Queen Elizabeth's Hospital is a senior school in Bristol. There are 585 boys in the Senior School, ranging in age from 11 to 18. From September 2017, the Sixth Form will be co-educational for the first time. Entrance examinations for both Year 7 and Year 9 applicants are held in January each year. A significant number of scholarships for academic, sport and musical ability are offered at Year 7 and Year 9. There are also Music Scholarships available at Sixth Form. These are awarded purely on merit for outstanding achievement and may also carry with them generous assistance for applicants whose parents’ means are limited.
The School was originally close by the City Centre but moved to new premises on Brandon Hill in 1847. A major building and improvement programme has included the building of the QEH Theatre (1990), refurbishment of the Art School (2000), new Mathematics rooms and heavy investment in ICT (2004). A Junior School opened in 2007 (with capacity of 100 in 2016) along with a new Sixth Form Centre. In 2008 a multi-million pound development programme, in conjunction with Bristol City Football Club, saw new football pitches on 23 acres at the Sports Ground at Failand. Science facilities were extensively refurbished in 2009 and a new £3million Science and Ceramics building was opened in 2016. The Sixth Form Centre is being expanded in readiness for the school to welcome girls in September 2017. The Governors are considering various options for development long term, building a new gymnasium/swimming pool complex and other ideas connected with the possible expansion of the city site. Curriculum. Boys are prepared for the GCSE (IGCSE in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, French, German, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.) and GCE A Level, and for university entrance. The usual school subjects are offered at GCSE Level, and the A Level subjects are: English Literature, English Language, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, Latin, Greek, History, Government and Politics, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Art, Photography, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, PE and Sport, Business Studies, Computer Science, Ethics and Philosophy and Psychology. Music. There are seventeen ensembles including a School Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, Brass Group, and Wind Band. Music is included in the timetable for all the junior forms. GCSE and A Level music is part of the School curriculum, and tuition is arranged for a wide range of instruments. Almost half the boys receive tuition on at least one instrument. The Choir and Instrumentalists perform regularly and also undertake joint ventures with the independent girls’ schools in Bristol. Art. The Department is well equipped and offers ceramics, screen printing, photography and computer imaging. Religious Studies. The School is a Christian one which welcomes boys of all faiths, or none. Religious Studies is part of the curriculum and boys attend two services a year in Bristol Cathedral. Games. Rugby, Football, Athletics, Cricket, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Sailing, Basketball, Squash, Fencing, Judo, Table Tennis, Climbing and Mountain Biking. A large number of boys also participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Ten Tors.