The Senior School (Years 7-11) forms the heart of Queen’s College and occupies the bulk of the main school campus. We are immensely proud of our cheerful, friendly and courteous pupils who support each other and contribute hugely to the life of the school.
Pupils have access to a broad and interesting curriculum, taught by outstandingly committed specialist teachers, some of whom have achieved national recognition as authors and others are current examiners or moderators. Several members of staff have gained national and international qualifications and experience in co-curricular activities; we are especially proud to include South African 2012 'Olympian' Ian Haley as part of our hockey coaching team.
Our teaching facilities are impressive by any standards. A high-speed IT network links over 450 computers, the majority of which are grouped in four dedicated suites around the site. We have Wi-Fi throughout the school and classrooms enjoy computers, projectors and smartboards. All classrooms provide excellent learning environments and are in constant use, including lunchtimes and after school as teachers willingly provide additional learning support.
In recent years, we have built a new state-of-the-art Art and Drama block, providing top quality teaching and learning classrooms and studios. Refurbishments elsewhere have created excellent Design Technology facilities and a newly housed Economics, Politics and Business Studies Department.
Games facilities are equally impressive, maintained with great care by our dedicated and highly professional ground staff. In 2012 we opened our second 'new' astroturf pitch providing us with some of the best hockey facilities in the South West. Our netball courts have also been refurbished to provide excellent playing surfaces. Additionally, pupils are able to enjoy some 30 acres of pristine games fields, which are used for rugby, athletics, cricket and rounders. These facilities are complemented by a large sports hall and swimming pool.
Pastoral care is based on a vertical House system. Every pupil belongs to one of seven Houses (three boarding and four day) each one overseen by a Houseparent and a number of dedicated support staff. Within the House structure a team of tutors provide individual academic and pastoral care; Queen's is well-known as a school that provides outstanding pastoral support.
Tutors are responsible for an average of 12 pupils and can easily be contacted by parents. Each House has a set of day rooms within the school, giving pupils a place to socialise and store books and equipment.
We believe that our Senior School provides pupils with an outstanding learning environment, where they are able to benefit from high quality teaching and caring pastoral support enabling them to develop into the high-calibre young people of whom we are so proud.