dimension.