About The Club

QEHS Rowing Club

The Rowing Club has consistently been one of the school's most successful sporting clubs and has been established for over 30 years. During this time we have achieved huge success at both National and International levels.t

In the recent past the club has produced 13 International athletes, the most notable being the Wells brothers. The older of the two, Matthew, was the Great Britain single sculler at the Olympics in Sydney, won a Bronze medal in Beijing in a double scull and both Matt and brother Pete competed in the Athens Olympics.

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Recent Success

  • Four Year 11 students involved in the 2014 Junior GB trials process.
  • A Year 13 student invited to join Leander Lightweight Development Squad
  • Women’s J16 crew win Gold medals and Women’s J15 crew win Bronze medals in 2014 National Junior Inter-Regional Regatta.
  • Women’s J16 4+ win Silver Medals at 2014 National Schools Regatta
  • Women’s J16 4+ win Gold Medals at 2014 British National Championships making it five gold medals and a silver in six National events in the last two years.
  • QEHS had 22 rowers selected to represent the 2014 Northern Region Team.
  • Women’s J16 crew voted Top Team of the Year in the QEHS Sports Awards 2014
  • WJ15 Four voted Top High School Team at Sport Tynedale 2013 Awards Evening.
  • At the Leisure Tynedale 2012 awards voted Top Club and Top High School Team and Pauline Higgins (Rowing Coordinator) voted Sports Personality of The Year.
  • Pauline Higgins was presented to the Queen at The Alnwick Castle Garden Party and later in London presented with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal For Junior Rowing
  • QEHS has had the most number of winning crews in the National Schools Rowing Clubs Records for four successive years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • In 2013 one former member won a Gold Medal representing GB in Youth Olympics in Sydney, Australia and in 2014 two former members won Gold Medals representing GB in the European University Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Below yow can download letters/documents for the QEHS Rowing Club.

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The Rowing Club train on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am throughout the year. During the Spring, Summer and Autumn there are also water sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. During school holidays the Monday and Wednesday sessions take place at 10am. There is also a room within school which is used for on-land training such as ergos, weights and core stability work. Exercise equipment is also used during the winter months when it is too dark to row after school. New members are always welcome and if you'd like to get involved, please email Mrs Higgins direct ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).