Queen Margaret's School, York

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Queen Margaret's School, York
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Established 1901
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Church of England
Head Jessica Miles
Chaplain Robert Owen
Founder Agnes Body
Location Escrick Park
North Yorkshire
YO19 6EU
53°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
DfE number 815/6035
DfE URN 121749 Tables
Students 300
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses 6
Former pupils Old Margaretians
Website Queen Margaret's, York

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[1] evacuation to Pitlochry during the First World War. 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]


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."[3]

Jessica Miles has been the Head since April 2015.[4]


Public examination results in 2011 put QM among the top schools in the country with a 100% pass rate and 86% of entries achieving grades A*-B at A Level and 95% of entries achieving A*-C at GCSE.[citation needed] The School offers a full range of academic subjects at GCSE, AS- and A-level. GCSEs are chosen from twenty four subjects and girls must study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and a Modern Foreign Language. In addition, most girls opt to study four other subjects. In the Sixth Form, twenty seven subjects are offered at AS and A2 level. At AS level, most girls opt to study four or five subjects, reducing to three or four at A2 level.



The school offers individual and group lessons in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance, all these disciplines can be studied to GCSE level.


Girls from QM are regularly accepted into the National Youth Theatre.[citation needed] There is a whole school production at the end of each Autumn term. Entry is by competitive audition, open to all girls in the school. The production normally runs for three or four nights and is open to members of the public.


QM encourages musicians to view their musical commitments seriously. Girls play individually and in ensembles from beginner to advanced level. There are music trips at school every other year. The last two trips were when the Chapel Choir went to Tuscany last Summer, and when a select Choir went to Dubrovnik, Croatia, Easter 2013.[citation needed]


Many QM girls are selected for regional and national sports teams.[citation needed] 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 also 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
  • Howard House - Year 8
  • Scarborough House - Year 9
  • Atholl House - Year 10
  • Winifred Holtby House - Year 11
  • The Cloisters - Year 12 (Lower Sixth)
  • The Cottages - Year 13 (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-)


  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. ^ "School Guide 2011". Tatler. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Boarding

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