12 October 2023
At an awards ceremony in London this week, Queen Margaret’s School for Girls in Escrick, York was named ‘Small Independent School of the Year’, beating off both local and national competition.
The Independent Schools of the Year Awards are the sector’s leading awards programme and receive hundreds of nominations from the best schools across the UK. Despite strong representation from other schools in York, Queen Margaret’s was the only North Yorkshire school to win an award.
The school, for girls aged 11-18, won thanks to its personal tutoring system for each student, the opening of a brand-new Sixth Form study centre, its bespoke boarding arrangements and because it recently achieved a gold mental health accreditation.
Queen Margaret’s Head, Sue Baillie, said “We are delighted to win this award as it recognises the truly unique nature of QM and the transformational impact it has on our students. In our small school we have been able to build a very special community spirit which underpins our success. We know our students well, we care about their welfare, and we support their ambitions. They never get lost in the crowd.”