Welcome to the Senior School
The School's Charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590 when QEH opened and was specifically charged with 'the education of poor children and orphans'. The School's emphasis remains on pastoral care with endowment income being used to provide financial assistance to many pupils.
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital was founded in 1586 by John Carr, a Bristol merchant, who in his Will provided for a bluecoat school in Bristol on the lines of Christ's Hospital in London.
In 1920 day boys were first admitted and the School occupied its third site, moving to Brandon Hill in 1847. Her Majesty the Queen became the School's patron in 1984, a fitting prelude to its 400th anniversary and the opening of the QEH Theatre by Princess Anne in 1990. In 2007 a new Sixth Form Centre was opened by HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and 2016 saw the opening of the new Brandon Hill Building, home to three state-of-the-art science laboratories and an inspirational ceramics studio.
QEH, traditionally known as The City School, continues to have close links with the City of Bristol and is renowned nationally for achievements in public examinations, sport, music and drama. Today it is a thriving wholly day independent school with 585 Senior and 100 Junior boys.