Queen Margaret's School

Type of school: Girls Senior school

Nearest international airport: Leeds Bradford/Manchester (70km/140km)

Age Range: 11-18

Number of pupils: 320

Number of boarders: 240

Fees per term: Boarding: £9,950
Day: £6,530


1654 RS QM 084Queen 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, 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, 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.’

Academic excellence

QM girls achieve excellence inside and outside the classroom and are interesting, well-informed and confident members of the community. Queen Margaret's 739The School offers a full range of subjects at (i)GCSE and A Level, and examination results are consistently excellent. In 2015 over 54% of entries achieved the highly sought after A* – A grades at A Level. 80% of entries gained A* – B grades. Meanwhile, GCSE results were similarly exceptional in 2015, with 58% of all entries receiving A* or A and 20% of girls achieving all A* – A grades. QM exceeded the national average for A* – C (69%) by a considerable margin, gaining 95% of A* – C grades.

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.


QM 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.