Queen Margaret's School, York

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Queen Margaret's School, York
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Escrick Park
York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6EU
Coordinates53°52′22″N 1°02′25″W / 53.87291°N 1.04040°W / 53.87291; -1.04040Coordinates: 53°52′22″N 1°02′25″W / 53.87291°N 1.04040°W / 53.87291; -1.04040
School typeIndependent day and boarding school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderAgnes Body
Department for Education URN121749 Tables
HeadJessica Miles
ChaplainRobert Owen
Age11 to 18
Number of students300
Former pupilsOld Margaretians

Queen Margaret's, York is an independent day and boarding school for girls age 11–18 in Escrick Park near York, England. The school was named after Queen Margaret, the Queen of Scotland from c.1070–1093.


QM was established in Scarborough by the Woodard Foundation, an organisation committed to the establishment of boarding schools where teaching would be firmly based on the Christian religion. The founding head was Agnes Body who arrived from Lincoln with some of her former staff. In 1913, when ill health made here retire, it was said that QMS was known as "Miss Body's School". Rosalind Fowler became the send head and she supervised evacuation to Pitlochry during the First World War.[1] Following another evacuation to Castle Howard in the Second World War, QM finally came to Escrick Park, six miles south of York in 1949.[2] Mrs Jessica Miles took over as Head in April 2015, as the first female Head in over three decades.[3]


Tatler Schools Guide 2011 stated: "QM is one of those all-girls country boarding schools that is quietly doing great things. Girls are playing lacrosse for the England under-19s, representing Great Britain at skiing, getting ace grades at A-level, performing for the National Youth Theatre and winning places at the London Contemporary Dance School."[4]


The school offers individual and group lessons in Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Modern dance.


Music plays an important role in life at QM with 45% of girls learning at least one instrument and over a quarter of those girls learning more than one instrument.


Sports facilities include an Astroturf, a sports hall, a 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, hockey and netball. Summer sports include:athletics and rounders. Badminton, tennis and squash are played at all levels.


There are six houses: Garry, Pitlochry, Duncan, QM Hall, School and St Aidans. Each pupil and teacher is assigned to one of the houses. Each house is run by a teacher as Head of House; two Upper Sixth girls are chosen to be House Captain and Deputy House Captain, and two or three Fourth Year (Year 10) girls are chosen as House Monitors. Inter-house competitions include those for sport and music.


Around 80% of pupils are boarders. They are assigned to a boarding house based on year group and age. Each boarding house is supervised by a housemaster or housemistress who is assisted by the head of year.[5]

  • 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)

Notable alumna[edit]

See also Category:People educated at Queen Margaret's School, York


  • Agnes Body (1901-1913)[1]
  • Rosalind Fowler (1913-1928)
  • Mildred Burella Taylor (1928-1934)
  • Lily Parsons (1934-1938)
  • Joyce Brown (1938-1960)
  • Barbara Snape (1960-1980)
  • Mrs Pat Valentine (1980-1983)
  • Jessica Miles (2016- )
  • Colin McGarrigle (1983-1992)
  • Geoffrey Chapman (1993-2009)
  • Paul Silverwood (2009-2016)


  1. ^ a b Margaret A. E. Hammer, ‘Body, (Mary) Agnes (1866–1952)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 23 January 2017
  2. ^ J.P.G. Taylor Queen Margaret's School 1901-2001 Originally printed 2001, reprinted with additions 2006
  3. ^ York Press Jessica Miles to become Head Teacher at Queen Margaret's School "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ "School Guide 2011". Tatler.
  5. ^ Boarding

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