A message from our Principal, Neil Harding

Welcome to The Queen Elizabeth Academy located in the historic North Warwickshire town of Atherstone. The school’s traditions are founded upon the opening of the original Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in 1573. In 2016 the school moved into a state of the art learning facility which provides outstanding opportunities for our whole community to learn and grow together.

We epitomise our mission that, “We can and we will,” in all we do and the year on year successes our students celebrate is testimony to the lived experience of our core purpose. We provide every TQEA student, from all backgrounds and with all abilities, with an exceptional education underpinned by an ambitious curriculum and high quality teaching. It is a curriculum for all in which students’ talents in Humanities, Technology, Arts, Performance and Music are nurtured along with the Core curriculum of Mathematics, English, Science and Citizenship. In doing so we prepare students for lifelong learning and the opportunity to compete and succeed in their chosen career path. Therefore, for every student we have the highest ambitions and this leads us to expect excellent standards of personal behaviour and mutual respect from all in our community.

Most importantly we are relentless in our care for our students and are committed to safeguarding. We want our students to emerge from their time at TQEA as happy, personally and academically successful young people who are well-prepared to contribute positively as adults to their families and their communities.

Neil Harding


A message from our Executive Principal, Andrew Wilson

The sustained success over recent years at TQEA is living evidence of our commitment that “we can and we will”.   We foster a culture of learning by ensuring mutual respect and good behaviour with an ethos based upon high quality teaching and a commitment to safeguarding.  We believe that all students can achieve well and have a balanced curriculum with personalised routes to success.  This is supplemented by a wide range of extra-curricular experiences and opportunities.  We aim for our students to be academically successful but also to be prepared for adulthood as happy and effective citizens.

Andrew Wilson

Executive Principal

A message from our new Regional Education Director, Derek Trimmer

I wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself and say how delighted I am to be taking up the role as RED Secondary West. I have been operating as Director of secondary for Swale Academies Trust for the last 5 years or so and before this was Headteacher of Hove Park School in Brighton and Hove and Executive Head of West Blatchington Primary school. Before that I was Head of Mayfield school in Portsmouth where I led the school out of special measures and helped it climb the ranks after being recognised as one of the very lowest performing schools in the country. I cut my teeth in Croydon where I first had the opportunity to be part of the team to lead a school out of measures. I am an English and Drama teacher by trade.

All of that is history and I am sure it is very important in helping prepare me for the most exciting and worthy challenge of my career yet and that is; to support TQEA in our mission to provide the very best education for all our pupils and ensure that no child is left behind.

I have been really impressed so far with the outstanding response and commitment to providing a quality education at such a difficult time.

Derek Trimmer

Regional Education Director