|Queen Elizabeth's Hospital|
The main building
Berkeley Place, Clifton
|Type||Independent day school|
|Motto||Latin: Dum tempus habemus operemur bonum|
(Whilst we have time, let us do good)
|Local authority||Bristol City Council|
|Department for Education URN||109370 Tables|
|Gender||Boys and 6th form girls|
|Age||7 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Blue and yellow|
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (also known as QEH) is an independent school in Clifton, Bristol, England founded in 1586. Stephen Holliday has served as Headmaster since 2000, having succeeded Dr Richard Gliddon. The Queen is the School's patron, although QEH is named after its original patron Queen Elizabeth I.
Known traditionally as "The City School", Queen Elizabeth's Hospital was founded by the will of affluent merchant John Carr in 1586, gaining its first Royal Charter in 1590. The school accepts boys from ages 7 to 18 and, since September 2017, girls aged 16 to 18 into the co-educational Sixth Form.
The school began as a boarding school, accepting 'day boys' for the first time in the early 1920s. Boarders continued to wear the traditional blue coat uniform on a daily basis until the 1980s. After that, it was only worn on special occasions. Following a steady decline in numbers QEH stopped accepting new boarders in 2004, and boarding closed completely in July 2008.
A Junior School opened in September 2007 in terraced Georgian town houses in Upper Berkeley Place, adjacent to the main school.
The school is located in central Bristol, near Cabot Tower, in a building built of Brandon stone, designed by local architects Foster and Son and dating from 1847. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building. The terrace steps and walls are also grade II listed, as are the walls, lodge and gates. Before moving to the site on Brandon Hill, it was previously housed at Gaunt's Hospital mansion house, Unity Street (1590–1767) and St. Bartholomew's, Christmas Steps (1767–1847). QEH has had close associations with Redmaids' High School since the latter's founding in 1634.
To celebrate 425 years since the school's opening, a new school song was composed in 2015.
For much of its history, QEH has provided education for boys aged 11 to 18, although it now has an all-boys junior school from age 7 as well. In 2014 QEH began working with Redland High School on a co-educational infant school from age 2 – 7 years. Since September 2017, the Sixth Form has been co-educational. QEH Senior School has an entrance examination in January for students entering at Year 7 and Year 9 levels, boys take papers in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning. These papers are used to select those eligible for John Carr academic scholarships. Boys applying for Music scholarships are invited to an interview and audition, at which they perform music and complete an aural and sight reading test. Sports scholarships are awarded based on an interview and practical tasks. The Year 7 entrants are generally chosen by around Easter and attend an initiation day during the summer term. Boys and girls also regularly enter the school at Sixth Form level, including international students. 
The school has three ICT suites and several sets of laptops, and most classrooms contain Smart Boards. Boys are given a school email address and can connect to the school network from home to access files and other resources.
The school library, located at the top of the main building, contains more than 10,000 books and takes 35 periodicals, including magazines and national newspapers. Pupil librarians help to run the library and the role of Head Librarian is given to a student in the Upper Sixth.
They have recently opened a new £3.5million ceramic and science block, and as of March 2019, are undergoing a £2.5 million re-development of their aforementioned playing fields near Failand.
The school day begins at 08:35 with registration in each class's form room. This is followed on Mondays by a full school assembly in the dining hall led by the Headmaster. The day is divided into nine 35-minute periods. The first two are from 9–10:10 am, followed by a 20 minute break, then four more periods, before lunch starts at 12:50pm and ends at 2:05pm. After three more lessons, at 4:00 pm the school day ends.
All boys have one afternoon of sports per week. For year 7 and 8, it takes place on Wednesdays at the school's Failand playing fields, where rugby is played during the autumn and spring terms, and cricket or athletics during the summer. Years 9 and 10 have games on Tuesdays, and are given a choice of sports, while year 11 and sixth form have games on Thursdays. There are also gym periods for years 7–11 during the rest of the week.
In year 7, boys are taught Latin, English, Spanish, maths, geography, history, religious studies, Art, biology, physics and chemistry, as well as periods for sport. In year 8, boys are taught all of the above as well as an extra language (German or French). In year 9, boys must choose 2 creative subjects (design technology, information technology, art, drama, music or Latin, the latter occupying both choices), which are each taught once a week for a double period. Boys are expected to take up to ten GCSEs, including a modern foreign language, maths, English language, English literature, and two out of the three sciences, taught as separate disciplines. Students take four subjects in the lower Sixth Form, with new subjects such as economics, classical civilisation, further mathematics and politics also available. One subject can then be dropped for their final year at the school in the upper sixth. The School also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Sixth Form.
At the end of the first half of the autumn term, the school holds its prize giving in Clifton Cathedral.. The headmaster reads his annual report, and a guest speaker gives the prizes to the winning pupils.
At the end of the winter term, the school holds its carol service at Bristol Cathedral. The school returns to the cathedral at the end of the spring term for its Charter Day service, celebrating the founding of the school. This service is attended by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, and the school's original Elizabethan charter is put on display. The school choir often sings Council Prayers at the Lord Mayor's Chapel on College Green, where the school founder John Carr is buried.
Standard school uniform for Years 7 to 11 consists of blue blazers, grey trousers, white shirts and the house tie.
Sixth Form students wear a grey or blue suit with pastel-coloured shirt. Students who excel at sports are often awarded with "house colours" for that sport in the form of a special tie. Prefects also wear a tie and badge of office.
For a long time the school was a traditional bluecoat school. This dress was eventually phased out as day uniform, but was still sometimes worn by boarders (until the cessation of boarding in 2008), and is still worn by choir members, and by the Captain and Vice Captains of the school, for special occasions such as Charter Day.
QEH operates a house system whereby students are allocated to one of four houses and engage in house activities including academic competitions (such as foreign language readings), sports competitions, house drama, house choir, house music ensemble and many others.
Each house is named after one of the school's notable patrons. The four houses are Bird's, named after William Bird, Mayor of Bristol 1589-90 and major benefactor of the school; Carr's, named after school founder John Carr; Hartnell's, named after Samuel Hartnell; Ramsey's, named after Lady Mary Ramsey. Hartnell was also a benefactor of the nearby school Clifton College, a fact reflected in them also having a house named Hartnell's.
Each house has its own colour, and senior school students up to year 11 wear a tie with a stripe of that colour. Sixth Form students who are house captains also wear ties bearing their house colours. The colours for the houses are Bird's (yellow); Carr's (blue); Hartnell's (green); Ramsey's (red).
Students who excel at helping their house (usually sporting) are awarded "house colours" consisting of a rectangular badge in the colour of their house.
The organisation of each house is carried out by a designated House Master, and two sixth-form students, the Captain and Vice Captain of the house, who are picked by the House Master in conjunction with senior members of staff.
The school publishes several periodicals. QEH News is a small newsletter, published annually and available from the school's website, containing information on sports activities, school trips, development plans and future events. There is also an annual publication, The Elizabethan, which gives a more in-depth commentary, as well as showcasing pupils' artistic and literary talents. A group of students, the Elizabethan Committee, supports the editor of The Elizabethan by taking photos and writing articles for the magazine. Along with this, an online newspaper called Berkeley Squares is written and edited by students in the sixth form.
The QEH theatre seats 210, and since opening in 1990 has been host to many productions both by QEH pupils and professional companies performing plays, dance and poetry. It also hosts concerts and other musical events, such as the biennial 'Battle of the Bands' and regular acoustic-only 'Unplugged' events, which showcase the musical talent in the school. Student volunteers often assist in school productions as technical and front of house staff.
Former pupils of the school are known as Old Elizabethans.
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