Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, or QE, is a sixth form college on Vane Terrace in Darlington, County Durham, England.


It was established in 1970 on the site of the old Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, designed by George Gordon Hoskins. Much of the building was refurbished following a fire in 1987, and in 2004 a large extension was completed including a new sports hall, art department and atrium study area.

On 17 April 1991, the Duchess of Kent opened the library.


Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College is one of the most highly rated colleges in England and has almost 2000 students, mostly aged 16–18. It offers around 40 full-time AS and A level courses, some vocational courses and GCSEs, as well as several part-time evening classes.

Academic performance

It is one of three schools or colleges that offer A levels in Darlington LEA, getting the second best results in the LEA after Carmel Sixth Form College.

  • Jane Kennedy, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree (1974-6)
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Appointments Commission 2007- (1980-2)
  • Prof Antony Eddison, Director of Middlesex University, Mauritius.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
  • Vice Admiral Sir Robert Dixon, former President the of Institute of Marine Engineers (1878-85)
  • Walter Dixon (1870–1931), pharmacologist.
  • Sir Eric Miller (1893-1900)
  • Sir Eric Miller (1882-1953)
  • Rev Lewis Watt, Professor of Social Economics from 1935-65 at Heythrop College
  • William Henderson, 1st Baron Henderson, Labour MP for Enfield from 1923-4 and 1929-31 (1902-9)
  • Norman Creek (footballer) (1909-14)
  • Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Hutton CBE DFC (1912-9)
  • Sir William Lee OBE, Chairman from 1957-60 of Darlington RDC (1918-25)
  • Eric Neil (1918–1990), physiologist.
  • Chapman Pincher, journalist (1925-32)
  • James Bourn, UK Ambassador to Somalia from 1970-3 (1928-35)
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Cruddas CB, Comdr HMS Ark Royal from 1953-55 (1928-35)
  • Sir Geoffrey Cass, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press from 1972-92 (1933-40)
  • William Singleton CBE, vet (1934-41)
  • Commander Don Neesham, Head of the Flying Squad from 1973-9 at New Scotland Yard, working with Jack Slipper (1935-42)
  • Prof Thomas Scratcherd, Professor of Physiology from 1973-87 at the University of Sheffield, involved with exocrine secretion from the pancreas (1935-42)
  • Prof James Tait, Joel Professor of Physics as Applied to Medicine from 1970-82 at University College London (1937-44)
  • Angus Maddison, economist (1938-45)
  • John Edwin Wood, Executive Director from 1984-8 of British Aerospace, Filton (1941-46)
  • Prof David Daniell (author), Professor of English from 1992-4 at University College London (1940-7)
  • Nevil Johnson, political adviser (1940-7)
  • Prof Cecil Kidd, Regius Professor of Physiology from 1984-97 at Marischal College, University of Aberdeen (1944-51)
  • Aidan Chambers, children's novelist who wrote Postcards from No Man's Land (1946-53)
  • Dr Bernard Dixon OBE, science writer (1949-56)
  • Ian Hamilton, poet (1949-56)
  • Sir Alan Wilson, Vice-Chancellor from 1991-2004 of the University of Leeds (1950-7)
  • Derek Hunt, former Chief Executive of MFI (1950-7)
  • Edward Pearce, political journalist, (1950-7)
  • Mike Jackson, UK Ambassador to Bolivia 1991-5 and Costa Rica 1995-7 (1951-8)
  • Dr Paul Walker, Chairman since 2008 of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation (1952-9)
  • Richard Anelay, barrister, married to Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St Johns (1957-64)
  • David Harker OBE, Chief Executive since 1997 of Citizens Advice Bureau (1962-9)
  • Mark Ralph (Footballer)
  • Tom Noble - manager of Tygers of Pan Tang - internationally successful rock group
  • Robin DC Matthews professor (1951-1958)
  • Stanley Baines Hamilton (1889–1977), civil engineer and historian.

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