Queen Margaret’s School, York

The QM Family has nurtured girls to reach their full potential for many years. We’re a small school and our girls are part of a community of people who care for each other and grow as individuals.

They develop a wealth of skills for use in their own lives and to make a difference in the world. At the heart of a QM education is a love of learning, which is supported by a healthy body and healthy mind.

QM is ideally positioned to educate, inspire and nurture the girls of today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow. In our school, every girl has a voice. Curricula are tailored and timetables are personalised, our girls not only enjoy equal opportunity but every opportunity. “In an all girls environment I’ve been able to try so many new things; and the staff are always there to encourage you. In a mixed school I wouldn’t have had the confidence.” so said one Sixth Former. QM encourages a freedom from the tiresome stereotyping still so prevalent in the real world which limits both boys’ and girls’ aspirations.

More than 75% of girls are full boarders, and the quality of our pastoral ensures that all girls settle in quickly. Our girls benefit immensely from our horizontal boarding system – boarding is arranged by year group, which helps the girls to bond. House staff can better focus on and cater for the specific needs of an age group, after all the highs and lows of the girls in Year I are very different to those of the girls in their final year. Year I settle into School life in a homely farmhouse, whereas Upper Sixth girls get a real taste of independent living in preparation for university.

QM girls thrive on healthy and energetic lifestyles; Sport is very important and the School boasts exceptional facilities. The creative arts also play a central role. The purpose-built theatre, dance studio and modern art and technology facilities provide the ideal setting for every girl to discover and develop her talents – we are a school that encourages every girl to pursue her interests confidently.

A Queen Margaret’s education is an exciting, challenging and enriching experience. When a girl has completed her education at QM she will be a freethinking, courageous individual prepared to take her learning to the next level and her place in a changing world. Every girl we welcome also leaves with our red ribbon of success; it ties us all together and represents the lifelong bonds made and experiences shared.

Essentials

  • Head Sue Baillie
  • Sue Baillie
  • Age range 11 - 18
  • Day / Boarding
    • Day
    • Full Boarding
    • Flexi Boarding
  • Religious affiliation Anglican
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Other exams One Year GCSE Programme
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
  • Senior School
    • £6,500 - £11,230 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £6,500 - £11,230 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
    • Other exams One Year GCSE Programme
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
    • Senior School
      • £6,500 - £11,230 per term
    • Sixth Form
      • £6,500 - £11,230 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

At QM we encourage girls to aim high and exceed their own expectations. We support all girls in their individual gifts and talents and endeavour to help each one of them to discover her passion and unlock her potential. Our Scholarship programme is designed to identify strengths, nurture commitment and resilience, provide excitement and challenge and to celebrate success.

We offer Academic, Art, Choral, Dance, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships, and girls can apply for Scholarships at Years I, III and Lower Sixth. Scholarship assessment usually takes place in the January preceding the September of entry to QM.

At QM our aim is to welcome students with as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible, as this enriches our community and is vital in preparing our girls for today’s world. Means tested bursaries are therefore offered to allow as many girls as possible, who meet our admission criteria, to attend QM. Further information about means tested bursaries is available in the first instance from our Admissions Team.

We offer a discount of 5% off the core fees of the eldest daughter when sisters are attending QM together, up to a maximum of 15% discount per family when three or more sisters are in School. A 20% discount on core boarding fees may be available for the daughter(s) of serving members of the Armed Forces. From time to time, we are able to offer, on a limited basis, the opportunity to deposit funds with the School to offset against future fees with a discount. For further information and availability please contact the Bursar’s office.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • HM Forces discounts
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump-sum payment discounts
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships

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Queen Margaret's - A warm welcome from Head, Sue Baillie
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