Crediton is a vibrant and thriving Market Town with a population around 7,000 and sits firmly in the Mid-Devon district, framed by picturesque villages. It is only 7 miles from Exeter, the county town of Devon, and is within an hour of the North and South Coasts, Dartmoor and Exmoor. For many years Queen Elizabeth's has offered a superb boarding environment within the town, allowing students from many parts of Britian and across the world to attend the school, and thrive in the environment.
The South-West region is renowned for Cheddar cheese, Devon cream teas and Cider, the Eden Project, Glastonbury Festival, two National Parks and four World Heritage Sites. It is a truly wondrous, splendid, bountiful and predominantly rural area. Affectionately referred to as 'The West Country'; it has particular charm, and benefits from generally warmer climate than other parts of Britain. It is a major tourist destination offering surfing on the magnificent Cornish beaches; sailing off either of the two coasts; roaming inland through green rolling hills, or over wild and desolate Tors.
The bright lights and attractions of Exeter are a mere 15 minutes by road or rail, and yet it is often the majestic landmarks and cultural reference points which draw the visitors. It was the most South-Westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain (ISCA) and proudly protects and promotes its heritage, often incorporated in the physical enhancements of the bustling city centre. It has a relatively small population of around 111,000 and has been cited as one of the top ten business locations in the country.
QECC's Boarding House successfully provides a stable environment to meet the needs of children from diverse backgrounds. These include the children of families that live abroad and those who need the stability of a caring boarding environment.
We have three seperate and distinct boarding houses that accomodate students:
The Mount is home to the boys. It is set within its own grounds in an elevated position overlooking the town of Crediton. The Mount has many period features such as wood-panelled walls and external gargoyles, and functions as a fun and friendly place for Boarders to live in.
St Martins is the hub of Boarding and is home for all the girls. It is a large house right at the top of the College site and adjacent to the College's swimming pool. The majority of rooms are ensuite and the building houses the Boarding dining room and duty room office.
Mountside is a semi-independant house set in the grounds of the Mount. It is designed to give our Year 13 students a taster of independence within their own living room, bathroom and kitchen. This is a privilege and responsibility that can be earned over time and is much sought after.
These houses are supervised by our specialist Boarding House staff, experienced in the rewarding and demanding responsibility of looking after teenagers and young adults. They work in constant and close collaboration with colleagues of the College teaching staff and with local county support agencies.
Hillbrow is a detached cottage that forms part of our boarding estate and is used as home for our three Gap students. Each January, we are lucky enough to acquire these students from Australia and New Zealand to compliment the existing staff team and add a new dimension.
Parents can therefore rest assured that their children are being cared for in a safe and supportive environment.
Intercontinental flights into London airports enable students to choose from an extensive network of scheduled routes. Two regional airports, Exeter and Bristol, provide services to Heathrow, Manchester, Belfast, Gatwick, the Channel Islands, and into Europe.
Linked with the national motorway system via the M5, Exeter is only a few hours drive from all major centres of population. The A377 runs from Exeter, through Crediton and onwards to North Devon. Approximate journey times and distances are set out below for guidance.
London - Exeter 189 miles 3.5 hours
Birmingham - Exeter 145 miles 2.25 hours
Bristol - Exeter 70 miles 1.25 hours
Exeter - Crediton 8 miles 20 minutes
Our school website has a map and indicates the exact location of both Boarding Houses, or if navigation devices are being used the postcode is EX17 2DX.
Exeter is served by two main line railway stations, St Davids and Central. An hourly Intercity train service brings Exeter within two hours of London and there are direct rail services to other important cities. St Davids is the station most Boarders use, and it is linked with Bristol, Birmingham and the North of England, as well as London Paddington and Waterloo. Central takes a southern county route into London Waterloo also. This links to Channel Ferry services via Salisbury.
Crediton itself has a train station with hourly services to Exeter, or to Barnstaple in North Devon. The station is approximately 1.5 miles from Boarding.
There is a regular bus service to Crediton from Exeter (half hourly business hours) which stop at St Davids and Central stations, through the city centre and terminates at the bus and coach station.
Exeter bus and coach station is the hub for local and regional bus networks and can provide cheaper links to London albeit a little slower.
There are numerous local companies that provide relatively inexpensive services- two who are familiar to us and recommended are;
Express Cars of Crediton 07739 174875 or 07742 536944
Arrow Taxis 01363 777714
Last updated: 05 October 2012