Why Choose Elizabeth College?


Opening the tabs below will show you more information on our strengths as well as details of our examination results and previous inspections.  You can also see some of the Highlights of 2015.

• Value-added statistics place us in the top 17% of all British schools
• 9 out of 10 leavers reaching their first choice UK universities
• 28 subjects offered at A level in collaboration with the Ladies College
• ‘Outstanding’ pastoral care through tutors and Heads of Year (ISI Inspection 2009)
• ‘Outstanding’ cultural, moral and social development of pupils (ISI Inspection 2009)
• First-rate specialist support for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia
• Small class sizes (maximum 24 per class in Years 7-9, 16 on average at GCSE, 10 on average at A level)
• 185 pupils in the Combined Cadet Force and over 100 boys in the Duke of Edinburgh programme
• Excellence in football, hockey, cricket, fencing (UK national champions), shooting and swimming
• Over 100 off-island trips and expeditions for pupils to choose from each year
• Major drama productions every year
• 60 pupils in the College choir, over 40 in the College orchestra performing two major musical concerts a year
• Over 30 clubs and societies including climbing, modelling, film, life saving, science and Saravia
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• All pupils involved in service activities for the local community
• An outstanding tradition of fund-raising and charity work
• A strong emphasis on manners and gentlemanly conduct
• Pride in our Christian foundation and heritage
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2016 results:

Elizabeth College pupils have once again achieved excellent results with a record 18.4% of entries at the top A* grade and 41% at A*/A.

There were some outstanding individual successes at the top end with one student achieving an amazing four A*s at A level plus an additional A* in his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  A further 3 students gained three or more A*s.

This year’s leavers have gained places at a wide variety of prestigious institutions including three candidates who will start their studies in September at Oxford University and one at Cambridge. Others are heading to Durham, Warwick, UCL, Bath and other leading UK universities. In addition a number of students have successfully gained employment and/or further vocational training within various business sectors on the island.

“This is a fantastic set of results for an outstanding group of students who have collectively achieved a new College record of 18.4% A* grades. There are many fine academic scholars in this year group heading off the UK’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The key thing for us, however, is that the boys achieve the very best they can across our notably broad ability range and are therefore able to follow their own paths and dreams, whether that’s university, music college, art school, the armed forces or heading straight into employment on the island. Once they have found their niche in life they invariably flourish as happy, confident and successful individuals who will make a real difference in their respective fields around the world.” said Principal George Hartley.

Full details of recent A level results are available using the links below (click on the blue text).

2016 results 2015 results  2014 results  2013 results  2012 results  2011 results
Candidates 54 68 62 53 55 51
Ave UCAS pts
per candidate
326 349 327 345 379 338


2016 results:

Pupils at Elizabeth College have once again achieved outstanding results in their GCSE examinations.   Well over half (54%) the grades were A*/A and 81% were A* to B.

98% of pupils achieved the key measure of 5 or more passes at grades A* to C including English and Maths, a 3% improvement on last year.

The results were particularly strong at the top end with nine pupils achieving 10 or more A* grades and over one quarter (21) achieving at least 10 A*/A grades.

“We are thrilled with these excellent GCSE results which include many fantastic performances across our notably broad ability spectrum, from boys who have done outstandingly well to achieve C grades to our scholars with their multitudes of A*s. The most important thing for us is that our pupils, who come from a great variety of backgrounds on the island, achieve their very best and flourish within their own areas of interest. It is also great to know that such excellent academic results can be achieved by pupils who are so heavily involved in extra-curricular activities and sport outside the classroom. Our main aim is always to allow individuals from all backgrounds to flourish and make the very most of themselves and these results clearly support that,” commented Principal George Hartley.

Full details of recent GCSE results are available using the links below (click on the blue text).

2016 results 2015 results 2014 results 2013 results 2012 results 2011 results

Elizabeth College was inspected by a team of inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in October 2015. The inspection covered the whole of Elizabeth College, from the Pre-School at Acorn House to the Sixth Form.

Assessing the quality of College’s educational provision, the ISI awarded Elizabeth College the highest rating of “Excellent” in eight aspects and “Good” in the other two. A full copy of the report is available here.

ISI inspections allow Elizabeth College to be compared to the best independent schools in the UK.  Inspection reports include judgements on pupils’ achievements, the curriculum, extra-curricular provision, teaching, pupils’ personal development, pastoral care, welfare, health and safety, governance, leadership and management and links with parents. Aspects are rated at one of four grades: excellent, good, sound and unsatisfactory.

The inspection report is very generous in its praise of the overall quality of the education provided by the College and for the pupils themselves, as exemplified by the following excerpts:
•    “The strongly pupil-centred college ethos enables pupils of all ages to achieve high academic standards and develop excellent personal qualities”
•    “Pupils’ excellent attitudes to their studies and their commitment to high standards and activities contribute strongly to the high standard of their achievements”

The report also reflects on the excellent curricular provision and high academic standards which the whole College achieves from its broad intake of pupils:
•     “Pupils’ academic achievements are supported by an excellent curriculum, carefully planned and sufficiently adaptable to meet well the needs of individual pupils”
•    “The college offers an attractive enrichment programme fulfilling the school’s aims of encouraging pupils’ participation and developing the whole child strongly.”

Pastoral care and the quality of relationships throughout the school are particularly highly praised:
•    “Relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst pupils themselves, are particularly harmonious.”
•    “Excellent pastoral leadership and management oversee comprehensive care and support so pupils develop into confident and well-rounded members of the community”.

The College’s excellent communication with parents and links with the community are also highlighted:
•     “Links with parents and the community are excellent. Parents were especially pleased with the college’s academic provision, pastoral care and breadth of all-round opportunity.”
•    “Parents report that the college handles concerns particularly well…and that they felt listened to and welcome in both the junior and upper schools.”

With the overriding objective of helping schools to build on their strengths and identify areas for further improvement, the report includes recommendations to ensure that all teaching across the school provides appropriate challenge and focus and to ensure that teaching is consistently monitored and supported.  These areas are already being addressed through the College’s Development Plan.

Principal of Elizabeth College, George Hartley, is delighted with the outcome of the inspection.  “This comprehensive and external review puts us on a par with the best schools in the UK and fully endorses the many improvements we have made over recent years as well as the excellent, all-round and value-added education we provide for our pupils, from Acorn House right up the Sixth Form.  It also provides a thoroughly well-deserved pat on the back for our exceptionally committed and talented staff. It is extremely pleasing to receive such a strong vote of approval during the review of secondary education on the island. It is also really helpful to be guided in what we can do to improve still further, something we have already made a start on.”

A full copy of the report is available here or on the ISI website at www.isi.net.