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Chapter House Preparatory School

Thorpe Underwood Estate, York, North Yorkshire, England YO26 9SS
Tel: +44 (0) 1423 333330

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 10 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)


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Word From The Head

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Karen Kilkenny

Chapter House is a vibrant and engaging school with a warm family atmosphere. Children are welcomed from three months old and stay with us until Year 5, allowing them to build strong relationships with fellow pupils and their teachers.

“Our aim is to provide the most supportive learning environment for each pupil, so that individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the next stage of their education.

We are focused on encouraging every one of our pupils to achieve their full potential, whatever their talents and abilities, and we pride ourselves on enabling our children to become confident, independent and enthusiastic members of the QE community."

Karen Kilkenny

Head of Chapter House

Open Days, Visits & Events

27-04-2024 - Whole School Open Morning

We warmly invite you to our Whole School Open Morning on campus here at the beautiful Thorpe Underwood Estate in North Yorkshire.

Join us to gain in-depth insight into the Queen Ethelburga’s community, which welcomes children from 3 months to 18 years old.

Our informal morning programme will allow you to learn more about our four Excellent rated (ISI) schools, meet with staff and hear from our students.

Scheduled one-hour tours begin at 9:30 am and run every half hour until 11 am.

What We Offer

    • Environmental studies
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Photography
    • English As Foreign/2nd Language
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
    • Archery
    • Badminton
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Martial Arts
    • Rugby
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Adventure Training
    • Ballet
    • Cycling
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Duke of Edinburgh
    • Public Speaking
    • Rainbows
    • Rowing
    • Hearing Impairment (HI)
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • Language and Communication Disorders
    • Epilepsy
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Before School Club
    • Diplomatic Children
    • Expatriate Children
    • International Students
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Assessment
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Siblings
    • Church of England

        Age Range & Fees

        Age Range3 to 10
        Annual Day Fees *8412 to 12066
        Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *20250 to 25500
        Annual Full Boarding Fees *33642 to 36162
        * Currency:

        Number Of Pupils

        17Full Boarding7
        0Weekly Boarding0
        Boys Girls

        Number Of Staff

        Full-time: 15
        Part-time: 5

        % Pupils Gaining
        GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

        % Pupils Gaining
        A Level Grades A – C

        % Pupils Going
        To University

        School Reviews

        Chapter House is very welcoming, and it is easy to make friends with lots of different children.  

        Austin, Year 2

        I like this school because it makes me feel safe. My favourite lesson is PE because we get to do lots of different sports.  

        Amy, Year 4

        I think the lessons are fantastic and the things we are learning are clearly explained to us.  

        Ava, Year 4

        Chapter House is very welcoming, and it is easy to make friends with lots of different children.