Queen Mary’s School

North Yorkshire

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 7 (Boys) 205 (Girls)
  • Age Range: Boys 4-7 years Girls 4-16 years

Open Days

To arrange a visit please contact Mrs Tory Potter on 01845 575040 or via email: admissions@queenmarys.org


2019/2020. Day fees. Reception: £2940 per term. Years 1 and 2: £3215 per term. Years 3-6: £5320 per term. Years 7-11: £5770 - £6545 per term.

Weekly Boarding fees. Years 3-6: £7275 per term. Years 7-11: £7715 - £8590 per term.

Full Boarding fees. Years 3-6: £7600 per term. Years 7-11: £8040 - £8935 per term.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Carole Cameron

Queen Mary’s School
Baldersby Park
North Yorkshire

[t]: 01845 575040
[w]: www.queenmarys.org

Location Description

The school is conveniently located to South West of Thirsk, just off the A168 and between the A1 and A19 making the school easily accessible from all directions.

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School News

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Queen Mary’s GCSE results round off what has been a full year of success. Special congratulations must go to the girls who have

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attended Queen Mary’s for over 14 years from the age of two, who have received exceptional results.

This year’s excellent results highlight that over 1 in 4 entries were awarded the most outstanding Grades 8 – 9s. Queen Mary’s also celebrates significant value-added scores that measure achievement against predicted grades throughout each girl’s educational journey.

Ripon girl, Emilia Jaques is one of the pupils who has attended Queen Mary’s since the age of two. Today she has achieved Grade 9 in 9 subjects. Along with her academic studies, Emilia has had an exciting year as the female BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year with many opportunities to perform on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with Alfie Boe and her beautiful voice has also been heard on a recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Within school Emilia has taken on the role of Head Chorister, has achieved Distinction in three instruments in her ABRSM Music Grade 8 examinations and, as a keen and committed sportswoman, she attended the ‘Girls Go Gold’ national sports conference.

Ximena Burrows, from Thirsk, has also attended Queen Mary’s for the last 14 years and achieved all 8-9s including 6 Grade 9s. As Deputy Head Girl and an Academic Scholar she has excelled in all areas. With a career in medicine as her goal, she has led the Charity Council and been a member of the Community Service Group. Having received two scholarships to attend St Mary’s School, Cambridge, she will remain a ‘Mary’s’ girl. The Mary Ward scholarship rewards spirituality, charity and community values and the Academic (STEM) scholarship promotes Science and Mathematics.

Many of this year’s leavers with strengths in Academic studies, Art, Music and Riding have secured scholarships to attend prestigious sixth forms. These also include Ampleforth, The Mount, Sidcot, Stowe and Uppingham schools. Congratulations also go to the Queen Mary’s old girls who having received amazing A Level results and are moving onto Russell Group universities including the University of Oxford.

Mrs Carole Cameron, Head of Queen Mary’s School, is delighted: “My warmest congratulations go to all of our leavers. These excellent results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the girls and staff, as well as the support of the whole school community. It is clear that Queen Mary’s has provided a quality, bespoke education with exceptional opportunities, encouraging self-esteem and self-belief.”

Queen Mary’s offers a broad curriculum, allowing pupils to pursue their interests within small classes designed to encourage wellbeing and success. The next Open Mornings will take place on Saturday 5 October and Friday 15 November.

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Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe is once again jumping for joy after receiving this year’s exceptional GCSE results. The independent girls’ school achieved a fantastic 93.10%

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A* – C pass rate for those who sat 5 GCSEs or more. Many departments within the school including Science and Languages are celebrating a 100% pass rate with several achieving 70% or more A*/A grades..

After a year of academic change within the school, the number of A*/A grades over all academic disciplines increased to 49.2%, which is up nearly 10% on last years results.

All successes both inside and outside of the classroom are celebrated here at Queen Mary’s in many different ways, and there are 4 girls who deserve a special mention for their outstanding academic achievements in these GCSEs. Emily Martin achieved 11A* grades and is moving on to Ripon Grammar School, Alice Backhouse achieved 9A* and 1A grade and has been awarded a place at Uppingham, and both Poppy Booth and Izzy Da Costa gained 6A* grades and 4A grades each and will move onto Uppingham and Ashville College.

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Queen Mary’s School pupil Emilia Jaques has been chosen as a finalist for the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition.  Emilia, 14,

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is one of just four finalists in line for the coveted title, which provides opportunities for appearances on BBC radio and television programmes throughout the year to the lucky winner.

Emilia, from Azerley near Ripon, will now prepare a hymn and an anthem to sing for a panel of expert judges at the grand final on 21 October at MediaCityUK studios in Salford.  Emilia said:

“I’m very happy to have been chosen as a finalist.  I have been singing since I was six years old and I just love it!  I enjoy being part of a choir as well as solo performing.  I am excited to go and perform in the Philharmonic studio and I’m sure I will have a great time whatever happens.”

To get through, Emilia has faced tough competition from talented singers throughout the country.   The competition itself aims to celebrate young singing talent, with previous winners performing in West End musicals, making TV and radio appearances as well as being awarded recording contracts.  Previous winners include Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins.

Emilia spent five years as a chorister in the Ripon Cathedral Choir and is now a member of the Queen Mary’s School Chapel Choir.  A music scholar, she also plays piano and violin to Grade 8 standard.  Queen Mary’s School Head Carole Cameron said:

“We are naturally very proud of what Emilia has achieved in being shortlisted for this prestigious competition and we are very much looking forward to the grand final.”

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Dee Ormston and Russin achieved double clears in the 95cm and 105cm competition, meaning a 1st and 2nd place respectively and two more qualifications for

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championships to add to her 85cm qualification achieved earlier in the year.

Another championship place was secured with a 2nd place in the 90cm Jumping with Style. Well done to Maisie Caine, Hattie Warne, Milly Wood-Weatherall (who also qualified individually with a second place) and Amelia Murray.

In the team competition, a first place for the Queen Mary’s team in the 80cm Jumping with Style consisting of Hattie Warne, Madison Chapman, Maisie Caine and Amelia Murray securing the much sought after championship place, well done girls!!

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There is great cause for celebration at Queen Mary’s, as the Equestrian team became national champions, beating 48 other teams, at the NSEA Show Jumping

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Championships which was held at Addington in Buckinghamshire last weekend.

Queen Mary’s sent down thirteen horses and fourteen riders to the prestigious National Schools Equestrian Association Championships. The team competed against 400 teams from other schools to qualify for championships, many with girls much older than ours, making it a stiff competition.

Friday saw the first competitions with the Junior members taking place in the 75cm show jumping and Arena eventing classes. Although not placed, Amelia Murray, Kitty Denny, Bobby Denny, Maisie Caine, Amy Bell, Daisy Page, Amelia Moody, Lucy Drake and Hattie Warne all rode with style and quiet determination laying down the essential foundations of experience for the future. Many of our next successes will no doubt come out of this group of conscientious performers.

Saturday saw the jumps raised by 10cm and the Queen Mary’s team of Olivia Murray, Tara Barker, Lilia Schaible, and Dee Ormstone, all jumping double clears and qualifying for the evening final. The Queen Mary’s team came second in the evening jump off.

On Sunday, for the jump off (final phase) the jumps went up to 1.05m and we were the only team to win on no faults, so the only team that had three clear rounds. Emma Swinburn our Riding Centre Manager said: “All girls rode exceptionally and showed good horsemanship and sportsmanship, I could not be prouder.”

Mrs Cameron said: “This is a great achievement for Queen Mary’s. The girls were competing against teams from large schools, which makes their success even more impressive. It is a tribute to their hard work and dedication, and also that of the School’s equestrian staff, particularly Robert Blane and Emma Swinburn.”


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Queen Mary’s School proved to be the perfect setting for a stunning contemporary art exhibition organised by the prestigious Art for Youth North.  Pieces by

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some of the region’s biggest names were on display and for the first time a designated youth area was included with work by students from various art schools, and from Queen Mary’s School Art Scholars.

With over 600 pieces displayed, it is often described as the “Summer Exhibition of the North” and it showcased new and recent work by emerging and established Northern artists. Sponsored by investment managers JM Finn & Co, the event raised well over £20,000.00 for the national youth charity – UK Youth and around 350 people attended.

Since 2001 Art for Youth North has taken place bi-annually in Yorkshire and has raised over £200,000 for the charity.  Following a private viewing at the school on Wednesday 19 October, it opened to the public over the next three days, proving immensely popular.

Head, Mrs Carole Cameron said: “It is hard to envisage a more appropriate backdrop to the exhibition than Queen Mary’s. Our stunning historic building with the contemporary creativity of the artists seemed to enhance the exhibition. We hope we have provided a welcoming space for visitors. It was particularly special for the eight Queen Mary’s girls whose work was well-received.”

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Last weekend put the icing on the cake as far as the Queen Mary’s equestrian squad was concerned, with outstanding results in both the Show

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Jumping and Jumping with Style competitions.

The emergence of new talent was especially rewarding. The Denny sisters (Bobby and Kitty), Maisie Caine, and Hattie Warne are new this year to the N.S.E.A. competitions and all managed to gain qualifying places for the championships at Milton Keynes which is run during half term. It was lovely to see Lucy Drake and Laura Maxey showing real improvement, jumping lovely clear rounds and also gaining qualifying places.

The Senior members of the team, Tara Barker, Lillia Schaible, Fran Jobson and Molly Brown were as reliable as ever.  They will be joined at the Championships by Olivia Murray (ex-head girl) who qualified while still at Queen Mary’s.  Dee Ormston rode the round of the weekend going extremely fast and clear to win the 80cm show jumping in a class of 64 competitors.

A few problems like flat tyres, horse boxes breaking down, the difficulty in transporting everyone to Bishop Burton and lengthy queues on the York ring road did little to quell the pleasure of a really rewarding day. Let’s hope for a rewarding and enjoyable trip to the Championships in October.

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