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Queen Margaret’s School for Girls

Escrick Park, Escrick, York, YO19 6EU

Established in 1901, QM is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. You will find us in glorious parkland about six miles south of York. But we are much more than our surroundings, we are more than...

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Head: Sue Baillie

Registrar Details:

Alison Ruddick

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Established in 1901, QM is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. You will find us in glorious parkland about six miles south of York. But we are much more than our surroundings, we are more than a school; We’re a home from home, a family of learning and belonging, in a truly inspirational setting.

Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

QM was named Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2021 for our multi-dimensional approach to wellbeing.
QM’s Health and Wellbeing Centre is a well-equipped department with a waiting room, treatment rooms, well-stocked dispensary, lounge, counselling room, four single bedrooms, shower, bath and toilet facilities. The Centre is staffed by two Registered Nurses and a Nurse Associate who offer a comprehensive school nursing service.

Advice For Parents

The best way to get a taste of life at Queen Margaret's (QM) is to visit us; our Admissions Team is available all year round, including the school holidays, and are on hand to take you through the admissions process. From registration to taster days, and from entrance assessments right through to a girl's very first day you will be carefully guided through the process. Assessments usually take place in the January prior to the September of entry.

Typical Child

We are proud that we are continuing to make a QM education possible for an increasingly diverse range of girls. The girls are the focus of life at QM and are at the heart of everything we do. It’s this focus and an individualistic approach that allows our girls to carve their own path, and flourish as formidable, independent women.

Highly Regarded For

Named as Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2021.

Notable Points

The School is fortunate in having its own Specialist Assessor who sees the examination process through from start to finish for each individual girl, carrying out the appropriate assessments for examination access arrangements, implementing arrangements in the classroom for girls and ensuring the appropriate paperwork is completed and applications made to the examination boards.
All girls on the Special Educational Needs register are offered weekly, personalised lessons, for which there is no charge. These are one to one, tailored to each girl’s individual needs and timetabled to fit with girls’ other commitments, so enabling girls to shine in all areas of the curriculum.
Progress, Achievement and Student Support embraces a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages girls that a special educational need is not a barrier to achievement. From the girl now reading English at Cambridge to the girl who has set up her own underwear business, anything is possible.

Leavers' Attainment

QM's pass rate at A Level in 2021 was 100% and 47% of all grades were at A*, with 78% at A*-A (nationally that figure was 44%). Similarly, the pass rate at GCSE in 2021 was 100%. One third (33%) of all our GCSE results were at grade 9 and two thirds (67%) were at grades 9-7. These results continue the upward trend seen in 2020 and are reflective of our girls’ resilience and talent in an extraordinary year.

Leavers' Destinations

The majority of our girls go on to study at Russell Group Universities. Degree courses pursued are very varied; as well as Law, Medicine and Modern Languages; Music Production, Civil Engineering and Art Foundation courses are regularly chosen and lead to an exciting array of careers. Elsewhere, One Old Margaretian is studying to become a Norland Nanny and another recently secured a very prestigious Higher Level Apprenticeship with Northamptonshire Police (as well as five other university offers!).

Sector: Independent

Type: Senior School, Sixth Form

Day/Boarding: Day & Boarding

Setting: Countryside

Ages Covered: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Girls

Gender (sixth form): Girls

Religious Ethos: Anglican/Church of England

Opening Date: 1/1/1901

SEN: Comprehensive SEN support

Sibling Policy: Yes

Financial Assistance: Academic scholarship, Music scholarship, Choral scholarship, Drama scholarship, Arts scholarship, Sports scholarship, Armed forces discount, Bursary, Sibling discount

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Entry Routes: 11+, 13+, 16+

Selection: Not Academically Selective

Languages: French, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Chinese


  • GCSE
  • A Level

Recreational Space:
Extensive sports facilities on campus