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Local school unveil lecture programme

Local school unveil lecture programme

Published at 12:08pm 20th September 2019. (Updated at 4:00pm 24th September 2019)

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Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate are holding free lectures for the general public, featuring a variety of guest speakers and topics.

  • Queen Ethelburga's 'Principal's Lecture Programme' is set to launch on Sunday 29th September.
  • The lectures will be held on Sunday afternoons for students, parents and any other members of the general public.
  • The first session will feature ex-student Tom York, who has appeared on BBC drama Poldark, and will provide an insight into obstacles and rewards of chasing your dream career.

Queen Ethelburga's 'Principal Lecture Programme' is set to launch on Sunday 29th September and will provide FREE lectures throughout the academic year, covering a wide variety of topics and different speakers.

Not limited to students and open for anyone to attend, the aim of the programme is to provide a wide reaching, informative and engaging series of public lectures across many areas of the curriculum and general interest.

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, Guest lecturers
Guest lecturers at QE include author Alex Bellos (left), ex-student and BBC actor Tom York and former Emmerdale actress Deena Payne (right)

The programme kicks off with a lecture from ex-student Tom York, who is best known for his role of Sam Carne, brother to Demelza Poldark (Eleanor Tomlinson), in the award-winning BBC One period drama Poldark

Tom will be providing an insight into the common obstacles and the great rewards of going after what you really want to do, however difficult or competitive it may be! 

"We're delighted to be welcoming Tom back. He was with us about ten years ago and was a big shining light in the school at the time and really engaged with our performing arts programme.

"It's fantastic to see how he's gone on to develop his career and be quite fearless in the way that he has taken his passion for acting and performance forward."

Louise Woodward, Enrichment Leader

The lecture will also be in support of charity CLIC Sargent, who help young people with cancer and support them and their families as they make their way through treatment.

Tickets are available to Tom York's lecture for FREE here.

Future Lecturers

Queen Ethelburga's will be welcoming a variety of different speakers throughout the programme to cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Alex Bellos - 6th October 2019 - “The World’s Favourite Number”
  • Anna Duthie: Support Dogs - 13th October 2019 - “An Insight into Life with an Autism Support Dog”
  • John Bird - 17th November 2019 - “From Poverty to Purpose”
  • Paul Hughes - 24th November 2019 - “Osama, Obama and Linguistic Nirvana”
  • Simon Armitage - 1st December 2019 - “A Poetry Reading by Simon Armitage”
  • Deena Payne - 19th January 2020 - “Busting the Myths - Leading Towards a Healthy, Fitter and Happier You”
  • Dr Jaclyn Bell - 22nd March 2020 - “Becoming an Astronaut”
  • Alex Rawlings - 26th April 2020 - “How to Speak any Language Fluently”
  • Bobby Seagull - 17th May 2020 - “Amazing Career Choices”
Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, kings theatre
Several of the lectures will be held in the Kings Theatre, which holds a 312-seat indoor theatre and includes stage and screen options.

All lectures are free to attend and tickets are available online at Read more about the programme here.

Open Day

Queen Ethelburga's are also opening their doors for the first time this academic year for an Open Day on Saturday 28th September from 10:30am-3:00pm.

Prospective students and their parents are invited to explore the fantastic grounds and facilities at QE, with subject teachers on hand for demonstrations and to answer any questions.

To book a place please contact the QE admissions team, by email: or telephone: 01423 333330.

Ben Groom from Stray Lifestyle went along to Queen Ethelburga's ahead of the first lecture in their programme:

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