About Us About Aims and Values Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Friends of QEH Inspection Reports Policies Staff and Governors Sustainability Term Dates Transport Vacancies The QEH Podcast Old Elizabethans Alumni About The Senior School has existed since 1590 to provide an education for boys who, for centuries, were distinguished by their 'blue coats'. QEH was [...]


The Senior School has existed since 1590 to provide an education for boys who, for centuries, were distinguished by their ‘blue coats’. QEH was established after Bristol merchant, John Carr, left provision for it in his Will of 1586 although the current building dates from 1847.

The School’s Charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth I for ‘the education of poor children and orphans’. Today this is emphasised by the high level of pastoral care in the School and by the use of endowment income to provide financial assistance for those of limited means.


The School was a boarding school until 1920 when day boys were first admitted, and in 1945 it became a two-form entry direct grant grammar school. The direct grant ended in 1975 when the School became independent. In 1984 Queen Elizabeth II agreed to become the School’s Patron. The quarter centenary celebrations in 1990 were highlighted by the visit of The Princess Royal and the opening of QEH Theatre.

Today, QEH flourishes with over 660 day pupils in the Senior School and 108 in the Junior School. Recent developments include a number of significant building initiatives. In particular:  three new geography rooms – all equipped with the latest in technology; a £1.5 million Sixth Form Centre; 24 acres of additional sports fields at Failand, the QEH Junior School, a £3.7million Science and Art building and, most recently, a £2.7million redevelopment of the sports facilities at Failand. The Sixth Form Centre has also been recently expanded to house the new co-educational facilities which opened in September 2017.

The Junior School

QEH Junior School opened in September 2007, is an integral part of life at the QEH and is located in gracious Georgian town houses in Upper Berkeley Place. It is well-established with its former pupils now ‘graduating’ from the Senior School and winning places at top universities.

With our two sons being at this school over the past 13 years, we could not be happier with the amazing teachers, teaching and all the extra activities outside of the curriculum. Both boys have come away with outstanding results and aside from that as perfectly rounded, confident and well-mannered young men. We leave today so thanks to the school for everything, we shall miss these days.
Sharon, Former Parent

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