Queen Margaret’s School, York, Yorkshire, UK

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Queen Margaret’s is an independent day and boarding school for girls age 11–18 in Escrick Park near York, England. Queen Margaret’s is an independent school for independent girls. This excellent boarding school for girls is set in a stunning rural setting of 70 acres of parkland, the award-winning School 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. The full boarding nature encourages busy weekends with a numerous 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.  Pupils of this top girls only boarding school 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.

Number of students

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7 days boarding: 

10,300 per term

About the school

There are six houses: Garry, Pitlochry, Duncan, QM Hall, School and St Aidans. Each pupil and teacher is assigned to one of the houses based on year group and age. Each house is run by a teacher as Head of House. Inter-house competitions include those for sport and music. Around 80% of pupils are boarders. They are assigned to a boarding house. 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.

Red House (Year 7, QM’s Year I)

Scarborough House (Years 8 – 9, QM’s Years II & III)

Atholl House (Year 10, QM’s Year IV)

Winifred Holtby House (Year 11, QM’s Year V)

Cloisters (Year 12, QM’s Lower Sixth)

The Cottages (Year 13, QM’s Upper Sixth)

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Sport and culture

Exceptional facilities of this boarding school in Yorkshire 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. Main winter activities include: lacrosse, cross country, swimming, hockey and netball. Summer sports include: athletics and rounders, riding. Badminton, tennis and squash are played at all levels.

Creative and performing arts

The creative arts play a central role in life at this girls only boarding school. 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. This top UK girls only boarding school celebrates achievement inside and outside the classroom, offering Academic, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Choral and Sport scholarships to those who show outstanding talent and potential. The school offers individual and group lessons in Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Modern dance. Music plays an important role in life at this boarding school in Yorkshire with 45% of girls learning at least one instrument and over a quarter of those girls learning more than one instrument.

Location Description

Escrick Park York, North Yorkshire Y019 6EU Y019 6EU

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