Queen Margaret's School

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Location: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Queen Margaret's School

Queen Margaret’s is an independent school for independent girls. We are a school that encourages every girl to confidently pursue her interests; girls at QM are recognised for their willingness to try everything that life has to offer them.

Set in a stunning rural setting of 70 acres of parkland, Queen Margaret's enjoys close ties to York which is only six miles away as well as London, less than a two-hour train ride away. As the only all-girls full boarding school in the North of England, 75% of girls are full boarders while day boarders have beds at School and are encouraged to stay over for School events. The full boarding nature encourages busy weekends with a myriad of opportunities to look forward to at the end of each week. Queen Margaret’s provides an immense variety of activities, clubs and societies and other enrichment opportunities while never sacrificing the needs of the individual girl. As one parent noted, ‘Queen Margaret’s benefits from being run as if it were a large school but has all the benefits and familiarities you expect of a small school.’ The School was recently named as  the top girls boarding and day school in Yorkshire by The Sunday Times and has also been awarded ‘Best School Food in the UK’ at the Tatler Awards, which reflects its holistic view of education where a reputation for academic excellence sits alongside exceptional pastoral care.  

Academic Excellence

QM girls achieve excellence inside and outside the classroom and are interesting, well-informed and confident members of the community. The School offers a full range of subjects at (i)GCSE and A Level, and examination results are consistently excellent. In 2016 our girls achieved a 100% pass rate at A Level. The recent results report that 50% of entries gained the highly sought after A*-A grades and nearly 80% of entries gained A*-B grades. 30% of all girls taking A Level examinations in 2016 achieved three or more A*-A grades. GCSE results in 2016 were similarly impressive, with 98% of students achieving five or more A*-C grades, far outstripping the falling national average of 67%. 87% of all QM GCSE entries in 2016 gained A*-B grades, up from 81% in 2015.

A Thriving Boarding Community

QM is a community of people who care for each other and grow as individuals. Boarding is arranged by year group, with each under the care of well-qualified staff. Accommodation meets the needs of each age group: Year I girls live in a large, comfortable family house with its own garden and playground, while Upper Sixth girls live independently in picturesque cottages in the School grounds.


As well as representing QM, many girls are selected for regional and national sports teams. Exceptional facilities include an AstroTurf, sports hall, competition swimming pool, all-weather tennis courts, squash courts, a nine-hole golf course and a riding school adjacent to the main School campus. QM is home to some of the country’s top riders and has supported girls to become U18 National Champions. Main activities are lacrosse, hockey, tennis, netball, riding, rounders, swimming and athletics.

Creative and Performing Arts

The creative arts play a central role in life at QM. The purpose-built theatre and dance studio and modern art and technology facilities provide the ideal setting for every girl to discover and develop her talents. 

Come and be inspired, www.queenmargarets.com 

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Address: Escrick Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6EU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1904 727600
What people say about us

Whether your daughter is tall or short, academic or sporty, shy or confident, it works for them all – and that’s the beauty of it.

- QM Parent

Queen Margaret’s benefits from being run as if it were a large school but has all the benefits and familiarities you expect of a small school.

- QM Parent
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