Queen Mary's School

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Queen Mary's School
Established 1921
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmistress Mrs Sandra Lewis-Beckett
Chair of Governors Mr M. Denyer
Location Baldersby Park
North Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 54°10′52″N 1°24′25″W / 54.18107°N 1.40684°W / 54.18107; -1.40684
DfE number 815/6000
DfE URN 121725 Tables
Students 270~
Gender Girls
Ages 3–16
Affiliation Woodard Corporation
Website www.queenmarys.org

Queen Mary's School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, England. Established in 1921, the school is set on 50 acres (200,000 m2) of landscaped grounds and houses approximately 300 students. It caters to girls aged 3 to 16 and boys up to age 7. The school is a member of the Woodard Corporation and attended the 200th anniversary of the birth of the movement's founder in 2011.


There are four houses, which have regular inter-house competitions, including cross-country, drama, music and debating and general knowledge competitions. There are also regular 'house meetings' where senior girls fulfil their inter-house responsibilities.

The four houses, named after local abbeys are Byland (blue), Fountains (yellow), Jervaulx (green) and Rievaulx (red). Traditionally, sisters are in the same house, yet cousins are sometimes in different houses. All teachers are also assigned to houses and assist the senior girls by mentoring.


The school is well known throughout North Yorkshire for its music especially its Chapel Choir who have released two CDs of music and contribute to local musicians such as Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla. They feature in his 2010 album 'My Gypsy Waltz'. Notable students are the actress Hebe Beardsall and member of The Blitz Sisters, Emma Clarke.


In 1925 the Woodard Corporation established a girls' preparatory boarding school in the mansion of Duncombe Park, near Helmsley. The number of pupils increased from 23 to 59 after one year and in 1931 the School of Duncombe Park was renamed St Mary's School. In 1979 a senior school was added to the preparatory school. In 1985 the lease on Duncombe Park expired and the school moved to Baldersby Park.[1]


  1. ^ Cowie, Leonard & Evelyn (1991). That One Idea: Nathaniel Woodard and His Schools. Ellesmere, Shropshire: Woodard Corporation; pp. 124-25

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