Welcome to WQE

WQE is an inclusive, open-minded college, passionate about our students, positive about the future. We are dedicated to maximising our students’ academic achievements, but we will always measure our success by the practical and positive changes we bring to such an important time in their lives. After GCSEs many students are ready for a change, and by coming to WQE our students are telling us they want to learn in a different way, to discover more about who they are and how to get the best out of themselves, to move on and to be challenged. Taking up this challenge is an important part of the WQE experience. It’s about feeling part of a bigger world; being a student rather than a pupil. It’s about sharing that feeling with lots of other young people with similar aspirations and having the space to grow as a person.

WQE is an academic community with an incredible breadth of experience and ability that provides a platform for academic and personal growth. Through our passionate and dedicated teaching, our students become empowered and confident enough to explore and to discover just what they are capable of and just how much they can achieve.

WQE has a long-established record of success. We recognise that academic achievement is fundamental to any successful educational experience, and examination results are important criteria that students, parents and carers will take into account when deciding on post-16 study. And WQE has a long-established record of success. Our students typically undertake and complete full and demanding programmes, and our retention rates are exceptionally high.

We are particularly pleased that we have been able to maintain the highest standards while at the same time welcoming into College an increasing number of students with a wide range of abilities.

WQE is a passionate and inclusive learning community; very proud of our reputation as a friendly and welcoming college.


Our campuses are such an open and friendly places, full of energy and vitality, that it is not only a wonderfully supportive learning community but also a hugely positive and enjoyable lesson in life.

There is a very strong sense of camaraderie among our students; the College is hugely welcoming and sociable, where people from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds get to learn and socialise together on a daily basis – creating a strong sense of togetherness and community.

What we cherish most is our students’ drive, energy and enterprise, and we encourage them at all times to develop their own ideas, to challenge us as we challenge them, and to show initiative and innovation.

It is no coincidence that WQE students come across as confident, self-reliant, mature young adults with a sense of common venture, an attitude to succeed and with high aspirations in life.

photo of WQE headmaster Paul Wilson in school corridor

The room to grow

At WQE, guided by committed and inspiring professionals, in a supportive environment, our students are given the room to express themselves, challenge themselves, and us, and ultimately strive to become the best that they can be. There are no glass ceilings –where our students come from is simply not important, it’s that they choose to come and want to achieve that matters to us.