Applicant Information

Each year the College has places for around 1000 new first year students who largely come from schools in Darlington, County Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We are usually able to offer places to all applicants provided they meet the application deadline and achieve the entry qualifications.

Applicants from Partner Schools

If you are a student from a partner school, you will receive information about the application process from QE members of staff who will be in contact with your school. You can also apply online.

QE’s partner schools are:

  • Bedale
  • Bishop Barrington
  • Greenfield
  • Haughton
  • Hummersknott
  • Hurworth
  • Longfield
  • Sedgefield
  • St. Aidan’s
  • Staindrop
  • St. Francis Xavier
  • Woodham
  • Wyvern

For each of our partner schools there are liaison staff who will work closely with students to give advice about subjects, enrichment activities and further information about life at QE. Staff will also explain our entry procedure and will help with applications.

Applicants from Non-partner Schools

If you are a student from a non-partner school, an application form can be sent to you or you can apply online. Many students from non-partner schools attend QE and are very welcome. Please contact Laurence Job (Deputy Principal) who will send you relevant information (

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including Maths or English. Your programme of study will be personalised to reflect your individual needs and GCSE profile. Head on over to our Explore our Courses page to find out more about specific entry requirements.


If you apply to the College and are offered a place, you will be invited to our Bridging Course which is currently scheduled for the summer of 2024, after your GCSE exams have been taken. This is to give you the opportunity to sample a range of subjects and to learn more about life at QE.

All applications need to be submitted by Friday 19th January 2024, please.

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.