Queen Elizabeth School

About the school

People say QES is a special place and we believe this is seen in the warmth of relationships and the highest of expectations at all levels, combined with our commitment to be one of the best schools in the country.

Our Context

QES has a fine tradition of “scholarship and care” dating back over 400 years, with our present popularity founded upon high quality teaching and learning, a broad and imaginative curriculum geared to individuals, excellent results, impressive standards of care and a reputation for a friendly, relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere.

Most significantly, we are founded on ten Core Values which underpin and inform the life and work of our community.

We are committed to a broad education in the deepest sense and with a strong emphasis on personal development supported by a diverse range of extra-curricular activities.

That said, we expect students of all abilities and categories to achieve in the top 25% nationally and our achievements at GCSE and A Level have consistently demonstrated that the majority do.

Our Values

We believe in a Values-led Education:

  • Respecting traditions & the past
  • Working hard and doing your best
  • Being decent to people
  • Being friendly, polite and courteous
  • Looking out for other people
  • Getting involved
  • Respecting the environment
  • Thinking of others less fortunate
  • Encouraging global citizenship
  • Understanding life is about more than money or material things.

Whether it is speaking to parents on an Open Evening, helping a young person make decisions about their future or appointing staff, we use the language of these Values every day.

Along with our original mandate to provide ‘scholarship and care’, they are the basis for our educational philosophy; they allow us to speak about the profound and life changing effect that education can have, and subscribing to them enables us to share a common language and purpose.  They lead directly to the overall aim stated in our Sixth Form Contract:

“to develop young people who are independently minded critical thinkers who will leave QES with the ability to use both their intellect and their compassion in making decisions in the wider world.”


Cathy O’Neill

Cathy O'Neill


In September 2017 QES developed as the Lunesdale Learning Trust to incorporate a new Free School, the QEStudio, to be completed this summer at a cost of several millions on the present site and providing high quality professional, technical and vocational learning to 300 14-18 year-olds. This is an innovative and exciting aspect of our provision in Key Stage 4 and 5; presently co-located as we await the new bespoke building, it is proving to be extremely popular with pupils and parents.

Currently a Trust of these two schools alone, we have a mix of established and recently arrived staff. Turnover is exceptionally low; levels of expertise, as well as morale, are high. Teachers enjoy very positive relationships with pupils and are committed to providing not only excellent teaching but also a full range of extracurricular activities. Our Support staff are excellent – talented and highly committed.

The Trustees of the new MAT and the Governors of QES and QEStudio are a highly professional body, employing staff directly. Over the years we have developed a self-managing, confident and independent culture while preserving strong links with neighbouring schools as members of the South Lakes Federation.