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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS


The new “sheds” at Queen Ethelburga's


Queen Ethelburga’s was a great opportunity. Nothing was inherited, so I was able to start





from scratch to build a team and department. Along with adding


workshop facilities and machinery, I was able to bring my wish list to life!


us to deliver the wide range of sporting activities that we have on offer so successfully’. They claim what they offer is unique; a dedicated Sports Village. Nothing could be truer and it needs to be seen to be believed. This includes a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over thirty acres of grass and 3G artificial pitches outside, a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, 100 station fitness suite and free weights centre indoors. There are also a number of specialist studios used for; martial arts, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, archery, fencing and boxing.


This impressive facility now is a far cry from its modest beginnings. QE’s history began with a school opening in Harrogate in 1912. The school, under the new ownership of the Martin family, moved to its present location, Thorpe Underwood Hall, in 1991, became independent and was renamed Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate. A huge investment programme ensued. More recently, an £80m investment has been made in the new Sports Village, new boarding houses, new classrooms and other facilities.


Queen Ethelburga’s is co-educational and has 1600 pupils listed, 1200 of whom are borders.


I met Ben and his team in their new


“sheds”, if that’s what you can call such a splendid facility. It was built mainly by QE’s own Estates Department after initial steelwork etc. had been installed by outside contractors. It was designed in-house and is sympathetic to the area, being built in the style of typical farm buildings with low brick walls and timber cladding; they are most impressive!


The team are obviously proud of their facility and intend to keep it in fine fettle. It’s the only sheds I have visited in my career where the staff change into slippers or house shoes before entering the very well- equipped mess room! All sit around a large communal table to eat and they have a microwave, cooker, hob, large sink, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, etc. I was offered a bacon sandwich or more if I wished and a mug of tea or coffee; most tasty and welcome. I’d give them a five star rating! Ben’s office is adjacent, and the storage and machinery sections follow. So, who does Ben have on his team to


The QE Grounds Team l-r: Greg Croasdale, Ben Grigor, Mark Hayhurst, Ian Dunnabie, Mark Harrison, Alistair Lamond, Matthew Teasdale and Josh Harrison


88 PC April/May 2019


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