Since QEGS was founded, every year of our existence has been focused on enhancing the joy of learning. It’s a joy that has continued unabated across the centuries, resonating along every corridor and in every teaching space. We create a vibrant climate for learning, celebrating discovery, championing success and ensuring that every lesson in and out of the classroom is buzzing with curiosity and enthusiasm.
There’s a kinetic energy about QEGS. You can feel it as you move around the school and see students enjoying lessons indoors and outdoors. You can see it in the way we nurture talent, celebrate individuality and tailor everything to each students’ specific needs and give them the confidence to find their own individual voice. You can see it in the way our teachers engage inquisitive minds and inspire limitless invention. And the way school life here combines a sense of adventure with a growing, dynamic sense that from Juniors to Sixth Form and onwards to the future, anything is possible here.
We know that boys respond best to teaching styles which fit their needs; active, well-paced practical learning with frequent brain breaks and opportunities for movement. So our Junior Section offers a learning environment tailored to meet their specific learning requirements. Our broad-based curriculum from 7-11 years includes a range of teaching and learning styles which provide stimulation and strong foundations for the future, and more importantly, give boys the confidence to learn and grow at their own pace.
The use of themed learning enables our students to see a clear purpose for the activities, frequently engaging them in the planning of topic work. Books and curricular materials that successfully engage boys are integrated within all aspects of the curriculum and whenever possible learning is taken outdoors for deeper exploration and adventure.
Enrichment plays a key role at QEGS. Across school years and age ranges, we provide no fewer than 96 enrichment activities. Every Wednesday, teaching staff also share their interests and hobbies with boys through the leading of QED (QEGS Enrichment and Development) activities. This sharing of common ground, from mountain biking to photography and public speaking, further strengthens the alliance between staff and boys and plays a prominent role in engaging boys in and out of the classroom.
The Sixth Form provides boys with tailormade learning experiences and opportunities in an environment where individuals can develop both academic and extra-curricular skills. The 26 subjects on offer create breadth and flexibility, with some subjects taught jointly with Wakefield Girls’ High School. Students study three A levels, in a relaxed environment with small class sizes (typically 8—12), led by staff who are all experts in their fields.
Students also receive close pastoral and careers support with daily, individual tutorial time. The excellent staff–student relationship is elevated to a more mature level, effectively becoming a partnership which equips them to achieve their academic and personal goals. As a result, sixth formers leave us for a variety of exceptional destinations including sought-after degree apprenticeships and places at top universities across the country and beyond.