Queen Margaret’s School

North Yorkshire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 320 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1901

General Information

A Queen Margaret’s education is an exciting, challenging and enriching experience. Our girls are part of a community of people who care for each other and grow as individuals. They develop a wealth of skills for use in their own lives and to make a difference in the world. At the heart of a QM education is a love of learning, which is supported by a healthy body and healthy mind. When a girl has completed her holistic education at QM she will be a freethinking, courageous individual prepared to take her learning to the next level and her place in a changing world.


Girls join QM predominantly from across the UK, but also from many other corners of the world – currently 16 different countries. As the only all girls’ full boarding school in the North of England, 75% of girls at Queen Margaret’s are full boarders and day girls enjoy staying over every Friday evening for House activities. Weekend activities include everything from high energy trips to the trampoline park, climbing wall and go karting, to more relaxed visits to museums and stately homes, the cinema, shopping and craft making. The quality of pastoral care and strong sense of community ensure that all girls settle in quickly and join in every aspect of School life with enthusiasm and purpose.

QM girls thrive on healthy and energetic lifestyles. Sport is very important and the School boasts exceptional facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, newly installed AstroTurf, a cardio suite, Tennis courts and a Health and Wellbeing Centre. The Creative Arts also play a central role in life at QM. The purpose-built theatre, dance studio and modern Art and Technology facilities provide the ideal setting for every girl to discover and develop her talents, whatever her interests.

QM is a school founded in the Anglican tradition and spiritual growth is central to the School’s ethos - girls participate wholeheartedly in chapel services and assemblies several times a week. They also benefit from mindfulness being taught as part of the curriculum and are set to see the completion of a ‘quiet garden’ during summer 2019.

Open Days

2020. School Open Morning: Sat. 21st March.


2018/2019. Boarders: £10,800 per term (£32,400 per annum); Day Boarders: £7,090 per term (£21,270 per annum).

Sibling and Armed Forces discount

Overnight stays £57.50 per night


ISI Inspection 2019

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Baillie

Queen Margaret’s School
Escrick Park
North Yorkshire
YO19 6EU

[t]: General Enquiries: 01904 727600 Admissions: 01904 727630
[w]: www.queenmargarets.com

Location Description

The stunning city of York is only six miles from QM. Previously winner of the Sunday Times ‘Best Place to Live in Britain’ and voted European Tourism City of the Year, York is a vibrant cultural city. With historical attractions, museums, theatres and facilities, York is a major resource for our girls and QM has strong links with both of the universities and local businesses. Queen Margaret’s is easily accessible via the A1 from the North and the M62, and via the M1 from other directions.

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School News

Queen Margaret's independent girls' school North Yorkshire

Queen Margaret’s, York, (QM) is ending the school year on a high note after being shortlisted in the ‘Performing Arts School of the Year’ category

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in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2019. The news comes just two weeks after the all-girls school was judged as ‘Excellent’ by inspectors and reflects the quality of the work produced by its talented Drama and Music Departments.

QM has been shortlisted based on its ability to focus on girls’ individual talents as well as create group performances of the calibre and breadth you’d usually see in a much larger school. Recent individual successes include the School’s Head Girl winning the Ripon Cathedral Competition to promote new sacred music and a Year III violinist being invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra. Meanwhile, 45 girls were invited to perform in front of 1000 guests as the opening act at November’s White Rose Awards.

The Escrick school has also been recognised for breaking down boundaries and proving that there is no area of Performing Arts that girls should not explore. Students adopt traditionally male roles both on and off stage – the backstage crew for their recent production of Blue Stockings was led seamlessly by an Upper Sixth girl. What’s more, QM has recently launched a Music Technology A Level challenging the issue that, in the industry, males outnumber females 5 to 1.

Performing Arts at QM brings many opportunities for students to engage with the local community. The recent Music Festival Week held at the School saw a series of impressive music recitals which were open to the public and proved to be extremely popular. Pupils from other schools across the region benefit too, with many visiting QM for Drama workshops and Music masterclasses on a regular basis.

Acting Head, Lars Fox, is thrilled at the news “Being shortlisted for the Performing Arts School of the Year Award is testament to the accomplished work produced by both the girls and our staff in Drama and Music at QM. From our Chamber Choir singing Evensong at York Minster, to the recent charming stage production of Hetty Feather, the scope and quality really is outstanding.”

The winners of the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2019 will be announced at a reception in October.

Queen Margaret's independent girls' school North Yorkshire

A recent inspection of Queen Margaret’s, York, by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has found the School to be “excellent” in all categories assessed.

The report

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confirms how the all-girls School is fulfilling its own aim of pupils achieving excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. Having observed lessons during their time at Queen Margaret’s (QM), Inspectors agreed that “pupils develop outstanding study skills during their time at the School”. They commented on how QM girls display very positive attitudes towards learning and are highly motivated to succeed. Importantly, the report highlights that “in lessons pupils answer questions confidently, without any fear of getting answers wrong, because the small class sizes and the excellent relationships within the class encourage the sharing of ideas.”

The ISI Inspectors spent time with QM girls who told them that “the school does not expect them to fit a particular mould, but that they have the freedom to ‘find their own niche’ and flourish as individuals”. The report also points out that at GCSE and A Level, QM’s performance has been above the national average and similarly, QM’s results in international GCSEs have been higher than worldwide norms.

The inspectors’ findings from outside of the classroom are just as pleasing to read as they identify that students at the Escrick school show a well-developed appreciation for the non-material aspects of life; they saw first-hand how girls participate wholeheartedly in Chapel and Assemblies and how much they enjoy their tranquil rural surroundings just a stone’s throw from York.

The benefits of boarding to girls at QM are highlighted a number of times in the report with Inspectors finding that “boarding makes a very positive contribution to pupils’ overall academic success”. The QM girls agree, having told Inspectors that they feel increasingly confident as a consequence of their boarding experience. The report also acknowledges the strong sense of community which is fostered at QM, it reinforces how seriously the older girls take their responsibility of acting as role models to the younger ones – the supportive roles they adopt often develop into lifelong friendships.

Commenting on the report, Acting Head, Lars Fox said “Our recent inspection formally recognises the superb quality of education we provide here at Queen Margaret’s, as well as the substantial benefits of boarding to the academic and personal development of the girls. The staff here work diligently to provide a holistic education and it is wonderful to hear from both the Inspectors and from the girls themselves that this is being achieved.”

Queen Margaret's girls' independent day and boarding school North Yorkshire

Our warmest congratulations to Lucy Ibbetson, UVI, who has been successful in obtaining a very prestigious Higher Level Apprenticeship with Northamptonshire Police. Lucy is the

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first QM girl to have secured the Apprenticeship and was also offered no less than five university degree course places.

Lucy tells us;

“I first heard about the course when looking online about paths into the police and found that many police forces were starting to offer apprenticeships. Northamptonshire was the only one offering one this year, but many others will be in the future. I was very sceptical about it at first since it was hard to find much information; I wasn’t certain I would be able to do it. I decided I wanted to give it a go because I felt that an apprenticeship would be much more fulfilling for me than university, as I would be able to gain experience as well as a degree without any debt. I decided to sign up via an in-depth form online. I was required to give details about my family members, previous employers, my criminal history and even whether I had any tattoos. I then had to answer some competency questions, such as ‘describe a time you have taken control of a situation’.

The core competencies of the police are at the forefront of almost every stage of the selection process: Serving the public, Openness to change, Service delivery, Professionalism, Decision making and Working with others. I spent a lot of time talking with my family and teachers about how I could address each of these competencies in my application. After my online application was accepted, I had to attend the assessment centre at the College of Policing. I sat a set of standard tests that took five hours and included numerical and verbal reasoning, role play, a written exercise and a short interview where I was asked about the core competencies. Before I went to the assessment centre I was given a booklet of information about a fictional shopping centre where I had to pretend I worked as a member of the security team; I had to learn the rules, values and procedures of this business for the role play scenario. During the role play we had four situations; we were given five minutes to read a summary of each situation and we were then taken to a room where an actor played the part of a customer who required assistance and I was required to solve the situation as a member of the security team within five minutes, making regular reference to the shopping centre’s values and rules.

The next stage of the process was another interview, this time at Northamptonshire Police Station. This interview was much more like a regular job interview with two examiners. It has been a difficult process so far and I still have a bit to go, including a fitness test and a drug test. I believe the course will be structured in the same way as any other policing course, but I will get to work much more closely with Northamptonshire Police in order to gain experience.”

We look forward to following Lucy’s progress when she leaves QM at the end of Sixth Form later this year.

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