Queen Elizabeth's Hospital
Berkeley Place, Clifton, Bristol
Tel: 0117 930 3040 Fax: 0117 929 3106
• BOYS, 11–18, Day & Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 570, Upper sixth 70
• Termly fees £2444 (Day), £4504 (Boarding), £4096 (Weekly)
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
What it’s like
Founded in 1590, it is a Blue Coat school along the lines of Christ’s Hospital.
Since 1847, it has occupied its present urban site, near the university and city
centre. The buildings are imposing and very well equipped, including a theatre
and a technology department. There is daily Christian worship. It is socially
comprehensive while being academically selective. Academic standards are high
and examination results very good. Generous endowment permits support of many
pupils. Very strong drama department, good music and art. Strong on games, and
plentiful activities. Some commitment to local community schemes and the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. It enjoys vigorous local support. Full use is made of
the cultural amenities of the city.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 570 boys (510 day, 50 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Bristol area entrance exam used;
for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs grade B (usually grade A in sixth-form subjects).
No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 50% at 11.
Feeder schools include Clifton High, The Downs, St Brandon’s, Cleve House,
Fairfield PNEU, Elmlea Junior, Henleaye Junior schools.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 11 pa scholarships up to 50% fees: 8
academic and 3 music. Many school assisted places based on financial need.
Parents not expected to pay for academically related trips nor to buy textbooks;
extras include music tuition and lunch.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Stephen Holliday, in post since 2000. Educated at Cambridge
University (history). Previously Deputy Head at Queen Elizabeth’s, Blackburn,
Head of History at Giggleswick, and taught at Dean Close.
Teaching staff: 45 full time, 8 part time. Annual turnover 8%. Average
GCSE: On average, 84 pupils in upper fifth: 96% passed at least grade C
in 8+ subjects; 3% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 67 in upper sixth: 10% pass in 4+ subjects; 90% in 3 subjects.
Average tariff points 334.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, (50% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 5% take courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 5% in
law, 45% in humanities & social sciences, 5% in art & design, 5% in vocational
subjects eg pharmacy. Others typically go on to technical courses in drama or
art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 30 GCSE and AS-level subjects, 22
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (wide range),
3 at A-level; general studies is not taken. 23% take science A-levels; 23%
arts/humanities; 54% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE and A-level.
Regular exchanges. French assistant teaches in school. Sixth form successful in
European Youth Parliament.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 7–9)
and across the curriculum. 70 computers for pupil use (7 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access.
Music: Over 20% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 9 musical groups including choir, orchestra, wind band,
brass, strings, woodwind groups.
Drama: Drama offered; GCSE and A-level may be taken. Some pupils are
involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 24 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Design, ceramics also
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, cricket compulsory (first 2 years). Optional: swimming,
athletics, tennis, soccer, badminton, squash. A-level sports studies offered.
Regular county and regional representatives at rugby and cricket.
Activities: Pupils take bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and
compete in Ten Tors Competition. Community service optional. Some 30 clubs eg
archery, computer, film, Scrabble, fencing, war games.
Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy, head of house
and house prefects – some elected, some appointed.
Religion: Morning assembly, Sunday service for boarders.
Social: Drama and music (choral and orchestral) with three local girls’
schools; debates and public speaking (ESU and Bristol Rotary Club). Organised
trips to France (French and history), Germany (German and rugby), Estonia
(debating), winter ski trip, visits to Europe, USA, Australia and Africa. Meals
self-service. School tuckshop (at break). No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
reprimand or detention; those caught smoking cannabis could expect expulsion.
Problems in first instance are dealt with by tutors and year heads.
Boarding 40% have study bedroom (in pairs), others share (up to 6).
Houses (of 30+) divided by age group. Resident qualified nurse, doctor visits.
Central dining room. Senior pupils can provide and cook own food. 3–4 weekend
exeats each term plus half-term. Visits to the local town allowed.
Alumni association is run by John Dunster, Woodhill Nursery,
Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5AF, Tel 01934 876737.